This hotel looks a little out of place on the outside, nestled literally between the Cathedral and the High Street- it looks like an ugly concrete block! As soon as we walked in we were reassured- the lobby was dressed lovely for Xmas and the room was spacious and neatly designed. It was steps away from the High Street and just across the lawn from the Cathedral- how fab to wake up on Sunday morning to the bells! The only thing I would say is not to bother requesting a Cathedral view room. We'd read that there were only a few standard rooms that had a view so we put a request on the booking form- quite prepared not to get one. When we arrived we were surprised to find we had been given one (well, two as we'd booked two rooms!) but then were told there was a Christmas party and we'd hear some "boom boom". There was no offer to take a non-Cathedral view room instead- I did feel a bit like they took advantage of us to fill an undesirable room. The music was indeed very noisy although it quietened at 11pm and was shut off promptly at 12am. I also learnt that had there not been a party we would've been charged an extra £10 per room. To be honest there was a massive tree blocking most of the view so I would say it wasn't worth it (although I didn't see the view from the other rooms- I assume they overlooked the concrete back of Debenhams). Overall, however, the music didn't put us off and we had a great time in Winchester.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 star hotel with 94 en suite rooms, many with views of the Cathedral. Ideal for visiting Winchester Cathedral, the steam railway and zoological park. Easily accessible via the M3, 15 miles (24 km) from Southampton Airport, 1 mile from Winchester railway station and a 1 minute walk from the coach station. Features five airconditioned conference rooms for up to 100 delegates, Walkers At The Wessex restaurant, Kings Lounge, 24 hour room service, pay parking as well as use of the nearby leisure centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel Winchester
- Accor Wessex Winchester
- Mercure Winchester