Stayed here for 1 night with my wife. Initial experience wasn't good. We were informed the hotel car park was around the back of the hotel through the barrier. But if the car park was full we would have to park our car in the public car park at the front of the hotel and pay for it - not the best way to welcome your guests after a long and frustrating drive around a very busy M25 and M3. And it was said with little sympathy.
However, despite the car park being a tight squeeze for anything bigger than a mini, we found an empty spot and parked up (tip: drop your cases off in the hotel first as it is a long walk back round from the car park to the hotel - there's no back entrance).
Our room was very nice (Diamond Suite). It was quite spacious and quiet. The bathroom was quite small for a suite but served it's purpose.
We had a drink at the hotel bar (served by a very friendly young man) before having an evening meal in the hotel restaurant despite not booking. The menu had a good selection of starters and main courses. The wine selection was reasonable as were the prices. The restaurant was quite full which is always a good sign.
We enjoyed our evening meal, and in the morning, although the breakfast was a buffet style - including the cooked food - it was a very high standard of food eg the bacon was well cooked, the eggs looked and tasted fresh etc. Also impressed with the service - we were very quickly asked what hot drinks we wanted and whether we wanted any toast - and both came quickly despite it being a busy restaurant at the time.
So would recommend a stay here (the town is within easy reach) and we woud certainly return if we are in the area again.
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- The Winchester Hotel and Spa is a calming base from which to explore the beautiful historic City of Winchester. The hotel offers attentive, friendly and professional service, coupled with sophisticated interior styling throughout. Ample onsite parking is available (chargeable). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Winchester
- Winchester The Hotel
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