On arrival my heart sank at the sight of the cheap plastic flowers adorning the walls outside the hotel. Don't expect any hidden gem here: this is a purely functional hotel located in an uninspiring setting - a large council car park. It does not exude 4-star class but resembles a glorified Travelodge. The layout inside is labyrinthine and you'll be wandering forever trying to find out the shortest way to the reception, half-expecting the Minotaur to pop-up and put you out of your misery.
Rooms are spacious though, well-appointed, quiet and very clean. The clingy shower curtain fells dated and cheap though.
We asked for our air-conditioning to be turned off and a very polite boy came within a few minutes to correct the situation.
Breakfast is copious and varied but the "Tea or coffee?" routine becomes tedious after a while; the tea was stewed.
The pool area is fine but feels claustrophobic as it is overlooked by the gym and the winding corridors. Again this is functional but lacks something special.
The extra charge levied for parking felt a bit mean considering we had already paid £105 for a night.
To sum it up: we had a good night's sleep in the spacious bed. This efficiently-run hotel is ideal for business travellers but lacklustre and too generic for a romantic break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Winchester Hotel