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“nothing like the photos on the website” 2 of 5 bubbles
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The Westgate
Ranked #8 of 54 Winchester B&B and Inns
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“nothing like the photos on the website”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

very tired room to say the least. Room overlooks well lit main road, blind did not shut properly therefore stripy lightshow all night. Room not well lit, could barely read a magazine even with the three lamps and main light on. Fan in en-suite stayed on (noisily) for over an hour after use, very noisy when trying to get to sleep. Cold tap in bathroom sink gave out hot water so we had to brush our teeth with hot water. Worst of all.. when going to place toothbrushes in the glass in the bathroom, the glass was half full of fetid looking water! Plus point, Landlord was helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: don't have the Wren room, maybe the others are better and more like the photos.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank karen c
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 3 December 2013
I'm very sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay. I've taken on board your comments and will be addressing them.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Me and my boyfriend needed a place to stay whilst we went to my graduation, a lot of places were booked up as we left it last minute but Westgate still had a room. It was £80 which seemed cheap for Winchester. I am so glad we stayed there. They were lovely when we got there explaining everything. The room was very big with a lovely ensuite with a huuuuuuuge bath and comfy bed. It is in a central place so when we went out for drinks we could walk back. Also the breakfast in the morning which is all included was scrummy! We both said we would come again :)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Katie J
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and congratulations on your graduation. We do get busy at certain times of the year and so I'm glad you were able to stay with us. £80 is reasonable for Winchester and we don't put our rates up at busy times.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

good accommodation,good breakfast,friendly staff,
shame they have stopped doing food in the evening,and closed early,(possibly due to time and dates)
ideal location for visiting the attractions around town ,close to railway station if you wanted to go further afield

Room Tip: Rear of hotel is quieter than the front ,but darker rooms
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Trevor H
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Thank you for your recent review. I'm sorry we're not doing food in the evening at the moment but that is due to change from the beginning of November. We are licensed until 11.00pm and close the bar 20 minutes later. As a resident you are permitted to drink after licensing time at the landlord's discretion. I can only assume he had already turned in after a long day and a member of bar staff closed the bar at the closing time.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a lovely stay at the Westgate Hotel. The location was ideal for our friend's wedding in the Guildhall, it was really central for shopping and for the amazing Winchester Castle too. With two very young children and all our luggage, the stairs to the second floor initially felt like a bit a of a climb (!) but once we were in the rooms were huge, and really nicely furnished. It is a really old building which obviously has its inconveniences but also appeal; and being on the second floor we heard no noise at all from the pub and only a little from the street outside. Personally I loved all the individual wooden furniture and the carefully chosen paint and wallpapers, and feeling like we were part of the old city.

The check -in and -out times were really generous, and the staff even offered us further flexibility if we needed somewhere to leave luggage or get changed for the wedding. There is short-stay parking immediately outside the hotel for unloading, and a multi-storey car park right around the corner for a longer stay- again staff were very helpful in giving us directions.

One of the highlights of our stay was the breakfast- a very friendly welcome to us and our little ones, great selection of cooked options, freshly squeezed juice, delicious fruit salad, in a really comfortable and interesting setting.

This was the first ever hotel stay for my 2 and 3 year old boys, and they loved it too.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosie D
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. I know what it's like travelling with small children and I'm sorry you were on the second floor but I think they were the only rooms at the time of booking. Your children were lovely and your little boy who came to the kitchen door to ask me if he could help was adorable. Glad you had a good stay and we hope to welcome you again. Helen
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

The Westgate hotel is situated in the city centre! First sight appears fine but unfortunately no car park, which is a pity because you then have to pay and display! Try to park for more than 24 hours and it's fun and games with the council, not easy!
The hotel is ok,, proprietor was friendly enough but unfortunately was " too tired" to make us coffee later in the evening,, 23:00 hrs, fair enough!
Bathroom looked like something from I imagine East Germany circa 1975 but main room was quite nice! Didn't sleep a wink due to traffic outside but hey, it's the city centre! Overall,, wouldn't stay there again but Winchester is expensive and forgettable actually!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

The first leg of our adventure started here (walking the first 30 miles of the South Downs way)we would have liked to have had the offer of food but there wasn't any available, however had a good few drinks and had a good laugh with the locals. Nice clean, comfortable rooms. Breakfast was very good with good quality produce used.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jobart66
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
I'm sorry we weren't able to offer you an evening meal during your stay but thank you for your kind comments on the other aspects. We hope to start doing an evening menu in the near future.
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Delph, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

Winchester is expensive and I booked late but still a good trip. Rather warm and I was anxious about traffic noise but quiet enough over night. Good breakfast. Mine host gave a little too much emphasis to the ms in ms Roberts and the stairs are not for the faint hearted.

Room Tip: No lift and steep stairs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Chinkles
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helen s, Owner at The Westgate, responded to this review, 29 August 2013
Sorry not to have replied sooner. Yes the stairs are steep and narrow but the building has been here for a few hundred years and there is just not any way a lift could be incorporated. I have to agree also that it can be noisy outside, but it is a city and we are fairly central. I've probably developed "boiler makers ear" over the years. We have only two rooms of the eight at the back of the hotel. Keats and Trollope. I hope you'll stay again and if those rooms are available we'll certainly allocate one of them to you.
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Property: The Westgate
Address: 2 Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westgate 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the top of the historic Winchester High Street and a mere stone's throw from the legendary King Arthurs Round Table sits the redeveloped, prestigious and good-looking Westgate Pub with Rooms. Here at The Westgate we have gone further than just giving it a lick of paint... A short trot from the bustling city centre we strive to give every guest that walks through our doors the warm feeling of a home away from home. With a good old fashioned helpful bartender attitude, a funky, modern yet British pub kitchen and a light and airy vibe that continues throughout the pub and rooms. We hope you like what we have done as much as we do. We have created a versatile encompassment, ideal for all sorts of adventures that start, or finish, in Winchester. A place for work, rest, fun or families. Team Westgate really thought about the important things in life. A quiet drink, a good old fashioned knees up, romantic dinners, festive feasts, business trips and quiet getaways. This is a very exciting time in this corner of beautiful Winchester. The buzz surrounding the building during the work has been infectious throughout the city and now that we are open, we hope you feel we got it just right. Team Westgate look forward to seeing you and even more to welcoming you back time and time again. ... more   less 
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