The hotel has a fantastic dining room in it's vaulted great hall, once used by Oliver Cromwell,where we had a pleasant evening meal served by a very helpful and friendly waiter. We requested a room at the rear given previous comments and had no noise problems at all. The room wasn't massive, but this is what I would expect in a property of this age. the carpet seemed quite new and clean, and the bedlinen was White and spotless with a duvet, not blankets, so I would imagine this has all been replaced since the earlier comments on this. The bathroom, although not particularly new, was also clean and freshly painted.
The location is very good, a few minutes walk from everything, shops, restaurants,castle,museums and station. It's in the middle of the high street, and the other shopping areas are just behind, so you can easily pop back to drop off bags. The shopping was fast better than we expected, and there were plenty of restaurants nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Red Lion Hotel was built in 1465 and is in the centre of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. The historical building has original Tudor features, including wooden beams.The Red Lion Hotel is one of the oldest inns in the area. The hotel is a short walk from the shops and Colchester Town Rail Station is 500 metres away. Hotel Rooms: 24 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Colchester
- Colchester Red Lion
- Brook Red Lion Hotel Colchester, Essex