Hotel located about half way along the High Street; had no drop off point or parking not mentioned on the web. Taxi rank outside. Parking is at NCP some distance away
Reception on the first floor so not suitable for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties,
Large airy room on second floor overlooking the street, king size bed with duvet, flat screen tv, small free standing wardrobe. Extra blanket and electric fan provided. No A/C, safe or mini-bar but tea tray with biscuits provided but only one drinking glass. Room was dimly lit with only one bedside light and very hot at night and extremely noisy from the club opposite and the taxi rank. No Fire Escape information or hotel directory supplied.Good size bathroom with full size bath, but room very dated and tired, cracked tiles and mastic around the bath - in need of a major refit. No grab rails to bath or shower, no bath mat, no glasses, no hairdryer and no spare toilet paper. Needs a sign regarding how hot the water is. Thinnest toilet paper ever, but towels were good
Dinner was a shables the first night and when it turned up it was badly presented and appeared reheated. The waitress repeated the desert order twice and still the wrong thing turned up.The second night was better although no one knew how to switch the lights on, and we had to request cutlery to eat the meal. Breakfast service was good, with a reasonable buffet and a full english available. Most of the dining tables were very sticky and unpleasant.
Staff were friendly.
Would I stay there again - not from choice.
- 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