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George Hotel of Colchester
Ranked #20 of 24 Hotels in Colchester
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“Good central hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights for the Bank holiday weekend! We found the staff very helpful and friendly. The hotel is very old and full of character! We liked the atmosphere of the hotel! Our double room was classed as an Executive room and it was indeed a very large room with 2 beds put together which were comfortable! The decor was rather dated and the bathroom was also large but the shower was very weedy without a good strong jet of water and the bath surface was wearing away! It would be a very good room if the Bespoke owners would redecorate/refurbish the room and install a powerful shower! Also the tea and coffees in the room and biscuits were a bit frugal and we had to ask for more which the staff gave us happily! Also it would be nice to have some complimentary water bottles in the room! The breakfast was very nice which we paid an additional £10 for 2 per morning(full English or Ham poached eggs and hashbrowns) The bar is also very relaxing and has comfortable sofas to relax in! Free parking at the back and the hotel supply you with a voucher, to display in the windscreen. There are alot of stairs to climb if your room is in the 400s but you do get use to the variable heights and steepness of the old stairs! It is in a good central location in the town centre right near the Castle, I can imagine a bit noisy if your room faces the front but our room was at the back so relatively quiet apart from the hum from the kitchen extracter fan chimney if the room Windows were open.Overall we enjoyed our stay and we would stay again but I think this hotel could be improved with some attention to the rooms and bathrooms. The staff are great :-)

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Spent one night here, our room was at the front of the hotel and very noisy. Staff were friendly and helpful. A lot of character in the hotel but needs a lot of decorating as it looks very shabby. Good location for nightlife and shopping.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

We needed inexpensive accommodation. Down in Colchester for an appointment we arrived the night before, quite late in the evening. The parking was easy to locate despite the one way system. Upon arrival in reception we noticed the huge winding stairway. We had to ring the bell for service but didn't have to wait longer than a few minutes at the most. The staff were very polite and assistance with our bags was offered. The building dates back to at least the 14th century, and despite a lot of the furnishings looking old and worn, I personally thought it was quite magical. The bar area was abuzz, and the high ceilings and very crooked and creaky floors were quaint. It's a very large building and as we walked up the huge staircase there was an exposed area of the wall, with a plaque describing what the wall was constructed of- mud and straw, and all the walls were the same...our twin room was very basic, the ceiling was crooked, and when I walked from the side of my bed to the bathroom, it felt like I was on a roller coaster as the floor was totally not flat. It creaked with every step. The pictures on the walls were not straight either probably because the floor and ceiling were so crooked! Nevertheless, the shower had good pressure, soap, shampoo etc were supplied, and the white towels were white, the sheets crisp and clean and the bed blissfully comfortable. I made use of the coffee and shortbread biscuits. Iron, ironing board, and a trouser press were supplied. The book of places to go in and around Colchester was very well worn, and about ten years out of date, based on various laws that have changed over the years. One interesting thing of note was the toilet had a huge sign on it informing patrons that it used a shredder method for conservation methods which in all my travels I have never seen before. I would certainly stay there again, and hopefully would have more time to enjoy the hotels facilities apart from a bed and shower.

Room Tip: There was a little bit of noise from the street below, but not enough to be bothersome. I guess roo...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night! Fantastic room for the money! Staff were very accommodating and the room was everything we needed! Check in was easy and the fact that you got free parking and wifi was definitely a bonus! Breakfast was on offer at £5 and was lovely! Thanks would stay again if in the area! Brilliant cannot be faulted! Thanks!

Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Denise E, General Manager at George Hotel of Colchester, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments.

I will certainly pass them on to my team to ensure all guests have a similar experience to yours!

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome back in the very near future.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

I booked the hotel though Bookings.com and left a comment informing the hotel that I would require the room from 11am, as we needed to change to attend a wedding in the afternoon. I will the hotel credit they did honour this request.
The location of the hotel is on the high street in Colchester so ideal if you want to go shopping, car park is at the back of the hotel and there was plenty of spaces., mind the one way system.

The hotel is an old building but it could do with some TLC the furniture in the bar areas is dirty and could do with a good clean or even changing, the rooms are small and very little light, my wife did struggle putting on her makeup. The bedrooms need to be redecorated, I understand the building is old but no need to keep the décor that way as well. The only meal we had was breakfast and that was really nice, staff very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: The Hotel did have Wifi but I didn't use it so don't know if it was free or not. Front of...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Unfortunately, we had a bad experience with the George and we are still trying to sort it out. During the check-in we were told our credit card was not valid and then we provided reception with another card on request (different bank account). To our surprise when we returned home, we noticed that they had charged both accounts with the total amount (double charge). We forwarded them by email proofs of payment of both accounts and all sorts of evidence and got no reply. Then, we phoned and they requested us to email it again. No reply. After another phone call (from Spain were we live) we double checked with them whether the email address was correct, however, we got failure messages since they had provided us with a wrong email address...

We have now turned to our bank and we are still trying to recover our money by other means. Despite several emails and phone calls, they have shown no will /interest whatsoever to try and sort out this issue (double charge). We still think that we should to leave this review for the record.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denise E, Manager at George Hotel of Colchester, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
Thank you for your comments - however - we can confirm, once again, that your card has only been charged once for your 3 night stay.

We are sorry for any misunderstanding there may have been and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

My wife & I have stayed @ The George twice in the last 10 years and our opinions have not changed. It is an historic hotel with lots of character and friendly, attentive staff. The food is ok but the big negative for this hotel is the state of repair of the rooms and the overall building; it desperately needs a massive make-over.

Room Tip: Go for rooms on the back in the 200 range.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Property: George Hotel of Colchester
Address: 116 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Colchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — George Hotel of Colchester 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The George Hotel the most iconic and oldest hotel set in the heart of Colchester, England's oldest city, right on the high street and approximately 100 yards from Colchester Castle. History resonates throughout the 500 year old coaching inn which is home to the stylish Courtyard Brasserie, serving excellent English a la carte dishes and daily specials, and the trendy coffee shop Cafe George. In the Heart of Historic Colchester The extensive medieval cellars, preserved behind glass, have remnants of Roman roads that once ran through the town and even the ashes left by the fires of Queen Boudicca's rampage in AD60 when she burned Colchester to the ground. Situated on Colchester High Street, among an array of shops, bars and restaurants, the hotel is ideal for exploring and visiting the many tourist attractions and cultural sites in the area and the rich heritage of East Anglia's beautiful countryside and coast. The Perfect Venue The charming high street hotel and its historic surroundings offer a great location for weddings, corporate events, overnight business travel, romantic getaways, golf weekends and memorable special events of all occasions. It features 47 spacious, individually decorated bedrooms equipped to a high standard, free WiFi throughout the facility and on-site parking free of charge. The George Hotel is ideally situated for both business and leisure guests, close to the A12 and A120, with excellent links to Stansted Airport and the Port of Harwich, as well as London's city centre (65km away) and Cambridge (63km). Outstanding Service Relaxation and quality services are guaranteed at the hotel which operates a 24-hour front desk offering a range of facilities including tour/ticket assistance and room service. We look forward to welcoming you for an enjoyable and memorable stay at one of Essex's most historic hotels. There is on site parking available. Car Parking charges apply. ... more   less 
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