Good location for Colchester. 15 mins steady walk to the town centre. Staff helpful and efficient, particularly the bar and waiting staff. Free parking very useful. Car Park entered guarded by a drop down barrier. Wifi (free) works well. Room on the small side but adequate. We stayed for 3 nights over a very cold w/e. Room is heated by a wall mounted convector heater whose output can be adjusted to suit. We found it perfectly adequate for our needs. Bathroom, as in many UK hotels, is small but everything works ok. No shortage of hot water and the over-bath shower has a good pressure.
Friday night was the busiest in the bar (we ate there for all 3 nights) but the staff coped extremely well. The menu is displayed on the now fashionable faux slate plaques hung on the fireplace above the very welcoming wood fire. Food very good but the idea of serving some main courses on designer bits of wood should be discouraged. Noise not a problem even though we overlooked the car park. We stayed in the main hotel, an old building so floorboards creak all the time and everywhere!
A comfortable stay. Staff should be commended for their pleasant attitude and energy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The oldest hotel in the oldest recorded town in England." You are assured a warm welcome at The Rose and Crown hotel, which dates back to the 14th century. It is a beautiful oak timber framed building situated in the bustling, historic town of Colchester. Originally a 14th Century coaching inn lovingly restored over the years, the hotel is an ideal base for both the discerning business and leisure traveller. You can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire in our Tudor bar or go for a lazy walk in the panoramic Constable Country. Located close to Colchester town centre and the A12. It is less than an hour drive from Stansted Airport and 40 minutes from the Port of Harwich. Central London is 45 minutes by train and the idyllic city of Cambridge is an hour drive away. Located 0.6 miles from Firstsite. Free car parking available at the hotel. The Best Western Rose & Crown have won the ‘Best Small Hotel Category’ in the Essex Tourism Awards 2011. ... more less
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