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Golf Course (within 2 miles), Library
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Breakfast in the Room
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
WiFi is available in some hotel rooms and costs GBP 10 per 24 hours.
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs GBP 4.50 per day.
Room Service, Packed Lunches, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Express Check-in/Check-out, Baggage Storage, Private Check-in/Check-out, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Ironing Service, Shoeshine, Daily Housekeeping, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Fax/Photocopying, Honeymoon Suite
Newspapers, Non-smoking Rooms, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Designated Smoking Area
From 3:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
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Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
All children under 10 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
All children under 3 years stay free of charge in a crib.
All older children or adults are charged GBP 10 per person per night for extra beds.
The maximum number of extra beds/cribs in a room is 1.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
When booking more than 9 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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A 500 year-old coaching house, steeped in history, located in the heart of Colchester, England's oldest recorded town. Please note the hotel does not have an elevator or any rooms on the first floor.
Score from 508 reviews Good
Built in 1450 the Bull Hotel is a timber house in the charming East Anglian village of Long Melford. The former carriage inn offers rooms with private bathrooms and fine food.
Score from 249 reviews Very good
With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this Tudor building dates back to 1604 and is situated on the banks of the Colne River, close to Colchester’s town center and the train station.
Score from 281 reviews Review score
Occupying a 14th-century traveler's inn, the award-winning Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is just a 15 minute walk from the center of historic Colchester.
Score from 267 reviews Good
Quietness and location
Although you don't expect modern conditions in an ancient hotel this was a trifle disappointing.The shower was a no better than a dribble and the bath panel was almost falling off.That said it's a hotel I've always wanted to stay in and will do so again next time I'm in Colchester.I'm glad I travelled alone as my girlfriend would have been a lot more fussy than I was but for me it was fine and somewhere warm and comfortable to lay my head.
staff most helpful and the food was excellent as was the location for University of Essex as bus stop just across the road
internet access a bit difficult to get
I liked the hotel overall the food was brilliant the staff were friendly and helpful and the hotel was warm and welcoming
The heating was on all the time in the room and it was boiling hot had to have window open all night
No lift - no bellboys. Too few amenities and the bathroom too small
The force of water in the shower was pathetic ..probably the pipeline needs to be re done completely.
The location and character of the hotel were outstanding. Front-line staff did their best to meet concerns and were very caring. My father's breakfast was served exactly the way he always has it at home.
We left our luggage at the hotel and went to a wedding followed by a wedding reception; so we didn't see our rooms until bedtime. That was why we didn't see that the shelf on the bedroom wall had been removed, but the screws were still in the wall and there was an unpainted patch of wall. Or the awful state of the bath! The manager had to be contacted repeatedly for his comments, which were (finally): Well, you shouldn't have accepted the room!
Accommodated us on each occasion a pleasure to finish work and relax with the Red Lion
Never been to colchester, so I didn't know what to expect. What a lovely town, and the red lion was a perfect fit for me to experience the aire of colchester even when not exploring the town. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Not sure if they simply ran out or if they don't normally have any, but the were no local maps of colchester to help me navigate.
Bed was very comfortable.
Bathroom was very basic and the panel was cracked in several places. Shower was poor. Breakfast was very basic and not nearly worth £15.
The location was excellent
The room was really tired and dated. There were big rips in the net curtains over the window. The shower curtain was filthy (a dirty brown colour in areas). Tiles had been replaced with mismatched tiles. I would never stay here again. It is such a shame as it is a lovely old building.
Interesting Tudor building with original beams showing. We had room 10 which featured panels of the original wattle & daub wall.
Staffing levels were poor. It seemed that the receptionist was also the bar maid and also the waitress in the restaurant!! When we tried to access the wifi we couldn't, so phoned reception and after 15 minutes of waiting for a reply, we gave up and went down personally. we were told they were having technical issues and the repairman would be in "tomorrow". GREAT, we were there for 1 night, and my wife had some work to do on the internet. The room itself. The bedding and towels were about the cleanest things in there. There were cobwebs hanging off the light fitting that looked as though they had been there since the place was built. The wardrobe had a sliver of wood under one corner to keep it upright - ok the building dates from the 1400s and you expect the floor boards to sag (and creek (a lot)), but surely there is a way in this day and age to level a wardrobe slightly more tidely? Whilst on the subject of the room, there is the usual info pack with a letter from the manager, which states "If you need anything for your room ....dial 0 for reception and if all else fails dial 0 and ask for me" (the general manager). No point as dialling 0 gets no response anyway (receptionist probably busy in restaurant or bar)!!! We did not use the restaurant so cannot coment on the food. However, when we arrived, after a four hour drive from home, my wife and I fancied a drink. Lager was the choice, but, after waiting 10 minutes for the receptionist/waitress/barmaid to come, she informed us they had no draught lager (which has been mentioned on another trip comparison site). Overall the hotel has potential, but is tired and in need of some tlc. They also need to employ more people.
the style of the hotel the mystery in its history its convenient location
being woken up at 2 in the morning by my tv which insisted on switching itself on no lift
Car parking is a problem and a long walk to the hotel
Nice staff, very cheerful and helpful
No lifts, a lot of stairs, small rooms, old furniture and decor, no sound proofing, noisy most of the time especially at the weekend
The receptionist did all in her power to find a solution to our problems and did her best to help us, and I imagine it was through her good offices that we had a free breakfast.
My friend and I booked a twin room in August 2014, for the 27,28th September. I phoned from France later the same day and asked the gentleman who answered the phone to confirm that we would have a twin room, and not a double.I was assured that this would be so. On arrival at the hotel we were shown a double room and advised that all other rooms were booked. Also that there were no rooms available in the near vicinity. Consequently we had no alternative than to stay .As it was not condusive to sleep in the same bed I made do with a mattress on the floor. Added to this we were allocated a room at the front of the hotel and the noise from the road made it impossible to sleep. No advice was given of this. We requested to speak to the manager, but he was conspicuous by his absence, and we thought that we had perhaps been moved to accommodate more regular guests. He initially offered (via the receptionist) a free cup of tea or coffee, and a refund of our money ,the later of which was impossible as there was no other place to stay,and later when we did stay a free breakfast.At no time did he make himself known to us and apologies, or offer any reimbursement. The receptionist did move us to a twin room the following night. The hot water in the taps was often near to boiling but there was no warning. We are both in are late sixties and found that the lack of staff made in difficult for the hotel to function smoothly and was not age friendly.
Cracked sanitary ware in bathroom. Overall a shabby hotel.
Had our dog with us so getting from the car park to the hotel with him and our luggage was a nightmare !!
when there was staff very nice the old hotel was lovely
the noise from outside was not told the hotel was across from late nite pub and club also room not ready until 4 ish my daughter had to help a member of staff with her bed so she could sleep as i did book for 3
Room was very comfortable, ate at the restaurant on 22nd, food excellent, very convenient location for the town centre, station and the wedding venue I was attending. Highly recommended, and I will stay next time I am visiting the area.
The restaurant seemed to only have one staff member working at breakfast on the 24th so service was slow
The building is beautiful.
Filthy bathroom, never staff around, a man Asleep on the bar with can of Stella in hand and the best thing was when running the tap in bathroom, vomit bubbling out Of the bath!!!!! On telling the receptionist..... She said 'oh yeah, that's happened before, we've got dodgy plumbing here!!!!!!' Not forgetting the awful view and filthy windows! Yuk!!!
Location and staff were good, although there was a quibble about the price of my booking. I didn't use the bar or restaurant, so can't comment. Room and bathroom were very clean and the bed very comfortable.
When making the booking I had been assured that I could get help with luggage, due to surgery. Reception was upstairs, so had to get a customer to help. Staff helped afterwards, though. Clearly this is place that needs a lot of TLC and money spent. There were some things that should be addressed, so as ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, buckets and boxes permanently left in corridors.
We love everything about the hotel it's old style with modern feel to it. Felt more relaxed there too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay every time.
The beds were big enough and the room had enough space to talk around
I lived there for almost one week and they didn't change our sheets at least once
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