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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   50 Christchurch Rd | St Cross, Winchester SO23 9SU, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent value, friendly and well-appointed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had a lovely stay here. The owner, who booked us in, was efficient and friendly. The family suite has a separate sitting area with a sofa bed. The bed was made up after we'd dropped off out luggage and there was a lovely touch; hot chocolate sachets put out for the children and the toys the kids had left in the room arranged in a little tableau on the bed!
The room and bathroom were beautifully appointed and there were good quality toiletries. There are a few friendly animals in the hotel which is a bonus for children, including a dog, Mrs Bridges the parrot and a cat to greet my husband when he came in late from an evening reunion in the town. The night time is not entirely silent; you can hear the odd train and occasional animal noise and while this may not appeal to everyone it didn't bother us at all.
Breakfast was plentiful and very good quality; it was fairly busy the weekend we were there but four cooked breakfasts arrived quickly. Giffard House is in a very nice part of town, a few minutes walk from College, Cathedral and town. Highly recommended and really very good value.

Room Tip: Family room is on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Aiken
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43 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We are a family of two young men (20 and 23) and two adults, so we often look for different things from lodging. Giffard satisfied us all. The breakfasts were great (even for the vegetarian). Home was beautifully decorated and quite clean, bathroom was large, located in a nice quiet neighborhood (except for occasional train in back), nice garden for sitting outside, wonderful pets (we wanted to take Jerry home with us), off street parking and in walking distance to downtown. The owners were so accommodating; helping with laundry, oversized luggage storage and restaurant recommendations. I don't think Winchester gets enough attention as a wonderful place to stay. The town itself could have kept us busy for many days with the Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Castle, museums, etc. The town is such a great jumping off place for fly fishing in the River Test (which was fantastic) and for visiting Stonehenge, Avebury, Salisbury Cathedral and many apple orchards specializing in hard cider. A lovely place to stay, ready to go to Giffard again.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, you might want to stay on the front, if you like to sleep with the windo...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Stayed with my wife for the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The place is tastefully decorated with the best of fabrics and furnishings. The location is in a quiet area but is only a 15 minutes stroll to the High Street. We slept well in a very comfortable bed and arose to an excellent breakfast which was freshly prepared with good local produce. Little touches in the bathroom were provided, which suited my wife, such as cotton buds, face wipes and a nail file. Another plus is hotel parking as this is at a premium in Winchester. This hotel deserves its high ranking as it is so well looked after with a high degree of thought for the customer. We will certainly return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Purley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stayed at Giffard House for two nights while visiting Winchester. The hotel was immaculate in every detail. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner from recommending restaurants to booking taxies and restaurants and allowing you to leave your car in a convenient safe place while sightseeing. A hearty breakfast then it’s just a short walk to the City centre. I have no hesitation in recommending Giffard House for value and quality.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stafford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Stayed here for a couple of nights with work and couldn't fault the place. Stylishly decorated, room was well laid out with everything I needed with good wifi connection. Breakfast nicely cooked with good hot and cold selection.

Would definitely recommended.

Room Tip: Try and stay at the front of the building as noise from the train line at the back (although I didn...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brive-la-Gaillarde, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

On my several visits to the hotel, I have always been well looked by a friendly, helpful owner with obliging staff. The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, there is a charming lounge, the decor is quintessential, and the building is quaint. I fully intend to come back again on my next visit to Winchester.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Banstead, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

This review is based on the fact that this is a 5* rated hotel with Gold level award.

Good:
The location for Winchester city centre 10-15 mins, accommodation, room-size, decor and cleanliness are very good. Booking was easy and wifi facilities worked well.

Not so good: Breakfast service was disorganised, inefficient and was close to being chaotic. e.g. Breakfast beverages were ordered first and delivered last, toast delivered cold, crockery not cleared between courses and empty tables left uncleared. It was believed that they were short staffed, but for a 5* hotel high quality standards and service levels have to be maintained at all times.

There was no Sky Sports TV in our bedroom, even though it is advertised on the website. This was one of reasons this Hotel was chosen and there was no reason offered for this.

Surely a hotel with such high ratings has to be giving the best of the best at all times for all guests.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front are quiet. i.e. can not here the trains from nearby railway line.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Giffard House

Address: 50 Christchurch Rd | St Cross, Winchester SO23 9SU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Winchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Winchester
#1 Best Value Hotel in Winchester
#1 Romantic Hotel in Winchester
#4 Business Hotel in Winchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Giffard House 5*
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Giffard Hotel Winchester

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