Located bang in the centre of Colchester this hotel has so much untapped potential it's criminal!
Packed full of old world charm, including some lovely sloping floors, the front of the building screams character whilst the rear screams just about the complete opposite.
Turn off Colchester's high street just before you get to the hotel to find the car park hidden away, and don't forget to ask for a car-park pass (the staff don't appear to offer this automatically) or risk a large fine and wheel clamp.
Reception staff are adequate, whilst I can'r criticise them they certainly don't go the extra mile to be helpful. Rooms are accessed via a grand staircase but be warned all of the rooms have access up or down stairs.
Rooms contain the basics, tea/coffee, trouser press, TV etc. Air conditioning is present but I didn't use it. In my room the shower worked well, plenty of power and hot water. I booked through hotels.com and thought the rooms rates were reasonable and competitive.
Rooms and decor might be a little tired, but it doesn't really cause offence and bedsheets and towels are clean. My bed didn't suffer from some of the other comments I've read here, but it also wasn't the most comfortable bed I've slept in.
Service is friendly, and quick, and the breakfast was one of the best I've eaten recently, and dished up with quirky service.
If you want to stay centrally for one night in Colchester the George is fine. I couldn't say I'd like to stay there for longer, but perhaps there are better rooms to enjoy.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Colchester George Hotel
- George Hotel Colchester
- George Colchester
- George Hotel Of Colchester Essex