We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Historic building, excellent staff”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Colchester
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
42 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Historic building, excellent staff”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Had been recommended this hotel by a friend, so booked up and paid £61.00 for a single room, which I didn't think was too unreasonable for a Saturday night.

Arrived at the hotel and was checked in promptly, the hotel itself is an old building but the appearance was good and clean. I was given a room in the main building so just had to walk upstairs, there is a separate annex which is just across the car park as well. The receptionist also informed us that there was a private function taking place and there may be some noise, however as we were out in the town until late anyway this did not disturb me.

For a single I was impressed with the room size, especially the bathroom which had no shortage of space! A shower was provided which functioned fine and there was also a standard flat screen TV, although I did not use this.

Went into the bar downstairs prior to going out for a few drinks. I had an Adnams ale, but it was a bit pricey so we only stayed for one before moving on.

Had a good nights sleep and checked out in no time at all, the receptionist even booked us a taxi back to the railway station which was handy!

I would definitely stay here again, the staff are a credit to this establishment.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank JonB125
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

439 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    135
    176
    80
    31
    17
See reviews for
67
160
23
119
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (86)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

This was the venue for a very large birthday party, with most of the guests staying the night, so the hotel was pretty much at capacity. The buffet provided was excellent. The hotel staff were courteous and went out of their way to provide extra help. If you like quirky old hotels with real log fires you will love this place - we did; especially as it was freezing out. Bedrooms were clean, cosy and warm. The only down side was the shower - Lovely and hot on Sat evening, cold on Sunday morning - we were probably the last to rise and the others had used it all up. Breakfast was buffet plus full English fry up. Tea and coffee were in huge thermos flasks, which meant you could help yourself as often as you wanted. I preferred this to teapots. A good time was had by all. Thank you Rose and Crown.

Room Tip: Rooms on the left of the corridor are larger, some have 4 poster beds
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Gwen C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
COLCHESTER
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2012

we arrived at the rose and crown 1/2 hour to early where our coat were taken from us ( who's wants to carry there coats around with them inside a hotel ) we were directed to the bar and when our table was ready a member of staff came and told us , within 5 mins we had our starters,all the food was well cooked , and very well presented
this was a restuarant where the staff care about the service they give to there customers

well done

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank stephendn9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Maldon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
76 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We stayed here for one night having won it in a raffle. We were joined by our family just for dinner. The food was good, of acceptable quality and quantity but had to be consumed in the Bar area where we were sandwiched between an attractive but hot open fire, and draughty windows. Our room was large and clean, and had a refurbished bathroom which lacked just minor detail like no ledge above the hand basin for toothbrushes etc The floorboards were a little noisy which is what you would expect from a building of its age. However the most annoying feature was the noisy mattress on the bed which squeaked at the slightest movement. Hopefully this room is not allocated to couples on their wedding night. This is a problem however that is easily solved with a replacement. Generally the staff were friendly and efficient. For tourists this is a good example of ye olde England, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to my American relatives.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a quiet mattress
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank paratanytarsus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Essex
Level Contributor
102 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Had just one night at this hotel whilst attending my company Christmas party.
First impressions are not bad, apart from the rain coming through the ceiling in the entrance lobby, with a black bin bag on the sofa below to prevent it getting too wet.
The room was very tired, and long overdue for a re-fit. The mastic seal around the bath is about an inch wide, and looks as though it was applied by a child.
The furniture is in need of replacement, and the room needs a lick of paint.
I wouldn't stay here again out of choice, and certainly not worth the reduced corporate rate of £74 per night. There are much better appointed hotels for less money.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank thomps53
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

The hotel was difficult to find (not their fault), and had limited parking. My colleague had to park on a residential street about 5 minuteswalk away then move it later when space became available. Not ideal.

One guy behind the bar (Toni) was very helpful and attentive, however, the other waitresses were rude and appeared to be annoyed at having to serve you.

The food was very average.

The ceiling height on the rooms is far too low to ensure a comfortable stay - and I'm not tall!

I will not stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Smith742
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
UK
Level Contributor
48 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Good breakfast, and several examples of first-class service. Handy to be right over the pub for a nightcap.
Room was pretty tight for a family, but we were a late booking, and they moved us as soon
as they could.
We were here 3 nights, so got a pretty good idea of the establishment.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Fender_Jazz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Colchester hotels
0.9 mi away
The North Hill Hotel
The North Hill Hotel
#10 of 23 in Colchester
4.5 of 5 bubbles 247 reviews
0.9 mi away
Blue Ivy Hotel
Blue Ivy Hotel
#7 of 23 in Colchester
4.5 of 5 bubbles 115 reviews
1.7 mi away
Wivenhoe House
Wivenhoe House
#1 of 1 in Wivenhoe
4.5 of 5 bubbles 644 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.9 mi away
Holiday Inn Express Colchester
1.8 mi away
Premier Inn Colchester (A12) Hotel
5.5 mi away
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester

Property: Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester
Address: East Street, Colchester CO1 2TZ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Colchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Cancelon, Priceline, Cheap Tickets, TripOnline SA and HotelQuickly so you can book your Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Best Western Rose & Crown Colchester Hotel Colchester
Best Western Rose And Crown Colchester
Best Western Hotel Colchester
Best Western Colchester
Colchester Best Western
Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester Essex

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing