Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel

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Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel.

Comfort in Colchester.

The Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is within walking distance of Colchester city centre. With a proud history of hospitality, it's the oldest recorded hotel in England's oldest recorded town!

That means you can look forward to a real oldy-worldy stay, with oak beamed walls, original chimneys and original small paned windows all adding to this 14th Century coaching inn-turned hotels appeal.

Colchester itself offers just as much character and charm, thanks to a rich history of Roman, Medieval and Victorian influences. You'll be near Constable Country too, which should give you an idea of the beautiful scenery and picturesque villages that will be on your doorstep!


Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

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Oak Room

An oasis of contemporary style amidst the traditional charm of the hotel itself, our Oak Room offers casual dining.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 07:00 - 09:30
Weekend times may vary
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The Tudor Bar/Brasserie

The Tudor bar is friendly and cosy. In the winter you'll be able to sit around a roaring log fire, as you warm your cockles with a light lunch or a three course meal! At any time of year, our real Rose and Crown Ale goes down a treat!

Opening hours

Dinner: 18:30 - 21:30
Weekend times may vary
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Rose Room

This bar is open for functions only.


Lexden Golf Course

Course information

Course Type:
Location: Off Site
Holes: 0
Distance: 0 Yards
No handicap required


3.00 miles away in Colchester


9 holes Yes


The Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel is a historic and even more importantly, romantic place to celebrate your big day at. We're licensed for Civil Weddings and Civil partnerships, so you can enjoy the whole day with us.

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Wedding service and reception venue

There's lots of room for romance here, and whatever you want to do in terms of entertainment, we'll do our best to make it happen.


We offer three wedding packages: Standard, Premier and Deluxe. Whichever you choose, you'll enjoy a starter, main course and dessert.

Honeymoon Suite

With a four poster bed, our bridal suite is set in the older part of the hotel, renovated in 2016 with new bed, lighting and furniture. However, you'll be able to indulge in 21st Century comforts as well as 14th Century charm. This room will be our wedding present to you on your special occasion!


Registry office:
Essex County Council
Stanwell House, Stanwell Street Colchester CO2 7DL

For any enquiries please call Lisa Grantham on 01206 866677

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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East Street

Free parking on site (45 spaces)

Meetings, Conferences and Events

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Our charming building is the perfect place to host an event. With large, airy rooms that have historic interest as well as cosy character, you and your guests can relax while you work.

Available room set ups

U shape


Suitable for weddings, parties and corporate meetings or events - very versatile to suits all room layouts and requirements.

Prison Wine Bar

The perfect change of scene from the office, located downstairs this room used to be a prison and still has some of the original features including 2 cells. Private dining or small meetings up to 14/16 guests.

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Rose 100 50 46 40 80
Prison Wine Bar 20 8 12 14 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0844 387 62 40

Amenities and Policies

Services: Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Lift to some floors, Restaurants
Internet: Free internet available throughout the hotel.
Parking: There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Check-in & Check-out: 14:00 | 11:00
Pets: Guide and hearing dogs only


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 650 traveller reviews
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Beautiful and timeless setting

17/03/2020 Holidayden, Kent

We were so pleased we were able to stay at this lovely hotel, possibly one of the oldest places we stayed in, which has peaceful and stylish atmosphere, combined with excellent food and great service.... more


Pleasant place to stay

13/03/2020 Steve T, Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

I really enjoyed a three night stay in this hotel. It's about half a mile from the centre of town but it was a pleasant walk. My room was lovely with wooden beams everywhere - I had an advantage being... more


Facinating historic hotel

11/02/2020 GaryJones777, Aurora, Colorado

Very nice room, sperate building from the main. Was there at Christmas time, lots of "works Do's" going on. Was noisy, but all good fun. Very tight for parking, always busy. Very good breakfast, get t... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Gary, Thanks for posting the review - Christmas is always a fun busy time but glad when its done. See you soon Best regards

Awesome pork belly

09/02/2020 604karlh, Hitchin, United Kingdom

This is one of my favourite places to visit when with family in Colchester. The staff are always so attentive and happy to assist. We have a regular corner table by the open fire, and always struggle ... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thanks for the amazing review. Always good to have a fav place to visit. See you again soon.

Nice stay in historical hotel

02/02/2020 pavel2356,

I’d like to share my thoughts about this hotel. I stayed there for one month and I must say it was great. The room was very modern, nice and clean. The historical building of the hotel where you can f... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Pavel, Thank you so much for posting a review. Looking forward to your next visit. Bye for now