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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!

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East Street
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 0844 387 6185*


Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Restaurants, Lift to some floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide and hearing dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

Chef Tony Porter

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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

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.


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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Nearest motorway: M25, J28, 40.00 miles
Nearest train station: Colchester Town & North, 1.00 miles
Nearest airport: London Stansted, 40.00 miles
Free parking on site (45 spaces)
On site disabled parking (2 spaces)

East Street

What's nearby?


  • Colchester United Stadium (2 miles)

  • Colchester Cricket ground (2 miles)

  • Ipswich Town (15 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Colchester Castle (0.8 miles)

  • Colchester Zoo (5 miles)

  • Firstsite (0.5 miles)

  • Layer Marney Towers (7 miles)

  • Constable Country Flatford and Dedham (8 miles)


  • City Centre (0.7 miles)

  • Bluewater (55 miles)

  • Lakeside (38 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


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 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 533 traveller reviews
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Wonderful staff/hotel

15/05/2018 shirleyward10, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

I stayed at the Rose and Crown the night before my wedding and my wedding night. The staff were so helpful on the day of the Wedding. When my husband and I got back to the room the staff had decorat... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
It really is our pleasure and many congratulations to you both. We empower our team to go above and beyond expectations. I hope to see you again, if not every year on your anniversary. Best regards

Lovely stay

05/05/2018 Tracy S, Colchester

Stayed for sons wedding for 2 nights. Lovely old building and stayed in a room with four poster bed which was spacious and lovely. Had breakfast both morning which was really nice and staff were extre... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Tracy, Thank you so much for posting a review, we have a great team here. I am sure the newly weds are enjoying there honeymoon. Best regards

Nice hotel, pleasant room, but ...

24/04/2018 Judy S, Peterborough, United Kingdom

We stayed in the new building at the Rose & Crown for a wedding. It is a beautiful, ancient, and well-preserved building, so if you like half-timbered hotels with low beams, sympathetic decor and rab... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Dear Judy S, Firstly, I am pleased the staff went above and beyond, we are very proud of our team here. The receptionist had already said about the desk lid not opening, and upon inspection the desk had moved position which indeed meant there wasn't room for the lid to open. In hindsight when we upgraded the TV's they should all have been positioned slightly higher. I will share your comments with the housekeeper regarding the fan and the other items - I will point out that we disused the AC system years ago removing the controls etc but the vents can not be removed. I can only apologise about your disturbed sleep, with dust and the mattress - we use all reviews and guests comments for long term repairs/replacements. I look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon. Best regards


23/04/2018 sunny_australia2018, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

We arrived mid afternoon from London to be welcomed by very friendly staff. We were shown to our room that was accessible from the ground level. The room was what we required in a room for people with... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Great to hear, We are especially interested to hear reviews from our guests with limited mobility - as an historic building we have done our best with adaptions. Look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards

Lovely old world hotel

16/04/2018 carolynbray24, Calne, United Kingdom

We used this hotel as a stopover on a longer journey. We enjoyed a good meal in the bar the evening we arrived. Beautiful old building but the room was clean and comfortable. A slight confusion workin... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Carolyn, Thank you for posting a review and I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Best regards