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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


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
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Rooms & Rates


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

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.


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. However, you'll be able to indulge in 21st Century comforts as well as 14th Century charm, with a spa bath and separate shower. 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

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 orginal 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


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 316 traveller reviews
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Wonderful Staff and Stay!

24/11/2015 Lindsay P, Arizona, United States

My experience at The Rose and Crown Colchester, Best Western was amazing! The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and even went out of their way to help me with laundry services. For someone trav... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your excellent review and I am pleased we could assist with your laundry needs. Hope to see you again soon. Lisa

Good Food

18/11/2015 Christopher M, Colchester, United Kingdom

My brother and his wife stay here when visiting us, and have always been impressed with the place. This time we decided to drop in unannounced and see if they could give us lunch. They did, and very... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
What a lovely review especially about lunch, it often goes forgotten. Chef sources as much of his produce locally as possible and "Fish n Chips" is never off the menu. Christmas menu starts tomorrow if you want to try it. See you again soon. Lisa


17/11/2015 ,

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights recently we nearly always stay at a best western as we usually find them clean comfortable and good value. Just a few niggles with this one unfortunately. Th... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I thank you for taking the time to write a review and I can only apologise about the incidents during your stay. I can assure you this is not our expected standards. I will investigate the issues you have mentioned, and remedy them. I hope to have the opportunity of showing you the true Rose & Crown hospitality in the future. Best Regards

Lovely hotel, good food and service

16/11/2015 Carole W, Darlington, United Kingdom

We stayed in October 2015 for a family wedding. The rooms were spacious and clean the hotel has kept much of its tudor character. the bridal suite was lovely. The food was very good and the staff were... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I am glad you enjoyed your visit to us and especially that you enjoyed the wedding. I hope to welcome you back again soon.

Quaint, quirky and creaky

15/11/2015 Janice R, Mansfield, England, United Kingdom

A charming hotel full of the character of it's period - yes the floors creaked [wouldn't have expected any different], loved it. The room was clean, nicely furnished and very comfortable. Definitely... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you so much your perfect score, I truly can't wait for your return so we can show you what delights chef has to offer in the food department. Hope it won't be too long a wait. Best regards