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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*


2016 dinner inclusive rates offer a £25 per person à la carte allowance
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

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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 404 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 115
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Rating: 1 17

A good location and atmosphere

30/11/2016 Iwona D,

Me and my husband spent a couple of days in this hotel. It's good to know it's the oldest hotel in Colchester and....you may see that :) A great Tudor style of interior, romantic pub, a great room ser... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I am pleased you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us. I hope to welcome you back again soon. Best regards

Proper olde world

27/11/2016 northants90, Northampton, United Kingdom

Stayed here overnight for a work meeting in Colchester and have to say what a lovely hotel - which you would expect under the Best Western franchise. The hotel is a short walk out of the main town c... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for posting a review, we especially appreciate corporate visitor reviews as they rarely get posted. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, maybe next time you can extend into the weekend and get to know Colchester better. Many thanks, I look forward to welcoming you back. best regards

Super find. Would definitely return.

27/11/2016 Linds1980,

We stayed at the rose and crown for two nights after we checked out of another hotel late at night as it was really awful. We were welcomed at around midnight by a delightful and friendly receptionist... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I am very pleased that we managed to turn your weekend around. Thank you for posting such a great review and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards

Friendly, well run, mostly atmospheric hotel perfectly situated. Nice well priced menu.

20/11/2016 KEITH B, South Ockendon, United Kingdom

For a very old place, this is a well kept hotel, with friendly staff, a good and well priced food menu, and nice rooms. The bed in our Executive room was actually too big, far bigger than a king size,... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Dear Keith B, Thank you for posting such a glowing review we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards

Great staff could do with some TLC

16/11/2016 Lynsey T,

Stayed at the hotel for work, staff were so friendly and helpful. The room was clean, but a good walk from reception, up and then back down several stair cases. It didn't bother me but to be aware if ... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for posting your review and I apologise about the maintenance issues, all simple that we could have fixed easily. I agree about the heating but we had some overseas guests staying for a while and we were asked to increase the heating which we did, I am sorry it was too hot for you. About half of ours rooms have individual heat control. I hope to have the opportunity of showing you the true Rose & Crown hospitality on a future visit. Best regards