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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

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 447 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 139
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Quintessentially English

15/06/2017 W00dham01, Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Very warm welcome to the hotel by Liz the Receptionist. Room 205 charming and a delight. Best bed ever. Room spotlessly clean and spacious. Everything you could possibly want and more. Breakfast was h... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
What a lovely review thank you for taking the time to post it. Room 205 is rather special and I will pass on your comments to the team. Hopefully welcome you back soon. best regards

Just a few things short of 5 stars

12/06/2017 Ceri g, Swansea, United Kingdom

Stayed here for work. Very easy to find and just about enough parking but I did get there quite early-ish. Warm welcome on arrival and the room was comfortable and clean. Only negative was that every... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Ceri, Thanks for posting a review, we always like to hear from our coporate guests. I look forward to welcoming back and we will allocate a room more centrally. Best regards

Amy Winehouse Tribute & Dinner

01/06/2017 Jonathan K,

Had a great night watching the amazing Laura Butler's Amy Winehouse tribute act in a lovely old (possibly haunted!) hotel. The 3 course meal that was included was exceptional, ALL the staff were amazi... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for posting a review about our first Amy Winehouse Tribute. We have an Elvis and Vegas Tribute in Oct/Nov. Hope to see you again soon. Best regards

Great Place To Stay

29/05/2017 Anne S, Manchester, United Kingdom

Rose & Crown, Colchester. Great place to stay. Excellent restaurant, excellent service by very friendly staff. good size secure hotel car park. Very clean and tidy rooms. Good access to other areas of... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Love hearing from our regulars, See you again soon.

Fantastic night at Amy Winehouse Tribute Show

28/05/2017 samantha_bubb, Walton-on-the-Naze, United Kingdom

Superb hotel. We were there for Amy Winehouse Tribute night which was superb. When I originally enquired, I explained I was vegan and what could they offer me. They came straight back setting out my 3... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at Best Western The Rose And Crown Colchester, responded to this review
The Amy Winehouse tribute was a first for us but it was a great success. I am pleased we accommodated your dietary needs without fuss, I hope to see you again soon. Best regards