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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


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 347 traveller reviews
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17/05/2016 hill758, Warwick, United Kingdom

The pictures on the website are not of the standard rooms, we booked thinking the standard room was like the pictures it's not, it's dreadful, we paid the upgrade ( about £40.00) and moved room which ... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am glad the upgraded room was to your liking. I have just looked at our website to check for any incorrect photographs and all the photos are of the correct room types - I will add that because of the age of our building no two rooms are the same so we do have differing rooms in each room type. I can only apologise that the first room was not as expected. I hope to be able to welcome you back. Best Regards

Quaint building with good facilities

12/05/2016 Joe O, Brecon, United Kingdom

Stayed here for a week and enjoyed the time spent there. Staff on duty at breakfast were always friendly and efficient. I chose to eat in the bar during the week and found the menu to cater for all pa... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your review and I am pleased the team looked after you and that you enjoyed the menu for dinner. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Birthday Stay

10/05/2016 Vicky C, Essex, United Kingdom

I booked here for my husband's Birthday and stayed in the April. I booked a room with a canopy bed as wanted a room in the older side of the building and this included a cooked breakfast the next morn... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
What a lovely review, I am so pleased your husband enjoyed his birthday and that you both really enjoyed your stay. Reviews are very specific to the individuals tastes, but they can like they nearly did with you make you weary of staying, I am very glad you stayed. Maybe come for your birthday next time. Best regards

Night Away

01/05/2016 zoebragg11, Essex, United Kingdom

Lovely building, check in was easy and fast. We were in the outbuilding of rooms which was just across from the hotel. The room was a modern standard size double room. When we walked in to the room th... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I thank you for taking the time to post a review. I apologise about the heating, we are struggling at the moment to get the right mix of too hot or not hot enough, we do have portable heaters at reception if you are ever too cold again. I will also address the blanket situation with my housekeeper as that should not happen. I look forward to welcoming you back to the Rose & Crown in the near future. Best regards

Kept awake all night

01/05/2016 John B, Solihull, United Kingdom

There is no doubting the decor & character of this building, however don't be fooled. I stayed in a room above the bar and was kept awake all night due to the generator right outside my room & noise f... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Dear John B, Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your stay, I can only apologise about the noise and that you did not sleep. We are looking into the source of the noise as we do not have any electrical things on throughout the night to find out what the noise was on the night you stayed. If we the opportunity of welcoming you back to the hotel again I will not allocate one of the three rooms above the bar but give you a free upgrade to one of our new superior rooms which have amazing bathrooms with rainfall showers. Again I am sorry your stay did not live up to expectations. Best regards