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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 435 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 133
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Rating: 1 17

Amazing wedding venue

26/04/2017 Gary B, Colchester, United Kingdom

We attended my daughter's wedding in 27 October '16 and were so impressed we booked our own wedding without hesitation. Why? Lisa Grantham, Assistant Manager/Wedding Planner, has been there for 17+ y... more


Great service

26/04/2017 Graeme R, Luleå, Norrbottens Län, Sweden

Hotel has lots of character and history and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was also great with excellent service. I recommend this stay to anyone traveling for business or pl... more



19/04/2017 Jessie012345,

I booked a room for me and my partner it was great nice and cheap has a parking space for my car that's all I needed rooms were warm and lovely big as well gives you more space to relax and but my fee... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Jessie, Thank you for posting a review, I am glad you could relax well. I look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Bes Regards

Best hotel in Colchester

12/04/2017 ,

I stayed in the old building.The room was very clean and tidy every day, the breakfast was excellent, the lady in reception was very friendly and helpful. And last but not least the hotel restaurant h... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
What can I say but "thank you" for posting such an excellent review. See you again soon. Best regards

Could be so much better.

09/04/2017 TheCautiousTraveller, Goole, United Kingdom

I have conflicting views of this place. However, I was really let down by some shoddy customer service. The room itself was newly decorated and was actually quite a pleasant place to be. The bed ... more

Owner Response
LisaG1999, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Dear "Cautious Traveller" I thank you for posting such a thorough review and apologise for the maintenance issues. I will investigate the shower screening situation and hope the bump on your leg goes soon, I am sorry that the power sockets tripping meant you were without phones for your onward journey, this is a safety feature and I assure you it does not happen very often. I am sorry that the duty receptionist did not provide the service expected this is very unusual and I apologise, but I am pleased that you enjoyed your meal and service from Toni - who is our bar manager. I would like to show you the true Rose & Crown hospitality and hope to welcome you both back again soon - I would like to offer 2 free breakfasts on your next visit, as we offer a vast array of items from a continental buffet to full cooked range (selling price £11.95). Please call me direct to make any bookings. I thank you for your time. Best Regards