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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 390 traveller reviews
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Business meeting

06/10/2016 Lincoln D,

Our offices are in Colchester and this hotel was booked for me by a colleague. The rooms were very comfortable and the food in the bar was very good. The staff seemed happy to help and always on hand.... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Many thanks for the great review. Look forward to welcoming you back again soon, hopefully becoming a regular. Have a great weekend. Best Regards

Best Western The Rose and Crown Hotel

06/10/2016 Zoe K, Colchester, United Kingdom

So pleased with the quality of this hotel! Staff were darling to work with, eager to answer questions and direct me to interesting landmarks. Bar offers phenomenal food and a delicious wine list, all ... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Hi Zoe, I am pleased you really enjoyed your visit with us and your trip to Colchester. See you again soon Best regards

Customer service above and beyond the call of duty!

27/09/2016 Matthew D, London, United Kingdom

We had a very good stay at this hotel. Everything was in order - room, cleanliness, helpfulness of staff. It was what happened after our stay that was above and beyond what you would expect. We accide... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for posting a lovely review, Casey wrote the note from the teddy and I will make sure she reads this. Our team always try to exceed expectations and I am pleased we will not be forgotten by you. Hopefully see you again soon. Best regards

Friendly hotel.

20/09/2016 colinreed,

I recently spent a week at the Rose & Crown in Colchester. One of the big advantages of staying at the Rose & Crown was the ease of walking into the centre of Colchester, which has a lot to offer. The... more

Owner Response
RicardoSanta-Rita, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for posting a review. I am pleased you enjoyed your week with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best regards

Picked the hotel because of convenience to a venue we were to go to

19/09/2016 Brenda W,

The bed was comfortable but that was about the only thing I would recommend. The bathroom was the main bone of contention, room 215. It smelled strongly of damp and mould. The toilet seat swivelled wh... 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 this review and we will investigate the situation further. I can only apologise about the bathroom's failings and will investigate, might be as simple as new shower hose and tightening the toilet seat. I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us, but If you would like to sample the true Rose & Crown hospitality I would upgrade you to one of our superior rooms which have fabulous bathrooms with rainfall showers. I look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back - please contact Lisa to make any further bookings. Best regards