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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


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
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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. However, you'll be able to indulge in 21st Century comforts as well as 14th Century charm, with a spa bath and separate shower. 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

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 orginal 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 294 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 81
Rating: 4 123
Rating: 3 53
Rating: 2 23
Rating: 1 14

A nice bit of heritage...

23/08/2015 Damp B,

Booked the four poster bed room for my anniversary. It's amazing. Old oak beans in a high ceiling room with modern conveniences make for a lovely evening. Food was great, with service that was prompt,... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your perfect review I am very pleased you enjoyed our four poster suite, steeped in history. May I wish you a happy anniversary and I look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

welcoming and delicious food

20/08/2015 Dianne D, Ipswich, United Kingdom

The room was clean and comfortable, with tea and coffee supplies, nice size tv and bottled water in the bathroom. Excellent evening meals served in the pub that had a wonderful ambience because it was... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your perfect score - I am pleased your enjoyed your visit to Colchester and particularly staying with us at the Rose & Crown Hotel. I look forward to welcoming you back.

Nice enough

20/08/2015 LauraW72013, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 2 nights whilst visiting family in the area. Nice enough place to stay room was ok, fairly modern decoration as we were in what they call the executive rooms (not sure why) which i... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your constructive review, I will look into those points that can be improved upon. I hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back again - maybe you would like one of our superior rooms, recently refurbished with fabulous bathrooms. Best regards

A Lovely Quaint Hotel....

09/08/2015 Honky2nks, Sheffield, United Kingdom

My husband and I recently stayed for two nights at this gorgeous hotel and we loved it. The building is old and quaint and you really feel like you are stepping back in time. The room was clean and a ... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
I am very pleased you enjoyed the History of both Colchester and especially The Rose & Crown, she is full of character. We look forward to your next visit. Many thanks

Fantastic spooky hotel

09/08/2015 Sykes25,

Stayed one night with family. Amazing hotel full of character . We stayed in a family room which had a double and two singles loads of room. Bathroom spacious and quirky. Comfy beds and plenty of soft... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for a perfect review, I am very pleased you like our rooms and that breakfast and dinner exceeded expectations. We look forward to welcoming you and the family back again soon.