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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
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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 329 traveller reviews
Rating: 5 91
Rating: 4 134
Rating: 3 64
Rating: 2 25
Rating: 1 15

Disappointing but good brekkie!

31/01/2016 lauraJpantry, Colchester, United Kingdom

Stayed here last weekend in Jan 2016 for one night, having been to the Rose and Crown twice before for different weddings. The venue had been great and love the oldie worldie feel of the hotel so was ... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your review and I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and had an excellent breakfast. Our executive block (just outside) is a new build approx. 10 years old and is as you described modern, we have rooms in the main Tudor building that are Olde Worlde with tons of character - recently these rooms have had a refurb with the two four posters getting brand new king/queen beds - maybe something to try on your next visit. Best regards

Suprise night away .......

24/01/2016 tickers24,

A last minute getaway for my 2 girls and I.... Got to say loved the style of the place, Old building but nicely set out. The Rooms were very nice all you could ask for. Bathroom very nice, albeit slow... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to post a review following your recent stay with us. I am pleased that you liked the room, bathroom & breakfast and I will make sure we have more pastries for your next visit. I can only apologise about the distress your daughter and family had when another guest tried your door - from the night porter's report the assumption is that the guest left his room sleep walking and then was disorientated and tried the wrong door - hence night porter confirmed where he should be and let him in. I can assure you this is a rare accurence and we do take our guests wellbeing very seriously. The duty receptionist apologised and corrected 50% off your room rate from bill following the disturbances. I would like to opportunity to show you the true Rose & Crown hospitality if you feel able to stay with us again. I look forward to welcoming you back. Best regards

Reasonable stay - not exceptional

21/01/2016 Basketweaver888, Nuneaton, United Kingdom

A reasonable stay at this small hotel. Very welcoming bar area with real fire, though food menu quite limited. The bedroom allocated was small though the decoration was good and the lighting and acces... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have fixed the venetian blind and the heating in the bathroom is pull cord which unfortunately is easy to turn off so I can only apologise about the coldness in the bathroom. We just have 2 rooms like this in the historical part of the hotel, most other rooms have bath & shower. Just to mention we have ground floor rooms and disabled wet room for guests with less mobility. I hope to welcome you back again soon. Best regards

Two Night Business Stay

17/01/2016 Gr8ServiceSeekersUK, Leicestershire

Quite handy to get into the centre of Colchester. Afforded a nice room across the drive from reception. Atmosphere was good. The open fire was welcome. Slightly limited menu, not sure if the season is... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your review and I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. The menu is slightly minimised at the moment following Christmas, Chef has drawn up his menu and we are awaiting proof approval - so something to look forward to on your next visit. Best regards


02/01/2016 jadybaby83, Aldershot, United Kingdom

We were very excited to be staying in this beautiful looking hotel. We arrived, and were greeted by a lovely Christmas tree and a beautiful looking reception. We were then put into the annex rooms as ... more

Owner Response
Ricardo S, Manager at BEST WESTERN Rose & Crown Colchester, responded to this review
Thank you for your review and I am sorry we did not exceed your expectations. I am glad you enjoyed the upgrade to the executive block to avoid disturbances. The bar is closed to the public between 2:30 and 5pm on weekdays and reception can serve residents if they are able to leave the desk unattended. I am sorry that the receptionist was not helpful with your questions, this is extremely unusual as they are all full of local knowledge and wanting to please - cash point is not close but we offer cash back because of this. I can only apologise about the breakfast being overdone for your room service order. To show you our true hospitality on your next visit I will offer free breakfast for 2 guests, either room service or in the restaurant (please call to make a booking). May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.