The Winchester Hotel

, Winchester, United Kingdom
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The Winchester Hotel

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Worthy Lane - Winchester - England - SO23 7AB - United Kingdom | 44 01962709988
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Wonderful Hotel

from lindy-loo26
We have just spent a lovely weekend in Winchester at the Winchester Hotel. Despite the rain (well it is November) we had a great time. The Winchester Hotel is wonderful. It has recently been completely revamped and it shows. The entrance hall is impressive and we were welcomed by a very nice Receptionist and allowed to book in to our room even though we were an hour early. The rooms are equally well decorated and have many amenities, namely a free laptop safe. coffee and tea making facilities (replenished each day), a fridge, T.V. with Sky One and Sky Sports, internet connection and ironing board with iron, if you like to iron on holiday (I don't!!) Our window was set in the roof so did not let in a lot of light, but as someone else said the lighting in the room is fantastic, it even had a small spotlight over each side of the bed as well as the main lights. The beds are very comfortable. The bathroom has a full bath and shower and the towels were enormous white fluffy ones - luxury! Shampoo and Shower gel were suplied and replenished. Both the bedroom and the bathroom were spotless.
The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the first shops and restaurants and about 10 minutes to the Great Hall or Cathedral.
We had bed and breakfast. The breakfasts had a good variety and were hot, eggs cooked to order but be sure to ask for boiled eggs well done as mine had runny whites -yuk. The restaurant manager saw that I had not eaten them and cooked me another one, which I thought was a nice touch. We thought the food in Winchester was expensive and not a lot of restaurants to chose from, so we ended up having 2 chinese meals and a pub meal. Also not many restaurants open on Sunday evening. We had a very nice ploughmans in a pub called the Old Vine in Great Minster Street opposite the Cathedral and a nice Chinese in the Cellar Peking in Jewry Street. O'neils is nice but again no meals served on Sunday evenings.
The Great hall is very interesting and free! King Arthur's Round Table is stunning -18 feet across. The Cathedral is wonderful, the longest in Northern Europe - £4 entry but worth it as there is a lot to see and the upkeep of it must be enormous. Ask the guides around the cathedral and they will fill you in on details you would not know about.
I only live 50 miles away, but must admit I did not know that Winchester was such a lovely place.

Decent enough hotel

from Alexg2005
Decent enough property recently undergone a major refurb.

Resembles a Travelodge from the outside, but classically contemporary inside. The bedroom was acceptable, clean and modern however, the bathroom was one of the smallest I have ever seen in an hotel, dull, dreary with a shower curtain (Yuk). No view whatsoever from the room, even rooms at the front overlook a pay and display car park.

However, Huttons Brasserie is a stunning space. Walnut floors, dark tables, white leather chairs, silver walls...very chic. The food was very good, the service shambolic. Usual issues, very young inexperienced staff, poor English etc.

The hotel is approx 10-15 minutes from the City Centre, set in a very quiet location.

If you get a decent rate, you won't be disappointed.


from westmorland
Stayed a long weekend ( 3 Nights) at this hotel The whole hotel has been recently refurbished to a high standard. Although there are not really any views from the rooms it is a city hotel and one would not really expect to find these. There is a large car park( Public) in front of the hotel but this did not worry us. The rooms are really nicely renovated, and have everything you would require, including an iron and board. Our room was a little dark(due to not much natural light) however the lights in the room were good and compensated for this. The staff were very helpful. We had an evening meal in the restaurant and the food was excellent and fairly reasonable ( set 3 course with 3 choices + coffee) £ 17.99 pp although there was an offer on when we were there - BOGOF which we took advantage of, so only paid £17.99 for 2 meals !
Very easy to walk into Winchester city centre. Good hotel car park, Free behind the hotel.

Clean, Tidy and Good Value

from tashnarl
We spent the night of our wedding at this hotel and found it to be more than adequate. Many of our guests also stayed there and enjoyed their stay. The staff were friendly and allowed me to check in early so that my bridesmaids and I could get ready. Unfortunately we slept through breakfast, but we did have some room service which came quickly and wasn't too expensive. Winchester is a very expensive place to stay in and I think that this is probably one of the best 'value for money' places around. There are a lot of places there that are pricey and very dated - The Winchester Hotel has just been refurbished and I would recommend it.

great weekend break

from essexguy
we have just returned from a long weekend break at the winchester hotel.after reading some ofthe reviews i have to say i had serious reservations about our visit .the hotel has just had a multi million pound restoration and all i can say is what a great hotel.the rooms are lovely ,very modern ,with lovely comfy beds ,and the quietest air conditioning ive ever experienced ,what a god send !!!!! the food in the restaurnt is both good quality and reasonable value ,if not the biggest menu in the world im sure you can all find something that would appeal.the staff in general are very friendly and helpful,with the exception of one or 2 members ,who had obviously got out of bed the wrong side that morning and were clearly in very bad moods !!!! but all in all an excellent stay and can highly recommend it ,i for one will definately stay there again ,especially on there excellent 3 for2 nights stay promotion. the swimming pool is only tiny ,that may be the one downside if that is important to you though

Decent Location, Average Hotel

from gumba69
We got in late and asked at a pub for a good place to stay. We were told the Wykeham Arms and the Winchester Hotel. I got a bit of a discount at the Winchester Hotel but I think we would have rather stayed at the Wykeham Arms (right downtown). The hotel is a bit out of town but within walking distance. The rooms are a bit dated. The staff was helpful and nice. Breakfast and parking were included.

Modern, functional, reasonably well situated.

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Winchester is going through a period of extreme refurbishment so cannot be fully assessed. I had the good fortune to be given one of the refurbished rooms and it was very pleasant indeed.

One reviewer highlighted the hotel’s location as being too far from the centre. Well my wife and I strolled to the top of the High Street in ten minutes. The cathedral is ten to fifteen minutes further on. If any or your party is old or infirm this may be a problem, otherwise I do not believe it is a hindrance. Another thing to bear in mind should you have someone infirm in your party, the hotel did not seem to have a lift, despite there being two floors.

What may be off putting is the massive pay and display car park in front of the hotel. The building will win no architectural awards but having a fleet of tour buses parked out front doesn’t do it any favours either. The occupants of the buses were not staying in the hotel I must add.

We did not eat at the hotel, apart from breakfast which was good enough. The staff are certainly a friendly bunch and seemed to be coping pretty well with the chaos caused by the refurbishment.

All in all, the Winchester is a pleasant enough place in a modern hotel-ish sort of way. It’s not badly located and will have very good rooms when fully refurbished. If your tastes run to the picturesque country house hotel, then you may find the Winchester a disappointment.

Nice and good value 4 money!

from AKVLondon
My partner and I went to the Winechester hotel for a 4 day romantic break - The idea was to have relaxing and restful time - We got just that!

As It rained pretty much all the time, we were in doors quite alot, but the hotel has its own indoor pool, which was small but fun (altho a little on the cold side!), and a small, but well equipt fitness gym and also a steam room (altho this was tiny too) - But at least it provided a relaxing alternative to just sitting around!

We also booked a massge @ the hotel, about £15.00 each for 30 mins - but remember to book in advance, as the massge sessions get booked up really very early!

A buffet breakfast was included in the price, and it was well worth it - We were even able to have hot cheesy omletttes cooked 4 us - which was a treat! However on 2 of the days, they didn't had a couple of the buffet items available for breakfast - that was a little dissapointing.

The staff waited on us very well - even provided us with an umbrella, which we forgot, when it was raining! The staff were nice & friendly, and always willing to help.

The rooms are a little on the small side, but very cosy and warm. You have everything you need, with nice decor and cable TV, but the bath tub's are tiny - not enough space for a romatic bubble together!!!

A few small complaints, they didn't tell us (even when we called in advance to ask) that the jet spa was out of order - we were quite looking forward to that. The dinner and lunch menu is a little on the expensive side, and snacks and sandwiches are totally overpriced - we got pizza delivered and indian take out from the local town every night - that was great!

A nice stay, if your not looking for 5* level comfort and facilities.
We were on a tight budget, so we got good value for our money. We didn't want 2 come home! Winchester's a lovely place to explore - if the sun's out!!
We had a great time overall, and would probably go back - but maybe not in the middle of rainy march next time!!

Overpriced and poor rooms.

from thurschild
Reading the other review, this hotel was about what I expected. We had to stay in Winchester for one night and this was the only place with availability. All the hotel staff were efficient, polite and very professional and the breakfast was good. The down side was the room, creaky floorboards, no soundproofing so we could here the TV and conversation in the next room, in need of a refurb and we were given the last non-smoking room that looked over the internal swimming pool and bar area, so no exterior view at all. Compared to other hotels we have stayed in this was way too expensive for the quality of the room and I would not recommend it.

Not as nice as it looks

from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked a room on the internet as the site gave a very good impression of the hotel. On arriving, we found that it was quite far out of town and rather depressing in real life.

If you are looking for a place to explore Winchester Town, this is not it. It is too far away from the town centre to enjoy a quick walk through a nice area to get there.

Top Local Tips for Winchester

Snack and history For a great snack and some history go to the bakers behind the Buttercross - they have great pastries, pasties and all kinds of traditional English treats. Afterwards you can sit on the Buttercross steps and eat it (rain permitting) as people have done for hundreds of years.

They have a library with internet access that is open on Sundays! I personally found the fact that Winchester Library was open on Sunday and allows you to use the internet even if you are not a local resident to be really helpful if you want to check up on emails and don't have a laptop for access to the net in your hotel. I also love having a library open on a Sunday to be a great thing in general as it certainly doesn't happen everywhere! Even if you are not religious, Winchester Cathedral is a beautiful building and well worth looking at inside - you can appreciate the architecture of the place regardless of what you do or don't believe in (and I don't!)

things to do get out and about there are plenty of things to see and do...


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  • Address: Worthy Lane - Winchester - England - SO23 7AB - United Kingdom
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