Very clean and tidy room.
Bed: A very large and supportive bed that might suit most people but, I found it too hard to get much sleep. My wife who suffers back problems had to sleep on top of the duvet to gain any comfort. This was only a one night stay so it was difficult to rectify.
If you have long legs they might overhang the bed but the width is excellent for two!
Internal accommodation block: inboard rooms overlook the lovely Hotel gardens, outboard view less inspiring of office buildings and backs of houses. On balance you don't spend too much time looking out of the windows so this is an observation only.
Bathroom: very consistent hot water- doesn't run out. An otherwise clean bathroom but noticeable mould on shower wall outlet and some stained lime scale in the loo. Okay, no big deal but for the room cost it slightly marred the stay - these small pointers were made aware to reception upon checking out.
TV: Large wall mounted tv. the red led always on- makes you paranoid you aren't being watched at night-creepy.
In room Tea and Coffee: could do with more sachets.
Wardrobe: NO trouser press insight, yaay! Nice to see wooden coat hangers for a change along with a proper iron and ironing board.
Functional bar and the lounge is relaxing.
Excellent Full English Breakfast along with varying cereals, fruit or toast/ croissants etc on offer. We liked the buffet style FEB selection so you could pick and choose what you wanted and when you wanted it.
The service of the staff was excellent. Reception were very helpful, friendly and charming. We had afternoon tea which as excellent and then dined there one evening. The room was clean and beautifully presented and very comfortable.
My only fault that one afternoon we ordered drinks which half an hour later did not arrive, and when we asked for the cheese platter after dinner to be sent to our room, it didn't arrive either. On both occasions we advised reception and they apologised and ensured it did not appear on the bill, but we would have preferred to have had the drinks and cheese!
While convenient and with an excellent staff, Mercure seems to have let this property run down in the last 10-12 yrs. Ceiling in bathroom was cracked and mildewed. No air conditioning, just small desk fan in closet. Carpet frayed. Handles missing from one dresser drawer so unusable. Nice to have small refrigerator in room. Praise to Luca, Manager,and desk clerk Kimberly. Luca found me an excellent driver, Greg, to drive me to other cities. Breakfast excellent; ate no other meals there. Near the High Street for easy shopping access for everything. Great parking for those with cars. But the Wessex was once a 4 or 5 star hotel and the property has gone down hill.
Lovely rural location, room very comfortable, quiet and well equipped, nice swimming pool and spa facilities a stone's throw away, excellent choice for breakfast ranging from fresh fruit, cereal and nuts to full English, enabling us to have a very relaxing break.
The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and the food was delicious. The public areas were very nice and everywhere was very clean, however, our room was a little shabby, particularly the bathroom, which had a hopeless shower over the bath
This is our second stay and both my son and I adore the place. It has such wholesome delicious feel to it. The beds are comfy, breakfast delicious, and the entire place is full of character. Highly recommend!
The ancient capital of England, and once the seat of King Alfred, historic Winchester is famous for its magnificent cathedral begun in 1079, and venerable Winchester College founded in 1382. The picturesque area around the Cathedral Green has changed little over the centuries, and offers good places to eat, drink and shop. A short walk across the water meadows, the 12th-century Hospital of St Cross is England’s most perfectly preserved almshouse.
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