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Top Colchester Historic Hotels

Old Wills Farm
4 out of 5
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4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Good room / breakfast / location

"Stayed here because it was close to Layer Marney Tower wedding venue. Very comfortable and accommodating. Close to the A120 for convenient access to the A1. Room was comfortable and breakfast was good."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2017

Old Wills Farm
GreyFriars
3.5 out of 5
High Street, Colchester, England
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The price is £120 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep
4.8/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)

"Excellent hotel. Service and amenities are first class. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely extra touches in room."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

GreyFriars
Woodview Bed & Breakfast
4 out of 5
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The price is £72 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Quiet, comfortable and friendly B&B

"We were made to feel very welcome when we arrived. The room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast was very good. If you like quiet, this is for you as it is in a very quiet location There are no pubs or restraunts close by so you will have to drive for a meal but that was not a problem for ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Woodview Bed & Breakfast

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The Angel Inn
5 out of 5
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4.6/5Wonderful! (131 reviews)
Amazing

"The hotel staff go above and beyond"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

The Angel Inn
Wivenhoe House Hotel
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4.6/5Wonderful! (269 reviews)

"Excellent location. Spacious and very comfortable rooms. Excellent breakfast but service lets it down."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Wivenhoe House Hotel
The Blue Anchor Feering
3.5 out of 5
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The price is £85 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (43 reviews)

"HAPPY WITH OUR STAY, STAFF VERY FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

The Blue Anchor Feering
Colchester Boutique Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4-6 North Hill, Colchester, England
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The price is £110 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (156 reviews)

"Lovely friendly people, very convenient position, Colchester is lovely especially in the sun and the hotel was everything we expected. Recommended. David"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Colchester Boutique Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Colchester
2.5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £45 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Very tidy,clean....neat! Comfy bed,awesome shower....spotless bathroom....will happily go back"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Holiday Inn Express Colchester
Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel
3 out of 5
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The price is £62 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (331 reviews)

"Location is excellent, staff are very friendly, really quite lovely. Bed was comfy, room was clean and food was pleasant. Very pleased!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

Best Western The Rose & Crown Hotel
Kings Arms
3 out of 5
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The price is £85 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep
4/5Very Good! (48 reviews)

"When we arrived to check in we were told there was an issue with our double room, so had been moved to a twin room and offered a partial refund. Our room was clean and well stocked with towels, beds were also very comfy. Despite the road noise we both slept quite well. One highlight of the stay had ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Kings Arms
White Hart Hotel by Greene King Inns
4/5Very Good! (137 reviews)
Good place

"Lovely place to stay"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

White Hart Hotel by Greene King Inns
Holiday Inn Colchester
4 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £61 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep
4/5Very Good! (320 reviews)

"All the staff were so friendly and keen to help and serve. The room was clean and comfortable. There was a limited menu but the food was delicious. We had a great 2 night stay."…"

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020

Holiday Inn Colchester
Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
3 out of 5
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The price is £48 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
3.9/5Good! (513 reviews)

"Always feel welcome, sadly had a few issues this time"…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2020

Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
Marks Tey Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
3.8/5Good! (682 reviews)
Amazing stay.

"Due to the coronavirus our trip to Rome was cancelled myself and my partner decided we would book a little break for a couple of nights unfortunately the day we got to the hotel the bar, restaurant and leisure centre was closed, however all members of staff was absolutely amazing we was treated like ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Marks Tey Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
The George of Colchester
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3.6/5Good! (400 reviews)
Moved to St Nicholas House not happy with that!

"The George Hotel was actually shut for refurbishment, we received an email saying we would be staying in a new part of the hotel St Nicholas House on the opposite side of the High Street to the George. This was fine, newly fitted out and very smart but no breakfast, presumably this will be available ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

The George of Colchester
The Globe Hotel
3 out of 5
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The price is £68 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep
3.6/5Good! (63 reviews)

"Simple little hotel, but quite nice"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

The Globe Hotel
Brook Red Lion Hotel
3 out of 5
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The price is £45 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep
3.5/5Good! (160 reviews)
Red lion Colchester

"We were extremely happy with our stay at your very wonderful hotel. The lady on the desk was happy and helpful and the young man at night was a enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The room was warm and inviting. The bed was super comfortable. Lovey room to relax in the bath just added to our experience. ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Brook Red Lion Hotel
East Gate Inn
4 out of 5
6 Harwich Road, Colchester, England
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The price is £65 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep
2.9/5 (98 reviews)

"Only stayed one night but the staff were very friendly and the room was good."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019

East Gate Inn
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Your Guide to Historic Hotels in Colchester

When you go on a Colchester trip out of town, it's easy to choose a modern hotel, or a chain you are familiar with. You may be used to your room having all the essentials. But sometimes opting to stay in a more distinguished location can enhance your trip. A stay in a Colchester historic hotel still accommodates you with a well-appointed room that is also bursting with personality. Furthermore, it allows you to immerse yourself in Colchester's past.

Something Old, Something New

When you pass through the lobby of your Colchester hotel, you'll be transported back in time. With their classic charm and mesmerising narratives, you'll love the look and feel of these truly unique accommodations. While these hotels may be vintage, they have many of the up-to-date conveniences that help you relax or keep in touch on your stay. You'll find rooms outfitted with a comfy bed, loads of character, and about everything else you'll need for a wonderful visit.

Once you have checked-in and had a look around the historic hotel property, you can visit the prominent landmarks and art galleries to appreciate more of the region's culture. Colchester has lots of interesting places to check out. You won't have to go very far to find something to occupy your time. Colchester has around seven museums. Get your smartphone ready when travelling to places like the Colchester Museums, Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum, East Anglian Railway Museum, and the Tymperleys Clock Museum.

And if you wish to see a residence older than your hotel, then be sure to tour Colchester Castle. You can also ask your hotel's concierge or flip through our reviews for more recommendations on the best things to do in the area.

Your Colchester Accommodation Is Waiting

If you are looking to get the most from your Colchester visit, a stay in one of these vintage hotels will elevate your experience in this historically-rich region. With Expedia's 26 one-of-a-kind hotels to pick from, you're certain to discover at a great rate. However, just like the past eras you're exploring, these rates won't last indefinitely. Book soon to get your room in one of these landmark properties.

Frequently asked questions

What should I expect on my historical trip to Colchester?
Visitors love the significant historical sites they discover on holiday in Colchester. Why not make your visit more savoury and check out some of the lively bars?
What's the best accommodation in Colchester to absorb the local history?
Based on our travel expertise, The George of Colchester is a top 3-star hotel for history buffs booking on Expedia, and it features a restaurant and free WiFi. Colchester Town Hall is a short walk away. A couple of other options near historic sites include Brook Red Lion Hotel and GreyFriars.
How many historical hotels are there in Colchester?
In Colchester, there are 155 hotels and other accommodation options bookable on Expedia, including 24 hotels designated as historic or close to historic sites.
What are the top historical places and other sights to visit in Colchester?
Colchester is notable for landmarks like Colchester Town Hall, Layer Marney Tower and Colchester Castle Museum. Cultural venues include Colchester Natural History Museum, Tymperleys Clock Museum and Hollytrees Museum. Colchester Zoo is another popular sight to explore.
What is a historic hotel like in Colchester?
When you book a historic hotel, you’ll spend a night or two in a building that has an official historic designation. A stately home, palace or even a lodge, old police station or skyscraper can be turned into a historic hotel as long as it’s of special interest. Traditional architecture and period features are often found in the communal spaces and guestrooms of historic hotels in Colchester, bringing the history to life.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
“Heritage hotel” is more common in Asia and Europe, wheareas the term “historic hotel” is more commonly used in the U.S. overall though the terms are similar. The physical building and architecture of historic hotels are generally the most important aspect. For a heritage hotel, mainly, it’s cultural value along with how it influenced the community.
Do historic hotels in Colchester have modern facilities?
Hotels have the safety features and modern conveniences you might expect, but every effort is made to preserve treasured traditions and historic facades. Private rooms with updated bathroom facilities, heating and air conditioning, free and fast Internet, and the usual amenities found at a contemporary hotel will be available in a historic hotel. When you choose a historic hotel in Colchester, don’t worry that you’ll be staying at a place that’s uncomfortable or rundown.

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