We decided to break up our long flight from Dubai to Phoenix wit a stay in Winchester. Its a beautiful town a short bus ride from Heathrow. We were not disappointed as the town was full of activities, restaurants, and history. The hotel was an easy walk from the bus station. We enjoyed both the historic nature of the hotel building and the relatively newer room additions. The room was large, clean, and very comfortable.
I have one complaint: We booked 2 nts months in advance. We chose Winchester Royal because "English Breakfast" was included in the price. Thats about 40 pounds. I was rather bluntly told that my rate did not include breakfast. I attempted to explain that the Expedia listing shows it as being included. There were many people waiting on line to check in and we were tired after our red eye flight so I let it go. Evidently "the customer is always right" does not apply. And I did not like being talked down to. I dont know if its a sort of bate and switch or a problem with the listing. It did however leave a bit of a bitter taste. A shame because the overall impression was very good. The bottom line though is that we felt cheated and we therefore did not choose to use the hotel for dinner as planned and they lost the profit from food and drink.
The hotel is within walking distance of the railway station and the city centre. The hotel staff are friendly and accommodating (we could check in early on arrival from the station). The room was smart, clean spacious with a very comfortable bed. However, some areas are starting to need a little attention (such as the edges of the carpets and the grout on the bath). There was lots of choice at breakfast and the whole hotel, including the health club, is very smart. Definitely recommended for a visit to Winchester.
Traveller from UK
The Winchester Hotel is a 4 star hotel set right in the heart of the historic city of Winchester ideally located for both …More
Everything about the hotel was pleasant: the facilities, the room, the comfort, the staff. Another wonderful aspect about this hotel is the location: It is right next to Winchester Cathedral, only a 15 minute walk to the train station, and located on a street adjacent to the main market area. Loved staying here.
We enjoyed our stay at the Wykeham Arms. The staff were helpful and friendly. The room was comfortable although a little warm on the summer evening we stayed. The location was great, very close to the Cathedral, town centre, shops and restaurants and we were served a lovely breakfast. There is no lift, but we were offered help up the stairs with our luggage.
Exquisite surroundings, plush comfort, and extremely attentive staff make Lainston a real treat for us. We have stayed here every year for the past several years.
Thank you Expedia for introducing us to the hotel and akwsy a offering an affordable stay.
"Lovely! Staff were v helpful & food was incredible"
I read some reviews after booking and was a bit worried but it was lovely. The staff were very helpful and accommodating and very friendly. The bathroom was dated but clean. The bed was comfortable and the room modern and clean. We requested a cot for our 7 month old son which was placed in front of a plug socket with no plug covers so we have to move it just incase. My son had antibiotics which needed to be kept in a fridge, they were very helpful with this too. The corridors are cold but love that you can see the woodland through the all glass corridors. The room had a musty smell but only noticeable on entry then was ok, could lock open patio sliding door. Sky TV, iron, ironing board, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, biscuits, hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and soap. Food was AMAZING, even the bar menu. Breakfast was included and very good too! Would visit again!
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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