The 14th century Best Western Rose & Crown Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in Colchester.


You are assured a warm welcome at the Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel. Originally a 14th century coaching inn, it has been lovingly restored over the centuries to a modern day hotel.

The Rose and Crown combines the ambience and character of yesteryear with all the modern needs of today's guests and is within walking distance of Colchester town centre and accessible to all the historic sights of Colchester which include Colchester Castle and Zoo.  It is less than an hour drive from Stansted Airport and 40 minutes from the Port of Harwich. Central London is 45 minutes by train and the idyllic city of Cambridge is an hour drive away. 

The Hotel has 39 ensuite bedrooms, which are located in various sections of the building. Choose from beamed character rooms which are located in the original house, classic styled rooms in the main hotel or executive rooms in the annex. Please make your request in the Additional Information section of the booking form.

All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, large flat screen televisions, hairdryer and free wifi.

History to the present day

Originally a 14th century coaching inn, The Rose and Crown was used as a stop-over for those bringing prisoners from the continent and Suffolk en route to London. The hotel still has a prison of which two cells with original doors can be seen.

Many of the beams and windows are original. The fireplace in the Tudor bar, which is in the oldest part of the hotel, has a roaring log fire in the winter.

Food and Drinks

Steeped in history, The Tudor Bar and Brasserie is in the oldest part of the building. Oak beamed walls and a glorious log fire at the centre create a warm and friendly atmosphere.

It is perfect for dedicated dining and relaxed drinking, serving tradional favourites and international cuisine.

Other facilities

Free Car Parking.


14th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Children's cots

Food and Drinks


Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Nearby recreations

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses

Golf course (a short drive)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

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Travel Info

Address: Best Western Rose and Crown Hotel, East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TZ, United Kingdom

Check In: 2.00pm Check Out: 11.00am

Directions: From London. From M25 take junction 28 onto A12. Take A133 exit for Colchester following signs for Rollerworld. go straight over the next two roundabouts leading onto Cowdray Avenue. At the next roundabout a double turn right and the hotel is on the left.

From Ipswich. From A12 take exit for Colchester onto the A1232. Follow Ipswich Road for approx. 2-3 miles until you approach a double roundabout. Straight over both roundabouts following Ipswich Road. The hotel is on the left.

Nearest Train Station:  Colchester North station is 5 minutes from the hotel with regular trains reaching London Liverpool Street in 45 minutes.

Nearest Airport: Stanstead under 1 hr away