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Winchester Royal Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This 16th-century hotel has a walled garden and is in the centre of Winchester
  • The Garden Restaurant, housed in a conservatory, serves a wide selection of local cheeses cheeses, and is praised by The Daily Telegraph for its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food
  • Winchester Cathedral and the local shops are within a 5-minute walk
  • Jane Austen's House Museum is a 25-minute drive away

"Super short break. Excellent hotel and so many interesting things to do in Winchester."
Oct 15, 2019 - Shanklin, United Kingdom
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With its medieval architecture, magnificent cathedral and nearby South Downs countryside, Winchester is a great destination for a mini break. The Winchester Royal Hotel is in the centre of town and is the only hotel in the city that has a walled garden -- nicknamed the "secret garden" by locals.

Originally a private house, the property then became a bishop's residence and later a convent, and has been a hotel for the past 150 years. The Garden Restaurant, which overlooks the walled garden and terrace, serves modern European dishes and has a large collection of local cheeses.The Daily Telegraph praises its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food.

From the hotel, The Great Hall, an atmospheric 13th-century hall featuring a medieval round table said to be linked to King Arthur, is less than 10 minutes' walk away, while Winchester Cathedral and the high street are five minutes' away.

We recommend a stroll alongside the River Itchen from the National Trust-owned Winchester City Mill to College Street, where you can see Winchester College and the house Jane Austen lived in for the last few months of her life.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is a 15-minute drive away.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Crib/Pack 'n Play not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: Car park fee: £10 per night.
Limited space available, first come-first served basis.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(374 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Winchester Royal Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Super short break. Excellent hotel and so many interesting things to do in Winchester.
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Shirley Oct 15, 2019 Shanklin, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff were friendly, breakfast was good.
Other Comments
The fact that there were two weddings arranged for both the Friday and Saturday. The wedding guests arrived and took over the bar and lounge and we were unable to use the facilities of the hotel. We were forced to go out and unable to drive anywhere because the wedding party also blocked the car park. One little gripe I had was that there was blood on the sheets too, but only a small amount and did not want to complain as we did complain about being unable to use the facilities to the manager.
Karyn Oct 14, 2019 Southminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very well located hotel, two weddings took place whilst we were there and this did not disrupt our stay, all handled very well.
Other Comments
Very nice service. Comfortable room.
Mandy Oct 14, 2019 Lancing, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
I seldom if ever give 5 stars on feedback, but this hotel is well deserving of them. The staff and manager were helpful and friendly. The room was clean and spacious. Dinner was served fresh and hot. The location couldn't have been better for a short stroll to the cathedral.
Liz Oct 13, 2019 BournemouthBournemouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Another very relaxing break with good food and very attentive, but not intrusive, staff
Brian Oct 12, 2019 East GrinsteadEast Grinstead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A great place to explore Winchester and other parts of Hampshire from. Couldn’t be any more central to shops, sights, pubs, restaurants of Winchester. Perhaps needs a little bit of TLC in some areas of the hotel, but nothing drastic. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable short break, and would definitely come go again.
Brenda Oct 12, 2019 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was excellently staffed with all members very considerate and friendly
Kenneth Oct 11, 2019 Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great value for money.Very helpful and polite staff.
Carol Oct 11, 2019 Pickering, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
hospitable and good quality food value for money
Oct 10, 2019 Great Baddow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and great place
Other Comments
Staff always helpful
david Oct 09, 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom

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