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, 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

"Helpful staff, lovely atmosphere . Excellent food, will go again!"
Jan 15, 2020 - Wallingford, 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 has views of 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.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • 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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • 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.
When booking the "Travelzoo Deal" , Travelzoo members are eligible for: complimentary parking.

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 Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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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(369 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
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Helpful staff, lovely atmosphere . Excellent food, will go again!
Helen Jan 15, 2020 Wallingford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Have used this hotel on a number of occasions in the past year and have never been disappointed. Ideal location with friendly staff, good food and comfortable rooms.
David Jan 15, 2020 Sandwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We had to amend our booking and this was handled very efficiently and pleasantly.
Other Comments
The staff were good and friendly and the restaurant coped even though they had several Christmas dinner groups
Anne Jan 06, 2020 Sutton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent value for money. Perfectly situated for centre of town. All the food we had was fabulous (breakfast, cream tea and two course dinner). Staff were all friendly and helpful. Large clean modern room. We really enjoyed our two day stay.
tina Jan 01, 2020 Stourport-on-Severn, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great central location within easy walking distance of the High Street and Cathedral, friendly staff and lovely food. Historical building but with good modern facilities.
Jayne Jan 01, 2020 Mansfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Good location. Very comfortable room. Food quite good although dinner service was slow despite there being only six guests eating whilst we were there.
Mr Anthony Dec 31, 2019 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great and most enjoyable break and food
Other Comments
Would prefer a mirror at the dressing table as well as the large flat screen TV - appreciate this may not be possible but perhaps hair-dryer could be inside bathroom - only minor preferences not criticisms
Jim Dec 26, 2019 LITTLEHAMPTON, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable stay. Location superb. Attentive staff especially on reception. Good breakfast.
Janet Dec 22, 2019 Pulborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant break in a lovely traditional hotel. The city centre location was perfect for visiting the shops and the cathedral and their secure car park gave peace of mind too. The only problem encountered was the non availability of skimmed milk for our room and at breakfast. They had said it was available but they meant semi-skimmed unfortunately. We bought our own in the end!
Ian Dec 21, 2019 Steyning, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel great location for shopping and the cathedral. Food great and plenty of choice at breakfast.
KAREN Dec 21, 2019 Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

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