Winchester Royal Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This 16th-century hotel has a walled garden & is in the heart of Winchester
  • The Garden Restaurant, housed in a conservatory, boasts a wide selection of local cheeses
  • Winchester Cathedral & the local shops are within a 5-minute walk
  • Jane Austen's House Museum is a 25-minute drive away

Enjoyed This
(296 Member Ratings)
"Lovely Food and cleanliness and friendly staff."
Sep 15, 2017
Weymouth, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Winchester railway station is a 10-minute walk away and has services to destinations including Southampton and London Waterloo. Park at the hotel for £10 per car, per day

Rooms & Rates

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With its medieval architecture, magnificent cathedral and the countryside of the South Downs within easy reach, 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.

From the hotel, The Great Hall, an atmospheric 13th-century hall featuring a medieval round table linked to King Arthur, is less than 10 minutes' walk away.

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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Off-street parking (fees apply)
  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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.

Additional details: Car parking is limited, subject to availability and charged at £10 per night.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

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

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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Enjoyed This
(296 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Winchester Royal Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Lovely Food and cleanliness and friendly staff.
Susie Sep 15, 2017 Weymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Being treated so well by every member of staff.
Graceann Sep 14, 2017 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hazel Sep 08, 2017 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff excellent,
Other Comments
Poor wifi in bedrooms,
Jillian Sep 09, 2017 Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The dinner on the first night - excellent despite previous bad comments from the previous weekend when apparently a temporary chef was in house. We'd read the comments on Trip Advisor and were apprehensive but were very pleased with both the service and quality of food.
Other Comments
Only had breakfast one morning which was absolute chaos - asked for orange juice jugs to be refilled, 3 empty fruit bowls, no bread. Eventually replaced, however the waiter and waitress were harassed, told me that "it took time" to refill the fruit (waited at least 5 minutes and when she arrived she only had a bowl of tinned mandarin oranges. No replacement for the other 2 bowls. No bread for toast which the waiter told my husband would "take 7 minutes" to replace. When it arrived, it was warm on the outside but still frozen on the inside! Obviously not microwaved for sufficient time! Tables were not cleared and as we were on a small table for 2, we had to clear the big plates to the vacant table behind us to make enough room for small plates of toast. I can only assume there was a staffing problem. No plain tonic water to go with gin! The bar/lounge area was very dreary with old dirty arms and backs to chairs. Refurbished rooms were good. £10/night to park car extortionate.
Mary Sep 07, 2017 Cranfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
In town centre. Good room. Excellent food.
Other Comments
Staff helpful. Good garden.
Hilary Sep 13, 2017 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We both enjoyed our stay at the hotel they were friendly and helpful
Christine Sep 02, 2017 Bromley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The large room and the location in centre of town
Denise Sep 06, 2017 Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
breakfast room and position in town centre
Other Comments
restaurant service and food
Aug 31, 2017 northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very central for exploring the city. Good food
Carol Sep 06, 2017 Forest Row, United Kingdom

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