Brook Red Lion Hotel
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Situated in the Heart of Colchester, on the High Street, the Red Lion Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building. The building has original Tudor features. Ask for one of our original bedrooms and enjoy wattle and daub walls, mullioned windows, ancient beams. Enjoy a little history in the second oldest hostelry in England. The hotel is opposite Colchester's Town Hall and a short walk from a multitude of shops, bars and restaurants. Colchester Town Rail Station is 5 minutes away and the University of Essex a further 10 minutes.
The individually decorated en suite rooms mix traditional charm with modern comforts, including flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi & tea and coffee making facilities.
The Red Lion's old banqueting hall is now the Parliament Restaurant. The restaurant offers classic dishes and still has the original wood-beamed ceiling. There is also a bar and 24-hour room service is available.
Parking is available at a discounted rate in the public car park 700 metres away.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Floors Number: 2
- Total Rooms Number: 24
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Ground Floor Rooms
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Housekeeping (daily)
- Name: COLCHESTER TOWN
- Distance: 400 metres
- Name: STANSTED
- Distance: 25 miles
- Cots/Cribs Free: No
- Interconnecting Rooms
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 08:00
- Monday to Friday: 07:00
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 10:00
- Monday to Friday: 09:30
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Highchairs available
- Guide dogs only
- Nearest Rail Name: Colchester Town Distance: 400 metres
- Nearest Airport Name: Stansted Distance: 25 miles
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SuperBreak Customer Rating
- Overall: SuperBreak Overall Rating: 2.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
- Sleep: SuperBreak Sleep Rating: 2.6 out of 5
- Breakfast: SuperBreak Breakfast Rating: 2.8 out of 5
- Staff: SuperBreak Staff Rating: 3.2 out of 5
- Location: SuperBreak Location Rating: 3.4 out of 5
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 418 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Short Break In Essex
Stay Date: 27/05/2012, a customer who stayed in this hotel rated this hotel.
Overall Hotel Rating: 2 out of 5
- Destination: 3 out of 5
- Sleep: 1 out of 5
- Staff: 3 out of 5
Stay Date: 11/09/2008, a customer who stayed in this hotel rated this hotel.
Overall Hotel Rating: 3 out of 5
- Destination: 4 out of 5
- Sleep: 3 out of 5
- Breakfast: 2 out of 5
- Staff: 4 out of 5
- Tymperley's Clock Museum: 3 out of 5
- Colchester Castle Museum: 4 out of 5
No self respecting ghost
Stay Date: 02/2018, GregW75 wrote this review.
At the station somebody asked where ai was staying, and they said ‘good luck’, when I told them. Its terrifying. Not on account of any haunting, no self respecting ghost would be seen dead here, so ignore the tales of this being the most haunted … See more
At the station somebody asked where ai was staying, and they said ‘good luck’, when I told them. Its terrifying. Not on account of any haunting, no self respecting ghost would be seen dead here, so ignore the tales of this being the most haunted building in Colchester. It’s just a bit too rundown, so much so that it has gone passed comedy and into sinister. If you pay £60 for a room, you really can’t expect too much, I know this, but..... Peeling paint (especially in the bathroom which makes it feel really grim), threadbare carpets stained and repaired with silver gaffa tape, uncomfortable bed, hot room, lots of noise if you open the window, shower with no pressure and a hose too short for me to stand under it (ok, I’m 6’2” tall, but really?) I didn’t bother with breakfast, the Internet is of no use, I’m moving to another hotel today. On a plus side, it is slap bang in the centre of Colchester....if you consider that a plus.... Collapse
Stay Date: 02/2018, HTW46 wrote this review.
Attended the Red Lion for a wedding reception. Really lovely atmosphere , extremely welcoming and friendly staff. Nothing to much trouble. Location of hotel ideal as situated in the middle of Colchester town and opposite the town hall where the weddi… See more
Attended the Red Lion for a wedding reception. Really lovely atmosphere , extremely welcoming and friendly staff. Nothing to much trouble. Location of hotel ideal as situated in the middle of Colchester town and opposite the town hall where the wedding took place . Only down side is due to the age of the building disabled access is very limited and function room is located on the first floor with quite steep stairs to negotiate . Room for sit down meal was really quite small . Around 40 guests at the wedding and staff had great difficulty serving the meal. Tomato soup for starter ... delicious just a little to peppery for my taste . Roast beef for main course, this was beautiful. Plenty of vegetables and a really good size portion. Lemon tart for dessert... this was just divine ! Evening buffet was served in another room which was ideal. Smashing sweet table which was ideal as there were a lot of children at the wedding however this was a firm favourite with the adults. Only down side of the event was the DJ he was absolutely awful , stuck in the 70’s . Could not provide basic music requests. If staying in hotel , bar etc is not available to guests whilst weddings are on. Collapse
such a pity it wasn't up to our expectations
Stay Date: 01/2018, Markandallie2012 wrote this review.
I don't normally have much time for reviews such as these, but in this case I felt that I had to make an exception. We were booked into the hotel for 1 night as a gift from my stepchildren and we were really looking forward to spending some 'escapism… See more
I don't normally have much time for reviews such as these, but in this case I felt that I had to make an exception. We were booked into the hotel for 1 night as a gift from my stepchildren and we were really looking forward to spending some 'escapism' time. However, on arrival, although we received a warm welcome from the lovely polite receptionist, we had to ask for another cup and saucer as our room upon entering, only had one set. I appreciate that this wasn't a huge issue, its still nevertheless really frustrating, and i'm not altogether convinced that the kettle on the floor system is not an issue for safety concerns. Although the warm was lovely and warm, so much so we ended up turning down the rad as we were too hot, in contrast, the ensuite bathroom was so cold,we ended up placing a towel on the floor adjacent to the loo and sink so we could stand on it whilst using the facilities. We decided to dine early evening so booked a table for the restaurant and were greeted by another warm and very friendly staff member, who showed us to our table and took our order. I ordered the Thai fishcake starter and duck breast mains, whilst my partner settled for the pate' and pork belly and a side order of seasonal vegetables, The meal itself was pleasant enough, but we were both disappointed to notice that our starters were frozen/ready-made and although tasty, lacked that 'home-cooked' feel that we've come to expect when dining out. My partners accompanying toasted brioche was stone-cold and tasteless. Both our main courses were very well presented, but unfortunately, my duck was very chewy (although cooked nice and pink), and my partners black pudding hash had an 'over-reduced' taste which marred the great taste of the pork belly. The skins of both the duck and pork could have been crispier but didn't affect the overall flavours of the meat. Our side order of seasonal veg didn't materialise at all but wasn't going to find the waiter to comment on it. The waiter by the way was a very pleasant young man who made us feel welcome. We both skipped desserts as it was assumed that these too would be ready-made products and not home-produced. Having returned to our room, (no.3), we spent until 3/4am listening to all the late night revellers enjoying themselves selfishly at the adjacent night club. Totally understand and appreciate that its not an issue you can be held accountable for but just thought I would mention it. We had an early breakfast as wanted a prompt departure, apparently my partner's grapefruit segments were on the point of being sour, I personally didn't try them myself but wouldn't have thought that she would any reason to be inaccurate. We both ordered the breakfast bap, turned out to be a brioche roll and not the floured bap as stated on the menu, both the egg and sausage were very good but thought the bacon was very bland. Having spent nigh on 30 years in the catering industry, i've stayed in many hotels and dined in countless eateries. I stick by the age-old adage that you pay for what you get and although we only had to cover the costs of dinner and breakfast, (nearly £60), i felt that we deserve better and were somewhat disappointed in our stay. Would welcome your comments. Kind regards Collapse
The worst bed I've ever had to sleep in!
Stay Date: 01/2018, dealdickie wrote this review.
The building is ancient The girl on the desk was lovely The room looked ok. The mattress was the worst I've EVER encountered in any hotel anywhere. I've seen better dumped in lay byes! Absolutely unacceptable. No non slip mat in the shower. Just unac… See more
The building is ancient The girl on the desk was lovely The room looked ok. The mattress was the worst I've EVER encountered in any hotel anywhere. I've seen better dumped in lay byes! Absolutely unacceptable. No non slip mat in the shower. Just unacceptable in this day and age. You get what you pay for!! AVOID Collapse
Reasonably priced historic treat
Stay Date: 01/2018, tads48 wrote this review.
If you want to stay literally "on" the high street in Colchester, meters away from the castle at a reasonable price then you will not get better than this hotel for location. If you want to stay in a building that dates back to the 15th century with… See more
If you want to stay literally "on" the high street in Colchester, meters away from the castle at a reasonable price then you will not get better than this hotel for location. If you want to stay in a building that dates back to the 15th century with its own resident ghost, again, this is perfect. We had a lovely full English breakfast included in the price and what a treat it was to consume it in such beautiful surroundings. Parking in Colchester is notoriously difficult and although there is a park and ride scheme available, we took advantage of the deal the hotel has with the NCP car park in Osbourne Street which meant we could park for 24hrs for just over four quid. A word of warning, it is probably no more than a 5 minute walk to the hotel but if you are carrying luggage and suit holders and it is raining, it's not a pleasant few minutes (I know there is disabled parking available in the high street but don't think it extends to anyone else even for drop offs). We stayed in room 11 as we asked for a quiet room. The room was ample in size with two single beds attached together making one huge bed which was very comfortable. If I'm honest, the room needed a few quid spending on it as the decoration was tired with water stains on the ceiling being just one thing I saw that I didn't like amongst others. The wardrobe and dressing table felt like they had been bought from Argos in a flat pack and although functional, they didn't sit well in such an historic room. The view from this room is a fire escape down the side of a building and air conditioning units that hum constantly so don pull the curtain back expecting views of the castle, to be fair I asked for quiet, not a view. Be aware, old buildings like this have sash windows which are beautiful (it's a grade listed one building) to look at but not very good at keeping out noise or draughts so the heating is kept on to keep the room warm, this gave me a bit of a sore throat but this may not effect everyone. In summary, good location, good price, good food, lovely building, needs a bit of a refurb!! Collapse
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