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The George Hotel

116 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TD England
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Updated 13/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#14 of 22 hotels in Colchester
Restored to its former glory, The George Hotel has proudly sat on Colchester High Street in Essex for over 500 years. It has always been at the centre of bustling life in England’s oldest recorded town and with historical artefacts, feature beams and period features it really is one of a kind and a place to remember! Guests are welcomed to a lavish stay in our beloved hotel full of charm and history. Featuring a stylish bar, lounge and restaurant, The George offers free Wifi throughout and parking is available to the rear of the building. The 49 heritage guest en-suite rooms are decorated in warm tones, have super comfortable beds and smart TVs, while the individual suites boast emperor beds, some bathrooms with freestanding bath, Bang & Olufsen sound systems and coffee machines. All rooms are full of designer touches and the period features you would expect from a hotel of this age. The town and hotel have proven links to Queen Boudica and the historic Colchester castle is a mere 2 minute walk from the hotel. We are just a 15 minute drive from Beth Chatto Gardens and Colchester Zoo, with Constable country the beautiful Essex coast just a bit further away. Guests can enjoy cocktails, local draught lagers and ales and an extensive wine list from the contemporary bar. Dine in the relaxed two-tiered restaurant that offers a daily a la carte menu inspired by British and worldwide cuisines, using locally sourced and seasonal produce. If you fancy a lighter bite for lunch or a snack, the tapas menu is also available in the heated and magical Secret Courtyard with beautiful Moroccan and floral decor. Quintessential English Afternoon tea will be served in the new Tea Room, ’T at The George’ - an eclectic Victorian-themed experience giving you the chance to indulge with friends over freshly brewed tea, delicious sandwiches, fresh scones and sweet treats (Opening mid summer 2021)
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Highchairs available
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Car park
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hugh F wrote a review 13 Oct
Chelmsford, United Kingdom95 contributions68 helpful votes
First opportunity to be able to return to this hotel for many years, recently renovated which has been carried out without losing the character of this iconic building and hotel. The service was excellent, the bar staff were helpful and friendly as were the restaurant staff. We had a very enjoyable lunch, the menu is limited but more than adequate. A very pleasent visit, looking forward to returning again.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Sofya Myakoshina, Other at The George Hotel
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Hugh F, Thank you for choosing to have a Luncheon with us and checking out the new image of the hotel. I am pleased that you had good time with us and that team were very helpful as they really are one of our biggest assets. We are looking forward seeing you again soon! Kindest Regards, Sofya Myakoshina Operations Manager
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Henry Ale wrote a review 13 Oct
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The George brings a very street and neoclassical style to it's communal areas that perfectly blends the Georgian and Modern eras. A brilliant ambience to have when at the heart of Britain's oldest town. The bar and secret courtyard are worth checking out just for the vibe alone. Food decent if not slightly overpriced and the drinks are simply divine. Stayed here for one night at short notice which may have caused slight problems. On arrival, found the bed had not been flipped and there were no towels or toiletries. When asked, we received some hand towels but not much else. Room Service is difficult past a certain time. The TV is decent but certain features advertised do not work and the WIFI can be temperamental. Checking In/Out is quick and easy and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The hotel is very suitable for anyone looking to explore Colchester and who won't be spending too much time in their room. It's a very enjoyable environment, close to the Castle and many features the town has to offer but may have you going down to the reception desk more times than one would like.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Sofya Myakoshina, Other at The George Hotel
Responded 2 days ago
Dear 99RCH, Thank you for your review, I am glad that you found the new look of The George Hotel. I would like to apologise for missing towels and toiletries in the room, we have increased room checks, so not a little detail will be missed in the future. The George hotel is looking on possibility to offer room service at all the times of the day, so next time you are here hopefully it wont be an issue. I am glad that you found our team helpful and professional, as we value the feedback and hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon. Kindest Regards, Sofya Myakoshina Operations Manager
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Voyager07320820725 wrote a review 11 Oct
4 contributions
Room was clean but noisy. Not much in terms of toiletries or drinks or tea/coffee facilities in the room. We returned for a nightcap before bed to be told the bar was closed and wouldn’t offer any room service at all. The breakfast was very disappointing awful coffee, tepid breakfast, lacked taste and quality. Staff were not very welcoming or over friendly. We was very disappointed with our stay and will not be returning. It seems to of had a make over decor wise but a huge un improvement in service to how it used to be when we used to visit.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Sofya Myakoshina, Other at The George Hotel
Responded 4 days ago
Dear Voyager07320820725, I am sad to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the George Hotel Colchester. At the moment we are not doing room service past 10PM. However we are working hard on attracting more amazing people to be a part of our team, so we can provide exceptional service 24/7. Hopefully very soon there will be room service available any given time of the day and night. At the moment all guests can call reception and ask for more tea and coffee to be sent to their room. We regret to hear that your stay did not live up to your expectations, and thanking you for spending time to leave a review which helps us improve our Hotel. Sincerely hope you will restore your faith in The George Hotel, and pay us another visit. Warmest regards, Sofya Myakoshina
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Josie P wrote a review 6 Oct
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
We recently had our wedding reception at the George hotel. We also stayed in the apartment for two nights, had multiple guests staying in the main hotel and used the private Tudor room for the reception. All were absolutely fantastic! The guests mentioned how amazing their rooms were and we were also very happy with the apartment. On the day, the staff were so attentive to our needs, we couldn't fault a thing! Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Sofya Myakoshina, Other at The George Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Jpavely24, Congratulations on your wedding day, and the whole George Hotel Team wishes you the lifetime of happiness. We are really glad that your special day went smooth, and you will have positive memories about this day for the rest of the life. Thank you for sharing your experience with the George and we are looking forward welcoming you and your friends in the future. Your compliments to the team have been passed on. Kindest Regards,
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Chris H wrote a review Sep 2021
Southampton, United Kingdom23 contributions6 helpful votes
Wow. What a difference 2 years makes. The hotel has changed beyond all recognition from then, and very much for the better. The refurbishment has raised the bar significantly. Stylish and comfy bar and lounge and upmarket restaurant. My room is tastefully decorated and immaculate. The food and service in the restaurant has been top notch. Hugely impressed and hope to be back soon. Well done . 👍
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Sofya Myakoshina, Other at The George Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear chrishQ1805VQ, Thank you for your review - we are really pleased that you had a lovely stay with us and liked the refurbishment. As you mentioned, it is a big difference from 2 years ago, and the team of responsible for the redecoration of the hotel has done a fantastic job. We are looking forward welcoming you in our hotel again. See you soon! Kindest Regards,
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US$66 - US$108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The George Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The George Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Colchester (0.2 km), Castle Park (0.2 km), and Mercury Theatre (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The George Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The George Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The George Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The George Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and paid private parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The George Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Timbers, Miseria & Nobilta', and North Hill Noodle Bar.
Is The George Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Colchester.
Does The George Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The George Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Roman Circus Visitor Centre (0.7 km), Dutch Quarter (0.2 km), and The Claudius Gateway (0.4 km).
Does The George Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
Is The George Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.