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High Street, Colchester CO1 1UG England
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#2 of 21 hotels in Colchester
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GreyFriars has 26 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, including a number of Grand Luxe Signature Suites, Deluxe Suites and Junior Suites. All rooms are designed and fitted to match 5* standards and feature beautiful marble bathrooms or shower rooms.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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R1chardN wrote a review Jul 2021
Surbiton, United Kingdom538 contributions175 helpful votes
This is an impressive looking and imposing hotel. There is ample car parking and the instructions given by the hotel to find it are very helpful. The entrance is spacious and light and our check in was good. Our room was outstanding - it had a spacious sitting area, comfortable bedroom and an incredible bathroom with an extra long bath as well as a good walk in shower. The decoration was very good, all fabrics look luxurious and it was spotlessly clean. There is a large patio area by the bar under the shade of a very large tree - it is idyllic. The hotel service was good with the exception of getting our drinks order wrong. Breakfast was good and very enjoyable. Check out was okay bearing in mind they had a technical system issue and a queue was building although we were not asked if we had enjoyed our stay - which is usual courtesy for a hotel this standard. I have written separately about my experience in the restaurant which was poor and left a trace of disappointment about our stay.
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Date of stay: July 2021
GillS98 wrote a review Jun 2021
Morden, United Kingdom339 contributions117 helpful votes
Well positioned for shops and restaurants, close to a nice park. Great looking hotel, good sized room, well decorated, lots of extras, had large umbrella, clothes brush, mini bar with fresh milk, couple of beers (small wine for the ladies may have been nice, bottled water and a couple of soft drinks. Had cocktails on the patio one evening, nice and relaxing. Had Netflix on the t.v which have never had in a hotel before, very welcomed. If in the area again would definitely return.
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Date of stay: June 2021
spooksbeard10o wrote a review Dec 2020
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom49 contributions25 helpful votes
Stayed here overnight for daughters wedding. The staff were excellent and very helpful. They were happy to let photographer and hair and make up to attend and let us park our car until after the wedding. Our evening meal was fantastic and so was the breakfast. The only thing that spoilt it a bit was a man talking outside all night and we didn’t sleep very well.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Victoria wrote a review Oct 2020
Shoeburyness, United Kingdom2 contributions
So, I don't normally write reviews, but here goes! We got married in Feb this year, and due to my husband getting a new job & COVID-19 we hadn't managed to book anywhere so when the opportunity come up about having a night away, my husband and I jumped at the chance, Mother in law having our daughter and our puppy. We booked to have Room 14, as our parents had been before and also my husbands brother had just stayed the month previous and had amazing time there. Lovely large secure car park which is free, you have to give your registration to reception at check in. We arrived early due to having lunch and look around in Colchester, unfortunately our room wasn't ready which wasn't a problem as we wanted a few cocktails in the bar. Reception checked us in, signed relevant paperwork for our stay. Reception did try and charge us again for our room, although we had paid when booked our room. You also have to pay £50.00 deposit for any extra/breakages. (We wasn't aware of this charge either). Receptionist showed us to the bar area, where we were saved by the barman. Staff very professional, friendly and will do anything for you. By now we had a few drinks at the bar, and we could hear other guests checking in and their rooms not being ready. Waitresses were telling bar staff that people were entitled to complimentary drinks. Our room was ready at 3:20pm however at no point was we offered complimentary drinks due to us waiting? Maybe we should have waited until 3pm and then we would have been offered, but because we were spending money in the bar, maybe they didn't want to offer us a free drink for our wait? Room was lovely and large, clean, was pretty impressed with how big the television was to be fair. Lovely nice bath, so remember your bubble bath if your saying in room 14! Ordered room service, although we did struggle. No where in the room told us the number we had to call to order, we guessed and dialled 0 which took us through to reception where she took our order and past through to the kitchen. Room service was pretty quick, I order the chicken burger and chips and was amazing, Thank you to the chef who cooked this! Both my husband and I didn't have a good night sleep, we thought the bed was very uncomfortable, although you can pleased everyone with the mattress. We had breakfast included in our room. you didn't have to book, just go downstairs to the restaurant and give your room number between 07:30 and 11:30. Again, staff were very professional and couldn't be more happier with the service we received, however breakfast wasn't explained to us. We were given a menu and just asked what we wanted. We didn't know whether we could have pastries and then a cooked breakfast too or whether it was just one or the other. We felt like this could have been explained to us and we could have enjoyed our breakfast better. Check out was a bit confusing to be fair. Receptionist tried to charge us for breakfast although included in our room. The receptionist then wanted to charge us for our room service instead of taking it of £50.00 which we paid on check in. She told us that was for extras too. We had to pay for our room service separate and then wait for the money to be refunded. When checking the amount on our receipt we also noticed that we had been charged extra for room service, again no point was informed that this was going to be an extra charge. We looked everywhere within the menu too, (Even the small print) because we were looking at how to order the food. Bit disappointing to be fair. Overall we had an alright stay, could have been much better. The only reason we booked this hotel is that we had good feedback from all our family and friends who have stayed here prior to us booking. I personally wouldn't recommend this hotel to friends and family if I am completely honest. This was the 1st time since February that we had stayed away and I couldn't say I really enjoyed my stay.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Natalie S wrote a review Sep 2020
Colchester, United Kingdom49 contributions40 helpful votes
This is our 7th visit and this time for in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. Staff all wearing masks and people socially distancing. Food was stunning and staff were outstanding. Look forward to our next visit. Thank you for a perfect evening
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
US$142 - US$197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about GreyFriars
Which popular attractions are close to GreyFriars?
Nearby attractions include Escape Colchester (0.3 km), Castle Park (0.2 km), and Colchester Castle Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at GreyFriars?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at GreyFriars?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at GreyFriars?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at GreyFriars?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to GreyFriars?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miseria & Nobilta', Dr Chippy's, and Mirra.
Is GreyFriars located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Colchester.
Are any cleaning services offered at GreyFriars?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does GreyFriars 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 GreyFriars?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Roman Circus Visitor Centre (0.9 km), Dutch Quarter (0.5 km), and The Claudius Gateway (0.1 km).
Is GreyFriars accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.