The Best Hotels to Book Near Ascot Racecourse

After a busy day at the races, rest your head at one of these hotels near Ascot Racecourse
After a busy day at the races, rest your head at one of these hotels near Ascot Racecourse | © Avpics / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Laura Hampson
20 September 2021

The Royal Ascot dates back to 1711 when Queen Anne declared her love for horse racing. It’s still attended by the British monarchy today, with Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family attending the five-day event each year. The Royal Ascot can see up to 30,000 spectators per day, so you’ll want to stay somewhere nearby in Berkshire, England. If you’re planning on attending, here are the best hotels to stay in near Ascot Racecourse – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Macdonald Berystede Hotel

Outdoor dining area at Macdonald Berystede Hotel, with smart furniture, tiled floors, pot plants and white umbrellas
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Being one of the only four-star hotels close to Ascot Racecourse – just a two-minute drive away – Macdonald Berystede Hotel is in high demand when it comes to racing season, so we suggest booking a room here early. Surrounded by lush gardens, there’s a relaxing outdoor hydrotherapy pool to bathe in, a spa offering ELEMIS treatments and an AA Rosette Restaurant – so there’s plenty to do post-race.

Royal Berkshire Hotel

Outdoor gardens of the Royal Berkshire Hotel, with a small lake with water fountains, lavender bushes and tall trees
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A traditional country house hotel on the outskirts of Ascot, Royal Berkshire Hotel is a chic option for your stay near the racecourse. Be sure to book into Fork, the all-day dining restaurant and tuck into the lemon sole, harissa-spiced pulled lamb or a British classic like the fish finger sandwich. The family rooms make it a great choice for those travelling with kids, and children will love exploring the 15 acres (6ha) of grounds and the garden games like connect four and giant Jenga.

Highclere Hotel

Highclere Hotel is set in a red brick Edwardian house in Sunninghill village, just a few minutes from Ascot Racecourse. Each of the double, twin and family ensuite rooms are well-appointed – and the light-filled rooms have blackout blinds that guarantee a good night’s sleep. Breakfast isn’t included, but you can request a continental breakfast to set you up for a day at the races.

Coworth Park

Grand exterior of the Coworth Park, with manicured lawns, tall trees and a large set of stairs
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A visit to the royal racecourse should be capped off with a stay at a hotel fit for the monarchy. Coworth Park is where Prince Harry chose to stay the night before he wed Meghan Markle back in 2018 and it’s easy to see why. With 240 acres (97ha) of grounds to explore, an eco-friendly spa, a library, three restaurants – including one with a Michelin star – and an on-site equestrian centre, there’s a lot to love about Coworth Park.

The Royal Foresters

The outdoor dining area at Royal Foresters has picnic tables, furniture, green and white umbrellas and freshly cut grass
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This stylish pub with rooms sits just down the road from Ascot Racecourse – it’s either a seven-minute drive or a 25-minute walk away. Each of the 24 design-led rooms boasts bespoke furnishings, sourced everywhere from Italy to Yorkshire, which contrasts with the exposed timber walls. Food is the real star here, with an extensive menu offering delights like halloumi fries and wood-fired pizzas. If you’re staying between Monday and Saturday, book into the bottomless brunch – which sees endless prosecco and mimosas poured with your brunch dish of choice.

Lyndricks House

Placed in the heart of Ascot and a 15-minute walk to the racecourse, Lyndricks House is a family-run guesthouse that will feel like a home away from home. Here, guests can choose to stay in anything from a luxury family suite to a sleek single room – plus off-road parking is widely available as well. The bright rooms and common areas offer a retro vibe, and there’s a garden to laze in after a day at the races or exploring nearby Legoland.

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