The Best Hotels to Book Near Windsor Castle

The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel fits perfectly into Windsor's elegant surroundings
The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel fits perfectly into Windsor's elegant surroundings | Courtesy of Sir Christopher Wren Hotel / Expedia
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10 September 2021

Wrapped around a scenic bend in the River Thames, the Berkshire town of Windsor is best known as the home of Windsor Castle: residence of the British royal family and the largest occupied castle in the world. Our selection of hotels nearby – all bookable on Culture Trip – might not quite scale those heights, but, from elegant townhouses to cosy B&Bs, they promise a comfortable base from which to explore the castle and the kids’ favourite Legoland, and as a jumping-off point for boat trips on the Thames.

The Sir Christopher Wren

Resort, Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
4/5 (647 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $237 per night

Housed in a historic red-brick building on the banks of the Thames, the Sir Christopher Wren fits in snugly with its rarefied surroundings in Windsor. Its architect namesake is done justice in the beautifully designed, traditional rooms, which have period features such as exposed wooden ceiling beams. The brasserie is an elegant spot for cocktails and afternoon tea, with superb scones and Cornish clotted cream.

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The Eton Mess

Boutique Hotel
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Paying homage in its name to a classic English dessert, this stylish boutique hotel is in fact anything but a mess, with sleek, contemporary guest rooms decked in stylish dark grey with a minimalist decor. The food at the downstairs restaurant is acclaimed: try the king scallops with Jerusalem artichoke followed by the miso cod, and don’t miss the unique British-inspired cocktails such as the Churchill: bourbon, homemade grenadine and absinthe bitter.

Castle Hotel Windsor

4.2/5 (790 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $149 per night

Recalling the stateliness and traditional British elegance of its namesake Windsor Castle, just five minutes away, the Castle Hotel has guest rooms combining high ceilings and a muted colour scheme with fireplaces, ornamental urns and other classy design features. Leaf Restaurant serves fantastic British cuisine, and the beautiful garden terrace, beneath a pergola hung with purple wisteria, is a scenic spot to enjoy fish and chips, steaks or Severn and Wye salmon.

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Macdonald Windsor Hotel

4.5/5 (964 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $189 per night

In a stylish townhouse just two minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle, the Macdonald has an unbeatable location; the Changing of the Guard parades right in front of the hotel, too. Within, rooms have a regal yet contemporary feel, with plush purple sofas and period beams in the upper rooms. The on-site Caleys Brasserie serves a mix of British classics and European fare, along with afternoon tea.

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The George

Pubs with Rooms
4.4/5 (54 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $142 per night

A colourful, comfortable stay awaits at the George, with rooms that combine a modern look with a historic setting above an 18th-century pub. Spending time in this coaching inn, dating to 1750, is a highlight of your stay here, with superb full English breakfasts on offer in the historic dining room, and an ever-changing roster of cask ales ensuring that beer lovers will be in paradise.

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  • Goswell House Hotel

    5/5 (3 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $134 per night

    Location is everything at this comfortable, modern hotel, which sits next to Windsor train station and opposite Windsor Castle; tickets are available for the latter from the hotel. A great day out is assured at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, while Legoland Windsor, just a 10-minute drive away, is a magical experience for families with young kids. Hotel staff will happily help you plan and book your days out.

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    Windsorian Experience

    Boutique Hotel
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    The historic surrounds of Windsor get an artistic, contemporary makeover at this boutique hotel, which expertly combines modern art with tradition: vibrant paintings adorn the guest rooms alongside classic touches, such as Victorian cast-iron radiators. Matching the artistry of the rooms is the restaurant, where a chef’s table menu includes such gastronomic delights as aged Cumbrian beef, wild mushrooms with shallots, and chocolate and vanilla brownies.

    Christopher Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
    3.9/5 (175 Reviews)
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    Combining a homely, welcoming atmosphere with an eye for luxury and design, this family-run boutique in the town of Eton has lovely rooms and suites with design features such as ornately carved wooden headboards, beautiful feature walls depicting scenes from the natural world, and large, freestanding tubs. In true British style, there’s even a pub, with comfy sofas, a classic wooden corner bar and a lovely menu – try the baked black Cornish bream.

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    Alma House B&B

    Bed and Breakfast
    4.6/5 (262 Reviews)
    Alma House
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    Price Drop
    Now from $95 per night
    The cosy atmosphere of a traditional B&B meets an elegant design scheme at this excellent Windsor hotel, whose guest rooms feature polished wood floors and are lit by chandeliers. Hearty continental breakfasts are presented to you in the comfort of your room, while staff will help you plan your day’s adventures in Windsor, whether at the castle, Legoland, a boat trip on the Thames or whatever else catches your eye.
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    If you’re in South East England to give a royal wave to the Queen, you’ll want to visit London, too. With hotels near Buckingham Palace and places to stay by the Royal Opera House – now bookable via Culture Trip – you’ll sleep like a king. If you’d like more culture, see London’s oldest churches, or maybe you’ll opt for relaxing in one of the capital’s famous parks with a bite to eat from markets nearby.

    These recommendations were updated on September 10, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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