Windsor is an English town on the River Thames, 25 miles west of London, and is best known for Windsor Castle, one of the places Queen Elizabeth II calls home. The castle, with sections dating back a thousand years, is set on 13 acres, and visitors can tour parts of the castle and grounds and witness the traditional changing of the guard ceremony. Windsor has a selection of hotels to suit different budgets, with some housed in historic buildings.
Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel
Set just opposite the gates of Windsor Castle, the Mercure Windsor Castle Hotel has four stories and 108 rooms in a building that combines the traditional and the modern. The on-site Eighteen Restaurant serves an international menu, and afternoon tea is served in the Pennington Lounge. Nearby dining alternatives include Latino Taverna serving Greek dishes and the Cornucopia Bistro offering French and Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Windsor & Eton Central train station, about a 30-minute journey from central London’s Paddington Station.
Macdonald Windsor Hotel
A two-minute walk from the main entrance to Windsor castle, the Macdonald Windsor Hotel is on Windsor’s busy High Street. The hotel’s Caleys Restaurant serves an international menu at street level. The Avanti Bistro, which offers Italian and British cooking, and 51, which serves an international menu, are both within a five-minute walk of the Macdonald Windsor. If you’re looking for some nightlife after your meal, try the Liquid Lounge, which features cocktails, DJs and dancing every night.
Sir Christopher Wren’s House Hotel & Spa
Overlooked by the ramparts of Windsor Castle, the Sir Christopher Wren’s House Hotel features views across the River Thames as it flows through Windsor. Housed in an 18th-century, neo-classical building with later additions, the hotel has an on-site spa offering aromatherapy, massages and beauty treatments. The hotel’s Stroks Restaurant serves a modern European menu and features a terrace overlooking the river for summer al fresco dining. The Windsor Wheel, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, operates during summer and affords panoramic views across the town and the castle.
Clarence Hotel Windsor
The Clarence Hotel Windsor is a 10-minute walk from Windsor Castle and a couple of minutes from the shops and restaurants of King Edward Court, a pedestrianized street covered by a glass canopy. Room rates include a full English breakfast. For other meals, the Viceroy of Windsor, which serves Indian and Bangladeshi food, and Francescos, an Italian restaurant, are a few steps from the Clarence. The Theatre Royal Windsor, which stages comedy, drama and music, is a 10-minute-walk away.
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