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Brook Red Lion Hotel

3 Self rated

43 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DJ

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About the hotel

Built in 1465, Brook Red Lion Hotel is a Grade 1 listed building with plenty of Olde world charm. Maintaining its original Tudor features of exposed wooden beams and warm red and gold fabrics, the Red Lion Hotel is one of the oldest Inns in the area. The individually decorated En-suite rooms mix traditional charm with modern comforts, and each hold a flat screen TV, WiFi, a trouser press and tea/coffee making facilities.

The Red Lion Hotel’s old banqueting hall has been transformed into the Parliament Restaurant, where guests can enjoy a relaxed dining atmosphere and classical dishes with a modern twist from the à la carte menu. The Red Lion also offers a bar and 24-hr room service. Situated in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, there is plenty to do when you book a stay at the Brook Red Lion Hotel. Just a short walk away you will find plenty of boutique shops in the area and local tourist attractions including Colchester Castle, Zoo and the Beth Chatto Gardens.

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Showing Friday 9 December 2016 to Saturday 10 December 2016

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Disabled Facilities, 24 Hour Reception, Safety Deposit Box, 24 Hour Room Service, Wake Up Call Available, Pets Allowed, Doctor on call
Restaurant, Bar
Car Parking Available Offsite
Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas

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Up to 8 years old
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Pets are allowed

Customer Reviews

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All reviews (11)

64% would recommend it to a friend


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  • Lisa Britton

  • February 2016


Me and my husband stayed here for our 7th wedding anniversary, we go somewhere different each year.

We will definitely visit this hotel again one day. The staff were fantastic, nothing was too mush trouble. The room and hotel were gorgeous, very old with uneven floors and huge beams, just what we love. The central location is brilliant, it does make it a bit loud but I can sleep through anything and he uses ear plugs. The bathroom was a little tired but everything worked and the shower was good. The food in the restarsunt was second to none. The best fish and chips I've ever had and my husband said the same of the sausage and mash. All in all a lovely stay; my husband wanted to move in!

  • Hannah M

  • October 2015

Bit shabby and a few issues but the staff are lovely

We've stayed once before and had a lovely room but unfortunately this time the room we had was not good.

I'd say no 20 is to be avoided at the moment as it really needs work.

The radiator was missing a thermostatic valve so we couldn't turn it off, and despite the handyman putting a valve on after the first night it still wouldn't turn off so we baked both nights. The other serious issue was the toilet which leaked onto the floor every time it was flushed. The handyman's fix for this after the first night did work but they really need to do something more permanent than that temporary bodge job, and at the very least replace the lino which is stained - presumably from the ongoing leak. There were lots of less serious niggles like the lack of a shower curtain, the weak shower itself, the missing wardrobe door handle and the general shabbiness. It was clean despite the shabbiness and problems, but it really needs serious work and I'd not want to stay in that room again until the work is complete.

On the plus side the staff are universally friendly and helpful and the price wasn't bad.

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