Winchester Royal Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • This 16th-century hotel has a walled garden and is in the centre of Winchester
  • The Garden Restaurant, housed in a conservatory, serves a wide selection of local cheeses cheeses, and is praised by The Daily Telegraph for its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food
  • Winchester Cathedral and the local shops are within a 5-minute walk
  • Jane Austen's House Museum is a 25-minute drive away

"The hotel was excellently staffed with all members very considerate and friendly"
Oct 11, 2019 - Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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With its medieval architecture, magnificent cathedral and nearby South Downs countryside, Winchester is a great destination for a mini break. The Winchester Royal Hotel is in the centre of town and is the only hotel in the city that has a walled garden -- nicknamed the "secret garden" by locals.

Originally a private house, the property then became a bishop's residence and later a convent, and has been a hotel for the past 150 years. The Garden Restaurant, which overlooks the walled garden and terrace, serves modern European dishes and has a large collection of local cheeses.The Daily Telegraph praises its "largely homemade and absolutely delicious" food.

From the hotel, The Great Hall, an atmospheric 13th-century hall featuring a medieval round table said to be linked to King Arthur, is less than 10 minutes' walk away, while Winchester Cathedral and the high street are five minutes' away.

We recommend a stroll alongside the River Itchen from the National Trust-owned Winchester City Mill to College Street, where you can see Winchester College and the house Jane Austen lived in for the last few months of her life.

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is a 15-minute drive away.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Crib/Pack 'n Play not available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: Car park fee: £10 per night.
Limited space available, first come-first served basis.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(364 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Winchester Royal Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The hotel was excellently staffed with all members very considerate and friendly
Kenneth Oct 11, 2019 Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great value for money.Very helpful and polite staff.
Carol Oct 11, 2019 Pickering, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
hospitable and good quality food value for money
Oct 10, 2019 Great Baddow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location and great place
Other Comments
Staff always helpful
david Oct 09, 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very convenient for city.
Other Comments
Staff exceptional
Sarah Oct 08, 2019 North Walsham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Amazing staff, great location, well worth the trip
Other Comments
Thankyou for making us feel special on our honeymoon
stephen Oct 08, 2019 loughborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This is our 5th visit here. The main attraction is the central location and also good clean rooms.
Gavin Oct 08, 2019 Epsom, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Reception really welcoming. Food at dinner was lovely. Breakfast left me a bit disappointed - the toaster machine either made white or black toast so I gave up. The hot food wasn't very hot. I tried what I thought was a fruit coulis on my yogurt but it tasted of nothing. Also they put the sliced cheeses on top of the sliced meat, which isn't very good when you're vegetarian. The bedroom was fine but the shower room was tired, peeling paint, really cramped with a sink so small you couldn't wash you makeup off, and absolutely nowhere practical to put a bottle of facewash or toothpaste. We had to keep everything on the desk in the room. Also took ages to set the shower to temperature - a tiny turn of the dial took it from freezing to scolding.
Other Comments
The shower room really does need attention.
Heidi Oct 07, 2019 Abingdon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Hotel was very clean and ideally situated for seeing the sights in the town
Ann Oct 05, 2019 Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Visited with my Sister as we enjoyed our visit last year.So easy to check in and Staff so friendly and helpful. We also enjoyed the food except for the bacon at breakfast,which was like cardboard,but no problem,we enjoyed the rest of the meal. Will hope to visit again soon.
Shelagh Oct 05, 2019 Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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