With Windsor Castle being only an hour outside of London, I’m surprised I haven’t visited before. The chance popped up with a friend’s wedding at nearby Hedsor House, so it was the perfect opportunity to explore Windsor.
We arrived as the sun was setting and checked into Castle Hotel Windsor, housed in a 16th-century Georgian building with a rich history and just a short walk to Windsor Castle.
We were shown to our room and awaiting us was a delightful welcome platter of macarons and fruit on the desk with a handwritten card. It’s these little details that make you feel so welcome.
Castle Hotel Windsor opened as part of the MGallery by Sofitel collection in September 2015. From its origins as a small 21 room 16th-century inn, it has kept its charm and character as a boutique hotel with 108 rooms today.
Located in the heart of Windsor, step out of the hotel’s doors and you’re right on the high street with plenty of restaurants, shops and British pubs to take your fancy.
It’s just a 5-minute walk to the train station, Windsor & Eton Central with easy transport links to London Paddington, which makes it an easy weekend getaway. The ideal location for everything you need to do in Windsor.
The Classic Room features a queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets which were super comfortable and made for a great nights sleep. Our light-filled room was located on the third floor, with windows facing the high street.
A stocked complimentary minibar of drinks came in handy and there is also a kettle for tea as well as a coffee machine. You’ll also find White Company Noir toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and slippers to make you settle right in.
Around 10:45 am on certain days you can catch the ‘Changing of the Guard’ procession from outside the hotel’s entrance. The parade marches past the doorstep of the hotel along Windsor’s main street. Or if you have a street-facing room as we did, watch it from the comfort of your own window.
Rooms start from £124 with breakfast included and free Wi-Fi.
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I love a buffet breakfast, probably one of my favourite things about staying at a hotel. The selection at Castle Hotel Windsor includes cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, fresh fruit and juices. You’ll also find hot items like roasted tomatoes, baked beans, sausages and bacon. There’s also an a la carte menu you can choose from with classics like a full English.
Exploring the Neighbourhood
With Windsor Castle at your doorstep, this is one thing you can’t miss when staying at Castle Hotel Windsor. Windsor Castle has been the family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years. Take a nice stroll around the stunning grounds of the castle and enjoy an ice cream from the Queen’s own cow’s milk before heading into the State Rooms.
Entrance fee costs £22.50 for adults.
Tip: Purchase your ticket beforehand to avoid long queues at the ticket office on the day.
Just a short walk from the hotel are cobbled streets lined with boutique stores, restaurants and high street shops.
A special thank you to Castle Hotel Windsor for hosting us and making us feel so welcome.