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#3 of 22 hotels in Colchester
Travellers' Choice
GreyFriars has 26 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, including a number of Grand Luxe Signature Suites, Deluxe Suites and Junior Suites. All rooms are designed and fitted to match 5* standards and feature beautiful marble bathrooms or shower rooms.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Luciana H wrote a review 20 Jan
Woodbridge, United Kingdom1 contribution
Went for a birthday dinner, table got ignored not offered any drinks beyond sitting down .. had to get up half way through mains to ask for drinks. Waitress we asked for drink menus never returned, asked for water never returned. Requests to acknowledge birthday pre made by my husband to make the night special ... ignored. paid more attention to a table of 5 left a minimal impact on us, mediocre experience - food nice - ambiance 0 - service -100. Was paying £32 a mains - would have expected excellent service and experience and didn't deliver. Best part emailed management 4 days ago now and have called twice no response. No customer focus - wont ever go back far better places to eat and spend money in ! really ruined a birthday surprise.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: Book another hotel
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Zerovis wrote a review 15 Jan
London, United Kingdom60 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed at Greyfriars in January to celebrate my wife's birthday. Having stayed twice before we knew we would enjoy our four day break. This time we booked the Rector's suite having previously stayed in the Elisabeth suite and the Venetian suite. There is something special about Greyfriars. With only 26 rooms it always feels exclusive. The staff can make or break a stay in any hotel and they definitely made our stay relaxing and comfortable. We dined in the hotel restaurant and enjoyed a good quality meal worthy of it's Michelin recommendation. We will be booking again and are looking forward to another special break.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Jane C wrote a review Dec 2021
Essex, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
It’s wasn’t a busy day when I visited and was disappointed that the service was slow. The table next to us was visited for clearing 3 times before it was finally tidied. We were not offered extra of anything and although the sandwiches were absolutely fresh and delicious (well done) the cake selection was very poor. The large lurid green macaron was without flavour or substance and I felt it was not handmade. The chocolate brownie had a very strange textured jelly top. I did not enjoy this and I could not determine the flavour. The cheesecake was ok but not outstanding and the mini mince pie was the best of the bunch with very good pastry! Most surprising we’re the scones. Although quite small, they’re were warm and good textured but one small dish of cream and one small dish of jam between two of us. Come on! It was not worth just shy of £26 per head. I really feel taken advantage of! Shame on you!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
timothybowring wrote a review Nov 2021
benfleet, essex23 contributions
Gorgeous place! Exceptionally clean and beautifully decorated, we stayed in a junior suite for the “romance package” which included a three course meal but we decided to choose the ala carte menu at a slightly extra cost, we’ve stayed in a few luxury hotels but this was the best so far, we had the Colchester seafood cocktail followed by 8 oz fillet steak ( and the best “chips” ever) and the pigeon followed by beef wellington, too full for dessert we decided on the cheeseboard as room service later on in the evening, the staff were wonderful! Very welcoming and nothing too much trouble, the junior suite was spacious and had a beautiful marble bathroom with everything we needed, and breakfast was exactly what we was expecting after the delicious meal the night before, highly recommended this place! We will definitely be back, and such wonderful value for money too
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Date of stay: November 2021
PaulRyan_13 wrote a review Nov 2021
Brentwood, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
We decided to have a midweek night away and go shopping in Colchester and tried The Greyfriars Hotel - what a fabulous experience! Car park was not clearly signposted, but soon found - plenty of parking at the rear of the hotel with a stunning and massive tree and outside terrace - we must go back in the Summer! All aspects of this hotel were fantastic - service, staff, room facilities - massive and comfortable bed and bathroom to die for, bar, dining room and excellent standard and presentation of food and service in the restaurant. Excellent attention to detail at all levels - we will definitely return to this absolute gem.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Room was quiet and warm - bathroom underfloor heating.
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Frequently Asked Questions about GreyFriars
Which popular attractions are close to GreyFriars?
Nearby attractions include Escape Colchester (0.3 km), Castle Park (0.2 km), and Colchester Castle Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at GreyFriars?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at GreyFriars?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at GreyFriars?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at GreyFriars?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to GreyFriars?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dr Chippy's, Miseria & Nobilta', and Mirra.
Is GreyFriars located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Colchester.
Are any cleaning services offered at GreyFriars?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does GreyFriars offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to GreyFriars?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Roman Circus Visitor Centre (0.9 km), Dutch Quarter (0.5 km), and The Claudius Gateway (0.1 km).
Is GreyFriars accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.