Windsor is a town on the River Thames in southeast England, just west of London.
It’s home to Windsor Castle, a residence of the British Royal Family. Built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century, the castle was extensively remodeled by subsequent monarchs.
William I, usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. A descendant of Rollo, he was Duke of Normandy from 1035 onward. Read more at Wikipedia…
Public tours take in the State Apartments, which contain opulent furnishings, and paintings from the royal art collection.
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa
This upscale hotel in a cluster of historic buildings overlooking the River Thames is 2 minutes’ walk from Windsor Castle and 5.4 miles from Windsor Great Park.
I visited Windsor for a business trip and I fall in love with Sir Christopher Wren Hotel. Most friendly and helpful receptionists ever, so lovely and great first impression of the hotel. Located on a walking street along the old town next to Thames River.
I had an amazing and romantic view full of swans. The hotel is an old building but well renovated into a 4-star hotel. Everything about the hotel was exceptional, and I don’t give praise lightly. It was clean, stylish, roomy and felt like home! ( My room was 310)
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The room itself was well equipped and comfortable. Food was beyond good and great value for money and service in both places attentive and efficient. Breakfast was rich, with fresh fruits and juices, fried eggs, sliced salmons and everything you would want for breakfast.
The reception personnel was very helpful in advise on what to do in the city or anything I asked. They were polite and always in the best mood. Unfortunately, they didn’t have an option for a paid late check-out. So, I wish I knew this in advance, therefore I would have booked the room for some extra hours through the online booking process and wouldn’t get frustrated on the last day of my stay.
Do not neglect to try a massage or a spa therapy! All rooms and hotel facilities are smoking free.
One last tip: Don’t order Creme Brulee, unless you do want to get disappointed. And for all parents out there, this is not a friendly hotel for toddlers. Too many stairs!
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Useful Info about the Hotel
Rooms range from traditional to plush. All offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Some have river views and sitting areas. Upgraded rooms include original features such as original wooden beams and floorboards. Room service is offered.
A fine-dining restaurant offers modern British cuisine and Sunday jazz. There’s also a drawing room serving afternoon tea, and a bar with a riverside terrace. A health club features an exercise room, a sauna and a spa.
You can choose your ideal room from their 133 unique collection of standard rooms or suites or apartments. Most bedrooms are in the Main House or just across the street in the Windsor House or Riverside House.
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For a real traditional English experience, stay in the 17th-century Heritage House with its original wooden beams and floorboards. Next door is the Wren’s Club & Spa, which offers free access to guests.
It’s worth mentioning that it is freshly renovated in astonising contemporary style, both Windsor House and Riverside House.
Some Feature rooms and suites have glorious views over the Thames. Seven serviced apartments, just around the corner on Datchet Road, have handy kitchenettes, ideal for families or longer stays.
Top Attractions in Windsor
Visit Windsor Castle, the official residence of the British Royal Family.
Take comfortable shoes: there’s a lot to see including the State Apartments, Drawings Gallery and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Evensong at 5.15pm in St George’s Chapel is a beautiful experience. The Changing of the Guards takes place on alternate days at 11am, excluding Sundays. The best view is from the High Street. We offer castle tickets at the hotel so you can beat the queues; please ask at reception.
Stroll around Alexandra Gardens and you will be rewarded with a great view of Windsor Castle and the Thames Valley. Various family-friendly events are held in the gardens, including a ferris wheel in summer and open-air ice skating rink in winter.
Take the family to LEGOLAND® Windsor, which has over 50 rides, shows and attractions in 150 acres of parkland.
For more ideas on what to do in Windsor and the Thames Valley, visit the official tourist information website for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Good to know
For those who love to learn more about this area should start from Wikipedia and then move on in related books such as:
History of Berkshire
Berkshire is a county in south east England, west of London and is one of the home counties. It was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc (believed to be a Celticword meaning “hilly”). Continue reading…
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a Royal Borough of Berkshire, in South East England. It is home to Windsor Castle, Eton College, Legoland Windsor and Ascot Racecourse.
Notes to Remember
If you want to plan ahead your eating preferences cross the town then you should have a look at this Guide: Where to Eat in Windsor.For more details about Food & Drink, please do visit the official Windsor website. Find more about:
- Afternoon Tea with a Twist
- Nightlife in the Royal Borough
- Pubs in the Windsor and Maidenhead area
- Search By Map
How to reach Windsor
Of course that depends on your starting location. But to have a more specific sense of how far it is from London:
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is just 30 miles west of London with Heathrow Airport just 12 miles away and Luton and Gatwick Airports within an hour’s drive. Read more about how easy it is to get here…
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