Only 40 min away from Central London; The Castle Hotel is the perfect staycation getaway that Kensington Mums highly recommends. We were so content to know that we got a chance to review this boutique hotel located in the heart of Windsor.
This lovely gem of a hotel can’t have a better location. Situated opposite Windsor Castle and Royal Borough Museum, where visitors with street-facing rooms are able to have an unforgettable sight and are even able to see the Change of Guard right from the hotel. It is a short walk from the famous Long Walk, as featured in the recent Royal Weddings, the River Thames, as well as the town centre.
Guests can easily visit The National Trust’s Magna Carta, the Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water Lake.
The property established itself as an accommodation provider in the 16th century when the hotel was issued a Royal Warrant. Following a century of successful trading the hotel was renamed The Castle Hotel and is one of Windsor’s longest running hotels. Fully renovated in 2015, Castle Hotel restored and modernised the interiors to pay homage to its rich Georgian history with a refined take on contemporary design.
The 108-room hotel has lovely rooms that are very well equipped with everything you might need away from home. The Hotel has a conference and events space, as well as a highly regarded Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant. Offering British cuisine and famous for their steak dishes. It also serves afternoon tea on a daily basis.
The hotel has their own parking which makes this a plus as it is indeed located in the heart of the city.
We arrived a couple of minutes before check-in time which is at 3:00pm, we drove inside the parking lot and we were very well surprised to see our name and registration number in a stand pointing to our assigned parking space.
Covid- 19 Strict Measurements practices
Before entering the building I was gladly surprise by the first thing we encountered, a Welcome sign with the Covid – 19 precautions – stating that it is mandatory to wear a face covering in all public spaces of the hotel for the health and safety that it is important to follow the instructions of the staff and respect the barrier gestures. In addition the hotel has marked on the floor arrows pointing the directions to where one can walk and need to follow and respect the flow of traffic. I must say that during these uncertain times, having this level of security makes it very comfortable to stay here, as you know that the staff and guests are ensuring to minimise the risk as much as possible.
We then entered the hotel from the backside as it was the way to enter when coming from the car park, which was lovely decorated with pink flowers and a beautiful modern chandelier that lit the whole entrance space making it very cosy and welcoming.
As I walked towards the reception and was immediately greeted by Bruno, who was super professional and knew who I was right away after me saying my name. I said I knew that I arrived earlier but still wanted to see if there was a chance to checkin in before as we were travelling with my 2 year old son. Bruno courteously said, he needed to check if the room was ready and escorted us to a lovely quiet space the hotel has where you can enjoy a nice quiet time, read a book and have a nice beverage. He offered us something to drink whilst we were waiting. In less than 5 min Bruno came back saying we could go to the room once we finished our coffees as the room was then ready. So, once we finished with the coffee we walked towards the lift to the 1st floor and walked into our room.
The rooms are lovely decorated with subtle and calming cream taupe coloured curtains and very nice pictures. The whole room has a nice homey feeling to it that you can quickly feel comfortable. The bed was a super king size bed with a comfy duvet and many pillows and they also added a small bed for my little one – a very nice gesture as I said our boy can sleep with us.
On the table they greeted us with a “Welcome” plate with some fruits and a sweet donut and a lovely note welcoming us to the hotel. A very elegant and lovely touch by the staff. They also had a “safety kit box” that included a small hand sanitiser, a face mask and a sachet with wipes.
The room amenities include tea and Nespresso coffee maker allowing guests to have a hot beverage in the comfort of their own room, iron and an ironing board, complimentary WiFi, robes and slippers, complimentary chilled water and hair dryer. The toiletries are from The White Company Noir – amber, mandarin and sandalwood bespoke crafted floral scent inspired by Windsor and the Royal Family.
The nicest touch, is that they placed 3 books on a small shelf for the guests to enjoy, a cooking book, a book about Prince Harry and a novel book.
Once we settled in, we decided to go for a walk to The Long Walk to build our appetite as we had dinner reservations at 7:00pm. It was drizzling and we forgot to bring our brolly so we took one from the hotel, another accommodating detail.
As mentioned previously we simply walked less than 10 min and we already arrived at the start of the stunning path that is 2.64 mile-long, dead-straight avenue, lined with chestnut trees and flanked by grazing deer, is the quintessential Windsor walk for locals and visitors. Start from the castle gates at the end of Park Street. The round trip walk takes 2–3 hours in all; no bicycles are allowed.
By now, we were ready to heat up and enjoy a delicious meal.
Our Dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant
We quickly showered and changed to attend our dinner reservation. I have to say once again and for the comfort of any one that hesitates due to the current Covid -19 times, that everyone is respecting the rules and wearing throughout all public areas their mask.
We entered the restaurant and lovely Madga greeted us and asked if he had any table preference. As soon. We quickly opted for the one that has a sofa-like chair as this is the best option for parents with toddlers – it’s like you can kind of “trap” them and it might be harder for them to escape. Not that it was hard for our son, but it was a little more challenging for him to leave the table quickly and walk around.
We then were offered a choice of sparkling or still water and warm baked sourdough and mixed olives à la Provençal. We then were offered our menus that we were told to specifically keep as this is another anti Covid-19 meauremnet the restaurant had implemneted to avoid any risks.
We ordered for my son and his started came immediately, he has fish sticks with ketchup. We enjoyed fried calamari with tartare sauce and Wheeler’s Atlantic prawn cocktail sauce Marie Rose both very nicely presented.
We then couldnt resist having steak as they are so famous for, and both had the filet mignon that came with triple cooked chips and Béarnaise sauce. All their steaks are 28 day aged from master butcher Campbell Brothers. They were both cooked to perfection as I like it ble and my husban likes it medium rare. They were to die for. I actulaly asked if I could have the herb mash as ooposed to the chips and I was so content that they accomdate my request as it was delicous combination. I can contest that they have this reputaton of great steak house as the meat was to die for. Magda suggested to have their Buttered spinach and green salad with truffled vinagrette. Perfect side orders to compliment our meal. For seconds my son had the chicken gourgons that came with trippled cooked chips as this is his ulimate favorite dish.
To satisy our sweet tooth, we decided to go with their Classic New York baked cheesecake with bluberry colis and as I was already taking a huge break of the diet went with the sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream and glad I did as it was delicious – simply heaven on earth.
It was a lovely evening delicious evening we all enjoyed very much.
We then had stengehts to go up the stairs to our room and simply get ready to watch telly as this is something we never do as we dont have one at home. Simple bliss to enjoy this in the soft nice linens and very comfy bed.
Our Morning – Check out
It was a lovely full restful night we had as the blackout curtians are preventing any daylight coming in and so at 8 am we were only waking up, well at least I was.
We all had a very good night sleep and woke up as if we were at home that is how comfortable we were. We had already bookedin to have breakfast at 10:00 am with Bruno as soon as we checked-in so this was alredy planned well in advanced.
We slowly started packing and got ready to go for breakfast. We were once again greeted very friendly by all the members of staff as soon as we entered the dining room. We selected the same table we had at dinnertime. Shortly after we were selecting our beverage of choice and what we wanted to have for breakfast.
We ordered a full English Breakfast and Eggs Benedict both were very tasty and he prefect delicious start of the day meal. My son had pain au chocolat which were freshly baked as they were still warm. They were so lovely overall.
Check Out Experience
We packed and were ready to sharply leave by 11am as this is the Monday – Sunday check-out time.
I went to the reception and simply said we were checking out from our room and the lady thanked me and said we were all set. So check-out is fast and very efficient.
I can’t recommend enough a stay at this lovely boutique hotel that made us feel very special. Windsor is so beautiful and offers so much to do in the surroundings that is a great way to spend a weekend getaway or even longer.
We then headed to Eton College which is so nice to see and very interesting, we then headed to The National Trust’s Magna Carta Monument.
Kensington Mums suggest to take your children to Legoland during the Half Term and stay at the Castle Hotel we are sure the whole family will have a great time.
Additional information can be found on their website.
Address: 18 High Street, Windsor SL4 1LJ
Contact number: +44 (0) 1753 252 800