Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A historic riverside hotel with full English breakfast, dinner and more
- The grand porticoed exterior of this 17th-century property
- The location - just a few minutes' walk from Windsor Castle and the chic high street
- Wren's Club & Spa, with its three-floor gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and luxury Decléor treatments
What To Know
- The hotel is made up of five buildings, and the guestrooms located in the four historic annexes offer privacy and seclusion
- The restaurant has a no-phone policy, so don't text at the table
- Free WiFi can be spotty
With its pretty shopping lanes unravelling from the castle at the top of the hill, Windsor is one of Britain’s loveliest towns. Situated beside the River Thames just a short distance from Eton and Ascot, this chic neighbourhood is the perfect destination for a short break.
The four-star Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa is located right on the riverside, just a short walk from the high street, the area’s famous green parks and the castle itself. Dating back to the 17th century, this Grade II listed building exudes English heritage and houses sympathetically restored interiors. Many of the original features have been retained, creating a stately backdrop for tasteful boutique furnishings.
In addition, the hotel boasts three floors of gym space, plus a spa area with a sauna, an outdoor Jacuzzi and relaxation room.
Good to know
If you’re bringing a car, drive to the hotel’s main entrance on Thames Street and drop your luggage with the hotel’s porters before parking. Very limited on-site valet parking is available; there is an overnight charge of £25 per car, per night. Alternatively, off-site parking is available just a short walk away with an overnight charge of £15 per car, per night. Please note it is essential that you call in advance to secure your spot. If you haven’t booked a parking space, the car park at the Riverside Train Station is just a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Spread out over the main house, the historic annexes and various wings of this listed property, the rooms are each unique in style and character. Some are very traditional with wooden beams and sloping ceilings, others are modern with a boutique vibe. The hotel is made up of five different buildings and the rooms located in the hotel’s four historic annexes (adjacent to and opposite the main house) offer privacy and seclusion.
The hotel’s Thames View restaurant offers a peaceful riverside setting and a classic European fine dining menu. Many of the dishes are locally inspired (Eton Mess is a menu staple) and draw on seasonal, farm-sourced ingredients wherever possible. To ensure a most ambient atmosphere, the restaurant has a no-phones policy, so no texting at the table. The Thames View Lounge Bar’s terrace provides a great al fresco space for coffee or a light meal, as well as afternoon tea (think sultana scones, freshly-made smoked salmon sandwiches, cakes and a choice of either chilled prosecco or Pimm’s).
Wren’s Club & Spa is set over three floors, with most of the space dedicated to fitness. There’s also a dry spa area equipped with a sauna and relaxation room, plus a Jacuzzi spa bath outside. The spa offers a Decléor face and body treatment menu, alongside a number of bespoke therapies.
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa enjoys a prime location by the river, just a stone’s throw from Windsor and Eton Riverside station. A stroll up the hill will take you into the beautiful town centre, revealing the castle on the left and an upscale parade of shops and restaurants on the right. Windsor Great Park and Alexandra Park are not far from here and there are a number of championship golf courses in the area (this region is famed for its excellent golf clubs).
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A long weekend that has been the loveliest stay that I can remember. Everything from the room (spotless, spacious and quiet), to the staff (nothing was too much trouble), the food (just lovely), and the spa (great value for money and these ladies know their stuff).
Fabulous location for central Windsor and terrific views of the river.
We'll be coming back again soon...
Excellent service in .the restaurant
Very good brunch hot well presented and nicely cooked
Good atmosphere we had a table overlooking the Thames very relaxed no pressure for us to leave when we had finished our meal.
We didn’t actually stay at this hotel so can’t comment on the rooms or spa
I would recommend this hotel, reception team very welcoming, the rooms are very clean, the service is very good.
Lovely view over the Thames for breakfast.
Very close to Windsor castle, and all the amenities that Windsor has to offer. Would recommend to pay the extra for the valet parking as your car is very secure then.