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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We stayed at The Sir Christopher Wren for a relaxing weekend - it is in a fabulous location and I upgraded us to a Grand room, which was a good size and well equipped. Excellent bathroom and lovely rain shower. We both had hot stone massages which were really relaxing (thank you Mercedes) and Paul made us two of the best cocktails we have ever had. The other main aspect to mention is that we did have a few small niggles, which individually would not have been anything but cumulatively meant that we requested to talk to one of the duty managers. Danka was first class and dealt with our points calmly, quickly and efficiently. Exactly what you want when raising an issue, thank you Danka. We will definitely be in touch and make a return visit, based solely on your actions.
I went for a day of spa and afternoon tea with a friend, and we both had a lovely time. The afternoon tea itself was really lovely, in a beautiful dining area with great views and great service.
However, be warned that the spa itself is very small, with only a hot-tub and sauna available. The ladies who worked there were lovely however, and very helpful, and the facial and massage were both good. I probably wouldn't return again, just because the price of the spa didn't match the facilities at its disposal.
My friend and I were shopping in Windsor and were looking for places online to have afternoon tea and came across this place with unlimited prosecco. The setting is beautiful and the staff were pleasant and attentive. There was nothing on the menu we could find that mentioned prosecco so had to ask. Our waitress was absolutely lovely! The afternoon tea was not as good as I was expecting, sandwiches had margarine on them (yuck). It wasn't even a little but was layered with the stuff. The scones were nice as were the little cakes we had. The best bit about the visit was the prosecco as our waitress kept filling up the glasses so we never had to ask for a refill - that's what you call 1st class service. I would probably return for a meal but not for the afternoon tea.
Oh no what a disappointment. £300 for a Grand Room but put in a mediocre bedroom (staff later admitted they had put us in what they call a feature room not what we had booked) with basic amenities nothing grand about this at all. Standard bed, standing bath shower. One chair and desk chair for seating. Lovely terrace but only if the weathers good and you want to speak to the public walking past.
We checked in early and paid remainder on bill went to the bar for lunch. Waited 10 minutes at a dirty table and only got served when we went and sought service! Food OK a chefs twist on Cesar salad, gin with standard garnish that did not complement the gin. Note to bar, lime is not suitable for everything you put in a glass with ice!!!!
Then tried to charge lunch to room to be told we were not guests at the hotel! Really, you have just taken £300 pound from my account! Were escorted to reception by waiter to pay bill!!! Reception staff told waiter to leave as we had booked in and room not ready (now 45 minutes after check in time). We were offered free drinks in bar while we waited, after been escorted out didn’t feel comfortable to return to bar. We won’t bother with Jazz and bubbles lunch tomorrow either one thinks.
We left hotel for a walk In busy Windsor to return to be asked to pay for our room!!!! We have paid remember, ‘ oh sorry I’ve only just come on duty and the systems down’. Thank you, now I feel at ease.
Yes I have stayed in many hotels in London and around England my first impression poor.
Room was eventually rectified by the hotel reception staff on duty. Where they claimed our room was not what we booked as it was an upgrade! No it was not, and they New it, shame to lie a simple sorry our mistake is so much better.
The staff on duty were very gracious and helpful and offered us a Grand Room (oh what we had booked and paid for) or a small suite. We took the Grand Room we had expected to be in, as that’s what we wanted and why we booked it in the first place.
Picture shows the locals and tourists enjoying looking at me sitting in my room. Who would have thought I would be a tourist attraction in Windsor, move over Meghan!
3 of us visited yesterday to celebrate a friends 40th Birthday.
We booked afternoon tea with 2 hours free flowing prosecco.
The food was lovely. Extra sandwiches were offered and brought out. Our waiter even brought a plate of mini sweet treats with Happy Birthday piped onto it.
The prosecco was free flowing and our glasses continually refilled.
Our waiter was Benedito and he went out of his way to make sure we had a lovely time.
Its a lovely setting and very good food, topped off by excellent service. We will definately be back and I can thoroughly recommend.