The Macdonald Windsor Hotel - Review
PUBLISHED: 13:02 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 February 2013
Opened in September, The Macdonald Windsor Hotel is described by its owners as the 'new Jewel in Windsor's Crown'...
Opened in September, The Macdonald Windsor Hotel is described by its owners as the new Jewel in Windsors Crown, but that is to imply that the very latest addition to the historic high street is rather traditional.
It isnt, but neither is it ultra modern. The townhouse hotel strikes the perfect balance between classical English and chic boutique and in that sense it is really rather a gem.
Tucked behind the Georgian faade of the former John Lewis Caleys store, the entrance hall broadens out into a larger hub, featuring a cocktail bar and an open plan, all-day sitting area with mood lighting. There is a variety of seating styles, ranging from high bar stools to huge, comfy sofas with low level tables. A special feature is a huge wall map of the Windsor area reproduced from the original, which dates back to around 1850.
When you discover that Amanda Rosa, one of the worlds most sought-after interior designers and the name behind Gleneagles Spa and the Malmaison group, has wrought her magic in the former department store, you understand why the dcor works so exquisitely well.
Turn the corner and youll find the eating area. There is no formal dining room as such because, with over 100 restaurants in Windsor, most guests, according to Macdonalds thinking, will be tempted to eat out at least once during a weekend stay.
Thats why Caleys Lounge, as its known, is relaxed and informal. There are cosy corners for two and dining tables with banquette seating. Food is simple and fresh. Sharing boards from just 4.50 are bound to bring in those who dont want formal meals. The boards come in two sizes for large or small parties. Choose from a cured meat selection, smoked fish, British cheeses or a variety of dips all served with breads and tasty pickles or chutney.
For those wanting something a little more substantial, grills from the Josper charcoal broiler are a speciality. Dishes cooked in this way include 21 day aged Scottish rib eye steak, Highland lamb chops and a whole lemon sole.
If youre staying the night, rooms are spread across four floors and those at the front command stunning views of Windsor Castle and the Guildhall. Some also have a private veranda or outdoor space. They are decorated in rich mulberry colours, with contrasting mushroom and fawns. Macdonalds have invested a great deal in this new venture, and the location makes it well worth it.
But you dont have to be a tourist to enjoy the hotels ambience. It really is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch or just a glass of champagne in the evenings.
Location: In the heart of Windsor, opposite the Castle dont worry the front rooms are triple sound-proofed.
Bedrooms: There are 120, all with wafer thin TVs, iPod stations, an iron and ironing board, laptop safe and dressing gowns and slippers. Some have ensuite wet rooms, other baths.
Dining: Caleys Lounge offers informal dining: light snacks or three-course meals.
Functions and business: There are seven function suites with space for up to 120 guests in the Castle Suite and 70 in St Georges for a banquet.
Parking: There is limited underground parking for guests, for which acharge is made.
Tariffs: Double rooms start at 165 a night for B&B.
Contact: The Macdonald Windsor Hotel, High Street, Windsor SL4 1LH, tel: 0844 879 9101, www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Windsor