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OVERVIEW

In an excellent location, if you're a guest at the hotel you will have Windsor castle, neighbouring town Eton - home to famed Eton college - and an array of shops and eateries virtually on your 'home from home' doorstop. With seven function rooms, business travellers are regular visitors, as are locals in the hotel bar.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Location is key and the Macdonald hotel opposite Windsor castle, a stone's throw from Windsor's pretty shopping streets and close to both Windsor and Eton train stations, has possibly the best location in the historic town. You'll be spoilt for choice with an array of restaurants and cafes a few minutes' walk away. The Duck Tour starts opposite the hotel; onboard the bus which turns into a boat, you'll explore the town and river Thames.

By car: the hotel is around one hour from London, 1 hour 15 mins from Oxford and and 2 hours 30 minutes from Birmingham. Parking is £35 per day.

By train: London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside takes 1 hour 5 mins. The hotel is a six-minute walk from the station. Book trains to Windsor.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Although safe in style and perhaps a little sombre, lacking a definite individual character, the colourway is warm. There are plenty of spaces in the lobby area to sit alone people-watching or to gather with friends. There's a glass-walled corridor upstairs where the rooms are, offering a unique birds-eye view over the town.

THE FACILITIES

There isn't a spa or gym for guests to use, but the excellent location means there are plenty of spas and gyms with day passes available to purchase within walking distance. The reception staff are friendly and smart in appearance with a wealth of tips on where to go in the area.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Pet-friendly
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Expect sand, plum and chocolate brown wallpapers and paints, with simple clean-lined wooden furniture, a pattern here and there and silky striped curtains in the rooms. Hints to the hotel location are throughout with paintings of swans, which the river Thames is full of, and pictures of the castle.

Room types: Standard Room, Deluxe Room, Super Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Super Deluxe Suite

Key amenities: ensuite with bath or shower, Elemis toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The restaurant serves a range of sandwiches, sharing platters, small plates, salads and grilled meats, as well as specials for mains. Contemporary in style, it's an ideal spot for a well-cooked steak in the heart of Windsor. The afternoon tea is popular too, and if there is a group of you, you can book a private room.

Caleys Brasserie: modern European cuisine, British classics. Open daily for dinner and weekends for lunch and dinner. Mains from £15.

Afternoon tea: finger sandwiches, cakes and scones. From £30 per person.

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