Macdonald Hotel, Windsor – Review

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Macdonald Hotel, Windsor


by Jen Grimble

The “staycation” once seemed like a fleeting concept, but holidaying at home need not mean campfires, yurts and caravans. Especially when Britain offers thousands of luxury options. The four-star, multi award-winning Macdonald Windsor Hotel is just one of them. Emulating the city where it resides, the hotel is alive with history, but boasts all the modern necessities required for a perfect weekend away.

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Classic Double room

The Macdonald Group has over 40 properties throughout the UK, all renowned for high quality and exceptional service. It’s a notion that is amplified at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. The establishment has won handfuls of awards and carries an AA Rosette, the culinary mark of excellence, for its restaurant, Caleys. So why all the hype? Well, consider tranquil luxury in the heart of a royal city and you will have the essence of this 120-room hotel.

A stone’s throw from Windsor Castle you will find the Georgian townhouse exterior of the Macdonald Windsor Hotel. Step inside and you will be met with a contemporary and sophisticated interior. Soft music complements lush fabrics and designer furnishings. Dimmed lighting and a neutral colour palette creates an immediate sense of calm.

“Comfortable and confidently presented”

Depending on your budget, this hotel offers a bedroom to suit any traveller, each styled by award-winning Scottish designer, Amanda Rosa. The rooms are a hybrid of traditional Georgian elegance and modern Highland retreat. The décor features deep purples, rich greys and dark wooden furnishings. Gorgeous fabrics cover the large, marshmallow-like beds and hang delicately from the opulent windows, some of which boast views of the castle. The rooms are comfortable and confidently presented. With power shower, coffee machine and iPod docking station as standard, the rooms in this hotel are difficult to leave and should you find yourself in an Executive Suite, you may just want to skip the sightseeing.

Macdonald Windsor hotel review Windsor Entrance Interior

Entrance, Macdonald Windsor

If you can tear yourself away from your new quarters, Caleys is well worth a trip. This award-winning bistro is famous for its aged Scotbeef, cooked using coals for a natural smoky flavour. The steakhouse menu need not scare away those with dietary requirements though, since gluten free and vegetarian options make this an experience for every diner. You will find the restaurant on the ground floor. A modern, stylish space that feels very high-end.

“Ultimate choice in modern hotel luxe”

The attentive staff will seat you in a large leather chair, surrounded by exposed wood and brick. Mood lighting and a simple British menu make for a relaxing evening. And Caleys makes an ideal spot for a romantic meal for two, or casual supper with colleagues or friends. Plus, the desserts here are unforgettable.

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Executive Double room

No matter what your need, the staff at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel are there to help and happy to do so. That is what turns a simple hotel stay into an experience. With free WiFi throughout, exemplary service and an award-winning restaurant, the Macdonald Windsor Hotel is the ultimate choice in modern hotel luxe. If taking a UK holiday seems like a dreary option, then a weekend at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel could just be the break you never knew you wanted.

Macdonald Windsor, 23 High Street, Windsor, SL4 1LH

The Macdonald Windsor Hotel offers on-site parking and is a 5 minutes’ walk from both Windsor & Eton Central and Windsor & Eton Riverside train stations. For more information or to book your stay, visit the Macdonald website or call 0344 879 9101.

0808 145 3715


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