Review: MGallery revives the Castle Hotel Windsor

Castle Hotel, Windsor

Now a member of MGallery’s collection of unique hotels, The Castle Hotel Windsor blends a rich history with a contemporary new look .

It’s difficult to find a better location in this royal town than the beautiful Georgian building that houses the newly renovated MGallery Castle Hotel Windsor. Looking out over Sir Christopher Wren’s Windsor Guildhall and just a short stroll from the castle walls, this boutique hotel sits at the heart of the action.

Its story dates back to 1528 when it was The Mermaid Inn, brewing beer and cider for locals in what was then scarcely a town of 1,000 people. In the 1700s the innkeeper Richard Martin was awarded the first of the hotel’s eight Royal Warrants – to provide horses and carriages for the royal household – and the hotel grew with the population to become one of the grandest in town.

By the 19th century, it played host to many of the town’s distinguished visitors – even the Duke of Wellington is said to have dined there after his victory over Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo.

The hotel now features 108 understated, yet elegant rooms – opt for one at the front of the building with the views – and five suites named after royal warrant holders. It also has more car parking spaces than rooms – handy to know when parking is at such a premium in the centre of town.

While the hotel has been updated with striking modern features, such as its collection of art installations which sit proudly beneath the lobby’s impressive glass atrium and strings of bare bulbs lighting the bar area, clues to its long history remain. Art work featuring news snippets of historic events adorn the walls, a striking panel of chambermaid bells can be found in the restaurant and gilt-framed portraits line the main staircase.

Quintessentially English and bursting with character, Castle Hotel Windsor looks set to remain a part of the fabric of this vibrant Berkshire town for many years to come.

 

 

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