The Mercure Wessex Hotel occupies an enviable position at the heart of Winchester, overlooking the nine hundred year old cathedral and within easy reach of the many attractions that this historic city has to offer. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and feature a modern range of amenities for your comfort. The staff is friendly and happy to assist you in getting the best from your stay.
Winchester is a pleasant town with good attractions and shopping. The town is very compact and most things of interest are within easy walking distance. The Wessex hotel is centrally located. Although the rooms are in need of some refurbishment, they are clean and the staff are attentive and polite. Breakfast is of good quality by they were a little slow serving because the hotel was rather busy.
We came over for a Rugby reunion for my husband who use to be based at Worthy Down. It has been 18 years since we left Winchester.
We found the situation of the hotel rather noisey.
Winchester is a fascinating ancient city with good shops and a lovely walk beside the River Itchen - make sure to visit the Cathedral (there is an entrance charge unless you attend a service - Choral Evensong at 5.30p.m. on weekdays is wonderful!). Also include a visit to Wolvesy Castle and Winchester College - passing the house where Jane Austen died. It is worth visiting the College gift shop - Cornflowers? - and call in for a drink at the Wykeham Arms. There are plenty of good places to eat so you'll never be stuck for a delicious meal!. The New Forest is a short drive away and certainly worth the effort - beautiful countryside and the New Forest ponies to look out for. Whilst in the New Forest visit Beaulieu with the Motor Museum - The Montagu Arms does good food and has beautiful gardens behind where you can enjoy a drink or two! Lymington is a busy little town on the coast and the starting point for many mini cruises - worth a visit. If you enjoy retail therapy there are excellent superstores (Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer) at Hedge End just off the motorway. Finally Mottisfont Abbey is a must if you like visiting stately homes and beautiful gardens - home to a huge collection of old English roses - at their best in June but still beautiful at the end of August. Never seen so many large trout swimming lazily in beautiful clear water...[ Read full review]