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The Castle Hotel Windsor

Windsor attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see the famous Windsor Castle, the place that has been the official residence of the Royal family for centuries.

After exploring and taking in the grandeur of one of the oldest castles, pause and look just across the road and you will see The Castle Hotel. Part of the Sutton Hotel Collection, steeped in history The Castle Hotel Windsor is a historic landmark dating back to 1528.

Where it all began

Originally built as a private residence for Sir Christopher Wren, the renowned architect responsible for the design of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The building later became a coaching inn known as The Mermaid Inn which grew in popularity, contributing to the development of the small town of Windsor, at the time with a population of just over 1,000 people.

Just after the English Civil War, there was an abundance of counterfeit coins flooding the market so traders were reluctant to accept small denominations of money. However, the Mermaid’s innkeeper at the time George Pennington was a very clever man who found a way to solve this problem while making his mark on history in Windsor – he started producing his own coins called the ‘Pennington Penny.’  These unique coins had the image of a mermaid on it and could be used in the inn to pay for drinks, food and accommodation. Today there is only one known Pennington Penny still in existence, kept safely at the British Museum.

After George Pennington the Mermaid Inn passed to the hands of Sir Richard Martin who received a royal warrant to supply horses and carriages to the royal household. This was the first of eight royal warrants that would eventually be awarded. To celebrate this important achievement Sir Richard Martin changed the name of the Mermaid Inn to the Castle Inn.

In the 19th century, the inn underwent a transformation and was converted into a hotel. It was during this time that the name The Castle Hotel Windsor was adopted. During its rich history, the hotel attracted many famous guests including Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. He led the coalition forces that defeated Napoleon’s Army at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Present Day

Over the years, The Castle Hotel Windsor has continued to evolve while preserving its rich heritage and fascinating history. It has undergone several renovations and expansions to offer modern facilities while retaining its historic charm. The hotel boasts a variety of luxurious rooms and suites, each uniquely designed to cater to the needs of discerning guests along with Leaf restaurant serving up a range of delicious dishes.

Today, The Castle Hotel Windsor stands in the heart of Windsor offering a breath-taking location, overlooking the majestic Windsor Castle. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history and splendour of the hotel and explore the rich tapestry of Windsor’s cultural heritage.

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