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Best Hotels in Maidenhead

Maidenhead Hotels

Maidenhead may not have the obvious tourist appeal of its neighbours, Windsor and Eton, but that doesn’t ruffle the feathers of this confident, prosperous town. What it lacks in Bank Holiday crowds, it makes up for with an idyllic riverside location, where professional rowers punt and families picnic. It’s also a gourmet haven – as well as the usual gamut of Farmers’ Markets and gastropubs, the village of Bray, a short walk away, is the home of 2 3-starred Michelin restaurants.

Things to see

Maidenhead town centre is an instantly attractive place, with an elegant mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture housing shops and cafés. The central Maidenhead Heritage Centre is a must for those with an interest in history. Its military air exhibits are particularly impressive and visitors of all ages can enjoy the thrill of a spitfire flight simulator. The River Thames winds through the town, providing a scenic spot for pleasure boat trips beneath Maidenhead Bridge and Brunel’s sounding arch, cruising alongside the town’s elite rowing team. On the banks of the river, families can enjoy the Riverside Gardens, with crazy golf and ice-cream parlours. A short walk along the Thames will take you to the charming village of Bray, where amongst the photogenic scenes of thatched cottages and boats moored on the river, you’ll find 2 of the world’s best restaurants: Heston Blumenthals’ Fat Duck and Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn.

Hotels in Maidenhead

Maidenhead offers a sophisticated collection of mid-range and luxury hotels. Most are independently owned and housed in historic buildings, though there are a few contemporary brand hotels as well. Most of the 3-star hotels offer excellent value for money, offering cosy and traditionally-furnished rooms with home comforts such as tea and coffee makers and satellite TV. The luxury hotels in Maidenhead provide grand, historic settings. The spacious suites either show off period features or quality contemporary design. Leisure facilities include tennis courts and boat hire, while haute cuisine onsite restaurants ensure that you’ll be well fed.

Where to stay

Central Maidenhead has a good selection of mid-range guesthouses and hotels, each with their own character. Some of the hotels offer river views and can provide boat hire. The town centre is compact, so all the town’s amenities and attractions are within easy walking distance. For a perfect romantic getaway or a more secluded location, choose one of the luxury hotels in the surrounding countryside, where you’ll benefit from stunning views and impeccable service. There are also a few rooms available at the Roux family Waterside Inn in Bray, if you simply can’t get enough of the wonderful Michelin-star cuisine.

How to get to Maidenhead

Located just 17 miles from Heathrow Airport, getting to Maidenhead couldn’t be easier. Direct buses run from the Heathrow Central Bus Station to Maidenhead every 30 minutes, or you can arrange a private airport shuttle service. If you’re coming from central London, there are regular trains from London Paddington, which take 40 minutes. Regular buses cover the 6 mile stretch between Windsor and Maidenhead, or if you are feeling fit, you can walk between the two on a designated trail. If you are staying in a rural area, car hire is the best option, or take a taxi from Maidenhead.

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