Hotel Prince Rupert

Butcher RowSY1 1UQShrewsburyUnited Kingdom
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About Hotel Prince Rupert

The non-smoking Hotel Prince Rupert Hotel offers upscale accommodation in a listed building, boasting period features in the historic heart of medieval Shrewsbury – the birthplace of Charles Darwin.

All 70 rooms contain en suite bathroom, flat-screen television, luxury toiletries and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some rooms feature exposed timber beams or church views. Suite upgrades are available, some featuring four-poster beds and antique furniture.

Hotel Prince Rupert Hotel provides free Wi-Fi throughout plus conference facilities, room service, gym, guest lounge with fireplace, garden terrace and bar. Valet parking is available and there’s an elevator.

There are two restaurants including a Tudor-themed English bistro plus tearooms serving dainty sandwiches and cakes.

From this prime location, the charming town center is right on the doorstep. Visitors can discover independent shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, cobbled streets, Tudor buildings and pretty riverside parks. Shrewsbury’s bus and train stations are about ten minutes’ walk.


Butcher Row, SY1 1UQ, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44(1743)499955 | Fax: +44(1743)357306 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Beauty salon
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Location, location, location.

Guests mostly loved the relatively peaceful location in the historic heart of Shrewsbury for shopping, dining, parks, transport links and strolling around the attractive town center dominated by Tudor and Georgian architecture. Access by car sometimes proved tricky due to a one-way system – motorists should follow Fish Street from the High Street. As medieval Shrewsbury wasn’t designed for cars parking is difficult but this was remedied by the valet parking option.

Friendly service and popular breakfast.

Guests mostly reported staff to be friendly, courteous, helpful and swift to handle queries. Most reviewers enjoyed breakfast, saying there was a wide choice of cooked and continental options.

Quirky historic features.

Parts of the structure date back to the 12th century and Tudor times, which many visitors thought gave it a unique and quirky character. Having expanded over the years, it contains some remaining historic features like sloping ceilings, leaning walls and exposed timbers. Some guests liked the old-fashioned ambience, noting the suits of armor and swords on display.

Negative Reviews

Standard of rooms varied.

A phased refurbishment is ongoing so guests disagreed on the standard of the rooms because some have been more recently updated than others. Many reviewers liked the refurbished accommodation with its swish bathrooms and well-appointed rooms. However, critics said some of the other rooms were a big difference from the publicity shots. These guests reported small bathrooms with moldy showers, rickety beds on uneven floors, 1970s décor and dirty windows.

Dated features.

Some guests noted further tired features like the gym and occasional plumbing issues. The lack of air-conditioning bothered some visitors while the labyrinthine layout disadvantaged those with limited mobility.

Thin walls.

Another drawback of this listed building was the thin walls between rooms which, according to some guests, failed to block out noise from neighbors.

Rating Overview

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8.2 out of 10 based on 908 reviews