Home to London Stansted Airport, the county of Essex in East Anglia is just a short drive from London, ensuring it's a popular choice for couples, families and business travellers visiting the area. Three star accommodation in Essex includes chain hotels close to the airport as well as independent hotels in Chelmsford and Colchester, and rural B&Bs in Grays.
Affordable Hotels for Families in Essex
Chain hotels are always a popular choice for families, and if you're staying in Essex before a flight abroad, you'll find a range of three star chain hotels close to Stansted Airport. Amenities such as free WiFi, room service and cribs for younger children ensure a stress-free stay. For families enjoying a holiday by the seaside, Westcliff-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea are home to some great independent hotels near the seafront, where you are assured of a warm welcome. These family-run establishments serve home-cooked breakfasts and the owners are always happy to offer advice on things to see and do during your stay. You'll also find affordable three star B&Bs and historic inns in many of Essex's towns and villages.
Essex's 3 Star Hotels for Business Guests
If you're travelling to Essex on business, either in Essex itself or in London, you'll find chain hotels here offer meeting and conference facilities, as well as amenities such as free high-speed WiFi and desks in guest bedrooms, so you can catch up on work after a day of meetings without being disturbed. With the majority of hotels offering free parking, you don't need to rely on public transport to get to your destination.
Hotels Close to Essex's Museums and Galleries
During the summer months (June-October), Essex's Summer of Art takes place, with a programme of events for the whole family. But there are plenty of galleries and museums to explore here all year round. Firstsite in Colchester is a contemporary art gallery which holds family-friendly workshops and events. Right next door, you'll find the Minories Galleries, home to work by students from Colchester School of Art.
If you prefer sculpture, the town of Harlow is renowned for The River Stort Sculpture Trail. This 35-mile waterside route is home to a number of interesting modern sculptures, perfect for a family walk or bike ride. If your taste in art is more traditional, you could stop off at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend, where you'll find over 2,000 paintings from artists such as Rossetti and Constable. Many galleries have their own tea rooms, where you can enjoy refreshments - or you could ask at your B&B for a packed lunch; most smaller establishments will be happy to provide one.
Enjoy a Relaxing Break in Essex
Business travellers, couples and families looking to relax and unwind in Essex will find the county's three star hotels may offer budget accommodation, but they also provide all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, from tea and coffee makers in guest rooms to complimentary breakfasts and cribs/roll-away beds for children. Whether you stay at an independent hotel or a chain hotel, three star hotels here offer excellent value for money.