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Pocket Guide: Derby East Midlands Hotels

East Midlands Airport is nestled in Leicestershire, lying between Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. It is the UK’s 11th busiest airport and offers not only international and domestic flights, but a whole range of services including fine dining and accommodation. Travellers have an excellent choice of hotel options in the immediate vicinity of the airport, and much more in the towns and villages further afield.

Where is EMA?

EMA is situated close to the market town of Castle Donington. The town is named after a 13th century castle which has since been demolished, but the ancient church and Tudor houses provide a grand link to the past. If you’re looking for vibrant, family-run bed & breakfast accommodation, this makes a great spot to base yourself. For something more upmarket and palatial, head into Nottingham or Derby for the full array of five-star luxury accommodation.

The Best Hotels in EMA

Whether you’re travelling to EMA for business or pleasure, there is a vast range of hotel accommodation to choose from, both at the airport complex itself and in the surrounding towns, which are easy to reach by road and rail. Many travellers prefer being based in the countryside and Castle Donington is a great place to stay, with B&Bs and small guesthouses providing all your needs at a reasonable price. The other option is to head for a grand hotel in Nottingham or Leicester. Many of these date back a couple of centuries, and are well-honed when it comes to providing top quality facilities and services.

The Good Life at EMA

Wining and dining in the Midlands is a real treat. The regional cuisine in this part of the UK is renowned for its freshness and variety. Hotels in and around the airport have exceptionally high standards when it comes to dining, and place the emphasis squarely on seasonal food. There are also many excellent restaurants close by, and eateries that source their ingredients from local farmer’s markets.

Great Days out and About When You Stay at an EMA Hotel

While staying in this part of the country, don’t miss out on some of the local attractions. There are countless picnic and boating areas along the banks of the River Trent, and Donington Park Racetrack (with its famous Grand Prix circuit, which is also home to the annual Download music festival) is also close by. Here, you’ll find the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in existence easily accessible when you’re based in one of the many hotels, or guesthouses in this attractive part of the Midlands.

In fact, part of the pleasure of arriving at EMA is that you’ll be able to stay everywhere from a spa resort or boutique hotel to a humble B&B. At the same time, you’ll also have quick and easy access to some of the traditional surrounding villages and historic cities, such as Nottingham and Leicester. This truly is a cross-section of English culture and landscape, all right on your doorstep when you stay at a hotel in East Midlands Airport.