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Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel London Stansted Airport

Waltham Close Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford CM24 1PP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (3,073 reviews)

This contemporary glass-fronted hotel is adjacent to London Stansted Airport, just a 2-minute walk from the terminal via a …

£92
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Down Hall Country House Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7AS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (297 reviews)

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Gibberd Garden, Saint Nicholas Church, Moreton, and …

£84
The Stables at Fultons
The Stables at Fultons

Market Place, Dunmow CM6 1AX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (92 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is 6 mi (9.6 km) from Hatfield Forest and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club …

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Best Western Marks Tey Hotel
Best Western Marks Tey Hotel

London Road, Colchester CO6 1DU

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (353 reviews)

Set in Colchester, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Colchester Zoo, Colchester Golf Club, and Birch Grove …

£53
County Hotel Chelmsford
County Hotel Chelmsford

29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Situated in Chelmsford, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Chelmsford Cathedral and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

£61
Flitch of Bacon
Flitch of Bacon

The Street, Dunmow CM6 3HT

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Dunmow, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Braintree Public Gardens, Great Notley Country Park, and Hatfield …

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Best Western Atlantic Hotel
Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Brook Street, Chelmsford CM1 1PP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Located in the heart of Chelmsford, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Chelmsford Cathedral and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

£75
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekin Green, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7TJ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (437 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of …

£45
Ramada London Stansted Airport
Ramada London Stansted Airport

Welcome Break Birchanger Green, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5QZ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,007 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bishop's Stortford Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rhodes …

£55
White Hart Braintree
White Hart Braintree

Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9AB

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (149 reviews)

Situated in Braintree, this hotel is 8.8 mi (14.2 km) from Hedingham Castle and within 16 mi (25 km) of Colchester Zoo and …

£55

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Pocket Guide: Essex

The county of Essex in East Anglia is home to Stansted Airport, and despite its bustling cities and towns, much of the county is rural. There's some beautiful countryside here, and the county is a fascinating blend of old and new, home to historic towns such as Colchester as well as pretty villages. The perfect destination for a short break for couples and families, you'll find a range of accommodation in Essex, from Chelmsford and Colchester's chain hotels to B&Bs in Bishop's Stortford and independent inns in Braintree.

The Best Places to Stay in Essex

Where you choose to stay in Essex really depends on what you want from your break. Families looking to make the most of a stay in Essex may wish to stay in Chelmsford or Colchester, where chain hotels offer family rooms, complimentary breakfast and modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Couples enjoying a romantic break or solo travellers might prefer the market town of Bishop's Stortford, with its cosy B&Bs, or Braintree's historic inns, where you can soak up some local history. With London just a short drive away and most hotels offering free parking, exploring Essex is a breeze, wherever you decide to stay.

Family Fun in Essex

Essex has no shortage of activities to keep the whole family amused, and Colchester Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the county. Home to over 270 species of animals, don't miss the Chimpanzee Lookout area or the opportunity to feed Lorikeets in the tropical walkthrough. Active families will enjoy a day out at Lee Valley White Water Centre or a walk along the Flitch Way. This disused railway line covers 15 miles of stunning countryside, ideal for walking, cycling or even horse riding. After a busy day, you'll find many chain hotels and independent inns have their own restaurants where you can enjoy a family meal in relaxed surroundings.

Stay Close to Essex's Shops and Restaurants

Shopping in Essex is an opportunity to pick up some local produce to take home or treat yourself to great discounts on designer labels. Intu Lakeside in Grays is one of the area's largest and most popular malls, but for discount shopping, Clacton Factory Outlet and Freeport Braintree are both worth checking out. For those who prefer independent stores, Chelmsford is home to a number of quirky boutiques and retailers housed in historic buildings, as well as a daily market where you can pick up local produce, arts and crafts. If you're staying in a hotel near the coast, don't miss the opportunity to sample the Colchester Native Oyster at one of West Mersea's seafront restaurants - they're a favourite of chef Jamie Oliver. The county is also renowned for its excellent wine, with over 20 local vineyards including the Mersea Island Vineyard and New Hall Vineyard.

Relax and Unwind with a Stay in Essex

Essex's hotels offer a range of amenities to ensure you have everything you need for a relaxing stay. Free parking and WiFi are on offer at the majority of hotels, whilst in-room amenities such as flat-screen TVs and DVD players keep kids amused on rainy days.

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