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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
4.4 out of 5 (3,090 reviews)

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

$100
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 (306 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 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 (449 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 …

$48
The Stables at The Starr Inn
The Stables at The Starr Inn

Market Place, Dunmow CM6 1AX

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (98 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 …

$69
Best Western Atlantic Hotel
Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Brook Street, Chelmsford CM1 1PP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (47 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 …

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Saracens Head Hotel
Saracens Head Hotel

30 High Street, Dunmow CM6 1AG

3.5 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

Situated in Dunmow, this hotel is 5.8 mi (9.4 km) from Hatfield Forest and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf …

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The Swan Inn Felsted
The Swan Inn Felsted

Station Road, Dunmow CM6 3DG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (14 reviews)

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

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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 (363 reviews)

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

$60
White Hart Braintree
White Hart Braintree

Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9AB

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (151 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 …

$56
County Hotel Chelmsford
County Hotel Chelmsford

29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (80 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 …

$63

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The staff working in hotels in Essex try not to heave a tired sigh when guests ask them where the nearest vajazzle salon is. Sure, there are plenty of 5-star and 4-star hotels where you might bump into the TOWIE set, but luckily there are other Essex hotels where a hearty breakfast is more important than an eyebrow weave. So leave your preconceptions at home, grab a map and take the first slip road out of town. You’ll find there’s far more to this misunderstood county than fake tans and French manicures.

Colchester is England’s oldest recorded town and the one-time capital of Roman Britain, so it’s a magnet for history lovers. Colchester Castle is built over the ruins of the Roman Temple to the Divine Claudius, the tower of Holy Trinity Church has its origins in the Saxon period, and traces of medieval architecture survive in the ruins of the Augustinian priory of St Botolph and the Benedictine abbey of St John. The Dutch quarter, formerly colonized by Flemish weavers, houses many Tudor buildings, while the Victorians made their mark with the Town Hall and the iconic "Jumbo" water tower, still one of the most recognizable landmarks on the skyline. Check into one of the town’s boutique hotels and take a walk back in time through the history of England.

History of a more recent era can be experienced at the secret nuclear bunker at Kelvedon Hatch. This huge underground complex was built during the Cold War as a possible regional headquarters for the UK government and, after decommissioning, was opened to the public as a tourist attraction in 1992. It retains many of its original features, including its entrance at ground level through an ordinary-looking bungalow surrounded by trees. Why not contrast the privations of life in the bunker with a stay at one of the luxury hotels in the area, where you can shake off the Cold War with a hot bath!

For generations of Londoners, the perfect day out will always be a trip to Southend Pier. This Grade II listed building extends 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary, making it the longest pleasure pier in the world. Gutted by fires and damaged by accidents, the pier has survived a checkered history and is about to gain a new lease of life with the reconstruction of the pier head and a new pavilion housing a theatre and exhibition space. Ride the train to the end of the line and enjoy the spectacular seascapes before checking into one of the romantic hotels that make England’s traditional seaside resorts so unique..

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