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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 (2,898 reviews)

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

$130
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport
Holiday Inn Express London Stansted Airport

Thremhall Avenue, Bishop's Stortford CM24 1PY

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (2,412 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Kelvedon Hatch, University of Cambridge, and Olympic …

$84
Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel
Hilton London Stansted Airport Hotel

Round Coppice Road, Stansted CM24 1SF

4.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,337 reviews)

This family-friendly Stansted hotel is located near the airport, 19.6 mi (31.6 km) from Kelvedon Hatch, and within 32 mi (52 …

$88
Holiday Inn Southend
Holiday Inn Southend

77 Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend-on-sea SS2 6XG

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (259 reviews)

This family-friendly Southend-on-Sea hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Southend-on-Sea City Hall and …

$81
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea

Church Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (521 reviews)

Situated by the sea, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adventure Island and Southend Pier. New Empire …

$85
Holiday Inn Brentwood M25, Jct. 28
Holiday Inn Brentwood M25, Jct. 28

Brook Street, Brentwood CM14 5NF

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (167 reviews)

Situated in Brentwood, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Old MacDonalds Farm and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kelvedon Hatch and …

$65
Holiday Inn Basildon
Holiday Inn Basildon

Cranes Farm Road, Waterfront Walk, Basildon SS14 3DG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (216 reviews)

Situated in Basildon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Festival Leisure Park and Eastgate Shopping Centre. Wat Tyler Park …

$68
The Westcliff Hotel
The Westcliff Hotel

18-20 Westcliff Parade, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7QW

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (273 reviews)

This family-friendly Westcliff-on-Sea hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cliffs Pavilion and Southend Pier …

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Marygreen Manor Hotel
Marygreen Manor Hotel

London Road, Brentwood CM14 4NS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (96 reviews)

Located in the heart of Brentwood, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Old MacDonalds Farm and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kelvedon …

$116
ibis London Thurrock M25
ibis London Thurrock M25

Weston Avenue, West Thurrock, Grays RM20 3JQ

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (327 reviews)

Situated in Grays, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Arena Essex Raceway and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lakeside Shopping Centre …

$39

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Essex Hotel Guide

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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