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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

4.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (3,390 reviews)

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

$94
Ramada London Stansted Airport

Ramada London Stansted Airport

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

3.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,219 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 …

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Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Best Western Atlantic Hotel

Brook Street, Chelmsford CM1 1PP

3.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (95 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 …

$55
The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel

Tilekin Green, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7TJ

4.5 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (531 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 …

$58
Novotel London Stansted Airport

Novotel London Stansted Airport

Round Coppice Road, Stansted CM24 1SF

4.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (1,536 reviews)

This family-friendly Stansted hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, …

$71
St Botolph's Hotel Colchester

St Botolph's Hotel Colchester

4 Saint Botolph's Circus, Colchester CO2 7EF

3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Colchester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Colchester Natural History Museum, Hollytrees Museum, and …

$54
Down Hall Hotel & Spa

Down Hall Hotel & Spa

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

4.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (368 reviews)

Located in Hatfield Heath, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hatfield Forest, Rhodes Arts Complex, and Bishop's …

$97
County Hotel Chelmsford

County Hotel Chelmsford

29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ

4.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (97 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 …

$89
Saracens Head Hotel

Saracens Head Hotel

High Street, Dunmow CM6 1AG

4.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (33 reviews)

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

$92
Pontlands Park

Pontlands Park

West Hanningfield Road, Chelmsford CM2 8HR

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (9 reviews)

Situated in Chelmsford, this hotel is 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from Hylands House and Park.

$109

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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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