Featured hotels in Essex

  • £80.10

    Average price per night

    Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport, Stansted Mountfitchet
    9.0 Superb 8,716 reviews
    Description 4.2 km from Stansted Mountfitchet Castle, Hampton By Hilton London Stansted Airport is set in Stansted Mountfitchet and has a fitness centre and free WiFi.
    Review

    "When traveling early from Stanstead this is the best solution. Great large, clean rooms, quick check in and out and in the morning even breakfast at 4. oclock. The room was facing the runway but no sound..."

    Bogdan. Slovenia
  • £105

    Average price per night

    GreyFriars, Colchester
    9.5 Exceptional 1,079 reviews
    Description Situated in Colchester, 200 metres from Colchester Castle, this AA rated property features a garden. Located around 6 km from Colchester Zoo, the hotel is also 11 km away from Flatford.
    Review

    "We are repeat visitors and love the place. Best UK hotel we stay in"

    Andrew. Ireland
  • £49

    Average price per night

    The Last Post Wetherspoon Hotel, Southend-on-Sea
    9.2 Superb 1,179 reviews
    Description Located in Southend-on-Sea, 200 metres from South Essex College, The Last Post Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
    Review

    "Quiet, comfy room. Excellent staff who couldn't be more helpful."

    Judy. Australia
  • £74

    Average price per night

    Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

    Roslin Beach Hotel

    Southend-on-Sea

    9.0 Superb 1,345 reviews
    Description With lovely views of the Thames Estuary, this Southend-on-Sea hotel offers free Wi-Fi, fitness facilities, treatment rooms, and free parking.
    Review

    "Very good staff. Excellent dinner menu."

    Martin. Belgium
  • £105

    Average price per night

    Mistley Thorn Hotel, Mistley
    9.2 Superb 170 reviews
    Description Located in Mistley, Mistley Thorn Hotel offers a terrace and free WiFi. Offering a restaurant, the property also has a bar.
    Review

    "The authenticity of this old-style, well-renovated hotel combined with the friendliness of staff and an excellent restaurant to match ( both dinner and breakfast were top-notch)"

    Dominique. Belgium
  • £39

    Average price per night

    The Bottle Kiln Wetherspoon, Harwich
    9.1 Superb 597 reviews
    Description The Bottle Kiln Wetherspoon features free WiFi and rooms with air conditioning in Harwich. This 4-star hotel offers a bar. The property offers a 24-hour front desk.
    Review

    "This hotel was a big surprise. We were very impressed with our room. Everything felt new and of good quality. The hotel rooms are above a pub, and you check in at the bar. There was a lift, and our room..."

    Monique. New Zealand
  • £75

    Average price per night

    The Bell Inn Hotel, Horndon on the Hill
    9.3 Superb 582 reviews
    Description Featuring free WiFi, The Bell Inn Hotel is situated in Horndon on the Hill. Featuring room service, this property also offers a terrace and a restaurant.
    Review

    "Excellent location, comfortable room and great breakfast. The staff accommodated our request for outside dining for our reunion with our friends without any fuss and ensured we had a good time"

    Maureen. Australia
  • £110

    Average price per night

    The Pier Hotel, Harwich
    9.1 Superb 276 reviews
    Description Sitauted in old Harwich, The Pier offers historic, quay side hotel accommodation. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout.
    Review

    "Good breakfast great atmosphere"

    Yvonne. Netherlands
  • £75

    Average price per night

    The North Hill Hotel, Colchester
    9.1 Superb 615 reviews
    Description Colchester’s North Hill Hotel provides luxurious bed and breakfast in Britain’s oldest town.
    Review

    "I stayed 10 nights with my family. The service from Claire and her team was impeccable and exceptional. This is simply one of the best service experiences I ever encountered in any hotel! Room was big,..."

    fletcher. Hong Kong
  • £79

    Average price per night

    Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester
    9.0 Superb 635 reviews
    Description Surrounded by pretty manicured woodland and tranquil lakes, this 18th-century house is next to the University of Essex campus.
    Review

    "Quiet location, wonderful rooms, helpful people and a really nice restaurant. Definitely not our last time to visit when in Britain!"

    j. Netherlands

Close to London, Yet Far Removed

Half-timbered houses lining village greens. Picturesque estuaries and sweeping countryside. Traditional seaside resorts. Affluent Essex has all of this and more.

Its county town Chelmsford has a flint cathedral and waterfront shopping complex. To the east Maldon is a pretty estuary town with a colourful high street, and further south is Southend-on-Sea, a popular seaside town with a good helping of fish and chip shops and the world’s longest pier.

Another pier with amusements is in Clacton-on-Sea, the closest Essex seaside resort to Colchester, the former capital of Roman Britain. City walls remain from this period, and it has a Norman castle and first-class zoo.

From nearby Harwich ferries depart to the Netherlands and Denmark, while Braintree houses the Freeport Outlet Shopping Village. Further west is Stansted Airport, an important hub for low-cost airlines. Closer to London, modern Harlow has the most Essex spa hotels and is close to the Lee Valley Regional Park and Epping Forest.

Brentwood is a bustling commuter town from where you can see the City of London skyline on a clear day. Close by is Basildon with its Hollywood-esque sign, and forming a triangle with them is Grays, home of the huge Thurrock Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Wherever you are staying, Booking.com has an excellent range of guest houses, country inns and hotels in Essex.