We were visiting the area for a wedding; staying just two nights. We wanted it as a base, as a motel rather than a luxury stay. The hotel is smartly furnished as was our room. The room had the same set out as a Travelodge but the fittings were newer, smarter and well maintained. Of course there is quite a cost difference.
I was very disappointed to have a shower but no bath. I will be more cautious and specifically ask when booking with Holiday Inn in future. The whole hotel was extremely clean and well ordered. There was no plug for the bathroom basin but I always carry one in my luggage (yes, I am anal retentive). The desk staff went the extra mile and were very pleasant indeed.
Breakfast was rather poor on both days. However, oddly both days were different in approach. Day one there were no croissants or bread rolls but there were very nice mini muffins. The second day no mini muffins or anything really but some tiny croissants arrived after about 15 minutes -- they were rather leapt on by hungry visitors. Tinned grapefruit was OK but fresh fruit would have been better. Is the scrambled egg available in hotels actually made of egg, often it doesn't taste like it is and that was the case here.
I got a good deal for this stay and overall we were comfortable but there are some things needing attention asap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary comfort meets historic beauty, welcome to the Hampton by Hilton Braintree. From its designer shops and traditional pubs, to its breathtaking gardens and rolling countryside, the area surrounding the Hampton by Hilton Braintree hotel is just waiting to be discovered. Our hotel is an ideal base for London Stansted Airport and exploring Essex and the surrounding cities, such as Chelmsford, Colchester, Cambridge and Newmarket. ... more less
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