My husband and I were guests of this lovely hotel/pub/restaurant for 2 nights when in town for a friend's wedding (which was held at nearby Boreham House). We arrived late on a Thursday night, very jet lagged and tired, and found our standard-sized room to be a welcomed oasis.
We stayed in room 14 which was decorated beautifully and a very decent size. It also opened up to a small courtyard outside (although it was too cold to go out and enjoy). The bed was simply amazing -- super comfortable. The shower was powerful and the bathroom large with huge towels, lovely shampoos and shower gels. Staff were very helpful (for example being flexible with our late arrival and helping us to put gifts in the bridal suite for the bride and groom). Unfortunately we didn't have time to try out the very large attached restaurant/pub (which was a shame as the food looked very good at reasonable prices). However, we did enjoy breakfast (whch was included in our room rate). The full English was cooked fresh from scratch and there was plenty of yoghurts, fruits, juices and croissants to enjoy. In addition, the kitchen was happy to cook a simple bacon sandwich or porridge if desired.
If I had to be critical of anything, it would be only two small things:
1) The lack of WiFi throughout the hotel was inconvenient. Although the hotel provides hard-wired internet access free of charge to guests, not having WiFi in rooms (it's supposedly available in common areas but we tried several times and couldn't connect) is annoying, particularly given the number of people who carry tablet and smartphones.
2) Perhaps room 14 isn't the most ideal for those seeking total peace and quiet. It's located on the first floor right at the crossroads of the main entrance door, so it gets quite noisy at night and in the morning, when guests are going to and from breakfast.
Other than those small niggles, this is a fantastic hotel for guests of nearby Boreham House (a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk away), or those wanting a hotel near Stanstead airport which is very 'non-airport-hotel' like.
We'd stay here again without hesitation.
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- Also Known As:
- Lion Hotel Chelmsford
- Lion Inn Chelmsford, Essex