Ok, so I was unlucky - it was a dark, wet miserable Sunday night, and I didn't see the teeny-weeny brown sign pointing down a side road, indicating where the entrance to the hotel is.... so it took me ages of going up & down the road, before I finally detected the way in - the sign for the restaurant was a real help! If you are going there, it's on the right hand side, about 100 yards up New St as you travel towards the Anglia-Ruskin University. - Turn right off New St, then follow the sensible-sized signs for the hotel.
So to the Hotel itself - I didn't pay the premium for the Executive room, but the one I had was plenty big enough. Nice big bed with a firm mattress, which suited me, but might not suit others. Clean on-suite with Shower-over-the-bath (mains pressure, not power shower, but fine anyway) large flat-paneled TV fixed to the wall with Tea/Coffee making kit (no bickies!) - Bottle of water by the bed was a nice touch.
The Hotel (Italian) restaurant was fine - being a Sunday they were far from busy, but were operating to 10pm for late arrivals - Very useful for me as the M25 had been murder as usual. There is a smallish bar within the restaurant area, but with a fair sized seating area adjacent. - it has a good range of draft beers/wines etc, so no deficiencies there.
Staff throughout were obliging, helpful and friendly.
So on balance - Dinner / bed / breakfast cost around the £120 mark, no complaints, a reasonable provincial hotel experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Check in to Chelmsford! The Atlantic Hotel is a modern, stylish place to stay. Comfortable accommodation comes as standard here, with spacious, attractive rooms offering full en-suite facilities just minutes from the town centre. Easily accessible by train and car, the Atlantic Hotel is also close to the Cathedral and University, while London can be reached with the minimum of fuss. You'll enjoy privacy as well as convenience here, and our staff will do everything in their power to make you comfortable. Speaking of comfort, our three feature New York' apartment suites offer something a little different for those who choose to stay in one. Pop Art in our corridors completes the contemporary look and feel in this relaxing hotel. ... more less
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