Best Deals for Budget Friendly Accommodation

The Essex Golf & Country Club Hotel

CO6 2NS, Coggeshall, Earls Colne

With great leisure facilities, food and views, Essex Golf and Country Club Hotel is on the outskirts of Colchester and is a 30-minute drive from Stansted Airport. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All... read more

574 reviews 7.6
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£ 73.00

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The Chudleigh

CO15 1RA, Clacton-on-Sea, Agate Road

The Chudleigh is located close to Clacton-on-Sea's pier, seafront and shopping centre. Established by the current family in 1963, The Chudleigh is a popular Clacton on Sea guest house, with unique architecture. Free WiFi and... read more

424 reviews 9.7
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£ 45.00

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Novotel London Stansted Airport

CM24 1SF, Stansted Mountfitchet, Round Coppice Road

Featuring a stylish bar, the 4-star Novotel Hotel offers modern bedrooms. The hotel is just a 6-minute bus ride from Stansted Airport terminal building. A 24-hour fitness room is available to guests and there is... read more

1861 reviews 8.4
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£ 48.00

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Prested Hall

CO5 9EE, Coggeshall, Prested Hall

With contemporary style and comfort within an historic listed country house, this privately owned hotel sits discreetly amid 75 acres of Essex parkland, within 30 minutes of Stansted Airport. Partially surrounded by a moat, Prested... read more

268 reviews 8.8
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£ 140.00

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The Langtry Hotel

CO15 1PX, Clacton-on-Sea, 2-4 Colne Road

Langtry Hotel is a budget hotel, just a few metres from Clacton's lively seafront and pier, The Langtry has free parking subject to availability, free WiFi and a cosy lounge bar. Clacton town centre, the... read more

614 reviews 7.6
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£ 27.48

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Globe Hotel

CO1 1RQ, Colchester, 71 North Station Road

This historic Grade II listed building dating back to 1700 is a 10-minute walk from the town centre and train station, and offers renovated, comfortable interiors. All Classic rooms have free WiFi, a flat-screen TV,... read more

205 reviews 7.2
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£ 55.00

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Holiday Inn Colchester, an IHG Hotel

CO6 3QL, Colchester, Abbotts Lane - Eight Ash Green

In a quiet village setting, just off the A12, outside the ancient Roman town of Colchester, this modern hotel offers great value with free parking, air-conditioned rooms and an indoor pool. Close to junction 26... read more

937 reviews 7.8
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£ 45.54

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Kingscliff Hotel

CO15 5JB, Clacton-on-Sea, Kings Parade

This property is on the Tendring Peninsula, situated on the coastal road, providing cliff top views.The property features a garden and a terrace. Free WiFi is available throughout. Each room features a private bathroom with... read more

1020 reviews 8.6
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£ 39.50

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Best Western Thurrock Hotel

RM19 1YN, Grays Thurrock, Ship Lane

This hotel is ideally situated within 2 minutes of the M25, at the Dartford Crossing, and a 2-minute drive from Lakeside Shopping Centre. Bluewater Shopping Centre is 6.5 miles away. On site parking is available... read more

1573 reviews 7.9
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£ 32.30

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Stansted Airport Cottage

CM22 6DF, Elsenham, Park Road

Stansted Airport Cottage is a family run, fully self-contained cabin featuring a kitchenette with basic cooking equipment, own private bathroom and dining area. We are less than a 10-minute drive from London Stansted Airport. The... read more

254 reviews 8
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£ 60.00

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Stansted Airport Lodge

CM22 6QR, Takeley, Takeley Street

This modern and comfortable lodge is less than 5 minutes' car journey from Stansted Airport terminal and offers free Wi-Fi access in all rooms. Transfers from the lodge to the airport can be arranged at... read more

1569 reviews 6.4
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£ 35.00

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Roydon Marina Village Hotel

CM19 5EJ, Roydon, Roydon Mill Estate

Roydon Marina Village Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Roydon Rail Station, which has direct links to Stratford Rail Station. Marina Village hotel is located on the River Stort, in the heart of the... read more

808 reviews 8
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£ 64.50

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The Rochford Hotel

SS4 1BU, Southend-on-Sea, Bradley Way

This hotel is situated in the picturesque Essex village town of Rochford, less than a mile from the airport and 200 yards from the mainline railway station. Rooms at The Rochford Hotel each have a... read more

653 reviews 8.3
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£ 52.80

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Pontlands Park Hotel

CM2 8HR, Chelmsford, West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow

Pontlands Park is located in countryside just 15 minutes’ drive from the M25 and 30 minutes from Stansted Airport. Built in 1879 the hotel features Victorian architecture and relaxed splendour. The hotel is situated to... read more

590 reviews 9
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£ 95.00

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Best Western Ivy Hill Hotel

CM4 0EH, Chelmsford, Writtle Road, Margaretting

Nestled in Essex countryside, this hotel is set in 9 acres of garden and parkland in the village of Margaretting and is close to the A12 between Chelmsford and Brentwood. Originally a Victorian country house,... read more

399 reviews 8
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£ 85.00

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Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel

EN9 3LX, Waltham Abbey, Old Shire Lane

The Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel is just a 20-minute drive from Stansted Airport and 30 minutes from Central London. Guests get free WiFi in the public areas. All rooms at the Waltham Abbey Marriott are... read more

1517 reviews 8.1
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£ 109.00

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Stansted Lodge

CM22 6EG, Elsenham, 1 Mill Close

Stansted Lodge – Elsenham is a family-run guest house, less than a 10-minute drive from Stansted Airport. This property offers free parking during guests stays as well as long stay parking upon request and for... read more

1043 reviews 8.8
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£ 1.00

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Pier View Self Catering Luxury Apartments

SS1 1DY, Southend-on-Sea, 5 Royal Terrace

In central Southend, with spectacular views of the pier and estuary, these boutique self-catering luxury apartments offer free high-speed WiFi, 32-inch LCD televisions, a Blu-ray player, a music system and a kitchen and a dining... read more

73 reviews 9.3
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£ 1.00

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The White Hart

CO9 4HJ, Great Yeldham, Poole Street

With gardens, open fireplaces and traditional wooden beams, this beautiful 15th-century inn offers free internet and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant using local, seasonal ingredients. The White Hart is on the Essex/Suffolk border and about... read more

311 reviews 8.9
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£ 79.95

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Chelmsford Serviced Apartments

CM2 0DD, Chelmsford, 39 - 43 Baddow Road

Overlooking the River Chelmer, these apartments are in a quiet, central area of Chelmsford. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen and a 42-inch plasma-screen TV with full Sky channel package. Chelmsford Serviced Apartments are 2-3 minutes’... read more

252 reviews 9.4
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£ 155.00

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ibis London Thurrock M25

RM20 3JQ, Grays Thurrock, Weston Avenue West Thurrock

Close to the junction of the A13 and the M25 motorway and less than a mile from Lakeside Shopping Centre, the ibis London Thurrock M25 offers free parking and en-suite rooms. The ibis London Thurrock... read more

2238 reviews 7.9
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£ 31.00

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Ramada London Stansted Airport

CM23 5QZ, Stansted Mountfitchet, Birchanger Green Services, M11 Motorway J8, Old Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford

Ramada London Stansted Airport is located just off the M11, and only a 3-minute drive from Stansted Airport. This air-conditioned hotel offers modern en-suite rooms with unlimited free Wi-Fi, power showers and flat-screen TVs. Parking... read more

2457 reviews 7.5
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£ 31.50

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Roslin Beach Hotel

SS13BG, Southend-on-Sea, 10-12 Thorpe Esplanade

With lovely views of the Thames Estuary, this Southend-on-Sea hotel offers free Wi-Fi, treatment rooms, and free parking. The Restaurant offers seafood specialities and classic British dishes with a contemporary twist. Guests can dine in... read more

1687 reviews 9.3
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£ 72.65

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Orsett Hall

RM16 3HS, Orsett, Prince Charles Avenue

Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is surrounded by Essex countryside, and offers accommodation in Orsett. This 4-star hotel is set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens and features a spa and gym, onsite hair... read more

833 reviews 8.6
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£ 70.00

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The Lion Inn

CM3 3JA, Chelmsford, Main Road

An independent hotel with a continental feel, the Lion Inn has a bar, an elegant bistro-style restaurant and spacious air-conditioned rooms flat-screen TVs and free wired internet. For many years, the Lion Inn was a... read more

309 reviews 9.4
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£ 1.00

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Swan Hotel by Greene King Inns

CM6 2PL, Thaxted, The Bull Ring

In picturesque Thaxted, Swan Hotel is just 8 miles from London Stansted Airport. The historic coaching inn features a charming restaurant, real ale bar and elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The bright and airy bedrooms... read more

581 reviews 8.5
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£ 1.00

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Five Lakes Resort

CM9 8HX, Colchester, Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights

Set in 320-acres of countryside, Five Lakes Resort offers scenic views, an indoor pool and spa, and two 18-hole golf courses. Guests can enjoy dining in the award-winning restaurant. The large rooms at Five Lakes... read more

1746 reviews 7.6
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£ 1.00

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The Gleneagles Guesthouse

SS1 1DP, Southend-on-Sea, 5 Clifftown Parade

The Gleneagles Guesthouse offers 4-star rooms with free fibre-optic broadband and panoramic sea views. The guest house overlooks the Cliff Gardens, and is only a 5-minute walk from Southend Pier. The bright and spacious bedrooms... read more

653 reviews 9.2
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£ 60.00

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Muthu Westcliff Hotel (Near London Southend Airport)

SS0 7QW, Southend-on-Sea, 18-20 Westcliff Parade

Dating back to 1891, this magnificent Victorian hotel is close to the seafront with spectacular views over the Thames Estuary. It has a high, clifftop location and provides individually decorated rooms, free Wi-Fi, and a... read more

1905 reviews 7.6
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£ 52.00

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Ilfracombe House

SS1 1HG, Southend-on-Sea, 9-13 Wilson Rd

Just metres from the Southend seafront, Illfracombe House is set in central Southend, offering free car parking and free Wi-Fi. Rooms come with a flat screen TV with digital channels and there is an all-you-can-eat... read more

624 reviews 8.9
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£ 70.00

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Accommodation in Essex


You’ll find many cheap romantic hotels in Essex, that as well as having a spa also offer swimming pools and fitness centres or restaurants serving delicious local produce for breakfast and dinner. Cheap beachside hotels are perfect for breaks with your friends while boutique accommodation offers a romantic interlude for special anniversaries.

star Cheap Accommodation in Essex

If you’re travelling with children, look out for cheap hotels near sandy beaches or theme parks like Adventure Island at Southend-on-Sea.

Towns like Colchester, Saffron Walden and Billericay offer culture and history while Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea are full of traditional seaside fun. Victorian townhouses have been converted into charming boutique hotels or B&Bs which offer you a daily home-cooked breakfast.

Away from busy towns, the stunning countryside is dotted with little villages where pubs offer accommodation along with a cooked breakfast and thatched cottages have been turned into family-run budget B&Bs.

Top Attractions


The county’s beautiful countryside is perfect for a romantic getaway in a boutique B&B. Dedham Vale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while the coastal towns of Maldon and Manningtree are just right for a romantic break and some spa treatments. Plan your day’s itinerary while enjoying your B&B breakfast or simply meander through country lanes and enjoy walking trails that lead you through rich farmland and thatched and timbered villages.

Essex is one of the driest counties in the UK, which combined with its sunshine creates the ideal conditions for grapes. New Hall is the oldest vineyard in England. After a vineyard tour, stop off for a pub lunch and sample some Colchester oysters or food flavoured with Maldon Sea Salt. Wherever your day takes you, you’re never far from cheap but comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in spa or boutique hotels.

Many of these cheap bed and breakfast hotels can be found along the 350 miles of Essex coastline. This diverse coastline takes in family-friendly beaches and traditional seaside activities as well as rugged beaches rich in wildlife, saltmarshes, estuaries and tidal inlets. It is a shoreline that boasts wonderful sunsets and a changing scenery that can be enjoyed at any time of the year from your romantic boutique hotel or budget B&B.

Lovers of historic houses will want to visit Audley End House and Garden with its fascinating Victorian Service Wing. Climbing the tower of the Tudor Layer Marney House reveals marvellous views of the Blackwater Estuary and out to sea. This 16th-century house was a favourite of Henry VIII.

In contrast, Firstsite in Colchester is a remarkable contemporary building which can easily be reached from your budget accommodation in the city. This golden architectural gem was designed by Rafael Viñoly and is a versatile art and exhibition space. If you’re planning to take in a show here, why not stay nearby in a romantic boutique B&B?

Essex has plenty for the kids to enjoy and every attraction is close to cheap hotels with family-sized rooms or a B&B where the whole family can tuck into a filling breakfast before starting the day’s adventures. Colchester Zoo is rated within the world’s top 20 and is home to over 270 species housed in a beautiful park with lakes. Colchester Castle boasts the biggest Norman keep in Europe and with its interactive exhibits is always a hit with children.

Whatever your budget, and with everything from romantic breaks to spa holidays, Essex really is a county that has something for everyone.