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

446 reviews 7.5

£ 58.00

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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

301 reviews 9.8

£ 55.00

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Novotel London Stansted Airport

CM24 1SF, Stansted Mountfitchet, Round Coppice Road

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

1217 reviews 8.3

£ 61.56

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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

183 reviews 8.9

£ 100.00

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Royal Hotel

RM19 1QA, Purfleet, High Street

Situated within just 4 miles from the nearest junction for the M25 motorway, the Royal offers spacious en suite rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The Royal Hotel boasts a superb riverside location, with... read more

423 reviews 7.3

£ 53.00

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The Langtry Hotel

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

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 is a 2-minute walk away. The elegant... read more

578 reviews 7.5

£ 34.20

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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

432 reviews 7.2

£ 40.00

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Holiday Inn Colchester

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

808 reviews 8.2

£ 62.00

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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

853 reviews 8.5

£ 34.00

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The Thurrock Hotel

RM19 1YN, Aveley, 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. Each modern room includes free... read more

905 reviews 7.3

£ 53.00

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Elsenham Lodge

CM22 6DF, Elsenham, Park Road

Less than a 10-minute drive from Stansted Airport, Elsenham Lodge, also known as Aspens, is a bed and breakfast located in the quiet village of Elsenham, that offers free WiFi. The house is located near... read more

1047 reviews 7.8

£ 42.50

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Harwood House B&B

CM6 1DN, Great Dunmow, 52 Stortford Road

Just 5 miles from Stansted Airport, the family-run Harwood House B&B is situated in the heart of the pretty market town of Great Dunmow. It offers guests free Wi-Fi access and free on-site parking. The... read more

241 reviews 9.1

£ 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 its public areas. Transfers from the lodge to the airport can be arranged... read more

1708 reviews 7

£ 59.00

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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

925 reviews 8.1

£ 48.00

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The Willows Guest House

CM22 6PE, Takeley, Bambers Green

Just 2 miles from Stansted Airport, this 17th-century thatched cottage is in the scenic village of Bambers Green. The Willows Guest House offers airport shuttles for a fee, and free parking during your stay at... read more

1000 reviews 9

£ 58.00

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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

586 reviews 8.6

£ 64.90

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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

556 reviews 9

£ 102.00

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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

393 reviews 8.3

£ 92.65

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Le Vere House

CO15 1RA, Clacton-on-Sea, 15 Agate Road

A warm and friendly welcome awaits at Le Vere House, situated a short walk from the seafront, shops, restaurants, pier and beautiful gardens. Le Vere House is well placed for visiting Colchester, with its castle,... read more

56 reviews 7.5

£ 45.00

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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. The Marriott’s leisure club features a swimming pool and sauna. Guests get free WiFi in the... read more

1464 reviews 8.1

£ 67.00

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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.