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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tired furniture, bed hard, mattress worn out. No hot water due to a plumbing issue. Heated towel rail in room 21 burns your bum when you get out of the shower. Overpriced for the basics Friendly staff, food is good

Thank Mikebeasant1
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very comfortable and quiet venue, ideal for a chat with an old friend. My smoked salmon sandwich was delightful as are the staff. A lovely experience, and i would recommend this venue for a peaceful interlude. Quite a few business people choose the County for their discussions.

Thank amb4342
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great dinner dance at the County Hotel on 4th November. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The crystal ballroom was a perfect place for our event. The food was excellent and served brilliantly.

Thank DFS114
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is definitely not a 4 star hotel. The decoration is very tired and desperately needs updating BUT it is in a fantastic position for a night out in Chelmsford or a shopping trip. The staff are courteous and helpful although the bar service tends to be slow.

Thank RusheenP
Horsham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I stayed here 1 night on the 11th October. First Impressions are good ones when you park your car and find the parking bays are a decent size. Then when you walk into the reception you can see that this a nice old building where the decor is light and cheery amd the public areas look very good indeed. Nice... More 

Thank MGaylard
Margate, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The hotel is well situated and the parking is a real boon. The staff are welcloming and eager to help but there were times that service fell a little short either because of delays, the staff forgot, or failed to pass on the request. The hotel itself is rathered tired decor-wise and we had rather eccentric plumbing in our suite... More 

Thank Fazmam
Reading, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Not much choice in Chelmsford and this hotel is probably best of an indifferent choice. As one other person has said a tired hotel in need of some TLC. Staff are friendly and do their best. Room was very hot (sun through windows and curtains not drawn) and no aircon, also had to ask for fan which they quickly supplied.... More 

Thank eigbob
Harlow, England
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We organised the party ourselves by choosing the Essex Room at the hotel that held 50 people. We visited and met Amy Fifita who showed us the room and then showed us some hotel rooms. We chose our own menu from the main and dessert menus that we had been given. We got our hotel rooms at a special function... More 

Thank Heather F
Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

The Good:- Located within easy walking distance of beautiful cathedral and sprawling town, rail and bus station. A large sized bedroom and en suite bathroom (Rm 134), plenty of storage space; comfortable bed; excellent room-cleaning service. Welcome bowl of fruit and fresh milk provided in mini bar plus 2 bottles of water. Staff do their best! The Bad:- Miserly portion... More 

Thank Vicky P
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Stayed at the County Hotel overnight whilst at a wedding. Staff very accommodating allowing us to check-in and leave our bags at the venue earlier than the normal check-in time. Rooms more than adequate, decent size and comfy bed, bathrooms also clean and the right size. Breakfast was also of a good standard.

Thank Drive_Tardy86

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  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Banquet Room
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  • Multilingual Staff
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The County Hotel is conveniently located near the heart of Chelmsford City centre with a 2 minute walk from Chelmsford train station and just 35 minutes train journey to London Liverpool Street. This warm, friendly hotel is an ideal location from which to explore Chelmsford city, The Essex countryside or even a quick trip into London. We have 50 luxury rooms and all are stylish with contemporary features, consisting of standard, premium and suites. When you visit Chelmsford for business or leisure, we can offer you a perfect stay and pride ourselves on making your visit a memorable experience, whether it is for one night or more. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The County Hotel

Address: 29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Chelmsford
Price Range: $102 - $167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The County Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
County Hotel Chelmsford
The County Hotel Chelmsford, UK - Essex
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#1 Green Hotel in Chelmsford
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“Not room 82 - it was very comfortable but does face out on to the road unlike most of the other rooms”
 of 5 bubbles MGaylard, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I would ask for a quiet room”
 of 5 bubbles Fazmam, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get room away from road”
 of 5 bubbles eigbob, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Room at back of hotel are quieter”
  • TV and tea making facilities
  • Complementary toiletries
  • Good size bathroom
  • Fan in room
 of 5 bubbles helenh462016, 29 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for one away from roads - inner quad”
 of 5 bubbles trevors742, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
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