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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates a better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 6 key areas – cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.

The merit score for this hotel is 83%. This helps you to compare quality between hotels of the same star rating.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 632 reviews

Grade II listed hotel closely involved in hotel management education

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At a glance

Family rooms
Wheelchair accessible
Civil weddings
Outdoor parking

A superb building which forms part of Essex University, the property has been totally refurbished. The bedrooms are split between the main building and the more contemporary extension; each one has been individually decorated, furnished to a very high standard and has modern technology. Public rooms include the Signatures fine dining restaurant and a modern brasserie; there is also a choice of lounges with plush furnishings.


  • En-suite rooms: 40
  • Family rooms: 6
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms

Room rates

  • Leisure breaks available

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Night porter
  • Lift available
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 150


  • Accessible bedrooms: 2
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu


  • Christmas entertainment programme
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 180
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 70
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 22


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 180

Getting here

From A12 take exit signed Colchester. Follow A133 towards Clacton. Take B1027 for Wivenhoe, right on Boundry Rd, right on Park Rd, signed

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