You might be surprised to hear that 70% of Essex is rural. Made up of flat rolling countryside, tiny villages and market towns such as Waltham Abbey. It’s little wonder John Constable was inspired by the local landscapes. But it’s not all rural retreats. You’ll find our Essex hotels in the bustling seaside towns of Clacton and Southend, the historic city of Colchester and popular business hubs like Chelmsford. What’s more, Essex is super well connected to London via Stratford, Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street so it’s a great place to stay if you need quick and easy access to the capital.