We recently visited Channels Lodge after I booked a one night stay as a birthday surprise for my partner using the groupon deal and we absolutely LOVED it here.
We stayed n the maple room which was bright and cosy, and even though a smaller room was sill comfortable and spacious for us 2. I will say now that if you are hoping to go, book in advance as when I was selecting dates the weekends were filled with wedding events and we were lucky t squeeze in when we did.
10 mins from central Chelmsford which is perfect if you are looking for a more relaxed weekend as we were, yet still close enough if you wish to travel in for the evening.
The room was lovely, loved the french doors and velux windows; shame about the scaffolding on the building in front of us as this blocked our view but was not too much of an issue. Smart TV with Sky so you can snuggle up to a movie if you wish, and the best part- a large comfy king size bed with plump pillows for a good nights sleep. The bathroom was lush too- shower very powerful and towels were nice and soft. Bath was big and even my boyfriend over 6 foot could relax in there!
Robes and slippers also available too.
Mini bar in room but had to pay to use anything in there. Though coffee and tea, hot chocolate etc was free.
Iron and board also in room which we though of as a bonus!
We booed into the restaurant for the evening and the staff were very lovely and welcoming. Food was delicious and we enjoyed the hearty meal we had. I had the Camembert to start which was yum and my partner had the giant prawns which were tasty too- though you must deshell these yourselves.
I had the hash for main which i really enjoyed and y partner had the chicken with champagne and mushroom sauce main (not on the menu but a regular dish now) and for dessert I had lemon and lime posset which was nice and refreshing and he had the baked Alaska- in all we could not fault the restaurant or staff here and we enjoyed the meal.
A wedding was on that evening but the rooms are located well to avoid any loud music and the party going on which was nice as it meant an distributed sleep.
Breakfast was from a menu and finished at 10am (I think the website may say 11?) but was again very good- I went for the Eggs Benedict and was very very happy with my choice!
The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars was due to the fact that when we arrived there was no one at reception ad the door was locked with a pass code needed. Luckily guests at the hotel found us struggling and gave us the code to get our keys but had we not met them we are not very sure on how we would have got in! They said they received a text however I did not so this was a let down. I also felt it would have been nice to have met someone at the desk and been welcomed with all the info as we were unsure on times and what not. We arrived just after 5pm and so perhaps reception had left but in comparisons to other places where I have stayed and met the staff on reception, it would have been the finishing touch.
However that said, we did meet someone on Sunday on check out and they were really really lovely.
All in all, I would recommend channels- lovely location with beautiful accommodation. We will be back and hopefully next time we will be able to book a suite!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channels Lodge is one of the finest Hotels in Chelmsford, surrounded by the golf course, this beautifully converted 15th Century Tudor house is an ideal place for a business traveller to stay or wedding hotel near Chelmsford city centre. The hotel has 17 spacious guest rooms which have been individually designed and equipped to the highest standards combining the finest of the old with the finest of the new. Each room is decorated stylishly, some in mind for business man and business women and others designed in consideration for romantic breaks. There are two restaurants within the grounds of Channels both are renowned for their excellent food and friendly service. Bar snacks can also be purchased from the Club House. The hotel is situated close to the A12 between Chelmsford (2 miles) and Colchester (25 miles) and with Stansted Airport only 20 minutes away, makes Channels Lodge in the heart of the Essex countryside, a perfect location for both business and pleasure. Free parking when traveling to and from Stansted. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Channels Hotel Chelmsford