I have just returned from a lovely mini-break with my husband for his birthday. We originally booked into the spa for a massage but then decided to stay one night as well. Very glad we did! We booked a 'Family Room' direct through the hotel's website (see pictures below). It was two separate rooms with an ensuite bathroom. The family room had two large sofas, a flat-screen television, tea/coffee making facilities, full length mirror. Very nice if you want to have visitors for the evening.
The bedroom was absolutely beautiful. The bed was the most comfortable bed I've slept in at any hotel. It was a super king-- enormous!-- and so comfortable. We stayed on a Tuesday night and the hotel was very quiet and peaceful. We hardly noticed any other guests at the hotel. It was absolute bliss to not hear people talking loudly while walking through the hall as you do in some hotels --- in fact, even if they were people talking in the hall, I don't think it would have been possible to hear them because we had another room (the family room) between us and the hall door. There were heavy solid wood doors between all rooms (presumably fire doors) which keeps all sound out quite well.
The Kukana Spa was excellent and the original reason we stayed at the hotel. The manager, Raymond, went out of his way to make us feel welcome and greeted us by name when we arrived. The staff were equally friendly and professional. We both had a back, neck, and shoulder massage. The atmosphere was perfect and really allowed total relaxation.
This hotel was recently rebuilt following a fire that completely destroyed it a few years ago. The new building is very beautiful, particularly the bedrooms we saw. The only drawbacks to this hotel for me was that there was no pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, etc. Also, the restaurant was set up in a function room (where we had our full English breakfast, cooked to order) rather than a purpose built restaurant. It lacked character and warmth because of this but the service was still good and the food was good. However, I understand that planning permission is being sought for a restaurant extension in a massive conservatory and a pool with all the extras (sauna, etc). Construction should commence in the next 6-12 months, I've been told. Once these works are complete, this should be a hotel I will be returning to again and again for a special occasion. I would definitely recommend this hotel, particularly for couples.
Other people interested in staying here may want to know that there was only Freeview television available in the rooms. This was not an issue for us as this is what we have at our own home, we were only staying for one night, and were busy that evening anyway. Instead of watching television, we had a lovely walk around the grounds of the hotel, viewed the waterfall over the pond filled with fish, and sat on the swing under one of the huge mature trees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the beautiful Essex countryside within easy access of the M25 and only 40 minutes from Central London, Orsett Hall is a stunning 4 star Hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens with 56 luxurious bedrooms, 5 bridal suites, chapel, elegant function rooms, on site hair salon, state-of-the-art boutique Kukana spa and a gym. The Hotel has all the advantages and facilities of a new, purpose built hotel and friendly, polite staff to cater to our customer's every need, The Garden Brasserie at Orsett Hall is open to both residents and non-residents to enjoy British cuisine in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Café Sartoria at Orsett Hall offers relaxed dining whether you are looking for breakfast, coffee and cake with friends, a lunchtime bite or an evening meal or snack. Orsett Hall is conveniently situated within a short drive of the new London Gateway, Tilbury Cruise Terminal and Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orsett Hall Hotel Orsett
- Orsett Hall Essex