We have stayed at Pontlands Park many times as it was the best of a pretty ordinary bunch of hotels in the Brentwood/Chelmsford area. But over the last year or so, it had really picked up its game and it would now be somewhere we would choose to stay.
We stayed in a deluxe room on the 1st floor which was bright, airy and spacious, with nice new white duvet covers offset by a gold comforter and cushions adding to the pleasant decor. Bathroom gleaming as usual with nice big fluffy towels. Free wi-fi in all rooms is an added bonus.
We used the Leisure Club pool (still the same time restrictions on kids use of pool, but hey ho) which were good, two pools in fact plus jacuzzi and hot tubs).
Evening meal was table d'hote with some nice choices - nice lemon sole, but the eton mess dessert was the highlight. Our 8 yo was thrilled with his penne pasta as it came with separate dishes of sauce and cheese for him to DIY - perfect!
Breakfast buffet next day was in the conservatory, stocks a bit depleted but there was a good choice of hot and cold items, though yoghurts could be more interesting than the usual cheap low fat supermarket fare. My only real negative was that, being a business notel in the week, there is always soon bozo on the mobile while eating breakfast - common courtesy way would suggest they might step out but no, these guys are so neanderthal that it probably never occurs to them. The hotel should have a policy but probably does not want to rock the boat.
We stayed on a night when they had a function (they almost always do) in their marquee but as promised when we booked, there was no noise disruption for us on the opposite side of the hotel - but make sure you get a room in the right place if you want a good night's sleep.
So forget the older more negative reviews, with a few minor niggles, this place is good and reasonably priced if you get the corporate rate.
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- Pontlands Park Great Baddow, UK - Essex