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Dragonfly Hotel Colchester
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ardleigh
Reviewed March 5, 2014

I visited the hotel for a meeting and meal. This is my second visit, and the second time that the chef has gone out of his way to cater for my particular dietary requirements.
FODMAPS is a difficult diet pattern to follow, but the chef created a special meal for me - well balanced and tasty! Well done, Matt! And thanks!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We booked this hotel for 2 nights, I was worried before we arrived as I wasn't sure what the hotel would be like, but everything was fine. Our room was quiet, clean and the staff are very helpful and friendly. I would defiantly stay here again when we next visit Colchester.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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GMQualityColchester, General Manager at Dragonfly Hotel Colchester, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2014

Dear Christmaslady,
i was delighted to read your kind comments and am glad that you found the hotel and the staff to your satisfaction. I do hope that we may have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Quality Hotel Colchester agin in the future.

Mark Sheppard
General Manager

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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Around thirty of us visited the restaurant for an after Christmas meal. All pre ordered so they knew exactly what time we were coming and what had been ordered. The meat (roast beef and turkey had obviously been cut and kept hot hence it was so dry. Gravy was about the colour and thickness of vegetable water. The menu gad stated roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, as is usual but guess what, it came with no Yorkshire but with sausage and bacon and sage and onion stuffing!! That also went with the turkey. The vegetables had obviously been kept warm toe ages and the puddings were poor. The cheese and biscuits were good!!
Very poor value for money, poor service and in all a very, very disappointing meal!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel regularly over recent months and it has provided a very stable work base for me. It is very well located right on a main arterial junction on the outskirts of Colchester and is easily accessed.

The hotel is cheap and clean and has abundant free parking and the decent wifi. Yes it could do with a refurb and updating as the carpets and fixtures/fitting and bathrooms are quite well used and dated (although of all the 7+ rooms I have stayed in they all have flat screen TVs). Beds are pretty comfortable and there isn't too much noise from other guests.

The staff are always very friendly and welcoming and not detached from guests and manners like at a lot of hotels frequented by people staying for work.

My only quibble with the hotel is the food, as its quite poor, this is easily resolved with a Table Table restaurant on the opposite side of the roundabout that this hotel is located on, literally less than a 10min walk from the hotel.

All in all, if you are looking for somewhere clean, cheap and cheerful you will struggle to go wrong here

Room Tip: ask for a room on the upper floor, as these are quieter rooms than downstairs :)
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Stayed overnight while travelling. Initial welcome from receptionist was cool, made no eye contact. Subsequent members of staff were very helpful and friendly. Big problem with this hotel is the rooms that, allegedly, have been refurbished. Shabby carpet in the room (201) with cut-outs for a radiator, obviously transferred from another room. Coffee stains on room wall. Broken chair back, verging on dangerous. Also no valance on the bed leaving bed base exposed. Cobwebs on light fittings. Pretty basic cleaning not being done.
Positive things: Comfortable bed. Tea/coffee facilities in room. Good car parking. Convenient location for vehicle users or overnight stay whilst travelling, etc. Quiet.
Won't rush back to stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here during a training course as this hotel was recommended by the training provider. It was at a discounted rate, around £20 per night cheaper than other hotels in the area. The location was ideal as it was about a 15min walk to the training centre. The rooms are spacious, a massive double bed, very comfortable, bath with shower, tea making facilities etc. It was very clean and very good value for money. Staff were friendly. The only downside I'd say was the pricey menu and also when I was checking out there were a few items on my bill, that I'd not had! Obviously someone had billed their bar tab to my room and had a jolly good time! Apart from that I'd stay there again no problem.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

My Fiancé & I stayed here earlier in the year. We found a cheap deal so managed to get a room for £20. For the price we paid we couldn't complain. The room was clean and tidy. The staff were very friendly. We ate in the restaurant and although the food was very nice, the portion sizes were a little on the small side for my Fiancé. Two mains and 2 soft drinks came to around £25.
We would visit again and would recommend if you were looking for good value, no frills hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Dragonfly Hotel Colchester

Address: A12/A120 Ardleigh Junction, Ardleigh, Colchester C07 7QY, England (Formerly Quality Hotel Colchester)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Ardleigh
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ardleigh
Price Range: $62 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dragonfly Hotel Colchester 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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