We had a wonderful celebration for my wife’s 50th birthday with a family weekend event we organised at the BEST WESTERN Ivy Hill Hotel in Chelmsford, at the beginning of January this year.
It was a truly lovely occasion thanks to all the wonderful staff at BEST WESTERN The Ivy Hill Hotel and we were very impressed with the way we were looked after with really attentive service, confortable and spacious rooms and most delicious food!
Libby, Emma and all the staff took care of every need for our family’s stay and offered us the use of a very nice function room for the evening’s birthday celebration meal which was most nice!
Shortly after arrival, we had booked an afternoon tea at the lounge conservatory to help our family members settle in and was amazed at the most sumptuously delightful afternoon tea/feast laid on for us. It was a knockout and would have got those brassy top- named central London establishments rightly worried in my book if they’d have seen the goodies displayed for us to tuck into!
We went for a walk in nearby Hylands Park after and needed it to make room for the evening meal! That meal too was a delight having pre-ordered from a special function menu designed by the hotel for us in the advanced stages of our planning and it catered most enjoyably for all – a great night had with my better half entertained (and happily embarrassed!) by slideshow of family’s photos and comic speeches afterwards!
As said the rooms were nice, comfortable and spacious with all modern amenities with the hotel indeed appearing a lot bigger on the inside than it does from outside which adds a lot to its rural charm in my book.
Our breakfasts next morning were wonderful and catered for all tastes from full English, fish, cereal, breads, pastries etc where we had plenty of room after in another adjacent conservatory to socialize and give prezzies etc.
In short a very enjoyable and memorable 50th birthday weekend had by all! We would definitely recommend this lovely rural Best Western on the edge of Chelmsford to anyone looking to stop in that area.
By Mark B