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Situated at a crossroads formed from the old Roman road which linked London to Colchester and the Pilgrims way across the Thames to Canterbury, the Essex town of Brentwood grew out of the convenience for such stop-overs on route to these ancient sites. This convenience continues to this day and there are many Brentwood hotels which provide short term accommodation for travellers on the way to the city as well as those who stay to enjoy the many attractions in the town and natural forest surrounds.

The significance of the town as resting point for pilgrimage to Canterbury was shown by the building of a chapel in honour of St Thomas Becket, the ruins of which still stand in the centre of the high street. Adjacent to this is the tourist information centre, where visitors can get all the information and services required to explore the historic and contemporary attractions of the town and borough. Visitor information is also generally available from within the Brentwood hotels.

The town has a strong culture in dramatic and community arts, mostly centred on the Brentwood Theatre and the Hermitage. The theatre plays host to many different dramatic performances by non-professional touring companies and is an independent charity. The Hermitage incorporates a youth club and a venue for live music, in styles ranging from rock to jazz, often performed by well known acts. A whole range of other arts and music venues are found throughout the town and Brentwood hotels will offer convenient access to them.

Recognised as a commuter town, the M25 is nearby and many residents travel to work in London. Remarkably, given the close proximity to the capital, there are great examples of natural woodland and countryside all around and in the town itself there are many green spaces and parks. Weald Country Park, in the South Weald area of town is highly regarded for its mountain biking tracks and attracts some of the top names in the sport to regular cycling events. Two impressive sports centres provide a full complement of other sport and leisure options and there is a municipal golf course near the town centre.

Brentwood hotels serve a variety of purposes for guests depending on their requirements. Many have an impressive selection of business features, ranging from small boardroom spaces to full conferencing facilities. There may be additional corporate services to meet courier, print and copy needs and often there are computer areas with readily available internet connectivity. Guest rooms will have all the modern amenities too, from WiFi connections to satellite television.

The newer hotels in town will certainly cater more for business travellers but the old established hotels will generally have function spaces equally suited for hosting grand receptions and private functions such as banquets and weddings. Older hotels have a certain elegance and sophistication which makes for a very pleasant stay and the grander hotels will offer fine dining and drinks in wonderful environments. A greater range of leisure features will be found in the larger Brentwood hotels and there are some great countryside hotels outside of town in which a sumptuous leisure stay is guaranteed.

The famous writer Daniel Defoe once said of the town that it was 'full of good inns' and this remains the case. A history defined by offering lodgings, food and refreshments for weary travellers has stood the town well in terms of hospitality provision and some superb traditional inn environments in which to enjoy a contemporary stay. The ambience and character of such places is very much a part of the appeal but what is also useful is having a good bar and some great pub food on site.