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The Comet Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • The Art Deco building underwent a multimillion-pound refurbishment in 2019
  • Historic Hatfield House (open Thursday-Sunday from 4 April) is 10 minutes' drive from the hotel
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London -- home to The Making of Harry Potter -- is 35 minutes' drive from the hotel
  • You can reach central London in around an hour by car or public transport

Overview

The Comet Hotel -- which first opened in 1936 and underwent an extensive multimillion-pound refurbishment in 2019 -- is set within a Grade II-listed building in the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield, around an hour by car or public transport from central London.

The property has an interesting history -- it was named after the de Havilland DH.88 Comet racing plane, which was built locally for the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race. After winning the race with a world-record time, it became something of a local icon, and the hotel's unique design was actually based on the footprint of the aircraft, which is why the building has such an unusual shape. The building's architectural style is known as Streamline Moderne, a late type of Art Deco architecture, and the interiors have been designed to reflect the period glamour of this golden age.

Hatfield House (open Thursday-Sunday from 4 April), a Jacobean country house with gardens, is a 10-minute drive from the hotel, while The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where you can learn about the making of Harry Potter, is a 35-minute drive away. Heartwood Forest, a planned 347-hectare forest near the ancient city of St Albans, is 10 minutes' drive from the hotel, as is Welwyn Roman Baths (open weekends and bank holidays), a Roman ruin just north of Welwyn Garden City.

Facilities at the hotel include the Element Bar & Kitchen, which serves a range of modern British dishes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner -- using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible -- and offers an extensive cocktail menu. Guests also benefit from access to the Hertfordshire Sports Village, which has a gym and a pool, and is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Deluxe Rooms are split between the original building and the new wing, which was built as part of the refurbishment, while Executive Rooms and Suites are all in the original building. Executive Rooms are larger than Deluxe Rooms, while Suites also add a separate sitting area. All rooms are decorated in an Art Deco style. Wi-Fi is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 2 and under.
Extra bed available upon request, for older children and adults: £40 per night.
Breakfast is included.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: Complimentary car park.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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