The Comet Hotel
About the Hotel
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
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.