North Hill has the 6th form college on, which has over 3000 students, so it gets very busy!! There's a lot of traffic as well and it's very close to the main high street/town centre (would be noisy on fri/sat nights). Depends how long you are planning on staying, but I wouldn't want to stay in that location for more than a night or two with a toddler.
I am returning to the UK in September to visit family. Our first stop will be Frinton on Sea. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel/pub with rooms in the Colchester area? I did see the nice new spa in Thorpe Le Soken but that's a no-go as I have a toddler! (no u16s). Thanks!