The Best Hotels to Book in Chester for Every Traveller

Hotel Indigo Chester finds inspiration in the city that surrounds it
Hotel Indigo Chester finds inspiration in the city that surrounds it | Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Chester / Expedia

The best hotels in Chester reveal a storied past. Restored Georgian townhouses, 18th-century manors and converted canal-side mills for tourists who come to see the Roman city walls and amphitheatre, or to tour the millennium-old Chester Cathedral. Whichever you choose, there are centuries of history to discover in this beautiful city south of Liverpool. Read on for our pick of the best hotels in Chester, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Edgar House, for grown-ups

Boutique Hotel

Bedroom with tall, black tufted headboard, black-and-white wallpaper, red couch and yellow curtains at Edgar House, Chester
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An adults-only retreat, this hotel is well worth the hassle of finding a babysitter. In a restored Georgian house, this boutique hotel has sweeping views over the River Dee. Staying here means you’re atop ancient Roman walls – how many times in your life can you say that? The interiors are almost as delightful as the location, with a huge wooden staircase, working fireplaces and mini cinema room.

2. Chester Grosvenor, for a bar and a Michelin star

Luxury, Hotel, Spa Hotel

Luxe lounge in yellow and tan hues with crown moulding, fireplace, painting, couch and armchairs at the Chester Grosvenor
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This hotel is renowned for its comfort, elegance and relaxed ambiance – three attributes that make any hotel great, and the Chester Grosvenor really is one of the best hotels in Chester. The facilities are second to none, including a world-class spa with a salt grotto and crystal steam room. Grab a drink at the champagne bar before dinner at the Michelin-star restaurant, Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor.

3. The Queen, for being in good company

Budget Hotel

Reception desk composed of vintage suitcases beneath a luxe staircase with ornate railing at the Queen at Chester Hotel
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The Queen has played host to many well-known names over the years, including Charles Dickens, Cecil Rhodes and Lillie Langtry. Soon you could be joining them. The 221 rooms all come with Tencel mattress toppers, roll-top baths, Nespresso coffee machines and, best of all, four-poster beds. This top Chester hotel has been serving customers since 1860, so it’s fair to say they know how to please.

5. Oddfellows, for eclectic eccentricity

Boutique Hotel

Cosy room in neutral tones with sloped ceiling, chartreuse bed runner, plush tan carpet, white shutters and TV at Oddfellows
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Are you a creative, misfit or someone who likes to have fun? You’ll love Oddfellows. Found in the Georgian Oddfellows Hall in the centre of Chester, this building was originally a society for those kind of people. With a focus on fun and sensuality, the interiors are just as creative as the people who stay here. In the rooms, expect roll-top baths, glass-walled power showers and Nespresso machines, among period features such as exposed beams.

6. ABode Chester, for a calming colour scheme

Hotel

Large king suite with baby-blue seating with coordinating rug over wood floors and large en-suite at ABode Chester
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Staying in Chester to have a flutter on the horses? This contemporary marvel is where you’ll want to rest your head. The hotel has unparalleled views of England’s oldest working racecourse. All the bedrooms are individually designed, with a focus on relaxed sophistication and peaceful, neutral colours. Make sure to visit the hotel’s fifth-floor restaurant, Brasserie Abode, for panoramic views over the racecourse. We recommend the burger.

7. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester, for high-end entertainment

Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Cosy room in soft neutral tones with patterned carpet and wall mural at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester
Courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester / Expedia

This Hilton outpost is a restored 18th-century manor house, perfectly located for access to all of Chester’s attractions, including the zoo and the racecourse. Enjoy a long massage in the spa followed by afternoon tea at the Garden Room & Terrace restaurant. Complete your perfect day with a stroll around the manicured walled gardens.

8. Hotel Indigo Chester, for a day at the races (or theatre)

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Upscale bar area next to elevators with blue velvet chairs and stylishly lit bar counter with stools at Hotel Indigo Chester
Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Chester / Expedia

A truly unique hotel, the Indigo Chester is on the doorstep of the 16th-century buildings in the Rows and right next to the Storyhouse theatre. The three room themes reflect the city heritage; choose from designs around the racecourse, the Eastgate Clock or the local architecture. The restaurant serves British cuisine with a modern interpretive twist – delicious.

9. The Townhouse, for a central Chester stay

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Elegant sitting room with fireplace, chandelier, velvet blue couches, green chairs and high ceilings at the Townhouse Chester
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As its name suggests, the Townhouse is in the heart of Chester. The Georgian building housing this Chester hotel combines Victorian and Tudor features to provide a mishmash of British architecture under one roof. If it’s a nice day, take your breakfast in the secluded secret garden at the back of the property – it’s a real sun trap. After a day exploring town, stop by the open fire in the lounge to put your feet up. You should also pop over the road to Ye Olde Kings Head, a Grade II-listed Tudor pub built in 1622.

10. Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, for a border line hotel

Hotel

Large king room with eclectic beige and burgundy decor and door to back garden at Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, Chester
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Minutes from the centre of Chester, Grosvenor Pulford enjoys an enviable position on the Welsh border. Food is a big focus here, with the Palm Court restaurant offering impressive British and European cuisine throughout the day. Drop in for afternoon tea and you might struggle to button your trousers afterwards. The chic guest rooms combine 18th-century architecture with statement prints and contemporary furnishings.

11. MILL Hotel & Spa, for a family-friendly stay

Spa Hotel

Brick, multi-storey exterior with black window frames at the Mill Hotel and Spa in Chester on a sunny day
Courtesy of the Mill Hotel and Spa / Expedia

Family-run for generations, the staff at the Mill will treat you like one of their own. That warm welcome extends to the guest rooms, which feature period furnishings and sink-into-me beds. For a special treat, opt for the Canalside Suite, which comes with a super king-sized bed, spa bath and views over the canal. Elsewhere you’ll find a spa, gym and sauna, plus a restaurant serving bistro-style cuisine (don’t miss the extra-crispy chips) and a bar stocked with real ales.

For a romantic getaway, check out the most romantic hotels in Chester, bookable on Culture Trip.

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