The Best Hotels in Chester for Every Traveller

A twin bedroom at the Hotel Indigo Chester
A twin bedroom at the Hotel Indigo Chester | Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Chester / Expedia
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Food Editor18 December 2020

The hotels of 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 millennia-old Chester Cathedral. Whichever you choose, there are centuries of history to discover in this beautiful city south of Liverpool.

Edgar House

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 of 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.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Chester Grosvenor

This hotel is renowned for its comfort, elegance and relaxed ambiance – three attributes that make any hotel great, and the Chester Grosvenor really is a great one. 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-starred restaurant Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor.
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Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Queen

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. Its 221 rooms all come with Tencel mattress toppers, roll top baths, Nespresso coffee machines and, best of all, four-poster beds. This hotel has been serving customers since 1860, so it’s fair to say they know how to please.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Rowton Hall

Set in eight acres (3ha) of manicured grounds, this Georgian manor hotel exudes elegance. It’s located in the countryside three miles (5km) outside Chester, so you get the best of both country and city life. The bedrooms here are sumptuous, with rich textures and cushions aplenty, plus there’s a luxury spa and award-winning restaurant. When you get out of bed to sip your morning coffee, make sure to slip on one of the fluffy robes provided.
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Free WiFi
Restaurant
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Oddfellows

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 there. In the rooms, expect roll-top baths, glass-walled power showers and Nespresso machines, among period features such as exposed beams.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace

ABode Chester

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 its panoramic views over the racecourse. We recommend the burger.
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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Smoke-free property

DoubleTree by Hilton Chester

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.
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Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Indigo Chester

    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. Its three room themes reflect the city heritage; choose from designs around the racecourse, the Eastgate Clock and the local architecture. The restaurant serves British cuisine with a modern interpretive twist – delicious.
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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Townhouse

    As its name suggests, the Townhouse is in the heart of Chester. Its Georgian building 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.
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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

    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 an afternoon tea and you might struggle to button your trousers afterwards. The chic guestrooms combine 18th-century architecture with statement prints and contemporary furnishings.
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    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    MILL Hotel & Spa

    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.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on December 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.