The Best Boutique Hotels in Chester

The Townhouse is a mélange of Tudor, Victorian and Georgian features
The Townhouse is a mélange of Tudor, Victorian and Georgian features | Courtesy of The-Townhouse-Chester / Expedia
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Food Editor17 December 2020

The rich history of Chester lends itself to a boutique hotel scene – and there are plenty of unique accommodations to choose from in this ancient city. Whether you’re looking for a traditional British manor, quirky hotel or maybe a former tithe house, there’s a boutique for you in Chester.

The Coach House Inn

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (70 Reviews)
The Coach House Inn, Chester
The Coach House Inn | Courtesy of The Coach House Inn / Expedia
If you’re after a room with a view, The Coach House Inn which looks over the town square and cathedral, certainly delivers. Each of its eight rooms are individually styled using statement wallpapers and an assortment of curios. On the bottom floor you’ll find a delightful gastro pub serving seasonal and locally sourced home-cooked British food. Of course, there are real ales and proper pints should you fancy a liquid lunch instead.
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Edgar House

Boutique Hotel
5/5 (169 Reviews)
Edgar House, Chester
Edgar House | Courtesy of Edgar House / Expedia.com
One of the best things about Edgar House is that it’s adults-only, so you can get up to whatever you want without worrying about the little ones. A romantic atmosphere comes from the hotel’s location on top of the Roman walls and its views over the River Dee. The fact there are only seven bedrooms also lends the hotel a sense of intimacy. All of the beds are comfortable, and the rooms have been designed with a colour palette inspired by the English countryside.
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Rowton Hall

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.1/5 (111 Reviews)
Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa, Chester
Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa / Expedia
If you’re looking for space and luxury, Rowton Hall is calling your name. The eight acres (3ha) of carefully manicured grounds give the property a relaxed elegance. A luxury spa and award-winning restaurant serving favourites such as steaks, fish and chips, and delicious pork belly means you might find it hard to leave – especially when you slip on the fluffy robe provided in every room.
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Oddfellows

Boutique Hotel
4.5/5 (312 Reviews)
Oddfellows, Chester
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If a streak of independent spirit is what makes a hotel unique, Oddfellows takes the top prize. Quirkiness is baked into the very building, with the hotel located in what was originally headquarters for a society for creatives and misfits. The interiors focus on sensuality and fun, an attitude reflected in the brightly coloured decorations. Amenities include glass-walled power showers and roll-top baths. You’ll be spoiled every morning with a cup from the in-room Nespresso coffee machine and views over the large garden.
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Indigo Chester

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.8/5 (269 Reviews)
Hotel Indigo Chester
Hotel Indigo | Courtesy of Hotel Indigo / Expedia
Indigo has the spirit of the city running through it. Each of its 75 rooms reflects the heritage of Chester: choose from themes inspired by the racecourse, Eastgate Clock or the local architecture. It’s located directly in the centre of town, next to the Storyhouse theatre, so it’s a great choice for culture lovers. Alternatively, dramatic views over the Welsh mountains and Grosvenor Park can be enjoyed from the fourth-floor balcony.
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  • The Townhouse

    Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
    4.1/5 (235 Reviews)
    The Townhouse Chester, BW Signature Collection
    The Townhouse Chester | Courtesy of The Townhouse Chester/ Expedia
    One for architecture buffs, The Townhouse is a mélange of Tudor, Victorian and Georgian features in a higgledy-piggledy, aesthetically pleasing way. You’ll love the roaring open fire in the lounge, which is just begging you to settle down with a cocktail from the bar and a good book. In the summer, the secret garden captures the British sun – bring your bathing suit to soak up the rays.
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    Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (625 Reviews)
    Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Chester
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    The Grosvenor Pulford is the very picture of a country hotel, with a red-brick exterior and its acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds. The 75 bedrooms are maintained with sympathy to the history of the building, and thoughtfully decorated with period touches such as drapes and textured fabric. Highlights include the spa, with a comprehensive treatment list, and the two restaurants. Don’t miss the Sunday carvery, which is popular with guests and will probably leave your trousers too tight.
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    Three Kings Studios

    Boutique Hotel, Apartment
    4.8/5 (14 Reviews)
    Three Kings Studios, Chester
    Three Kings Studios | Courtesy of Three Kings Studios / Expedia
    If you’ve come to Chester to marvel at the fascinating history of the city, staying in the Three Kings Studios will bring that past to life. The Grade II-listed building is more than 500 years old and was once a tithe house for the Earl of Shrewsbury. The bedrooms are cosy, with period features such as exposed beams complemented with modern touches such as luxuriously padded headboards. Don’t miss the traditional pub the Bear and Billet next door for an authentic British pint of beer.
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