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A family-friendly Staycation at The Hotel Chester

By Jenny Schippers – 4th May 2021
The Hotel Chester is a brand new luxury aparthotel featuring 12 uniquely styled apartments located within the historic city of Chester. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle at the top of Newgate Street, adjacent to the Grosvenor shopping centre, this high-end complex only opened its doors in mid-April 2021, with the easing of lockdown restrictions, but has already earned fantastic feedback from guests. With apartments ranging in size from one to two bedroom, The Hotel Chester can accommodate singles, couples, families, business travellers and small groups making it an exciting addition to the Chester tourism portfolio. The Hotel Chester sits at the luxury end of the serviced apartment scale and fills a specific niche within the city offering guests a 5* hotel experience with the independence of apartment living. A home away from home with the bonus of a concierge offering shopping, restaurant reservations and celebration planning as part of the service. As the Hotel Chester has a two bedroom apartment, The Tree House, very much aligned with family-friendly travel, the team kindly invited me and my family to experience an overnight stay. Although we were gifted this stay, all opinions are my own and based entirely on my personal experience overnighting at The Hotel Chester.

About The Hotel Chester

 

The Hotel Chester is a brand new luxury aparthotel featuring 12 uniquely styled apartments located within the historic city of Chester.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle at the top of Newgate Street, adjacent to the Grosvenor shopping centre, this high-end complex only opened its doors in mid-April 2021, with the easing of lockdown restrictions, but has already earned fantastic feedback from guests. With apartments ranging in size from one to two bedroom, The Hotel Chester can accommodate singles, couples, families, business travellers, and small groups making it an exciting addition to the Chester tourism portfolio.

The Hotel Chester sits at the luxury end of the serviced apartment scale and fills a specific niche within the city offering guests a 5* hotel experience with the independence of apartment living. A home away from home with the bonus of a concierge offering shopping, restaurant reservations, and celebration planning as part of the service.

As the Hotel Chester has a two bedroom apartment, The Tree House, very much aligned with family-friendly travel, the team kindly invited me and my family to experience an overnight stay. Although we were gifted this stay, all opinions are my own and based entirely on my personal experience overnighting at The Hotel Chester.

Location of The Hotel Chester

 

Conveniently located next to the Grosvenor multi-storey car park, we were able to park easily, if only hampered slightly by Chester’s never ending roadworks, and made our way quickly to the hotel. The parking is a mixture of covered and open-air and costs £10 for a 24hr stay which I believe to be a reasonable rate for secure city centre parking. There are plenty of other car parks within Chester city centre as well as a reliable train and bus network connecting much of the North West.

 

Arriving at The Hotel Chester

 

The Hotel Chester’s rich blue façade is a sign of what is to come as you step into the main entrance and immediately feel like you have arrived in a private member’s club. The comfortable brown leather seating, roaring fire and panelled walls bedecked with original artwork feels opulent yet welcoming.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by The Hotel Chester staff and shown to our apartment, The Tree House, located on the ground floor making it perfect for families travelling with young children and prams. My daughters are 4 and 7 years old making them the ideal age to appreciate a quirky little touch; a bespoke miniature door complete with its own key, for children to access the apartment themselves, separate to the main door.

This was such a huge hit with my girls that after an hour of going in and out of the door we had to hide the key! When travelling with young children, I believe the most important thing is to feel welcomed wherever you are staying and small touches like this really help to achieve this.

 

The Tree House

 

The Tree House is one of twelve individually styled apartments at The Hotel Chester, many of the original features of the building have been restored and retained adding to the overall character of the hotel. The apartment for our overnight stay featured two double bedrooms, both ensuite, one with an incredible copper roll top bath and the other with a fabulous rain shower.

The theme of the Tree House is immediately obvious as you step through the door with wooden cladding on the walls, botanicals dotted throughout and in-keeping fixtures and fittings. The styling is sophisticated and although themed, did not feel contrived in any way, merely adding to the overall feeling of being away from it all. The lantern roof light created a bright living space during the day and an atmospheric feel once the sun had set, transforming into a cinema room complete with the biggest sofa we had ever seen and wide-screen TV.

 

What Is Included?

 

I always look for the little details when travelling with children and I was not disappointed at The Hotel Chester; the Netflix/Amazon Prime was a big hit as was the free Wi-Fi, ample storage space, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and Molton Brown toiletries.

The full-size Galley kitchen included a microwave, oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, cutlery, crockery, and cleaning essentials. There was everything we needed to be able to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner during our stay with just the food to bring with us.

Due to the hotel’s fantastic central location, there is a convenience store within a 5 minute walk, or the concierge are happy to arrange items to be delivered in advance of your stay. During our overnight trip, we enjoyed fajitas cooked in the kitchen as well as the complimentary breakfast of croissants, cereal, hot drinks, and snacks supplied by the hotel.

 

Eateries & Attractions in Chester

 

If cooking on holiday is not your thing, then The Hotel Chester’s position within walking distance of some of the city’s finest bars, restaurants and cafes means you really do not have to cater in at all. Some great family-friendly restaurants to pre-book prior to your stay include The Opera Grill, Piccolinos, La Fattoria, The White Horse, and The Architect.

Alongside some great eateries, there are countless attractions and historic sights to enjoy in Chester suitable for children of all ages. Just across from The Hotel Chester you can witness the Roman Amphitheatre and Roman Gardens before crossing into Grosvenor Park, Chester’s grandest public park, to find a large children’s play area and miniature railway. From the park, you can drop down onto Chester Riverfront, called The Groves, to watch the boats, sample a Snugbury’s ice cream and cross the pedestrian suspension bridge to Handbridge.

 

A Chester Staycation

 

The beauty of Chester as a staycation destination or city break is the self-contained nature of the city; everything is within walking distance, from historic landmarks, incredible architecture, award-winning restaurants, and brilliant parks. Although we have visited Chester countless times we have still got more to see so whilst staying at The Hotel Chester we decided to find a park we had not been to before.

Water Tower Gardens located across the city in the shadows of the Roman Water Tower had eluded us before now. This park features a wooden obstacle course and is a real technical challenge for children of all ages. With climbing ropes, balancing beams, monkey bars, and an extremely fast slide, it was a huge hit!

 

Our Review

 

Overall, our stay at The Hotel Chester was thoroughly enjoyable, we were made to feel relaxed and welcome throughout by the staff and management team. The whole experience was smooth and fuss-free which is always great when travelling with young children; nothing seemed to be too much trouble and we came away feeling refreshed after a comfortable night’s sleep having had chance to recharge the batteries and reconnect as a family.

Although we are local to Chester, there is something magical about taking a staycation; the chance to stay somewhere new and enjoy a change of scenery is very much appreciated at any time, but particularly now coming out of lockdown. The Hotel Chester, we will be back to stay again in the future, maybe we will arrange childcare next time and come for a romantic break instead!

 

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Jenny x

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to stay at their hotel free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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