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About Chester

Chester’s charms span the centuries of time. At its historic heart are both Tudor and Victorian buildings, all around are the Roman walls, and underneath is Chester’s famous Roman amphitheatre. Beyond the town is the green and picturesque countryside of Cheshire. Whether you’re planning to visit for business or pleaure, the city has witnessed a renaissance in its accommodation scene. Over the last couple of decades numerous new hotels, pubs-with-rooms and B&Bs have opened and the best places to stay in Chester cater for families, romantic breaks, city breaks and much more.

Chester’s history is dramatic and the city walls are a good place to start. Built by the Romans, they were part torn down by the Vikings, and then re-built by the Saxons and Normans, but promptly part damaged again during the Civil War. Now they encircle Chester’s historic heart with its 12th century cathedral, museums and impressive Tudor and Victorian buildings. Within the walls are The Rows, Chester’s double-storied gallery arcades, which fan off from the centre of town. There are plenty of nice places to shop and eat in The Rows, but if you’re a serious shopper you need to head to the Chester Oaks outlet centre where you'll find all the top designer labels. Keen horseracing fans will also be heading here for the vibrant race calendar.

The best places to stay in Chester are busy throughout the year. So book well ahead to avoid disappointment.

The Best Places to Stay in Chester

For a Central Location

  • The Chester Grosvenor is a famous choice, known for its mock Tudor facade, andexellent restaurant. It has 80 rooms and suites, with varied decor plus a spa and gym, as well as several bars.
  • The Coach House Inn is an historic inn in a central spot, just moments from the cathedral. The bar and restaurant downstairs are light and airy, and upstairs are eight spacious rooms. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated, using a bold collection of wallpapers and contemporary furnishings.

For Families

  • Oddfellows is a quirky pick in central Chester, with a great range of rooms, suites and apartments. You can expect bespoke design everywhere — in one room the bed is circular, in one there are twin roll-top baths, and in others a mezzanine level to create more space. The restaurant is innovative too, and there's a secret garden with a bar converted from the potting shed. Two or Three bedroom apartments are brilliant for a family stay.
  • Rowton Hall Country House Hotel is a grand country house and spa, in a secluded spot not far from Chester and the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Centre. The 37 rooms and suites are decorated in luxurious contemporary style, with large bathrooms. Excellent facilities include an indoor pool, tennis courts, and superb restaurant. Some of the rooms would suit a family, and you’re most welcome to enquire about bringing your dog.
  • ABode Chester has taken over the old Cheshire Police HQ, and turned it into an 84 room hotel. The location, right next to the racecourse, is ideal for local sightseeing, and you can see quite a bit of Chester from the hotel roof terrace. The rooms are large and the decor fresh, varied, and contemporary. The suites can accommodate up to five.

For Couples

  • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms is an adults-only hotel right on the River Dee, close to the Roman Amphitheatre. Laid out like the boathouse of its name, each of the 21 rooms boasts large windows overlooking the water, and features a boating theme that runs to oars above the beds, and wallpaper featuring boats. The restaurant serves pub-style fare in a friendly atmosphere.

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Travel Information

  • The closest airports to Chester are Liverpool Airport and Manchester Airport; both are about half an hour away by car or taxi. If you’re travelling via London, the quickest route is probably by train out of Euston — it takes just over two and a quarter hours.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Cheshire isn’t known for extreme temperatures, it’s warm, rather than hot in the summer, and cool rather than cold during the winter, and there’s a smattering of rain all year round, so definitely pack your waterproofs! And Chester has plenty of indoor attractions, as well as outdoor ones, so it’s very much a year round destination. Summer is the most popular time to visit Chester. If you plan to do a lot of walking, or outdoor exploring, then late spring through mid autumn are probably the best times to visit, because the days have extra sunshine hours.

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Best Hotels in Chester

  • The Coach House Inn Chester 8 rooms from $109

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a fabulous location in the heart of the city’s new cultural district.
    Great walks  -  Get out of the city and take long walks along the scenic Wales Coastal Path.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the architecture of the majestic medieval Chester Cathedral.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    RestaurantNo pets

    A historic inn boasting a fantastic location in the heart of the city. Having undergone a successful renovation the interiors perfectly mix traditional and contemporary styles giving a warm yet unfussy feel. Hearty meals are served in the restaurant and most of the city's attractions are nearby. See More

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  • 80 Watergate Street Chester (Cheshire) 3 rooms from $122

    Local exploring  -  A centrally located B&B ideally situated to access Chester's main attractions.
    Great walks  -  Take a wander down to the river Dee, the ancient hub of the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to the majestic Chester Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    GardenNo pets

    A charming boutique hotel set in an elegant Georgian house in the heart of the city. Three beautifully styled rooms feature antique writing desks, William Morris print quilts and wonderfully indulgent bathrooms. Expect home made cookies and freshly cut flowers too. See More

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  • Oddfellows Chester 16 rooms from $123

    Bar  -  Fabulous potting shed bar in the secret garden.
    Foodies  -  Michelin star chef.
    City Style
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A quirky hotel well positioned for sightseeing in Chester. An eclectic mix of decoration throughout cosy suites and apartments; round beds, boutique furnishings, mezzanine levels, and all the mod cons. Michelin star chef, Mediterranean fare, and a trendy rooftop bar in the garden. Pretty cool! See More

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  • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms Chester (Cheshire) 21 rooms from $128

    Local exploring  -  A chic hotel boasting an enviable location in the centre of the city set alongside the river.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a scenic stroll around the famous Chester walls.
    Sights nearby  -  Stop by the impressive Chester Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    RestaurantDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A charming pub set in the heart of Chester boasting 21 chic riverside rooms. The restaurant serves up traditional hearty pub fare alongside a choice selection of ales. The rooms, in contrast, are contemporary with floor to ceiling windows, nautical themed wallpaper and luxurious bathrooms. See More

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  • Rowton Hall Country House Hotel Chester (Rowton) 37 rooms from $155

    Total relaxation  -  A quiet location, relaxed service and spoiling spa makes this the perfect spot for a rejuvenating weekend getaway.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Tennis  -  Play a game on one of the hotel's own floodlit asphalt tennis courts.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the medieval architecture of Chester Cathedral.
    TennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A grand country house located in a secluded rural setting yet just a short distance from Chester. Elegantly styled throughout. Expect a choice selection of antiques, rich fabrics, fireplaces and traditional art. A spoiling spa, superb restaurant and family-run ethic makes this a special stay. See More

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  • ABode Chester Chester 84 rooms from 195

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    Strikingly modern property with 84 well equipped bedrooms converted from Chester Constabulary's former HQ, right next to the racecourse. Brasserie Abode Bar for dining and drinks, which occupies the entire 5th floor and features a rooftop terrace with great views! See More

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  • The Chester Grosvenor Chester 80 rooms from $295

    Foodies  -  Arkle has been awarded 3AA Rosettes
    Restaurant  -  Choose between fine dining restaurant Arkle or The Brasserie for a more low-key experience
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantParking
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels

    Traditional luxury hotel in Chester town centre. Elegant modern interiors. Superb fine-dining restaurant with 3AA rosettes, bars, spa and gym. See More

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