94 Watergate Street, Chester, United Kingdom, CH1 2LF
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Romance, Shopping
Best for Romance - Expert review of Hotel Dragonfly
A stunning Georgian townhouse conversion (it used to be a chartered surveyors office) by young proprietor Kelvin Elliot (who used to work in finance): it’s his pride and joy. Striking modern design sits in stark contrast to original features and you get a unique experience from start to finish. Quirky loft rooms, ornate lamps, bold modern decor, artwork from a local gallery, chandeliers, and dinky silver dragonflies dotted around the place (it’s a Japanese symbol of prosperity apparently) – the attention to detail is impressive.
Though the price might seem steep, there’s really no other hotel like this in Chester and with a 50 per cent surcharge on race days (not as much as some other establishments), this could be a race bargain – good luck with getting your hands on a room though; book early for this little stunner.
The Grade II listed 5* boutique is hugely convenient for both the racecourse and the city centre (turn left out of the front door for the city, right for The Roodee). Though the frontage is not set back from the road, noise isn’t an issue.
Five bedrooms, five varying styles. Starting at the top, I just love the purple loft room. The layout is peculiar, and the steep steps are a potential pitfall if you’ve enjoyed the Chester hospitality a little too much before retiring for the night. But the decor is sumptuous and modern, with oversized furniture, a comfy sofa, a giant bed and soft rugs underfoot. The bathroom is at the foot of the stairs, together with a framed mirror that takes over a wall. You’ll find similar style and attention to detail in the other bedrooms (specify if you want a room with a bath and shower or just shower), plus Marilyin Monroe pop-art in the king room, which is the cheapest. The super king is a popular choice; mid-way in the price structure. It’s a large space with a super-sized bath and nice features such as a fireplace, a big sofa and funky extras like rock star drinks coasters.
A small lounge at the front of the building with two large leather sofas, more artwork, an old-fashioned camera on a tripod, plus the day’s newspapers. The breakfast room is black, white and red, with glass-topped tables and chrome sugar bowls. Chandeliers hang overhead and an old-fashioned radio softly fills the gaps between conversation and eating.
Breakfast only. For a b&b-type establishment, it seems a little unfair to charge for breakfast: you’ll pay an extra £9.95 per person. You get the full breakfast works though from Kelvin, so fuel up for the day.
Kelvin and his fiancee are approachable, friendly and chatty.
Mostly leisure visitors looking for a unique experience in Chester. The popularity of Hotel Dragonfly at the weekend reflects in a two-night minimum stay on Saturdays.
Breakfast is £9.95. I’d probably splurge on the loft and get breakfast at a café in the city. There’s a 50 per cent surcharge on race days. Limited free parking available, some other spaces at the nearby racecourse for a few pounds a night.
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- 94 Watergate Street, Chester, United Kingdom, CH1 2LF