So, you’ve decided to visit Chester? You’ve made a superb choice (and you can see my overview of Chester for some of the reasons why).
It’s not a big city, and you won’t find an overwhelming choice (there aren’t 17 glitzy 5* hotels dazzling for your attention), but there is a lot on offer. Don’t reach for painkillers for that headache yet - I’ve picked out my top 20 below to help you out.
People just love Chester and the racecourse in particular makes for an attractive return date – so expect hotels to treat you like they want you to come back, because the likelihood is...you will. That means great service and pleasant (not to mention genuine) smiles.
Tripped up by the map
Don’t you just hate it when you look on certain review sites/hotel providers, think you’ve got an idea where your hotel is from the map, you book the hotel, you make the trip, and then you arrive to find yourself on the edge of an industrial estate/ghetto – a 30 minute slog by bus/train/blistered feet to your actual destination? I know I do.
That’s why 16 of the accommodation options that make my hot list for Chester are either within the city walls, or less than a 20 minute walk away from the city. I can’t abide the thought of sending you to a hotel half an hour out of Chester for three reasons: One - I’m an honest sort; two – central car parking, especially during peak hours, is expensive (there are some free roadside spots in the evenings); and three – there are too many pubs/bars and restaurants in the city to visit/stagger to without the inconvenience or expense of a taxi. There are four hotels that nearly make exceptions of this rule – Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, Doubletree by Hilton , Rowton Hall Hotel and Ramada Chester. They are all less than 15 minutes away from the city centre by car (more than a 30 minute walk), but there will be very good reasons that they’ve made the cut. Read their reviews to find out more.
Things to consider before booking
Prices quoted are for a double room, including breakfast (unless otherwise stated) and tax, in low season.
Rates can double on race weekends. Book well in advance if you plan to stay during these weekends.
Chester is a tourist city, and doesn’t really do big-scale conferences or the business stop-over en-masse. So expect to find deals for stays between Sunday and Friday, especially during the quieter winter months.
Check whether you get parking. Public parking in the city centre is expensive and, just like an ugly cast member on Chester-based teen soap Hollyoaks, hard to find. Most central hotels do charge.
This is England; there’d be civil unrest if tea and coffee making facilities were missing. Woe betide the hotel that doesn’t cough up with the caffeinated goods.