The hotel is set in pleasing grounds on a quiet and green stretch of Parkgate Road. It’s 10 minutes by car from the centre of Chester, but not a manageable walking distance. Buses depart from a stop nearby every hour; a taxi fare is about £5.50.
Six of the 48 bedrooms are suites and a handful are classed as executive rooms. The décor is classically neutral and tasteful, though a bit tired in places. You’ll find something a little different in each of the suites – from a four-poster bed to a balcony overlooking the gardens. Whichever room you stay in, ask for a garden view instead of the inner courtyard. There are only two bedrooms with air-conditioning; I’d always request this.
Classically decorated, the lobby, bar and lounge offer comfortable relaxation.
Eating and drinking
Everything is classic about this hotel and the Conservatory Restaurant is no different; elegant and light, evening dining bites include chicken supreme and seared tuna loin, followed by tasty options such as bread and butter pudding.
Both the free-to-use gym and pool are huge, massive compared to average hotel standards. There’s also a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a spa using Elemis goodies.
Well-organised, with plenty of smiles.
Who stays there
Leisure visitors, wedding parties, race-goers.
Triples and family rooms are also available for a small supplement; three adult sharers could bag a bargain here, especially during race events when the hotel doesn’t add a surcharge – though it will hold out for the top rates.
Pros & Cons
- The historic building
- Pleasant garden setting
- Not in the city centre
- Some of the décor is looking tired