Crabwall Manor Hotel

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Address: Parkgate Road, Mollington, Chester, CH1 6NE, England

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

A historic turreted building is home to this hotel on the outskirts of Chester.

A hospital during both world wars and formerly owned by the Jacob family (of cream cracker fame), this historic site has certainly seen some things. These days it serves as a pleasant and interesting manor hotel, with 48 bedrooms and a spa. I love the tranquillity on offer here.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
3.9
90%
Public areas
4.1
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

Well-organised, with plenty of smiles.

Who stays there

Leisure visitors, wedding parties, race-goers.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

Pros & Cons

  • The historic building
  • Pleasant garden setting
  • Not in the city centre
  • Some of the décor is looking tired
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