Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa

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Address: Wrexham Road, Pulford, Chester, CH4 9DG, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

A fabulous spa and countryside setting make up for this out-of-city location.

If you don’t mind being 15 minutes by car out of Chester and fancy a spa break alongside your city break, then this is the place for you. Opened only two years ago, the Spa by Kasia is the jewel in the crown of this historic country pile. The spa gets my thumbs up and the complete hotel package is a treat that I’m happy to recommend. The surrounding gardens are quite charming too, with a family of resident swans to put a feathery finishing touch on the picturesque scenery.

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.3
90%
Leisure facilities
4.9
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Positive: the family-owned hotel sits in the delightful village of Pulford on the England-Wales border, surrounded by lush countryside with the Welsh hills in the distance. Negative: it’s a 15-minute drive to Chester city centre. A bus picks up from outside the hotel, or taxis will cost around £12 one way.

Bedrooms

From standard, through executive and deluxe to feature, each of the 73 rooms show off a mix of traditional and modern touches, though no room could really be described as strikingly modern. Some of the standard rooms are quite compact, especially at the rear of the hotel (which is also the quieter side as it’s away from the large function suite), so I’d consider upgrading to have more space and be at the back of the hotel. An extra £35 on top of the standard room rate (see price advice below) will bag you a deluxe room, with a spiral staircase separating your bedroom and small lounge area, but there is one executive room (£15 extra) with this unusual and pleasant feature – so ask for that one if you fancy it.

Guests have complained in the past that bedrooms can get too warm, but air-conditioning will be installed in all rooms very soon.

Public areas

The lobby is bedecked in antique gold accessories, with plenty of dark wood and exposed beams to complement the log fire. The inner courtyard is also a tranquil area to chill out in.

Eating and drinking

The light and airy Ciro’s Brasserie is a taste of the Med, it’s also where breakfast is dished up. And there’s a traditional-pub feel to Nelson’s Bar, at the front of the hotel. Cherry-red walls, more old beams and charmingly battered brown and red leather seating also make this a popular spot for locals.

Leisure facilities

The seriously divine spa is a winner for me. Asian in influence, there’s a huge range of treatments on offer, with a couples’ room for special occasions. Though guests have to be on a spa package to make full use of the facilities, treatments can still be booked.

Free for residents is the leisure club, featuring a large swimming pool and gym.

Service

Suited staff are obliging, welcoming and professional.

Who stays there

Leisure visitors keen to experience the immaculate spa, and wedding parties (the venue is licensed for civil ceremonies). Race-goers also make a weekend of it here.

Price advice

Parking is free. Consider upgrading to an executive for an extra £15 on the basic room rate.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Countryside setting
  • The divine spa
  • Fifteen minutes by car out of the city centre
  • Some rooms don’t have country views
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