Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

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Address: St John Street, Chester, CH1 1HL, United Kingdom

Star rating:
4 star hotel

3.7

It’s the location that sells this hotel, situated as it is at the heart of the city.

The oldest hotel in Chester, the listed 1650 building occupies a prime position in Chester within minutes of all the city centre attractions. For me, the location is this hotel’s biggest selling point, with comfortable rooms and often discounted rates trailing a close second and third.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.9
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.7
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

Just off the main city centre drag of Eastgate Street towards the Roman Amphitheatre. There’s a nightclub across the road and noise can be an issue, ask for a room towards the back of the hotel if you’re a light sleeper.

Bedrooms

The four standards of room - classic, executive, feature and suite - are traditionally-styled with classic lamps, dark wood and earthy tones, plus nice light bathrooms. The hotel is a warren of rooms behind the impressive pavement façade; this means rooms are of different shapes and sizes, some with tiny windows, some with external views of the busy surrounding streets – state your preference when you book (I’d ask for a large window – preferably with an external view – as the rooms with smaller windows are naturally dimly lit). There are two other negatives to mention here: the rooms can get hot – though fans are available, and the lift is regularly out of service. But if you want to be located centrally and can get a deal, this hotel is a good choice.

Public areas

The dark décor continues in the maze of public areas such as the fairly quiet bar and lounge.

Eating and drinking

The large and open space of St John Street Restaurant is open in the evenings and hosts breakfast every morning.

Leisure facilities

None on site; spa facilities are available at nearby sister hotels.

Service

Friendly, though there never appears to be enough staff on duty.

Who stays there

Leisure visitors and tour groups.

Price advice

Deals, especially last-minute, can be found. Breakfast, if not included, is £10 (Continental) or £13.50 (Full English). History comes at a price and in this case it’s parking. The hotel has no dedicated car parking and advises guests to use the local NCP car park in Pepper Street. While this is only a few minutes' walk away, it costs £10 for an overnight stay and access to the car park is only available between 7am and 10pm.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Often heavily discounted rates
  • Prime central location
  • Noise from nightclub
  • Not enough staff
  • Lift regularly not working
  • Lack of parking
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