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The Chester Grosvenor Hotel, Chester, Cheshire
If you're visiting Chester for a spoil-yourself weekend, The Chester Grosvenor is the one to book. It's the grandest of the city's hotels, with a prime central location and all the trimmings you'd expect of a five-star hotel, from elegant interiors and smooth service to a Michelin-starred restaurant and small but perfectly formed spa. There's been an inn on this site since the 16th century, but the current incarnation dates back to 1865, with a distinctive façade that runs from a ground-floor colonnade to higher storeys of Tudor-style black and white half-timbering. Inside, all is calm and serene but step outside the front door and you're right in the heart of Cheshire's beautiful county town, perfectly placed to explore its wealth of historic, cultural and culinary attractions.
Right next door to the hotel is a little alley and staircase that leads straight up on to the city walls.
Ideally placed just inside the city walls, the hotel is a short stroll from the cathedral, amphitheatre and other main sights and attractions.
By car: The hotel is around 4 hours 30 mins from London or 2 hours from Birmingham. There is a public car park nearby.
By train: Chester Station is a 10-minute taxi ride away. Direct trains run from Cardiff, Crewe and Manchester. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
A classic choice for luxury weekends, it's particularly popular with couples celebrating special occasions like a key birthday or anniversary. The central staircase has a grand crystal chandelier cascading overhead and paintings from the Duke of Westminster's estate hanging on the walls.
Service & Facilities
When we couldn't quite finish our pastries at breakfast, the waiter kindly offered a doggy bag to take the rest home.
- Coffee house
- Spa/wellness centre
- Concierge service
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms at the front of the hotel get the best view, of the Eastgate clock and the comings and goings on Eastgate Street below. Bathrooms come with a set of Elemis Revitalise-me mini toiletries including a shower gel, shampoo, body lotion and conditioner.
Classic, Deluxe, Executive, Superior King, Deluxe Suite, Junior Suite, Master Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, room service, clothes press
Food & Drink
There's an impressive wine list to choose from - and helpful sommeliers if the extensive choice proves too baffling. The homemade breads range from classic baguettes and dark rye to loaves flavoured with cheese and onion or beer and mashed potato, all delicious.
La Brasserie: 2 AA Rosettes, modern, seasonal dishes, local produce. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from £14.
The Arkle bar and lounge: light lunches, afternoon teas, extensive gin list. Afternoon tea served Weds-Sun, 12-4.30pm. From £35 per person.