How many times have you been sucked in by the glitz and glamour of booking a fancy city centre hotel, only to be left disappointed with the experience? It’s happened a few times to us, yet I still like to take a chance on something a little luxurious for a weekend city break. The historic city of Chester in the North West of England has no shortage of hotels to suit all budgets, so when we decided to make a trip to the city for an overnight stay one weekend, I started the inevitable search for something that could be a little bit special. That’s when I stumbled upon the Hotel Indigo Chester – a property that looked stylish, and fit into the budget category we were working within.
About Hotel Indigo
Hotel Indigo are a chain of boutique hotels which sit within the IHG Hotels & Resorts group. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in 2004 and there are now more than 130 hotels worldwide, Hotel Indigo Chester being one of the newest to the group. The unique feature of Hotel Indigo properties, is their individuality. No two hotels are the same – they take the character and history of their local neighbourhood, bringing the charm of the city within the hotel’s walls. Chester, a city oozing with charm and character left no end of options when bringing that influence into the hotel’s decoration.
The rooms at Hotel Indigo Chester
A modern and contemporary style with a nod to the city’s history, the rooms at Hotel Indigo Chester are cosy and comfortable, with a high end feel to them. There are three room types – Standard, Deluxe and Deluxe Premium. Taking reference from the city centre landmarks and history some of the rooms have a theme based around the famous Eastgate Clock of the city centre, while others reflect on the city’s racecourse.
Standard Rooms feature a king size bed or two twin beds, with aircon, complimentary WiFi, still and sparkling water, nibbles and coffee making facilities. The bathrooms feature rainfall showers and complimentary Molson and Brown toiletries.
Deluxe Rooms feature all of the above, but they have more light and space with either a corner location or balcony overlooking the nearby Grosvenor Park. Drinks making facilities are upgraded to Nespresso machines and robes and slippers are provided, adding that extra dash of luxury.
The Hotel Indigo Chester’s Deluxe Premium room is a top floor room featuring all the amenities of the Deluxe Room, with a wraparound balcony, a four poster bed and a bathroom which features a bathtub and separate rainfall shower.
We opted for a Deluxe Room during our stay and were really impressed. The room was cosy and decorated in beautiful brown tones, with some nice little details. From the quirky prints on the wall, to the old telephone next to the bed, there were constantly things catching my eye.
The bathroom was beautifully fitted out and luxurious. A striking tiled floor with patterned wall tiles in shades of grey, complemented by gorgeous lighting and fittings, it definitely gave me some inspiration for a bathroom refit at home (when we get around to that)!
The public areas at Hotel Indigo Chester
Despite feeling quite luxurious, the experience at Hotel Indigo Chester is relaxed, informal and unfussy. From the greeting at reception, through to the service at the bar and restaurant, staff were all friendly and attentive.
The main reception area opens into a stylish lounge bar area with comfortable seating and a really cool vibe. A great place to stop for pre or after dinner drink or two.
Leading through from the bar area, the large modern restaurant is bright with an open plan kitchen. At the time of our visit, Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s Wood Restaurant was in operation at the hotel. There have been some changes during 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic, with Wood Restaurant ceasing their operation at the Chester hotel. The in-house restaurant now offers a different menu, albeit the focus is still high end food in an unfussy environment. Their menu takes traditional ideas with a modern twist, with a focus on seasonal inspiration, using local producers.
Located within minutes of the city centre, Hotel Indigo Chester’s location on Grosvenor Park Road is perfect to explore the city. It’s a fairly quiet location, with the railway station less than ten minutes away by foot. All the city centre offerings including the bars and restaurants, as well as the attractions are within fifteen minutes walk of the property.
Take a look at how to make the most of a Chester sightseeing trip
Rooms can be booked directly on the hotel website.
Hotel Indigo Chester
Grosvenor Park Road
Tel: 01244 735745
Note: Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the experiences detailed above may be slightly amended. Please contact the accommodation directly for further details.
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