Completely on the spur of the moment my husband and I decided to take a trip away to Chester for the weekend to celebrate his birthday.
We haven’t been to Chester in ages, seriously years, so it was nice to go back and explore.
Queen Hotel, Chester
We chose the hotel The Queen. This is a hallmark hotel right opposite the station and the building is absolutely gorgeous. The building is around 150 years old and the interior is absolutely stunning.
The rooms are sumptuously decorated, a good size with lovely bathrooms. The location is about a 5-10 minute walk into Chester itself. It has a restaurant onsite as well as pub style bar which also serves food.
Spiral Staircase in the hotel
We booked directly on their website so when we arrive we received a voucher for a free drink which was a nice addition.
There is parking at the hotel but it’s quite expensive – £15 per day if I remember correctly. We parked in the station car park and for a two night trip it was £13 for whole stay in the car park. I would definitely recommend using this car park!
The only things I will say that didn’t live up to expectation were the front desk service at times. For example when I ask for more water in the room I was told to just go to the bar and pay for a bottle of water. Despite the booklet in the room saying you could request extra water from the front desk.
Also, if you want breakfast in your room (a little treat we enjoy when away) it’s a £5 per person tray charge. So for two people an extra £10. Normally when I’ve done this in the past it’s a flat fee of £5 for room service no matter what you order. I find it really cheeky to ask for a per person fee. I’ve never come across this before. Not cool in my opinion.
Chester is an absolutely beautiful city steeped in history. Here you can find roman ruins, medieval building and some stunning architecture.
The main shopping area has a double level medieval area. You walk around the quirky shops, cafes and restaurants. If you’ve been to York then Chester has a similar feeling on a smaller scale.
We took a walk through the main centre then into Grosvenor Park. This is a lovely little park in the centre of Chester that backs onto the River Dee. The park has a large grassy area as well as a wood area and it’s a really nice place to come and wander through after the busy streets of Chester.
On the River Dee you can hire boats for fun or just sit along the water’s edge and watch the world go back.
The city also has city walls which you can walk along. This is definitely a must do when visiting Chester. You get some great views and it’s fun to walk along and see some of Chester’s history.
We had dinner at Fiesta Havana – a Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar. We happened to arrive at happy hour so enjoyed several cocktails here as well as some great tapas food.
The second night we had dinner at Carluccio’s. My husband had an amazing mushroom risotto. This was absolutely amazing but extremely rich. A little went a long way! I had the seafood linguine which was very tasty.
On the second day we also stopped a Beaton’s tearooms for a milkshake as a break from all our walking! This is a lovely little tea shop that also sells books. The homemade cake looked amazing and I definitely recommend this place for a comfort break!
Overall we had a wonderful weekend and would definitely visit again.
Have you been to Chester? Where do you recommend? Let me know below!