My First Visit To Chester

The Queen Hotel, Chester 4th – 6th March 2012

I was fortunate enough, last Sunday, to stay at The Queen Hotel, Chester, and I have nothing but praise for the hotel staff, hotel, and not forgetting, the City of Chester.  What’s that I hear you say, ‘yes, yes, you would say that’, but please rest assured, hand on heart, I can honestly say my experience of those few days was brilliant.

Firstly, the Queen hotel located opposite the attractive Chester Railway Station had a welcoming atmosphere from the moment you went in through the beautifully preserved Victorian revolving door, into the regal style reception.  The hotel has enjoyed many celebrities and dignitaries through its doors over the years including Charles Dickens, Lilly Langtry and Cecil Rhodes.

In the summer of 2008 the Best Western Premier Queen Hotel became the largest hotel in Chester with 218 bedrooms through the creation of the “Kings at the Queen”, a superb conversion of an adjacent building into a further 87 super deluxe suites and an executive lounge, bar and restaurant which added to the already existing award winning top quality bedrooms, restaurant, bar, lounge conference and banqueting facilities within this fascinating central Chester hotel.  What a wonderful combination of both traditional and modern architecture.  With quirky design, brand new state of the art facilities, the very best of four star service befitting of the Feathers Group flagship hotel, this makes a great choice for either the Leisure or Business Traveller.

The manager was always around making sure things went smoothly for the guests as well as the conference, and the concierge was a most pleasant and helpful gentleman.  All staff were a real credit to the hotel as they were always polite, pleasant and helpful.  The food was excellent, as was my room (and no I didn’t succumb to the temptation of buying the most adorable teddy in a Best Western dressing gown!).

I was fortunate enough to be able to stay on an extra day to do a Guided City tour of Chester.  All I can say is ‘Wow what a City!  I’m in love with Chester, and it is definitely somewhere I can confidently recommend and hope to return to.  The walking tour started at the Town Hall Tourist Information Centre, where the friendly staff introduced us to Ann, a Blue Badge Guide.  Ann had a wealth of knowledge that you would expect from a Blue Badge Guide, and her tour was extremely enjoyable and informative.  As for the City, you could tell the people of Chester were proud to live there.  Apart from the impressive restoration projects that had taken place, are currently taking place and will be taking place in the future, it was also a clean City, with not only the famous chain stores, but some exquisite specialist shops as well, for example The Hat Shop in Northgate Street, as well as the many shops in Chester Row.  So if you’re not interested in the many historical sights, there is plenty of shopping to do!

Now I could go on for days writing about how wonderful Chester is, and listing all the places to see and things to do, but I really think you should experience it for yourself and make up your own mind.

For more information and holidays to Chester, please visit www.coachholidays.com.

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