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Where to Stay in Chester - From Traditional Inns to Family-Friendly Hotels

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Accommodation in Chester includes quaint Tudor-era inns, boutique townhouses, family-friendly hotels, and sprawling country houses in the leafy Cheshire plains. Proximity to Chester Zoo and other attractions north of the city is a priority for some visitors. But most people base themselves within or near the city’s Roman walls, for easy access to shops, bars, cultural events, and Chester’s historical sights.

Inside the city walls


To really soak up the atmosphere of this heritage city, choose accommodation inside the Roman city walls. Surrounded by Tudor and Victorian architecture, you’ll never be more than a half-mile from city-centre attractions. Shoppers can wander down to the Rows at their leisure, and return to their room with any heavy bags. Evening entertainments are close at hand, whether it's a night at the theatre or an old-fashioned pub crawl.


The compact nature of the old city means many hotels are small, with few rooms and an intimate feel. Consider treating yourself at one of the expensive establishments, which offer spa treatments and gyms in addition to a period setting. One benefit of staying at a traditional inn is that you need only climb the stairs after an evening in the bar.


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Outside the city walls


Dozens of hotels are located in the streets radiating out from the city centre. Staying outside the city walls means you get a bit more space, including car parking, but are still within walking distance of all the sights, restaurants, and bars in the old town. The north side of Chester keeps you close to the railway station, while the south provides easy access to the river and parks. Staying beyond the walls also gives you the chance to investigate less touristy pubs and chat to friendly locals.


The edges of town have a wide choice of accommodation, from boutique hotels in Victorian townhouses, to functional chain hotels where you can sleep easy at an affordable price. There is also a wide variety of bed-and-breakfasts, where you’ll get a home-cooked breakfast as well as personal care and attention from your hosts. These are some of the best-value accommodations in town.


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Near Chester Zoo


If a day at the zoo is on your agenda, staying just north of Chester is ideal. It means you can beat the crowds to the gate in the morning but still be only 3 or 4 miles from the city centre. It’s also a good base for trips to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Blue Planet Aquarium, and close to motorways if you plan to head north to Liverpool or Manchester.


There are a few mid-sized, affordable hotels around the northern fringes of the city, close to Chester Zoo. These offer reliable standards, full amenities, and some of the lowest prices for a family on a budget. There are also a couple of large, more upmarket chain hotels, which provide a pool, health club, restaurant, and bar on site.


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The Cheshire countryside


Dotted around the edges of Chester are numerous pretty, old-fashioned villages that are only a short drive from the city centre. This is where to head for a relaxing or romantic break, or to celebrate a special occasion. The quiet ambiance, local village pubs, and gentle green landscape add to the appeal.


Country house hotels near Chester range from grand old manors fitted out with antiques, to more intimate places respected for their personal touch. The larger hotels offer spas, gardens, and sophisticated restaurants. Also plentiful are guesthouses and B&Bs, as well as countryside inns that have been putting up travellers for centuries.


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