With a 2,000 year history, medieval architecture and the oldest racecourse in Britain, Chester is the perfect location for a short break, or for a longer stay to explore the surrounding countryside. The Hotel Indigo Chester, a smart boutique hotel in the Grosvenor Park area on the edge of the historic centre, is ideally placed for an enjoyable visit.
Disclosure: The Hotel Indigo Chester provided a complimentary stay for myself and my husband in return for coverage on this site.
A Welcoming Atmosphere
As soon as you step through the door you are aware that you are in an Indigo hotel. From the distinctive contemporary décor to the comfortable communal seating areas, and the friendly and helpful reception, everything is arranged to create a welcoming atmosphere.
The building may be modern (constructed in 2019) but the hotel takes its inspiration from Chester’s history and heritage. Rooms are designed around three different local themes: architecture, horse-racing and the Eastgate Clock. (If you’re wondering about the latter, you’ll see the famous clock as you walk through the city: it is apparently the second most photographed clock in England, surpassed only by Big Ben.)
Rooms At The Hotel Indigo Chester
The hotel has 75 guest rooms on four floors. All rooms can be reached via the lifts.
I stayed on the top floor, in a racecourse themed room, quirkily decorated with pictures of horses and betting odds stencilled onto the bedside cabinets. The room was spacious and comfortable, with a desk and chaise-longue, and even a small walk-in wardrobe. An outdoor seating area with table and chairs looked out over an ornate row of Victorian Gothic houses.
The room had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay, including a Nespresso coffee machine and a complimentary minibar.
The Forge Restaurant
Breakfast is taken in the Forge Restaurant, a stylish space with friendly staff. There is a self-service buffet and choice of hot food (I enjoyed the vegetarian cooked breakfast).
The restaurant is also open for lunch (Wednesday to Sunday) and evening meals, with an emphasis upon British and sustainable food. However vegetarians should note that their choices will be limited.
Staying At The Hotel Indigo Chester
- Room rates start at £119 per night
- There are several car parks a short distance from the Hotel Indigo Chester. The hotel has an arrangement with NCP in Pepper Street for a reduced rate of £12 per 24 hours (show your ticket to hotel reception to get the discount)
- There is an accessible parking space outside the hotel – check when booking.
What To See And Do In Chester
There is a wide choice of things to see and do during your visit to Chester. For most visitors a highlight will be the old town, a short stroll from the hotel. Here you can discover Roman history, the medieval architecture and the almost complete city walls. Take a guided tour, shop in the famous Chester Rows, and explore the historic pubs, many of them reputedly haunted… (Read more about discovering Chester’s history on a guided tour.)
Close to the hotel is Grosvenor Park, a large open space with walks, statues and a miniature railway. Walk through the park to reach the river, where boat trips are available in the summer months. And, of course, there is Chester Racecourse, built on the site of the old Roman harbour, and the oldest racecourse in the world still in use.
If you want to explore further afield you’ll find charming villages, peaceful countryside and attractions such as the Ness Botanic Gardens and Port Sunlight, a 19th century workers’ village created for the Sunlight soap factory. Explore the towns and castles of north Wales, or take a trip to Manchester for museums and galleries, a contemporary music scene, and a surprising amount of cultural heritage.