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The best hotels in Chester

The best hotels and places to rest your head in Chester, one of the UK’s prettiest cities

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Chester may not be at the top of the hit-list for tourists or travellers, but it really ought to be – besides being jaw-droppingly pretty and possessing a fascinating historical legacy, it also happens to be home to a thriving yet intimate cultural scene and nightlife. If you’re taken with the idea of visiting England’s most Roman, most Tudor and most Victorian town, these – the best hotels in Chester – are where you want to be staying.

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Oddfellows Chester

Oddfellows, located in the heart of Chester in a grand, historic Georgian building, is a hotel that’s as magnificent as it is quirky. The oak walls of its elegant bar are painted over with images of foxes, flowers and birds; typewriters and stag heads adorn the walls and each of its rooms – apart from the ubiquitous skylights and low-hanging wooden beams – are uniquely designed. As far as character goes, it’s unbeatable.

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The Chester Grosvenor

The Grosvenor may be more than a little pricey, but considering you're getting such sheer elegance and luxury – almost to the point of ostentatiousness – that might not be a bad thing. The rooms, of course, are almost absurdly spacious and the hotel is adjoined by its own spa. Oh, and its restaurant is Michelin-starred, too, which doesn’t exactly hurt.

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The Pied Bull

Chester, above all else, is a city of history – so where better to stay than in a building which dates back to the twelfth century? Helpfully, interior decorating has moved on since the Angevin period, and the Pied Bull's rooms are as sleek and contemporary as they come, without sacrificing comfort or luxury. Head down to the pub and try some of its microbrewery’s own wares for an added bonus to your stay.

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Hallmark Hotel The Queen

Situated right next door to Chester’s train station, the Hallmark Hotel The Queen (which has been open since 1860) marries an arty, modern style with classic Victorian grandeur that, with its Italianate terraces and sculpture garden, is sure to prove more than a memorable experience. It’s also more than a little convenient, if convenience is what you need.

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The Bull & Stirrup

If you’re after luxury on a budget (think rooms for under £100 per night) then the Bull & Stirrup is just the place you’re looking for. Each room is spacious and traditionally furnished, while the hotel's downstairs bar evokes a relaxed, pub-like atmosphere. Sitting pretty much across the road from Chester Cathedral too, it’s by far one of the best-located hotels in the city.

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Cock O’Barton

The Cock O'Barton may not be in the centre of Chester – in fact, it's a fair drive away – but as far as relaxing country retreats go, it's second to none. The bright rooms are gorgeously decorated with red brick and oak, while the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding Cheshire countryside means it’s the perfect place to escape the, ahem, hustle and bustle of the city of Chester itself.

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