Sorry for the silence over on my blog lately – I’ve had a busy few weeks! At the end of November Visit Cheshire kindly invited me on a trip to Chester to visit the historic walled city at this magical time of year and enjoy the Christmas market. We got the train from Milton Keynes directly into Chester, which took less than an hour and a half! It was so easy and amazingly quick and no need to change trains. I was very excited to stay in Chester as I’d visited briefly a couple of times when I was younger but I really wanted to spend longer exploring the city. We stayed at The Oddfellows Hotel; a luxury boutique style hotel in the heart of Chester.
The hotel is in gorgeous Grade II listed 17th century townhouse in the city centre with plenty of places to eat, drink and explore nearby. The hotel is truly unique and designed in a quirky, alternative style with a secret garden, stylish bar area and gorgeously furnished bedrooms. There are 18 exclusive boutique bedrooms and each has their own charm and chic, contemporary furnishings.
We checked in after exploring the city and I was really excited to see our room and relax! We were given the keys to the Newbrook Loft, which is a room in the new build part of the hotel on the top floor. Upon entering the room we were very excited to see that there was actually two floors to our bedroom!
The large living and bedroom area has a staircase which leads to a mezzanine level overlooking the bedroom, with a big glass double shower and the sink area. Plus, as it’s the top floor, there’s also plenty of light shining through the skylights in the ceiling. My only comment is that the toilet is in a small cubicle ‘downstairs’ and the door is simply a pane of glass that isn’t soundproof and you can see through it! So may not be suitable for new couples…
The stunning bedroom has a huge 6 foot round bed with quirky ‘upside down’ bedside lamps and stylish cushions. The room has all the facilities you would need for one night including a fully stocked mini bar, Nepresso machine and complimentary WiFi.
I loved the additional features in the room such as the Roberts Radio which was playing Classic FM when we entered the room, plus the living area which included a corner sofa plus a desk, chair and dressing table. The room was also filled with fun accessories such as a globe, rhino lamps, and vintage style camera, which on closer inspection was actually a pencil sharpener! Our room was influenced by the style of motion picture photography and designed in tribute to famous Cestrian cinematographer Peter Newbrook, who shot the infamous ‘Laurence of Arabia’.
The bed was extremely comfortable and we had a wonderful nights sleep after our long day exploring Chester. We fell asleep watching the wall mounted TV and I stayed asleep until 8am the next morning when I woke up with a rumbling tummy ready for breakfast!
We enjoyed a locally sourced full English breakfast in the restaurant downstairs, and there was also a light continental breakfast available too. I really enjoyed the fresh orange juice that they had available, and I also treated myself to a frothy hot chocolate!
We had a wonderful stay at The Oddfellows Hotel in Chester and I’d certainly recommend it if you’re looking for a unique and quirky hotel with extra special touches. It’s also very conveniently located for those visiting Chester city centre and it’s only a short taxi ride away from the train station. If you’re looking to experience Christmas in Cheshire then I can certainly recommend this hotel as a great place to stay! I can’t wait to share with you what I got up to during our time in Chester!