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I’m a strong believer that a change is as good as a rest and sometimes, all you need is a slight change in surroundings and a break from the norm to recharge your batteries and relax. Chester is a city that isn’t too far away, but one we certainly don’t visit enough. So, when the opportunity for a night away arose, Darren & I packed our bags, dropped the dog off at the mother’s and away we went!
The hotel in question was the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester.
Located just outside the city, we were pleasantly surprised to discover it was a lot bigger than expected and had country hotel vibes about it. Popular with weddings and formal events; the Doubletree Chester is also popular with spa days and weekends.
Set within impressive grounds, we arrived a little early for check-in, so we took a seat in the appropriately named Garden Room for lunch.
Over-looking the hotel gardens, it was the perfect suntrap to sit and enjoy the glorious spring-like weather we chanced upon. The restaurant décor was very welcoming indeed, soft greens and pastel colours make up the colour palette of the garden room and we were quite happy to sit, order from the lunch menu and enjoy a drink in the sun whilst we waiting for check-in to open.
We had full complimentary use of the spa and facilities at the hotel, which we planned to take full advantage of later that afternoon, so we began our stay with a light lunch – Cobb salad and a side of aioli fries and prosecco for me and the supreme pizza and a Brewdog API for him.
The hotel has two separate restaurants, which I really liked – the Garden Room where breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and an evening menu is served. The hotel also had a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Bar restaurant, where we had a reservation for our evening meal.
This was a really nice touch as it felt like we were in a different venue for our dinner – but, I’ll talk about this in more detail in another post soon.
The hotel had recently undergone a series of renovations and we had been invited to stay and review one of the said rooms.
Small, but perfectly compact, the room had everything we needed for one night. Whilst it was quite a small room, we had been treated to a super king size bed, which had light as a feather pillows, a flat screen TV complete with Sky and a huge walk-in shower.
Upon check-in, we were handed two warm chocolate cookies, which we promptly enjoyed whilst laying in the bed. What a great welcome, hey?
Because we had full use of the spa facilities and a spa treatment booked the next morning, we were very happy to find two of the softest, comfiest robes in our room and a pair of slippers each. So, as quick as you can say, fancy a swim, we were changed and headed down to the pool.
Spread across three tiers, the hotel has spa facilities with a variety of treatments on offer, a gym and open space for classes and a basement pool, hydro open-air pool and choice of sauna, steam room, traditional hammam spa and aromatherapy room. We visited on a Saturday so the small space was quite busy with hen parties and couples visiting, but we enjoyed a swim in the pool and relaxing in the hydro pool none the less.
One huge highlight was the room has blackout blinds. This meant we slept right up until our alarm and the room was pitch black and very quiet – perfect. But on the downside, the room didn’t have a window, so whilst we used the air con to cool down and chill the room, it would have been nice to have the option to have fresh air from an open window.
Hotel breakfasts can be quite hit and miss, especially when it’s a buffet situation. However, the Doubletree had a handle on making sure all guests had a table, rather than it turning into a free-for-all and the breakfast tasted super fresh.
With a choice of cooked breakfasts, pastries, fruit, yoghurt, a variety of fresh pieces of bread, cereals and even my personal highlight…banana bread. It’s safe to say, we filled our boots. I especially liked the little touch of ‘make your own’ bloody Marys. Perfect for guests who attend weddings at the hotel and are in need of a speedy hangover cure!
All in all, we had a great stay and it was so nice to escape reality to sleep in a huge bed and enjoy the full hotel experience! Thank you for the Doubletree by Hilton Chester for having us!