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As a regular business traveller I clock up quite a few nights with Holiday Inn and I booked a two night stay at Chester using Priority Club points.
It is easy to access the hotel from the A55 however in busy periods it can be difficult to cross the road
We were quite disappointed the hotel from the outside looks run down and very 1970s. The staff were pleasant on reception booking in was no problem
The room was ok when we walked in but was severely let down by the bathroom. It had been refurbished but tiles were missing around the toilet and sink. When we used the shower it would not fully turn off and we suffered a night of dripping shower. We reported it next morning and the handyman obviously looked at it as they had dumped the towels he had soaked on the floor.
The restaurant was very good - they have an early dinner menu before 7pm with starter and main for £10. Good selection I went for fish and chips my partner for salmon no complaints
Second night went for room service which again was very good two tasty curries.
Both mornnings we had buffet breakfats for which you could get a voucher at reception for £9.95 each against normal rate of £15 so not bad. Choice was ok but not as generous as many HIs I have stayed at.
Parking was fine big car park . If you want to go into Chester the Park and Ride is just across the road. If you want to head into North Wales and Snowdonia you have easy access on teh A55
Overall the bathroom really let the hotel down the morning we left it still leaked. If staying in Chester area I would opt for the recently renovated Chester West hotel
Coming from down south, this Holiday Inn was chosen because it was located in an excellent spot for the passsing visitor. It is conveniently just two miles from the city centre, and is just opposite the Wrexham Road "Park an Ride" which can get you too (and from) the centre for £1.70, at time of writing. Which I think is excellent value.
Aside from the location this Hotel has great features and services, if you can forgive its ugly outward appearance. It boasts a great sauna and fitness centre (if that's your thing) a bar (that's more like it) and a great resturaunt. There was full room service, and even 24hr room service on a large chunk of the "in-room" menu. All in all, the services offered would be akin to a far more luxurious hotel than a Holiday Inn.
The prices started from around £60 for a basic double, we opted for the "Business" suite which came in at around £80, which was still great value. The Business suite, had a large King Size, a desk, a sofa-bed, generous floor space and was decorated in a contemporary to modern style.
Basically looked like that Maurice "whats-her-name" woman from House Doctor had been through, it was all nice neutral colours and unclutterd.
Prices can be gotten at bargain prices if you book far in advance, and if you are Premier Club member points accumulation can lead to discounts too.
Staff were all polite and courteous, the room was spotlessly clean. I even ran my finger over the tops of the door, and picture frames to check for dirt. An I found that they had cleaned thoroughly.
The room was excellently equipped, Internet, TVs (which are basics) but also had a mini-bar, an Iron, a Trouser Press, hair dryer and a choice of pillows. I had breakfast served to the room, which arrived at the time asked for, and was of a decent enough quality. I didn't use the laundry service, but next day was available if I required it.
So in summary this particular hotel was certainly a good one, and probably a great advertistment for the rest of the Holiday Inn chain. An would certainly come highly recommended for visitors to Chester.