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The Chester Hotel

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#17 of 56 hotels in Aberdeen
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Set in the heart of Aberdeen’s fashionable west end, The Chester Hotel has 50 luxurious bedrooms and suites where you can rest your head for a blissful night’s sleep. Enjoy fine dining in our stylish IX Restaurant, seclude yourself in our private dining rooms, and revel in the lively sophistication of our IX Bar.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Meeting rooms
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
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VIP room facilities
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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Languages Spoken
English
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Happy Times 51 wrote a review Feb 2024
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Had the festive afternoon tea with a group of friends. The afternoon tea was nice. Could have been more sandwiches as they were very small. The sausage roll was delicious. Scones were also very good. Would definately go again, overall a lovely afternoon.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Sharon A wrote a review Dec 2023
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We loved the relaxed atmosphere and style. The staff were friendly and attentive. Our room was spacious, clean and the bed was super comfortable. Breakfast was a buffet selection of traditional Scottish and continental, and it was superb. We ate in the restaurant and the food was excellent. A varied menu with something for everyone. The haddock was delicious! The bar area is a cozy space where we enjoyed relaxing next to the fire with a fine whiskey and listening to music. A great location to explore the city and countryside. Sharon and Dan (Hampshire).
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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W0012 wrote a review Dec 2023
Malaga, Spain109 contributions39 helpful votes
Gone downhill. Came in for our morning coffee, the sofa we sat at close to the window in the gallerie were all sticky and dirty as were the tables. Service was slow as woman was on her own serving. When our hot drinks arrived they were accompanied by what looked like shortbread that already had bites taken from them. Then we were given teaspoons all wet and dirty the waitress said she had just washed them. Not the service / experience I’ve had here in the past, not what you expect from a 4 star hotel and not one I want to repeat.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MamaP wrote a review Dec 2023
Aberdeen, United Kingdom59 contributions41 helpful votes
Our Company decided to use The Chester for our office Christmas lunch. Whilst you never expect too much at these ‘bring a party to a party’ doos, you would at least expect the food to be edible. The soup, I believe, was OK, but the Turkey dinner was a disaster. The meat was tasteless and had not been seasoned, the potatoes had been regurgitated at least half a dozen times, there was an excuse of a watered down gravy, all in all it was a pretty poor offering from a hotel that is charging day light robbery prices, with a 4 star above the door. To top it off the DJ sadly looked like a porter that had been dragged from his day job unwillingly, but knew how to work a computer, he had never been near a record deck in his life or knew how to get a party started. All in all the hefty price tag per person charged for a pretty bad experience was a disgrace. No doubt the hotel will have racked it in on the bar bill, regardless of how unashamedly bad the food was. Come on The Chester bring in a decent chef that is capable of turning out a reasonable Christmas dinner. One good thing was our waitress was outstanding. Let’s hope they get it right next year.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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mogg33 wrote a review Dec 2023
Inverurie, United Kingdom49 contributions60 helpful votes
Christmas Lunch was a poor offering. Starter and sweet were passable but Turkey Lunch was poor. More leg meat than breast, roast potatoes were soft and tough as though they had been pre cooked and heated, gravy was thin and had no taste. Sausage meat instead of stuffing which was thick cut and cold. Service was good.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Léonloves wrote a review Dec 2023
Aberdeen, United Kingdom65 contributions28 helpful votes
I visited The Chester for a meal for the first time recently for Sunday lunch. I was very surprised about how quiet it was. The food was a mixed bag; I had the soup of the day which was tasty but luke warm. My partner had the hummus, which he thought was nice but didn't blow him away. For the main course we both had the Sunday roast, which was beef. When we ordered, we were told that there was no beef cheek, which was both a main course in itself, but also an accompaniment to roast. When we queried if there would be no beef cheek with the roast, the server said that it was a different cut from the full main course version and so it wouldn't affect the roast. This was clearly misinformed or a lie, as there was no beef cheek on the plate and it was clearly substituted with mash potatoes. The dish already came with roast potatoes, so it was an odd choice for me. If I was being particularly pedantic, it also meant that the value of the roast wasn't what it should be. The dish itself was ok - the Yorkshire pudding and gravy was nice, however, the beef was just one very large hunk of meat that felt almost like a steak which really wasn't to my liking. Again, the food was tepid. Desserts were good, the creme brûlée was lovely and a generous portion. However, the sticky toffee didn't come with enough sauce, but it did taste nice. The service was also mixed. It seemed to be the case that the younger members of staff were more knowledgeable and helpful than the senior members. They were polite and attentive. We thought it was odd that the restaurant manager or supervisor was not telling customers about the roast as an option as we had to specifically ask after seeing it served to another table. I don't think I would rush back to this restaurant, but at the same time I wouldn't say I would never return. The service was good, the venue itself is lovely, but the food just missed the mark for me, which is the most important element!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Dzul Bakar wrote a review Nov 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates991 contributions219 helpful votes
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Having previously stayed at Malmaison, I decided to try The Chester Hotel, conveniently located next door. The most notable aspect of The Chester Hotel was the comfort of the bed, which provided a more restful night's sleep compared to Malmaison. This was a significant plus, especially for those who prioritize a good night's rest while traveling. However, when it comes to dining, The Chester Hotel didn't quite match up to the expectations set by Malmaison. While the food at The Chester Hotel was satisfactory, Malmaison offered a superior dining experience, both in terms of the quality of food and the overall ambiance of the dining area. In summary, The Chester Hotel excels in providing comfortable accommodations, particularly with their beds. But for those who place a high value on culinary experiences, Malmaison remains a step ahead. I rate The Chester Hotel 3 out of 5, a commendable choice for a comfortable stay, but with room for improvement in its dining offerings.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Scot45 wrote a review Nov 2023
Inverurie, United Kingdom503 contributions101 helpful votes
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We went to the Chester for a meal in celebration of my wife’s 60th birthday, to the Granite suite on invitation from my daughter and son in law. The whole afternoon was excellent from the setting to the food we could not fault it. A number of us had firecracker prawns for a starter, my daughter and son both had the Fontina arancini. For the main course I had the beer battered fish, my wife and son in law had the steak with lobster tail, there was also slow cooked beef cheeks and roasted cabbage , and burger’s everything looked absolutely delicious. For sweets there was crème brûlée, sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel cheesecake and black forrest chocolate delice. All the food that was presented looked amazing and tasted fabulous, this was my first time to the Chester hotel but I would most certainly recommend it and return again in the future .
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Scott L wrote a review Oct 2023
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Service was terrible! Had to clear our own glasses. There were more staff than customers so no excuses. Second bad experience here. Our table was not set for a booked birthday dinner. Better service and prices from other establishments available close by.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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KLM wrote a review Oct 2023
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We had a wonderful family celebration for my husband’s 40th in the Granite Balcony. All of the ladies in the events team were extremely helpful in the planning stage and always promptly replied to any questions I had. The Granite Balcony itself is a stunning room to hold any private celebration. There was plenty of space to move around the table and the decor is just lovely. Kyle, our main waiter for the night was excellent as was all of the team. Friendly, service with a smile and very attentive. The meal was faultless, all of our family have commented on how good the food was. We stayed the night in a comfortable, quiet room and rounded off our celebrations with a lovely breakfast. Thank you to everyone at The Chester Hotel for helping to make my husband’s 40th birthday so special.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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PRICE RANGE
£103 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
simpsons aberdeen
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Simpson's Hotel
LOCATION
United KingdomScotlandAberdeenshireAberdeen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
64
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Chester Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Chester Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Gordon Highlanders Museum (0.4 miles), Johnston Gardens (0.4 miles), and Ben Reid Garden Centre (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Chester Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Chester Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Chester Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Chester Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Thyme out, Rendezvous at Nargile, and No.10 Bar & Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Chester Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Chester Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Chester Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Chester Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Machar's Cathedral (2.3 miles), The Tolbooth Museum (1.7 miles), and Provost Skene's House (1.6 miles).
Is The Chester Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.