My boyfriend and I stayed for one night on my birthday after a busy and booze fuelled weekend in Liverpool. We went for a bit of a treat looking for a nice romantic stay.
The hotel is beautiful. Exactly to my taste. The public areas and hallways are amazingly quirky and fun....lots of things to play with. The rooms are beautifully traditional and sumptuous. We stayed in one of the suites in the main building. The bed was huge and insanely comfortable with gorgeous soft sheets. The bathroom was open and flowed through from the bedroom barring a separate small room for la toilette. It consisted of a double shower cubicle and a wonderfully positioned double bath in the middle of the room....fun for a romantic relaxation session.
Checking in was fine. Quite a large deposit is taken and returned onto the card some time after you've checked out. I found this a bit strange and unnecessary. The girl who checked us in wasn't so great, she didn't give much of an explanation regarding our stay - the deposit, breakfast, the bar, parking etc. However, the guy who showed us to our room was very friendly and once we were settled bought two glasses of complimentary fizz up as a birthday treat which was very sweet. The room I have described was fabulous.
The downside for us was that hotel closes up pretty early. We went out for dinner and were pretty confused when we returned at 11pm ish unable to get inside the front door. Once inside we had time for one drink before the whole bar was closed. Bit disappointing. Really there should be at least one person on hand to serve simpler drinks to paying guests. Yes, it was fairly empty. But there was one other couple as equally perturbed as us by the lack of service, so we can't be that far off the mark by making this comment. Despite the upset, the bar/restaurant is very cool. The one drink we did have was delicious. I'm sure it's amazing fun on a Friday/Saturday night for as long as it's open!!
In the morning we didn't have breakfast as nothing had been explained to us. So, that was a shame.
Overall we would stay again, it really is a beautiful place. I would only recommend that they offer a bit more information if you're checking in for the first time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a hotel, bar and restaurant, Oddfellows brings a fresh and unique experience to Chester. The 18 exclusive boutique bedrooms each have their own charm and combination of iconic and contemporary furnishings. The design of the bedrooms is inspired by architect John Douglas who designed Chester’s landmark Eastgate Clock, cinematographer Peter Newbrook who brought the Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia to life, and the illustrator Randolph Caldecott whose humorous images were simply irresistible. Complete with The Garden by Simon Radley -our Mediterranean-inspired restaurant - and The Secret Garden - a unique indoors/outdoors oasis; Oddfellows provides the ideal escape... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oddfellows Hotel Chester
- Oddfellows Chester, Cheshire