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The Commercial Bar & Hotel
Ranked #26 of 44 Hotels in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 May 2013

Excellent hotel. Great central location. Situated in a hidden historic courtyard that also provides outside seating/drinks .Another outside area available too. Good ambience, with staff that are extremely helpful, especially with the luggage. (no lift). Room was lovely and very clean, decorated in the boutique style .Brilliant for travellers who want on the spot entertainment/DJ, with a choice of small bars on the premises. Seems very popular with the the locals too. The breakfast was perfect with the additional care taken for my Gluten Free diet. The sausages were fab. Perhaps GF bread supplied for next time we stay? Overall, a wonderful hidden gem that supplied everything for two young at heart female 50 year olds attending the races.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2013

Hi Carol. Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review. I see that you've already booked for next years May races which is great news and I've taken note on the gluten free bread!
I look forward to seeing you both soon, hopefully before May.
Kindest regards Rebecca

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Reviewed 6 May 2013

Just come home from the commercial bar and hotel and what a great experience. We stayed in the Byron suit upstairs a very nice room, well furnished and with a beautiful bathroom. This is the place to go if you are a party goer at the weekends but I wouldn't recommend if your looking for peace and quite unless you go during the week. The staff were excellent and Rebecca was a very good hostess, always friendly and available if you needed anything. The music was good, with live bands playing in the court yard and a DJ inside playing some old Skool classics to the early hours. Overall a great experience and will be going back and recommending to friends

Thank you Rebeeca and her team

From Sarah's hen do

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
Thank Gareth J
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2013

Thank you so much for a great review. I'm so glad to hear that you all enjoyed your stay and that you'll be coming back. As you rightly say we are a party place at weekends and welcome guests like yourselves to join in the fun, it helps when all you need to do is climb the stairs for bed - just like being at home!
If you enjoyed the bands in the courtyard please keep an eye on our facebook page for this summers live music programme.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon, kind regards Rebecca

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Reviewed 30 April 2013

The room we stayed in was on the top floor but the staff were more than willing to help with bags etc.Checking in at the bar was a little strange but was absolutely fine. For the whole time we were there the staff just couldn't do enough.
The room itself was excellent. A big separate sitting room, a stand alone bathtub in the bathroom and a comfy bedroom.
The only downside was the noise outside until the very late hours.Even with the windows closed we had to have the TV on loud to try and create some 'white noise' to block out the music from outside.
The staff were very understanding and the noise was actually from nearby and not from the hotel bar. It was a real shame as I'd love to go back but I really would struggle with those noise levels.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2013

Thank you for your review. It's lovely to read that the service we provide is well received and also the points, sometimes beyond our control, that cause disturbance. We are in a great location for the city centre but along with that comes the noise aspect, especially at the weekend!
We are very concious that weekend guests are informed of the "house party" we offer at weekends, the hotel is also a public bar and so much more.... It would be lovely to have you visit again, maybe during the week next time?
Thank you and kind regards
Rebecca

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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Excellent service from the moment we walked in, Team all seem happy in their work which refletcs in the service, couldnt fault anyone.loved the room which was the Bryon suite, never seen a bathroom like it - gorgeous!
Right in the centre and if you want to party late this is the place, loved it.Gorgeous room, large comfy beds, only negative we couldnt get music on the TVs and the plug socket no where near the mirror for us girls!
Would stay again, well done to all the team, keep up the good work - gold star ;-)

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2013

Dear Mrs Howes, thank you for taking time to write your review.
I'm glad to hear that you and your friend enjoyed your stay with us in the Byron Suite. I have taken note regarding the mirror and will be looking into buying one to complete the furnishings.
We hope to see you again, kind regards Rebecca

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Reviewed 11 April 2013

I booked the Bryon Suite on the Monday before the bank holiday, I received a call the following day to let me know that the hotel would be having live bands on while we were staying and was that going to be ok? Most hotels would not have even bothered to ask!
We did take our time to find the hotel on the Thursday evening due to the one way system. However when we did arrive James couldn’t have been more helpful even going to show my boyfriend the car park and helping to carry back our bags. The Bryon Suite is well worth the money and in my local town would be double the price! We had a bit of fun with the fire alarms that evening but again everyone was lovely which made the experience less painful. Our stay was improved on Friday by the live bands playing and we thoroughly enjoyed the fact we could watch them from our room! I would recommend the Commercial to anyone staying in Chester not only is the location reason enough (right in the city centre) but the hotel and all the staff were fantastic.
Thanks everyone we will definitely be staying again!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Charlie T
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2013

Dear Charlie, thank you so much for writing such an in depth review.
I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and the entertainment was well received. I totally agree, we are positioned perfectly for shopping and restaurants but maybe not so much for parking!
I will pass your praise onto James and the staff, kind regards Rebecca

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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We last stayed here in the early 1980's and were pleasantly surprised that, although very much refurbished, it retained many of the original features! Room was clean and spacious and even though we were warned in advance about the 3am disco we were not disturbed on the top floor! Right in the heart of the city.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2013

Dear reviewer, thank you for your comments.
It was lovely for me to hear that your trip down memory lane was enjoyed. We have a fabulous building and didn't want too much of the history to change when we modernised some of the features. You are not the only couple to revisit The Commercial after many years, we had residents stay in January who had spent their honeymoon here 40 years ago and a couple who had got engaged in the oldest bar 50 years ago - long live The Commercial!
Kind regards, Rebecca .

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Reviewed 1 April 2013

From the moment we walked in, we knew that we weren't going to be disappointed... We were met with a very friendly welcome from James, who was very informative and helpful in advising us that if we wanted to eat out, we would probably need to make a reservation and he would do that for us if we wished...
We were taken to our rooms ( Shelley & Coleridge) which were both lovely.. Very clean and comfortable, and had everything we needed and more, all furnishings were lovely, and I think, the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept in..!
The bathroom was very spacious, with wonderful underfloor heating. Great shower, bath and double sinks.
We enjoyed a few drinks in the bar before retiring, and liked the fact that there was a complete cross section of age groups.
Yes, there was music playing, which we knew about, but it didn't prevent us having a good nights sleep.. I suppose it might for a light sleeper...?!!
In summary, I would highly recommend this hotel, and I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else when we visit Chester again.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
Thank Jamesnerak
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Rebecca_DaviesGM, General Manager at The Commercial Bar & Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2013

Wow James what a fabulous review thank you so much.
It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that my Manager James was accommodating to your requirements. I think the most important part of staying away from home is to have a good bed to relax in and our bathrooms never seem to disappoint.
We look forward to your next visit and if we can make any dinner reservations for you in advance please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Kind Regards Rebecca

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Additional Information about The Commercial Bar & Hotel

Address: Northgate Street | St Peters Courtyard, Chester CH1 2HG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Chester
Price Range: £65 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accommodation, a wide selection of drinks, the warmest of welcomes, the liveliest of atmospheres in the most exquisite of locations… ‘…A gem hidden in the heart of Chester…’ We have five beautiful double en-suite rooms, including a luxury 'Lord Byron suite', each with a book of poetry written by their namesake for your enjoyment during your stay. We have 3 high quality entertaining bars serving traditional ales, fine wines, superb spirits and fabulous cocktails. We attract a fun-loving clientele from 18-80, especially at weekends when our renowned resident DJs spin their collective mix of disco-dancing tunes. We will always ensure you are made to feel very welcome at the Commercial and we provide something for everyone, every day of the week! ... more   less 
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