Booked as a 'chill out' finish to a theme park holiday we selected this hotel primarily for location. It is central in Chester, has parking and is easy walking distance from the town centre. We found it easily and checked in. The Receptionist was efficient, though not warm and welcoming! But we were quickly processed and up in our room. I was concerned due to the proximity of the Railway line, but to be honest barely noticed it during the stay. The room wasn't the most spacious Express room I've stayed in, but was satisfactory for purpose, and was light and clean. First nights sleep was woken early however by workers on the racecourse moving vehicles under our window. Possibly a van or forklift, as one of the annoying reversing beepers kept going off, and there was banging and clattering of metal boxes /bins being moved. However I hadn't realised that above the room window, stretching the entire length is a large vent which was open! Closing this the next night resulted in a great improvement and we didn't hear a thing! Something to check if you stay!
Breakfast is provided, and although basic was one of the best I had in my whole fortnights trip. Sausage, egg and beans were well cooked and tasty. Cereal and grapefruit. Yogurt if you want. Thge only thing that wasn't bang on was the mini danish's which were in a 'hot box' and baked solid by the time we were eating. Hardly a major problem!
The Breakfast area / bar is light and spacious and the morning staff were much cheerier than the previous night's receptionist, but every bit as efficient. The domestic staff had our room immaculate by the time we returned from shopping / sightseeing and we enjoyed a pleasant drink in the bar.
We didn't eat at thr Racecourse resteraunt. The city centre has a vast selection of top notch eateries which we wanted to try, but its menu was good, if pricy.
My only regret is that we didn't stay here for our last night, instead moving to the Holiday Inn A55 Chester West as I (wrongly) thought a city centre hotel wouldld't be as restful before a (long) drive home. I was mistaken, had a dreadful night instead. I should have stayed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Combine good value with a great location at Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse, the only hotel within the racecourse's grounds.Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse is a completely non smoking hotel and just 5 minutes from Chester's historic city centre, putting quaint cobbled streets and an array of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Wake up to our complimentary breakfast and enjoy discounts on dinner at the racecourse's smart Restaurant 1539. You'll also benefit from complimentary onsite parking and complimentary wireless Internet in the hotel's public areas.We're a 5-minute drive from major companies in Chester Business Park, and 15 minutes from Deeside Industrial Park. You can hold training days for up to 25 people in Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse's 2 meeting rooms. Feel free to plan your presentation in our 24-hour self-service Business Centre.We're the closest hotel to Chester Racecourse, making us an ideal choice for your day at the races. Soak up Chester's rich history with a stroll down picturesque Watergate Street where grand Georgian buildings nestle alongside fine antique shops. Explore the city's Roman walls to enjoy views over the Cheshire countryside.Ask our friendly staff about Holiday Inn Express Chester Racecourse's packages for discounted entry to local attractions. You can meet and mingle with friends at our bar at the end of a day's sightseeing.Please contact the hotel directly for group bookings and race day packages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Chester-Racecourse Hotel Chester
- Holiday Inn Express Chester - Racecourse Cheshire