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Oddfellows
Ranked #6 of 44 Hotels in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 18, 2013

We arrived late on a Friday 11 January and after a seamless check in by super friendly and efficient staff, we were shown to our room in the new build at the back of the hotel. We asked for a room that could take a 4 month baby. The room was great, we stayed in room 18, had a wet room and a free standing bath. The bed was big and really comfortable. Tip here, if you want breakfast in the morning , leave a note using one of the forms in the room and hang on the door handle. We opted not to do this and wander around Chester in the morning to have breakfast. Over our stay I can't praise the staff there enough. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they helped out whenever they could. After reading some of the earlier reviews about the staff I was slightly hesitant on booking, but after my stay, if I was ever to visit Chester again I would book this place to stay in an instant. Great, hotel, great staff, great location, lovely room. What more could you want when you go away for a weekend break?

Room Tip: We chose room18, which was not in the main building, and very quiet
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed at this hotel on the 29th December 2012. I booked it after looking through lots of hotels on the Internet and I was glad I did! Check in was fast and efficient and the staff all seemed very friendly. Walking up to the room it felt as if you had just stepped into the set of Alice in wonderland. After the walk up to the room we were expecting it to be something special and we weren't disappointed. The room was gorgeous! It had a double height ceiling and was decorated beautifully! I am extremely fussy when it comes to hotel rooms and the first thing on my agenda is to check the room, however, I could not find a single fault. By far the best hotel I have ever stayed in.

Staying at this hotel will definitely not leave you feeling disappointed!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christina S
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I booked a night in an attic room as a post-Christmas treat for me and my partner... and we absolutely loved Oddfellows...! From checking in at a desk made out of an old aeroplane wing... to the double showers and enormous round bed, the whole hotel is fun, and really stylish...! The hotel bar and restaurant looked to be top class and very popular, although we headed out and ate elsewhere...! If we were to be slightly critical... there were three bulbs out of action in our room and the 'breakfast to go' wasn't up to much - we paid £170 for a room in early January... and I personally think that a decent breakfast should feature...! All in all a great stay and we would definitely book again!

Room Tip: The duplex attic room was a real treat... definitely worth that bit extra!
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Will H
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

What a fabulously quirky hotel, situated in the heart of Chester, England.

Immediately you are bowled over by the incredibly artistic decor which has a magical Alice in Wonderland feel going right through the hotel. From cute little 'Eat Me' 'Drink Me' labels on the mini bar to the raining tree placed in the hotel's very well seated (with outside fireplaces & heaters) garden area - we'd of loved this in the summer. It was refreshing that the standards inside matched the design ambitions, lush cushions adorn every seated area, and ornate chandeliers feature real candles, whilst the bar serves a vast array of inventive and classic cocktails.

Our room was very high spec, white shutters, walk in shower room, Roberts DAB radio and beautifully designed, it really felt very 5* and the artistic edge continued, with the front door painted like one you'd find on a wooden house in the forest.

We ate in the Restaurant as we took advantage of the £80 spend on dinner = free overnight stay deal, great value as the rooms can retail for £99 upwards. I didn't love the meal but am a notoriously fussy vegetarian who isn't a lover of 'fussy' meals and has a pet hate for places who offer just one vege alternative, although the ambience of the dining room was incredible with tiny jam jars full of candles illuminating the tables. The company I was enjoyed theirs although we all agreed a little pretentious, sorry chef.

Staff are incredible, well mannered and well presented. The few times we needed something, restaurant time change/an iron, they could not be more helpful. We had a false fire alarm whilst we visited around 10.30pm and were evacuated briefly. The staff handled it great, they stayed calm and I couldn't count the amount of times they apologised.

The down side to the whole experience (and it really is a grown up adventure) was the choice you have to make between air con (exceptionally noisy) or the voices of the other guests who may be in the garden rooms. We couldn't open the window as the noise echoed into our room (we would not of been ok with a private party on the roof terrace opposite - there would be no way we could of stayed in our room) In the end we woke at 4.00am burning up (the rooms are soooo warm).

On the whole, would recommend for the experience, however some attention needs to be given the to the comfort of sleeping guests, yes we are in the city but we are also in wonderland, a little less noise would of been a sweeter dream.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed here for one night on the 30/12/12 and booked a Newbrook room,clearly had not long been refurbished and all of the fixtures and fittings are of a high standard It's a lovely hotel with lots of quirky touches and I would stay here again.The only negatives for me were I felt that the bar was overpriced - nine pounds for a large G&T was a bit steep and if you want to have a hot breakfast this isn't included in the price

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Booked the hotel bofore reading the reviews - some of which are awful! I was somewhat worried that we would end up paying a lot of money for a terrible stay. I am pleased to say that the hotel was amazing, and had the wow factor I was looking for. Every member of staff was professional, friendly, and helpful. We booked a table in the restaurant, and the meal was just perfect from start to finish. Yes, the place does get noisy, but it was xmas party season and to be expected. The room itself was stunning, and we felt like we had our own little appartment, as it had a mezzanine floor. The decor and furnishings are truly exceptional. I would definitely stay here again. I think the management must definitely have taken notice of the bad reviews.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Oddfellows is very unique and quirky in style. We have stayed there on a couple of occasions and it's our favourite hotel which we've ever stayed at which is why when we were choosing a wedding venue there was only one place for us - 'Oddfellows Hotel'.

We are absolutely delighted we chose Oddfellows hotel, our wedding day ran smoothly and without a hitch. It was the most amazing and magical day of our lives.

The staff at Oddfellows truly are fantastic, they couldn't have done more to help us both during the run up to our wedding and throughout our entire day. They really did go out of there way to help and make the day special, from the moment I woke up at Oddfellows on our wedding day and all the way through to when we went to bed it also continued the next day when we woke up to go home. Every single member of staff went out of there way to make not only myself and my husband feel special but all of our guests and the entire day.

We had Dave looking after us on the day and he couldn't have done more to help us, no request was too much for him to handle and he did an amazing job to make sure we had the best day possible.

Our bar men who looked after and served us and all our guests on the day were Rich and Matthius who were also fantastic, and again they couldn't have done more for us and our guests. Also Matthius makes my favourite fruit cocktails (sometimes with alcohol, sometimes without alcohol), they're amazing - every time we go to Chester I have to pop into Oddfellows for one of my special cocktails and a nice relax in the wonderful surroundings!

We had lots of lovely comments off our guests about the hotel, people were amazed by its uniqueness. 'We received comments such as "This is the best wedding we've ever been to" and "The hotel and staff are outstanding", everyone had a fantastic day from start to end.

We owe a massive thank you to all the staff who worked on our wedding day as they all provided an exemplary service to ensure all our wedding plans came together to give us the best day possible. Also the chefs did a fantastic job, our wedding breakfast was out of this world!! It was delicious and all of our guests agreed too.

We would definitely recommend Oddfellows hotel, we will definitely be going back for an anniversary meal next year and staying in this hotel in future.

This hotel is beautiful...so much so I could actually live there!

Once again thank you to everyone at the hotel, you are all truly wonderful people!! ☺

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank Just1ne
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Additional Information about Oddfellows

Address: 20 Lower Bridge Street, Chester CH1 1RS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Chester
Price Range: $127 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oddfellows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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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