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ABode Chester
Ranked #16 of 45 Hotels in Chester
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We stayed in one of their cheapest rooms (still £135 for B & B), which was clean, had a balcony looking over the racecourse but which was rather small. There was tea and coffee to make, but mineral water was extra and there was no fridge. The bathroom had a shower but no bath. The bed was very soft so be warned if you have back trouble.

We had a meal in the Cafe Bar & Grill and this was indifferent. My burger was tasteless and dry and the espresso had no crema. Service was friendly, though I hate the practice of automatically adding 12.5% to the bill.

The breakfast (£11.50) was excellent and made up for the evening before. This is served in the main restaurant.

The hotel's location is great with the river, racecourse and shops and all of Chester's other attractions within easy walking distance. I suspect the car park (£10 extra) would be full on a week day, so book this in advance. For our Friday afternoon arrival we had the empty council spaces as well.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Stayed here several times over the last few months and we've always found the stay pleasant and the room large and comfortable. The last room we had was 'enviable'. The room was large with a roll top bath and large shower, the bed was huge and the room was spotless.
The breakfast was great with nice views and the staff at breakfast were very helpful and polite. I can agree with a few of the other reviews about check in as one member of staff was not overly polite almost to extent of being rude to my wife.
Balcony with a view over the race course is nice as the sun sets that way but some rooms have a terrible view over a courtyard and office block.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank MandMBrammers
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Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here several times this year so this time decided to book one of the fabulous rooms, very impressed with the room and had a great time! As with all the rooms we have stayed in within the hotel the bed is probably the biggest and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! Excellent service from all the staff from reception to the champaign bar fantastic! Had a great meal in the Michael Caine restaurant the food was delicious and the After dinner cocktails were fantastic! Keep up the high standard, can't praise this place enough! Can not wait for our next visit.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Sheepy30
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Good points:
-Great restaurant (Michael Caines)
-Lovely big windows with nice view
-Massive bed
-Clean room
-Good location

Bad points:
-Not good value for money
-Extra cost for parking
-No fridge/mini bar
-No shampoo or conditioner, only all in one body wash (not what you expect for £190 a night!)
-Poor air conditioning - can only set to 19 degrees at lowest and with the sun pouring in through those big windows (that you can't open), it's a bit of a greenhouse, even in October!
-Only enough UHT milk for one hot drink each
-Very slow wifi (despite full signal)

Room Tip: Ask for views of race-course if possible
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This hotel is in a prime spot in the center of the city. Our room faced the chester castle and some of chester wall. I have to say I am a bit of a clean freak and this hotel really met every mark in terms of cleanliness and being modern/up-to-date. The shower was a bit awkward though. The glass wall only covers half the entry way so water splashes all over the bathroom floor, but really just a minor issue.

Would definitely recommend and stay again.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Gettesetter
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Have stayed twice at the Abode and have enjoyed both stays. Staff very kindly made us and some friends a plate of food quite late after we had been out which I thought was very good service. The rooms I find are a nice size, decorated brightly and modern. I also enjoyed a lovely meal at Michael Cairns restaurant and couldn't fault the service, will stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Trispen2002
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Beautiful room, fabulously enormous and very comfortable bed in nice.
Tasty breakfast and great view over the racecourse with good view of the Chester Marathon.
Pleasant service in reception, bar and breakfast.
We ate elsewhere but bar welcoming and comfortable when came back for late drink.

Room Tip: Ask about the view when you book, 418 where our kids were had great view over the racecourse and t...
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Address: Grosvenor Road, Chester CH1 2DJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Chester
#11 Luxury Hotel in Chester
#11 Romantic Hotel in Chester
Price Range: $101 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — ABode Chester 4*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With unparalleled views of England’s oldest working racecourse, the contemporary ABode Chester offers a warm welcome in the heart of the city, complemented by exceptional fine dining and a modern, stylish and sophisticated design. Individually designed bedrooms, contemporary bathrooms and a warm welcome are waiting. Enjoy relaxed, sophisticated dining at Brasserie Abode, light bites and plats du jour in the Brasserie Abode Bar or relax with a cocktail in hand. ... more   less 
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