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Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel
Ranked #25 of 45 Hotels in Chester
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Myself and my wife stayed for two nights last week in room 125. The bed in the room was terrible, sagging in the middle it was almost impossible to stay on the edge and the mattress was shocking. I had read a previous review that said the beds were big and comfortable, unfortunately, ours must be one they had forgot to replace. The seal on the shower was useless and we had pools of water on the floor after each shower. The noise from outside was terrible on the first night, but a bit better on the Thursday night. We hardly got any sleep because of the noise on the first night. The hotel was very hot and housekeeping staff had to open windows in the corridors to cool the place down. The staff were attentive and friendly, but reception was left unmanned a few times, so we walked away and went back later. Overall, I was disappointed and wish we had paid more to stay at The Grovesnor

Room Tip: Don't get room 125!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

My fiance and I have just returned from a lovely weekend away in Chester, where we stayed at the Macdonald New Blossoms hotel on a Tesco Clubcard deal.

We had room 122, which was very nice indeed - spotlessly clean and very comfortable with its big, soft double bed; hot, powerful shower; and all the usual amenities you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Being situated overlooking the busy high street, it was a little noisy (especially at night when the pubs/clubs kick out and the local bongo player started up at 3am!) but it didn't affect my sleep *too* much!

The hotel itself is apparently the most historic in Chester, and we really enjoyed the maze-like layout, narrow corridors and grand staircase at the hotel's reception.

The cold buffet breakfast was so varied and plentiful that you don't even really need the freshly cooked option as well (but being greedy, we did partake of a full English and it was delicious!). At least it saved us having to buy lunch!

The staff (particularly the tall chap with glasses on reception) were warm, cheerful and helpful - we have in the past felt like second-class citizens when travelling on a Tesco deal, but we were really happy with the service here.

Room Tip: Rooms that do not overlook the street (if there are any) would probably be quieter. If you are trave...
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Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Welcomed by Andrew at check in, we were instantly impressed by the service and feel of the hotel! He told us we were in for a bit of a walk to the room as the building is so old, but we appreciated the age and character of the hotel. It really was like a maze inside!! Our only downfall was the noise from the high street during the night, but we were a little "self-inflicted" from the wine so irritable all the same. Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. We would highly recommend staying here.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I stayed here last week for work purposes and have to admit I was really disappointed! My bathroom had a dead spider that had to removed before I could shower. Every night there was so much noise outside I couldn't sleep. Apart from on Friday there appeared to be only 1 member of the waiting team and I had to ask at reception if I could order breakfast.
The hotel only had a 3 course evening meal available in the restaurant which meant we ate out most nights.

I have stayed here previously and enjoyed it but this visit was not up to its usual standards.

Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights Thursday and Friday just after New Year. We'd booked inclusive of evening meals as a previous experience had shown Macdonald's would adapt their menu to make vegan some of their dishes. This time however there was little that looked easily modifiable. I said I'd be happy with whatever the chef could provide that was vegan ... and that's the best thing I've said this year. Excellent tasty inventive vegan food (including sweet course) both nights. Besides that the food on the menu was very good too, and we enjoyed a relaxing stay. Very friendly and welcoming staff.

We will be back again!

Mike & Jackie

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Spent new year eve at this hotel food was excellent, room very good first hotel we have been in where we did not have to mess about with the heating to get it comfortable, nice gesture when we got back to our room bottle of wine, chocolate thorntons bottle, chocolate on pillow,
Our only gripe with this hotel was the price of drinks just short of £11 for a bottle of cider & 175ml glass of wine, car parking was also a problem got soaked on New Year's day as there is no parking with the hotel had to use the Grosvenor multi story which was accessed from the bottom of the street, would still recommend it as a good central hotel.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

One could not be closer to the centre of Chester at New Blossoms, close to the Cathedral, the main shopping centre and of course the 'Rows' the famous shops in the arcades above the main street level. New Blossoms was 'new' way back in something like 1600, but although the building retains its character of that period all inside is welcoming in maybe a 20thC way. Warm and friendly without being effusive.

Our room was large and fully equipped with all the requirements of the 21stC. and with very comfortable beds. Our only regret was that as it was over the hotel entrance we did not realise that the red doors adjacent were the entrance to a night club and we were woken by loud laughter at well past midnight as the club guests were leaving. If you are a 'light sleeper' then a room at the rear may be advisable.

The dining room has a type of set meal at a fixed price plus an additional set of choices but one cannot mix the two, however the food whilst being acceptable is not exceptional and one would not stay for the food alone. Breakfast is the norm - part self service and part served with quite a large choice

Finally a perfect hotel for a city centre stay - the one alternative is the Grosvenor but at considerable more expense! There are other hotels within walking distance but then they are not in the centre

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel

Address: St. John Street, Chester CH1 1HL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Chester
Price Range: $106 - $243 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel, part of the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2013/14 is a classical boutique hotel in the heart of the historic City of Chester, situated on the famous City Walls and near the Eastgate Clock Tower, said to be the second most photographed clock in England. First opened in 1650, you won't find another more historical hotel in Chester but you will find our hotel's period charm blends perfectly with modern luxury, creating the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Our elegant stylish and flexible function suites teamed with a city centre location, provide the perfect environment for a wedding, conference or event with free, unlimited WiFi powered by The Cloud for every delegate. Our Meeting and event promise will make sure you get the environment and dedicated team to meet all of your needs. When the business day is done, there's no better place for you to retire to than the new 1650 St Johns Restaurant where you'll dine on sensational food using fresh, quality ingredients, topped off with an excellent wine selection and friendly, personal service. Aiming to be one of the coolest new restaurants in Chester, enjoy our personally crafted 2-4-1 cocktails every evening between 5pm-7pm. The hotel has the perfect location to sample all the delights that Chester has to offer including shopping, Chester nightlife, Dee River cruises, the famous Chester Racecourse along with historical attractions such as The Rows and City Walls. A 15 minute trip will take you to the Chester Oaks Designer Outlet or Chester Zoo. ... more   less 
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