stayed at this hotel in november and liked it so much stayed again over christmas. we got a fantastic deal both times but it's not possible to grumble about anything even if you were paying more.
on both occasions we upgraded direct with the hotel to an executive room so we cannot comment on the standard rooms. this gave us a minibar, iron/ironing board, bathrobes etc which for us was worth paying more for. okay the rooms are not brand-spanking-shiney and new but your not paying brand-spanking-shiney and new prices. it's a 3star hotel, rooms are clean, comfortable, warm (or cold if you prefer as you can turn radiator up, down or off and have air con unit). slight niggle with tv, kept buzzing & doesn't show all channels, but we didn't report it so more fool us.
all staff are friendly, professional and helpful, especially the guy who serves both at breakfast and in the bar, he's a star. breakfast buffet is excellent, all hot, good quality, good choice and plenty of it. the guy at breakfast went round each table to inform us he was about to take the hot food away and would we like anymore, then did the same again when he was taking the cold food away. thats's great service. you don't get that in some higher star hotels.
hotel is located about 2 miles from chester. there's a bus service every 10 minutes from across the road and costs £1.60 or a taxi costs £5-£6. this was absolutely fine for us, we parked the car for free in the hotel car park and that's were it stayed. no point getting stuck in traffic in the city centre and fighting for a parking space, too much hassle. also meant we could have a drink or 3 in one of the many pubs and bars.
leisure centre is fine. large pool, gym and jacuzzi plus saunas in the changing rooms. it's not ' luxury spa' standard but again this is a 3star hotel and it's clean, warm and does what it says on the tin!
get yourself a priority membership card, available at check-in, and you'll get discount at the bar/restaurant. when we went in november they were advertising a Sunday Carvery for £2.99!!!! didn't see it this time around but probably because it was xmas, if they do it again in 2011 that has to be worth a look. bargain.
we had a great 2nd visit to this hotel and will definately be booking again. we've stayed in many hotels in chester but this is the best for value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Chester South has 145 newly refurbished bedrooms, decorated to a high standard with new bathrooms. Standard twin and double rooms have walk in showers provided and family rooms and executive rooms have bathrooms with a bath and shower over. The modern Open Lobby Concept is a bright and vibrant place to catch with with colleagues, friends and families. Serving Starbucks Coffee with a grab and go sandwich selection, serving food all day. The hotel is all non smoking and is ideally situated on the edge of the Roman City of Chester, located just off the A55 adjacent to Chester Business Park. All public areas and bedrooms have full air-conditioning and Wi-Fi access has been installed. In an excellent location for both business and leisure visitors alike. Benefiting from immediate proximity to Chester and its attractions including Chester Races, Grosvenor Museum, Cathedral, Chester Zoo and Islands, Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village and Blue Planet Aquarium. The Holiday Inn Chester South provides an ideal visitor base, with a choice of accommodation including standard, executive and accessible bedrooms. We have excellent range of facilities for both business and leisure travellers including kids stay & eat free*. The hotel has a fully air conditioned gym, 15m heated swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, with trained staff to assist in your visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Chester South Hotel Chester
- Chester Holiday Inn