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“Only thing wrong was our stay being too short”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Albion Inn

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The Albion Inn
Ranked #29 of 79 Chester B&B and Inns
North Warwickshire, England
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164 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Only thing wrong was our stay being too short”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

On arrival at noon, before our room was ready, Christina greeted us and took our bags so we could go and explore the town. However, the pub was so inviting that we settled down for a drink and a sandwich before going out, by which time our room was ready so we were able to quickly sort out our things before going out for the afternoon.

The double room is a decent size, tastefully furnished and has everything you'll need for a short stay. The location of the pub is ideal, being right alongside steps up to the city walls and the riverside is a few minutes walk away.

The Albion Inn is the only remaining traditional corner pub in Chester, and long may it stay just the way it is. It's so refreshing to find a 'proper boozer' these days. It won't be to everyone's taste as the pub has a zero-tolerance policy on many issues (thank God)! But if you want to stay in comfortable, friendly pub accommodation, and the rules of the house suit you, you really can't go wrong here.

Christina made us very welcome and served up wonderful breakfasts, even going to the trouble of asking if we wanted anything different to the normal breakfast menu and getting some excellent Manx Kippers from the market. The evening meals were also very good - wholesome, tasty, home-cooked traditional fayre. Residents are given a free bottle of wine with evening meals, which makes an evening staying in the pub very good value. In fact we had planned to eat out on one of our two evenings there but enjoyed the food and the atmosphere in the pub so much that we didn't bother.

Residents are also provided with a temporary parking permit and Christina kindly put one, wrapped in cling film, under my windscreen wiper when we had forgotten to ask about it and gone to bed.

We're actually thinking about going again, with some friends to take the other room, purely on the strength of such wonderful B&B hospitality, along with great food and beers in the pub.

Highly recommended. We both thoroughly enjoyed our all too short stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Stayed for one night and ate in the bar in the evening. Breakfast was great. It is certainly not your average pub / B&B and has a character all of its own. Christina was extremely helpful both before and during our stay.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Cardiff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a few nights in early September. I chose it having read reviews because it sounded different and interesting. It most certainly was and as it is located just by the walls it's a very short walk for exploring Chester.
Christina, the landlady, made us so welcome, giving us really helpful local advice. The breakfast was the best b and b breakfast I've had, and more of everything.
While our room was quite small, the little touches made up for that - a tea pot, cafetiere, shortbread, bottled water.
I would certainly return - when I visit Chester again, there would be little to attract me elsewhere - it was a real home from home.
One thing to point out - the clientele has been chosen carefully. Described as family hostile and signs warning hen and stag parties away. This suits me and if it suits you too, this is a lovely, personal place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

This place offered character and a true English pub stay experience. The owners were on scene and truly accommodating, helping us out as new inexperienced visitors who had not planned well for our last minute vacation! Great hospitality! The room was clean and the pub was wonderful. We met people from Chester who came into the pub and were friendly and talkative about Chester. The food and bar were fun - we were pleased to have a true experience of England. Go for it! Susan

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham
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115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Spent 2 pleasant days at The Albion, during early August. It’s an original Victorian building that has retained its layout and is perfectly situated right next to the roman wall. The main bar rooms have been decorated in the style of the times and are filled with memorabilia from WW1. This unique combination creates a special atmosphere that you just won’t find anywhere else.

It advertises itself as child ‘hostile’ as children aren’t allowed on the premises, so expect a strictly adult clientele.

On arrival, the owners will issue you with a permit to park on the adjacent side street, but finding a space can sometimes be tricky

Our room was furnished in Victorian style, but with modern en-suite bathroom facilities. One small criticism was the lack of a TV; it’s not that we want to stay in watching it all day, but it’s nice to catch up with the news first thing in the morning. Nonetheless, that’s just a minor point.

Evening meals and breakfasts are superb and everything is perfectly cooked and served by hospitable and friendly host, Christina.

I highly recommend The Albion as a unique place to stay in Chester.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Have visited this pub on a number of occasions and always a highlight on any visit to Chester. Great beers and fab food! We have the vege haggis...great comfort food at very reasonable prices.

Whether you are a history fan, or not, this place is really worth a visit!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Despite the large number of pubs in medieval buildings in Chester this 19th century establishment is by far the cosiest, with three traditional bars. It's theme is Victorian, but it's not really a theme - it is Victorian. But this is closer to Victorian plush than Victorian Spartan. It's a place to be comfortable in on your own or for a conversation with someone else. It's a place to relax in the centre of Chester after the hurly burly of tourists and drunkards in many of the other pubs.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Property: The Albion Inn
Address: Park Street, Chester CH1 1RN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
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Ranked #29 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Chester
Number of rooms: 3

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