Stayed here for one night on a combined business/pleasure trip with my wife. Someone else chose the hotel and booked the room. I do not like to have to enter the hotel through a gloomy underpass. Nor do I like the Crown chain's pretentious aesthetics once you get indoors - much to much red and bling and cheap marble - but I realize that many people will disagree.
On the plus side the hotel is centrally located, the staff in the reception was very welcoming and helpful and our (third floor?) Executive Room was spacious and clean - with a stunning view over the race court towards the mountains in Wales.
On the minus side the window had net curtains that could not be drawn unless you stood on a chair to unhook it in the corner - only to discover that one of the double glazings had been punctured and was misted over. And even worse, the windows could not be opened - a real turn-off in any hotel room. The King Bed was good but the pillows were all the same: Too big and too firm.
Also, Executive meant access to a lounge, which turned out to be a crowded, confined space with no real windows and a television on full blast. This was also where the included, continental breakfast was served - or rather, set out, since there was no staff in sight. The selection was limited and not very good, several of the plates were dirty, and there was not enough cutlery.
On top of that, you had to pay for wifi access. Really, in 2013? If that's executive I am glad we didn't end up in a regular room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Crowne Plaza Chester, perfectly located on the edge of the city with panoramic views of the city and Welsh hills. The hotel is perfectly located for visiting all the historic sites of Chester, including the Roman walls, amphitheatre and Chester Cathedral. Renowned not only for its Roman heritage but also for its beautiful architecture, the shopping rows' many restaurants and inns are all just minutes from the hotel. With 160 bedrooms featuring stylish decor and amenities, with an option of upgrading to our club rooms, some with stunning views overlooking the famous Chester Racecourse and the Welsh hills. All bedrooms are fully air conditioned with elegant fabrics and furnishings creating a calm yet fresh environment. Crowne Plaza Chester is the number one choice in Chester whether you are here for business or pleasure. The hotel has a varied selection of conference and meeting rooms (11 in total) many with natural daylight, which can accommodate from 600 to as few as 4 guests. The Kings Suite interlinks to the Chester and Malpas Suite to give an ideal venue for exhibitions or large social events. Our dedicated conference team will ensure events run smoothly from the start. Our Club Moativation Health & Fitness Club including indoor heated pool, 24hr room service, onsite car parking and all areas of the hotel fully equipped with wireless internet makes us the perfect place to stay when visiting Chester. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Chester Hotel Chester
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