As you all know, we are constantly looking for new places in Europe to travel to. Our new year’s resolution is to travel to a new destination each month, and to achieve this we had originally planned to go to a new country each month.
As much as this is a fantastic plan, in hindsight, it’s actually quite a tiring thing to achieve. Then we thought, wait a moment, we have been living in the UK for nearly three years, and yet still haven’t really explored many of its cities and towns. We’ve been so caught up with the fact Europe is on our doorstep, we forgot about the country we live in.
That’s why we jumped at the chance to spend a blissful night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Chester. The newly re-furbished luxury hot spot in the north of England’s historical city, is a wonderful place to go for a relaxing night or weekend away.
Let me tell you about our stay.
About The Hotel
Located a 5-10 minute drive from Chester train station/city centre and 40 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester airport, the DoubleTree Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and indulgent weekend away. The 18th Century Manor House is situated on 12 acres of perfectly manicured grounds, and boasts a luxury spa and a stylish lounge and terrace area, as well as a first-class Marco Pierre restaurant. Thanks to the the new 2018 re-furbishment, the hotel mixes vintage and modern style and design perfectly. The contemporary interior contrasts with the Manor House and Hall and 9th Century, Grade II listed glass conservatory, to create an inspiring and romantic place to stay.
We stayed in the King Guest Room, which was stylish, modern and spacious. As you enter, your eyes instantly gravitate to the geometric tiles on the floor, of which are perfect for #ihavethisthingforfloors Instagram moment. The bathroom is bright and chic, with fantastic lighting around the mirror and a big shower with a rain shower head. I especially liked the verbena Crabtree & Evelyn hair and body products – good quality beauty products in hotels are always a tick for me. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable with extra plush pillows, and the bedding, you could tell was luxurious, making you want to stay there up until your 12pm check out.
As an FYI, if you’d like a stocked mini fridge you will have to request this. We didn’t know this until we checked in, but it didn’t bother us too much as we brought our own champagne with us anyway.
Fancy some ultimate relaxation time? The DoubleTree has a lovely spa with various rooms including the aroma room, steam room, Hammam and sauna, where you can enjoy a variety of treatments, from facials to massages.
Tim and I tried the mud treatment, which was unlike anything we’d tried before. At first we thought we were going to be immersing ourselves into baths full of mud, but instead we were taken into a steam room where we lathered ourselves with different types of mud. There were about six types of mud, all of which had unique benefits for certain parts of the body. We had ten minutes to pop the mud on and then the steam started. We sat in the room for around 40 minutes, while we relaxed and let the mud detox our bodies. The experience was interesting to say the least, but we’d definitely recommend it. We felt incredibly chilled afterwards and our skin was lovely and supple.
If spa treatments aren’t for you, you can still work out at the gym or have a splash in the hotel’s pool or spa.
There are two restaurants at the DoubleTree – the Garden Room and Terrace, and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse. Both have divine food and are located in stylish and aesthetically pleasing spaces.
Garden Room and Terrace
This is the hotel’s main dining area and you can head here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks.We enjoyed both lunch and breakfast here and the food is light and delicious. For lunch, we shared a pizza, superfood salad and truffle parmesan fries, which were all fantastic and a great combination together.
The hotel organises a buffet-style breakfast in the Garden Room, where you can enjoy a range of breakfast-goods from your typical hot English breakfast, cereal, fruit and pastries.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
We were thoroughly impressed with our dinner at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, and I have to say it was definitely one of the best highlights of our stay at the DoubleTree. The restaurant is located in the older part of the hotel, in a gorgeous Victorian room with a luxurious decor, including opulent chandeliers.
Tim and I had a three course meal each, which included:
Starters: Baked Camembert, which came with sourdough bread drizzled with balsamic. It was heavenly and surprisingly not heavy, so it made for the perfect starter.
Mains: Gnocchi Pomodoro with basil and mushroom. Best gnocchi I’ve had in a long time. Sometimes pomodoro gnocchi can be relatively bland, but with the addition of the basil and mushrooms, this dish was packed full of flavour.
Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding. Incredibly indulgent and tasty, however the pudding was a little dry.T
Starters: Calamari and shrimp tempura. Crispy, light, not too oily, and smelt and tasted delicious.
Mains: Honey Roast Belly Pork. Super soft and juicy, although missing the crackling unfortunately, but nonetheless it was still amazing.
Dessert: Cambridge Burnt Cream. Just like a creme brûlée, but even tastier.
The service was brilliant too, the staff were really friendly, attentive and professional. It really is a first-class restaurant and I highly recommend you try.
We really enjoyed our stay at the DoubleTree in Chester. It is such a stunning hotel and it’s the perfect place to come and stay for a relaxing weekend away. Come here for a pamper, delicious and indulgent meals and a fantastic night’s sleep. The hotel is super close to Chester’s town centre, so it’s also a wonderful place to stay if you’re wanting to explore this area.
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel is located Warrington Road Hoole, Chester, CH2 3PD, United Kingdom
Rooms: Start at approximately £170 per night
Editor’s note: We were guests thanks to DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, however all opinions, photography and creative direction of this article are our own.
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