The Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT
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The Chester Grosvenor Hotel
Eastgate, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1LT
Built in 1865, The Chester Grosvenor is situated in the heart of historic Chester and is one of a handful of hotels outside London to be awarded five red stars by the AA. Featuring eighty individually designed bedrooms and suites, each room is unique and reflects the hotel´s emphasis on comfort and elegance. The luxurious spa offers traditional, modern and holistic treatments and the two award winning restaurants provide both informal and gourmet dining. “Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor” has retained its Michelin star since 1990 and is one of just 26 restaurants in the UK to have been awarded four AA Rosettes. 'La Brasserie' undertook a delightful reconfiguration in 2012 and now has a Rococo Chocolates concession situated at its front. The Chester Grosvenor is the ideal choice for a city break and will complement any trip encompassing North Wales, Yorkshire, the Lakes and Scotland. The Chester Grosvenor has adopted a non-smoking policy throughout the hotel.
The Chester Grosvenor also has a Spa and Restaurant:
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"Like the Grand at Eastbourne, the Chester Grosvenor was never an aristocratic residence. Rather it was built by an aristocrat to add to his income. The hotel occupies the very best situation in the heart of Chester, close to Eastgate with its splendidly painted Victorian clock. Although it looks Tudor in style it was built 1863–66 by Richard Earl Grosvenor, the Second Marquess of Westminster. Grosvenor demolished the old Royal Hotel that stood on this site in order to build his new hotel.
In 1815 the Royal had been bought by Richard’s father, Robert Earl Grosvenor. Robert was an MP who had broken with his family’s long-held Tory allegiances by becoming a Whig. He was a radical aristocrat supporting the victims of the Peterloo massacre, arguing for Catholic Emancipation, for the abolition of the Corn Laws, and voting for the Reform Bill. Robert Grosvenor also famously championed George IV’s much-abused wife Queen Caroline and was said to have thrown a Bible at the head of king in his anger. Grosvenor and the king later reconciled, and George made him 1st Marquess of Westminster in 1831.
On purchasing the Royal Hotel in 1815 Robert had renamed it after his family but it was Robert’s son, the Second Marquis of Westminster who demolished the old hotel to build a new Grosvenor in mock-Tudor style. The style was apt as the new Grosvenor fitted in well with Chester’s Tudor rows, two storey shopping arcades that run through the centre of the city.
The new Grosvenor was designed by the Chester architect Thomas Mainwaring Penson (1818–64) and was Penson's last major work. Today it is still owned by the Grosvenor family (now dukes of Westminster). The family have property primarily in Cheshire and London. The hotel has 68 guest bedrooms and 12 suites. It also has a Michelin-starred restaurant, Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor. Notable guests have included several Princes of Wales, the last in the company of Princess Diana.
From the moment you arrive at the Chester Grosvenor five-star service snaps into action. Your car disappears instantly with valet-parking costing no more than using the local multi-storey car park and there are always two doormen waiting to take your bags and usher you through.
This is all exactly as it should be."
"Here’s a novel idea. Instead of running away from Christmas shopping for the weekend why not head off to somewhere right in the middle of the shopping?
Very few hotels are located slap bang in the middle of a major shopping street these days and even fewer are as glamorous and comfortable as the Chester Grosvenor. Or with a restaurant with as high a reputation as Simon Radley (named after the executive chef). This hotel dining room has held a Michelin star since 1990 along with 4 AA Rosettes. Add in the 700 bins under Head Sommelier, Derek Scaife and it’s a wonder anyone leaves the Grosvenor at all.
A hotel has stood on this site inside the walled city of Chester since 1784. It opened as the Royal Hotel, a rather grim and functional three-storey brick structure. In 1815 the Grosvenor family bought and renamed it; they later demolished the old hotel and in 1865 rebuilt in splendid mock-Tudor style. Immediately outside the Grosvenor you’ll find the usual chains but also a welcome range of independent retailers like Pyramid for glassware, Eva Chester (women’s clothing) Lily Vintage (also clothing) Cork Out (wine) Weasel & The Bug (toys without batteries) and The Hat Place(speaks for itself).
Famously haunted – in fact one of the most ghostly cities in Britain – Chester can offer visitors a medieval monk who is occasionally spotted wandering through the cathedral pews, a vengeful ghost called Jenny who drowned in the waters of the River Dee many years ago and still lurks beneath the water, ready to grab the ankle of any passing man and drag him down to a watery grave and quite a few weeping chambermaids who died centuries ago. In Watergate Street, half-timbered Stanley Palace is home to three ghosts.
With carol singers in the half-timbered streets, Chester in December and a few ghosts of Christmases Past Chester really can feel like Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol."
"Very few hotels are located in the middle of a major shopping street. Even fewer are as glamorous as the Chester Grosevenor. A hotel has stood on this site since 1784 when it opened as the Royal Hotel. In 1815 the Grosvenor family bought and renamed it, and then in 1865 they rebuilt it entirely in splendid mock-Tudor style.
Immediately outside the hotel you’ll find the usual chains but also an exciting range of independent retailers: Toycraft, a family-run traditional toy shop, Chateau de Sable, a boutique for traditional French children’s clothing, Pyramid (glassware), Eva Chester (women’s clothing) and The Hat Place (speaks for itself).
To make the prospect of hitting the stores even more palatable, the hotel offers ‘mid-week Christmas shopping breaks’ every Thursday from 17 November to 22 December. This allows guests to take advantage of Chester’s late-night shopping on Thursday evenings and throws in a traditional Grosvenor Afternoon Tea and a 45-minute spa treatment to make the experience even more painless.
The centre of this walled city is so pretty all you really need is some snow and a few carol-singers in mufflers for Christmas shopping to be truly transformed from duty to total delight."
"One of the prettiest cities in Britain with a wonderful Roman heritage to boot, Chester makes for a super loved-up getaway (although I am biased as I married in the deeply romantic crumbling ruins of St John The Baptist Church overlooking the River Dee). Make a Valentine’s weekend of it at the Chester Grosvenor, the grand dame of the city’s hotels, where you can book two nights in a classic room with a half bottle of Taittinger Rose thrown in plus Rococo chocolates and a long-stemmed red rose ready for your partner for £499. Right next to the famous Eastgate Clock in the heart of the city, you’re close to hundreds of bars, restaurants and boutiques to explore – or you can just stay inside and eat Michelin-starred food in the wonderful private dining area Riedel Cellar if you book it ahead. The hotel has some lovely places to sup cocktails, take afternoon tea or settle down and read the papers in companionable silence – a couple’s delight."
"A hotel has stood on this site for centuries. First it was a Tudor inn, the Golden Talbot, named after the Earls of Shrewsbury, and then in 1784 the Royal Hotel was built. It became a meeting place for local politicians opposed to the powerful Grosvenor family. Ironically the Grosvenors then bought the Royal in 1815 and renamed it The Grosvenor. Finally in 1865 a new hotel, the Chester Grosvenor, was built in a splendid mock-Tudor style of the kind the Victorians enjoyed."
"Cheshire – The Cheshire Food Festival (www.cheshirefoodfestival.com) Starts: 29th September in Warrington In the grounds of Walton Hall is the Cheshire Food festival, where you can bring a picnic or soak in the atmosphere of cookery demonstrations and cake competitions. Stay nearby in the beautiful city of Chester at The Grosvenor, whose “Simon Radley at the Grosvenor” restaurant has held a Michelin star since 1990."
"This 5 star hotel is right in the centre of Chester has an off road driving experience break. Chauffeur driven from the hotel the 3 hour experience includes tuition and then tackling scary obstacles. You can take 5 guests with you per vehicle and who can take part and drive. To prove you’ve done it you’ll get a c.d and certificate."
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Information on The Chester Grosvenor hotel , Eastgate , Chester
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 68 Double, 12 Suites
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Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Christmas Day
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome (under 12s not permitted in Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor or The Arkle Bar and Lounge)
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: four-poster suites
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 5 Stars, AA 4 Rosettes & AA 2 Rosettes, Michelin Star, Good Food Guide 2011
CD player, radio alarm, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi broadband internet access, Air conditioning, Luxury toiletries, trouser press, bathrobes & slippers, Mini-bar, 24 hour room service, Safe
Spa, Gym, Brasserie, Michelin Starred restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 5 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 250 delegates, Computer with internet access
Board games, guest drawing room with books
Golf (20 mins), Leisure centre (10 mins), Riding (10 mins), Roman tours, Blue Badge Guides
|Local directions:||Follow signs for Eastgate and Foregate which will bring you to the inner ring road and on to the one-way system where you follow signs for City Centre Hotels. A hotel Linkman will allow you through the barrier so you can then drive to the front of the hotel.|
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Manchester (43 miles) (50 mins)
Manchester (33 miles) (40 mins) , Liverpool (26 miles) (30 mins)
Chester (2 miles) (10 mins)
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