WHEN looking for a last-minute night away, it is easy to overlook nearby destinations.

Especially if you’ve visited the area a few times before and feel like there is nothing new to see.

That is why The Queen at Chester Hotel is a jewel in the city’s crown.

Chester is rich in history itself but the hotel built in the 1800s only adds to this.

Since opening in 1860, it's hosted none other than Charles Dickens, Cecil Rhodes and Lillie Langtry.

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Literally opposite the train station, it is a great location for those arriving after a long journey or who don’t fancy lugging their bags through the city.

There is a grand feel throughout the hotel with many individual historical touches.

Even the outdoor area had a special feel to it and it was clear that other guests agreed by the number of them who took to the courtyard for photos.

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Each floor in the 221-bedroom hotel is dedicated to a country with every suite named after a king of that nation.

We stayed on the first floor, the Scottish floor, in the King Duncan I suite.

Our room featured a striking gold-encrusted portrait of King Duncan I with information about his life and reign.

The room had a comfortable king-size bed and a nice seating area – and a bottle of prosecco and snacks were a sweet touch.

Contrasting to the royalty decor, the bathroom was modern with both a huge bath and shower.

After a long day of shopping in the city, we opted for the easy option of dining in at the hotel.

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The hotel’s dining area, The King’s Grill and Cocktail Lounge, is a modern restaurant setting.

And there was even the luxury of a live pianist who later brought the vocals as well.

For starters, we had the king prawns and chorizo and the loaded nachos followed by the salmon fillet and lamb shank for the main – both very generous portions and equally tasty.

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We were left feeling too full for dessert but the food was great and guests are left spoilt for choice with burgers, grill plates and classic dishes.

We also stayed at the hotel for breakfast and were not disappointed.

From a full English breakfast station, to continental options to a pancake machine – there was something for everyone.

Despite the restaurant bustling, staff were attentive and came round with tea and coffee making sure we were constantly topped up.

So if you are looking for nearby getaway and wanted to embrace the history of the city, The Queen at Chester is a great choice.


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