Budget hotels in Chester
Encircled by red-standstone, Roman-era walls and boasting a warren of Victorian and Tudor buildings, Chester is a historic gem. There are tiny courtyards, heavy set arches, riverside promenades, overhanging eaves and quaint cobbled streets at every turn and intricate ancient architecture aplenty to marvel at. The city’s surprisingly modern too, with a vibrant restaurant scene. On a Sunday the aroma of roast lamb and fresh mint waft down the streets and the clamoring of vendors at the local farmers market as they sell fat red tomatoes and freshly picked rosemary can be heard from all around.
Things to see
The thick-set stone remains of Chester Castle can be seen as you potter around the high-up city walls which wrap themselves around Chester’s compact center. Dating back to Roman times, the red-standstone structures are studded with towers and grand gates and span an impressive 2 miles – they’re the most complete circuit in the UK and a great way to spend a cost-free afternoon. Boasting detailed mosaics, centuries-old cloisters and Gothic and Norman-era solid arches, Chester Cathedral is a sight to be seen and you can simply amble around its extensive grounds or attend a service. Chester Zoo makes for a fun-filled family day out where you can get up close to exotic birds, marvel at mighty mammals and enjoy the unique experience of its blacked-out bat cave. For those who fancy a flutter or who simply want to enjoy a buzzing atmosphere, Chester’s famous Roodee Racecourse is always a hub of activity as horses gallop their way to victory.
Cheap Hotels in Chester
You can be pampered and preened to perfection with a stay in one of Chester’s luxury hotels, but if your budget won’t stretch to butler-like service and indulgent mud baths, the city’s full of affordable hotels. With a string of budget-friendly big chain names, there are cheap hotels in Chester aplenty. Many offer convenient amenities such as WiFi and flat-screen televisions as standard and you can often request extras like hair dryers if not provided. Local B&Bs are also a good option when looking for cheap Chester hotels, and come with the added benefit of a free breakfast.
Where to stay
Most of Chester’s cheap hotels are clustered around the leafy Hoole suburb, which is to the east of the city center. Around a mile’s walk from the center of town, it provides a great cost-effective base for exploring the city and its many sites. Hoole also has its own history with pretty Victorian-terraced houses lining its streets and traditional British pubs with sprawling beer gardens. It’s also well positioned for Chester Railway Station and the M53 motorway. You can also find affordable places to stay in the city center, although you may have to pay a slightly higher price tag for the privilege of being among all the action.
How to get to
For those arriving from abroad, or from the far corners of the UK, John Lennon Airport in nearby Liverpool is the closest point of entry by air. There are train services which link the airport with Chester Railway Station, as well as cheaper bus services. Chester’s main train station is located in Newtown, in the northeast of the city, and is on the North Wales Coast line. There are direct train links with the likes of London, Liverpool and Manchester – and if tickets are booked well in advance, rail can be a very affordable way of getting to the city.