Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 323
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JulyTraveller Not a great experience
Great location and extremely convenient for visiting the city and car parking.
The biggest drawback was the size of our room. The family room was tiny. When the sofa bed was extended there was no room for our suitcases or to move around. We ended up sending our teenager to stay with a relative who thankfully lived nearby. The bathroom was well designed for a small space but let down by broken floor tile and the black mildew on the shower fittings and wall tiles.
It was a very hot week and the room was cooled by a thoughtfully provided fan, but this was quite noisy. The corridors were boiling hot. Perhaps the staff were suffering from the heat too because they seemed to be rather wan and lacking in enthusiasm. Sadly I have to rate this as our worst Holiday Inn stay.
02 September 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by me121 holiday
would recommend hotel. easy access to Chester and free parking
29 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 good budget hotel
excellent position friendly staff good complimentary breakfast functional rooms overall nice hotel good value for money
28 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by soumynnooa soumynnona
We booked this hotel for a family Wedding Reception we had a really good weekend Hotel staff very friendly and helpful beds comfy would definitely stay here again. Although other reviews stated breakfast was basic it was actually very good and not waiting around staff were constantly filling up bread juice pastries etc. Well Done
27 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Darren 123 nice cheap hotel in chester
Nice hotel and very close to city center.
Room very warm but a fan was provided.
Will stay again all going well in april
27 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Poggers Chester Visit
Had a really enjoyable stay at the Holiday Inn Chester Racecourse. The check in staff could not have been more helpful (Emma) and were way ahead of the normal assistance you receive in a hotel. The rooms were really good value for money and a great location for Chester/ Aquarium and Zoo. A hotel we would definitely stay in again.
26 August 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mike 23 okay Hotel only for a short stay
Easy to find (ish) and walking distance to Chester Wall.
Try and park close to hotel entrance. Staff were pleasant on arrival and checking out.
Room - hmm. Very clean and thought the en-suite one of the best I have used as even though compact, found everything to hand and very bright. Even the quirky idea of the bathroom door then acting as the toilet door, worked well. What let the room down was the cramped space and poor beds. We booked for 2 adults and 1 child. The hotel had shoe horned what I imagine was some kind of futon next to the double bed, which meant you could not sit at the table and you had to stand on a mattress to close the curtains. We dare not open a window as we were on the busy road side. The beds were terrible. The main double was very bouncy, almost like a waterbed as it swayed that much when you moved. The second bed was rock solid and it had 2 distinct creases in it which lead me to believe it was a futon.
Only go to the bar for a nightcap. There are plenty of restaurants out there including the The White Horse. The hotel advertise 3 in close proximity, however this one is right in the middle of Chester Racecourse and we received a 10% off voucher from Reception and additionally received a complimentary golf buggy ride from the hotel to the restaurant where food and service come well recommended.
25 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sidney67 business
Pleasant location, reception and breakfast area have been renewed. Handed for the town only a short walk for a drink or food.
25 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by VikingOne Perfect location
Perfect location for Racecourse and short walk to town center. Room a little bit warm as no air con, but the supplied room fan helped. Bed and room condition was excellent.
Breakfast was buffet style, and very good quality.
Only issue is the WiFi packed up mid evening, and being on a business trip, was one of the reasons I chose this hotel, still not working by checkout on the next morning.
This did not spoil the overall quality of the stay.
25 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 70 years Wonderful experience
Staff particularly were superb, very attentive and so pleased all the ones we came into contact with were British . It was very refreshing. The hotel is central and it was lovely waking up each morning and looking out over the racecourse.
A memorable stay and will return, loved Chester.
22 August 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JeepFreak4x4 Avoid a Race Weekend
I picked the hotel for the brand - I had no idea there was race in Chester this weekend...
I wasn't recognized as a Platinum member when I arrived, actually I was basically just checked in and nothing was ready for me. This is something I notice as a person that spend 185-200 nights in a hotel a year.
Then the internet was down Thursday afternoon and most of the evening. The counter staff -same two the checked me in- acted as if I was unique in my problem. Normally this wouldn't be a issue for me, but being a traveler to a city that I had never been I was hostage to WiFi. So I made another request to the staff, I went for dinner and a walk and returned to the same issue. But this time the Staff -a new staff member who was very helpful my whole stay- called in a service man, who made certain the WiFi was working that evening.
My room was stuffy and damp, and on the noisy street side, so opening the window for sleep was impossible. I used the $5 fan that was on the desk, and it blocked out much of the street level noise, but the hall noise - another issue all together...
Breakfast choices were amazing - as well as the helpful morning staff.
Friday evening my WiFi went down again - but I just ignored it, took a sleep aid and the hall noise faded away...
Saturday you are required to be out of the room by 10am due to the race - NO IDEA WHAT THAT HAS TO DO W/ MY STAY!
The young lady behind the counter called me a taxi to get to the train station - and I checked out for my return to the States...
Overall - it is a nice property, and the location is great to see the city and walk the wall. But the lack of AC and the street level noise #including the bar) was not what I expected from the IHG brand.
I would use the location again, just not the street side of the building, and not on the far end of the hall away from the WiFi router.
21 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Large family ! excellent location and service
Everything we wanted for our family and at a good price. Great breakfast and very friendly, helpful staff
19 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Reasonable price in good location
Booked hotel for location and free parking. Reasonable price with breakfast included.
Five minutes easy walk in Chester town centre. Had downstairs room at back so no road noise. Staff were friendly. Breakfast was good for the price, self service with choice of fruit salad, cereal, yogurt, toast,pastries, egg, sausage and beans.
Free wi if if you take my own laptop/ tablet.
Only negative comments was check out time on Saturday as it was a race day was 10am. As hotel was booked to attend wedding we wanted a leisurely morning and to ensure alcohol was out of our system. If we were informed at the time of booking online that check out was early due to race day, we would not have booked. I asked to check out at 11 and was told we could but then received notice saying check out was 10. I also heard cleaners knocking people up at 9.30 who hadn't checked out saying check out was 10 and they would come back in 20 mins. Appreciate race days are busy but should ensure guests are notified as earlier check out on race days.
19 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kefor Almost Perfect
We found the room to be spotlessly clean , comfortable & decor was in good condition., 3 nights there & slept like a baby or a log depending on your local sayings.
The hotel location is very close to the town centre , so not too far to walk back after an evening meal & a few beers in town (approx 4-5 minutes).
Breakfast was actually ok , I say this because I have read reviews that say it is awful. The breakfasts are maybe limited & consist of cereals , danish, pastries , toast or from the hot buffet there are sausages, scrambled eggs, beans & well that's it , oh & the usual Yogurt, hot drinks ,fruit juices & for us the selection was fine.
Timing for breakfast is the only thing to be careful of as we arrived it was at times "BUSY" , now even this is ok, but due to some guests not knowing how to be patient & shall I say lacking in manners it did become rather frustrating one morning.
The staff , well all I can say there was nothing to complain about, they all seemed to give 110% if that's possible. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
We had stayed a 4 Star Hotel at Manchester the night before we arrived at the Holiday Inn. All I can say is the Holiday Inn staff have the same commitment as the 4 star Hotel staff, so thank you all at the Holiday Inn you are actually all 5 star people in my book.
We will be back.
Regards to all Ken
18 August 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mike888888 Good position and convenient
Generally a good place to stay; very central and easy to park (although suspect as it is next to racecourse, race days are probably problematic!)
Only real dissatisfaction was having a room overlooking a noisy generator which marred an otherwise good stay.
18 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jkp377 Good hotel close to city centre
Usual good quality Holiday Inn Express hotel close to Chester City Centre with the added advantage of free car parking. Easy walk into city centre and sights of Chester.
15 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Truckers1&2 Excellent for visiting Chester
5 minute walk into Chester. Good choice on buffet breakfast. Good size room with a sofa.
Liked having a walk in shower rather than a bath. Shower was very powerful as well which is good.
Some road noise but didn't bother us.
There is a railway next to hotel but we never heard any trains during the night.
Did find the bed a little firm for us, but we are used to sleeping on memory foam rather than a sprung mattress.
Free parking is really good, especially as hotel is so close to Chester.
Was a good base for visiting Chester & the surrounding area.
Reallt good value for money as we got a 4 nights for 3 deal
14 August 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by dianew23 uncomfortable bed
nice hotel very close to town centre and very clean. But bed was very uncomfortable and lumpy, room was hot with a noisey fan and when window was opened there was traffic noise.
12 August 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jula1990 noisy neighbours
The people in the room next door were shouting from 5 a.m. till they went for breakfast, t.v. blaring till very late, walls must be very thin. Doors slamming! Road noise bed had to keep window shut despite hot room..
Our room was not cleaned when we arrived back one day although it was dealt with nobody thought to tell us when it had been completed. No apology.
Beds and sofa were like sitting and sleeping on a board.
Although breakfast was cooked and was fine the choice was very limited.
Location was fine. Unlimited tea and coffee.
11 August 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by lmsnty Great service. Room??
The room we had was VERY small, and having just come from another Holiday Inn in comparison was not quite what l expected. There was no air conditioning, a small fan was place in the room which only circulated more warm air. The heat was so uncomfortable, and we didnt sleep well and we couldnt stay for a second night which we had already booked.
10 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 3 Pennies Great location
Excellent location and a delicious freshly cooked breakfast every morning.Staff very friendly and efficient. Would stay here again and will recommend to friends.
09 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gartref Top of the Class in Chester
Perfect location for the tourist. No need to use your car to access superb historic sites, walk the Walls, shop in The Rows, visit quaint local pubs, bars and restaurants. This is a little-known gem of a location.
08 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Channy 41 Excellent hotel, ideal for races
Really nice hotel
Staff really pleasant and helpful
Will definitely stay again and recommend
07 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Krimbo Excellent customer service
From booking by phone to paying on departure the staff were really friendly and efficient..top marks
Read reviews prior to booking the main gripe seemed to be the quality of the breakfast our party found it to be perfectly adequate with enough choice..no problem
Location and free parking excellent
Accommodation of a very good quality...we will use this hotel again
07 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CIB10 Lovely staff
Reception staff were very helpful, smiley,Happy people! They sorted out a room away from road noise and moved our belongings into it. Thank you. We will come again when in Chester. P.S the breakfast fruit salad is scrummy!!
06 August 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jemma81 gorgeous location
Lovely, clean hotel where the staff were very helpful. Hot and cold drinks are available all day which I thought was a excellent touch. The location is beautiful and the restaurant on the race course is lovely. It has a park too. Very child friendly. I will definitely be back
01 August 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by IGM EDI Easy access to the city
Good location for a Holiday Inn Express with close by restaurant facilities in a picturesque location within the racecourse grounds!
27 July 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wuzzy great day at Chester
hotel is perfectly situated , close enough for the nightlife, but not too noisey. being so close gives you chance to change or freshen up after the races
26 July 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DavidT61 Breakfast lets down an otherwise very good visit
We visited for the races so were expecting it to be a bit manic - and it was! But the staff on reception, bar, and entrance were all very helpful and friendly, as were the cleaners.
Unfortunately there was nothing anyone could do about the noise levels overnight as various very drunk racegoers returned to their (or other peoples!) rooms. We were right by the corridor entrance so had everybody clattering past our room all night.
Also the room was unbearably hot (they did supply a fan but it didn't help much and obviously added to the noise levels), even with the window left open all night. Air con would have been nice!
None of this mattered over much, but the real disappointment was the truly awful breakfast. Buffets don't have to be this bad. Choice of items for cooked breakfast was sausage, beans, scrambled egg. Nothing else. No bacon, no mushrooms, no hash browns, no black pudding, no tomato. Dry, congealed, and unappetising. Two rotary toasters that both had two settings: hardly working at all, or burn bread so quickyl that staff come running over to switch it off so the alarms don't go off. Terrible, and a real negative point to an otherwise lovely stay.
16 July 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Helen25 Excellent Location
Stayed in June on Business. Excellent location next to the race course and just a short walk to the centre of Chester, Would definitely recommend and the car parking next to the hotel was very convenient. Staff were excellent
01 July 2014