A world-class hotel in Chester


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A Chester hotel has been named the world’s best small hotel

Edgar House [pictured above], a seven-bedroom boutique property in Northwest England, beat hotels in New Zealand, Costa Rica and Thailand to take the top spot in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards announced this week.

The results are based on reviews and opinions collected over the past year from TripAdvisor readers. This is the first year the hotel has entered the small hotel category.

“Guests always comment on the personal touches and attention to detail — from the ducks in the bathroom to the little treats o the pillow at bedtime,” says co-owner Tim Mills, sitting by the open fire in the lounge against a backdrop of classical music.

“It’s easy to feel like just another room number in a hotel but we aim to keep on making people feel special and looked after.”

The hotel, set in a period Georgian building overlooking the River Dee, opened in 2013 and welcomes guests aged 14 and above.

The individual rooms are stylish while artworks from Chester’s Castle Galleries adorn the walls throughout and a new cinema room with a large screen and gourmet popcorn is available downstairs.

Restaurant Twenty2, a fine-dining restaurant under head chef Neil Griffiths, opened within the building last November.

The 24-cover dining room opens Wednesday to Sunday for Sunday lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals.

The Roman city of Chester will see the opening of its new £37 arts centre, run and programmed the arts producer Chester Performs, later this year.

The stately Chester Grosvenor Hotel celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.

“Chester is my favourite English city. It’s compact to explore and a great base to explore the wider region,” says Midlands-born Tim.

“It’s a small city of romance — a perfect place to propose.”

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive of Marketing Cheshire, adds: “Chester is a world class heritage city and now we have another world class hotel to welcome visitors.”

Read the Telegraph review, Edgar House.

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