And dining at The Forge Restaurant
The ancient city of Chester is located in the northwest of England and is a treat for the senses. You’ll be astounded at the depth of history flowing through its picturesque streets and the welcoming vibe that awaits your arrival.
What better way to compliment your visit to Chester than combining it with a relaxing stay at Hotel Indigo Chester.
Hotel Indigo Chester is a modern, contemporary boutique hotel that has welcomed guests since 2019. Hotel Indigo is situated just a short hop outside Chester’s city walls; within only an 8-minute stroll, you’ll be admiring the iconic Eastgate Clock. Or 5-minute south, you’ll wander through Grosvenor Park down to the River Dee and The Groves
Our review of Hotel Indigo ChesterGreeted with a smile on arrival
As we checked in early, our room wasn’t quite ready. The receptionist offered to securely store our luggage so we could head off and explore the city at our leisure. We were given a city map and offered advice if needed.
Hotel Indigo Chester doesn’t have onsite parking, so you can temporarily park outside whilst unloading your luggage. The location of the nearby car parks and the exclusive discounts they offered were explained. See my details on parking below.
Checking in at Hotel Indigo Chester was an uncomplicated and a swift process, everything was explained thoroughly, including the hotel’s Wi-Fi options and the lounge areas in the hotel.
Hotel Indigo Chester has 75 guest rooms and is a non-smoking hotel; breakfast is served within the in-house Forge Restaurant.
While Hotel Indigo Chester does not have an onsite car park, the hotel has an arrangement with APCOA Parking at the nearby Pepper Street multi-storey car park.
The reduced charge is £12 for 24 hours instead of £20. We used this facility, and the car park was safe and only around an 8–10-minute walk to Hotel Indigo Chester. You can park temporarily at the front of the hotel to unload and load your luggage.
There is one disabled parking bay at the front of the hotel.
Our accommodation at Hotel Indigo ChesterThe ‘King Deluxe Room’
Our accommodation for the two nights at Hotel Indigo Chester was in a spacious ‘King Deluxe Room’. We were located at the front of the hotel on the first floor and found it very peaceful throughout the day and night.
I loved the contemporary décor; even though the panelling was quite dark, the room felt warm.
The bedroom was very light and airy and had two large windows letting in plenty of daylight. Along with a relaxing lounge chair the room also had a spacious desk. From which, you could catch up on the modern aspects of your day-to-day life.
We found that the bedroom had plenty of socket points dotted around, several USB ports in the wall sockets, and even a couple by your bed, which I find handy.
After a busy day exploring Chester, the luxury king-size Hypnos bed was exceptionally comfortable and very welcoming. Other in-room facilities included a large 46” flat-screen TV and a combination safe for valuables.
Tea and coffee-making facilities were available in the room, which included a choice of Nespresso coffee capsules. And some delicious biscuits. Also stored away were a hairdryer, a mini fridge, iron and an ironing board.
The room also had a full-length mirror, which I always find a nice touch; this can be overlooked sometimes. And who doesn’t like to see fluffy white bathrobes?
I would only add that I would have liked a little more storage space for clothing, although ample hangers were available.
Free Wi-fi was obtainable throughout the hotel, a passcode wasn’t required, so access was reasonably straightforward, and you weren’t limited to the number of devices you could connect.
The Wi-fi signal had a download rate of 17.6 Mbps and an upload rate of 11.1 Mbps.
The bathroom at Hotel Indigo ChesterA lovely touch of style
As we head into the bathroom, it’s always good to see bright white Egyptian cotton towels. There was ample of space in the bathroom, and extremely clean.
The chrome antique-style fittings worked very well with the sharp lines of the grey and white tiling throughout the spa-inspired room.
The absence of a bath didn’t worry us, as the large walk-in rainfall shower certainly made up for it. The premium toiletries from Zenology include a hand wash, hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
One touch I personally appreciate is the double-sided magnifying mirror; once again, this is often missed in a bathroom; however, I’m pleased to say it was in this IHG Hotel.
How to get to Hotel Indigo Chester
Hotel Indigo Chester is located along Grosvenor Park Road in the heart of the city within the county of Cheshire.
The hotel is just a short stroll from the historic centre of Chester; in around 8 minutes, you’ll arrive at the magnificent Eastgate Clock.
Our chosen transport option was to drive, and we used the postcode below to navigate.
Another alternative is to take a train to Chester Train Station, which is around an 8-minute walk to Hotel Indigo Chester.
Hotel Indigo Chester
Grosvenor Park Road
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Dining at Hotel Indigo ChesterA cheeky drink at the bar
For our evening meal, we head to Hotel Indigo’s in-house restaurant, The Forge. Which not only caters for its hotel guests but also serves fresh cuisine to local residents. The 70-seater restaurant was opened in 2019 by Chef and restaurateur Mike Robinson.
The dining experience at The Forge was relaxed and casual, and the charming surroundings made for a delightful experience.
The cuisine was of exceptionally high quality, and all were freshly prepared in their open-plan kitchen for all to see. The emphasis at The Forge restaurant is on British food, using only British ingredients with importance being aimed at sustainability.
The food is cooked over wood and charcoal, and locally reared meat is all aged on the premises.
To start, I chose the Scottish mackerel, with radish, kohlrabi and labneh. This was a relatively light dish to eat, and the combination of the slight heat from the radish and crunch from the kohlrabi worked extremely well.
Gary decided upon the cider braised ham knuckle to start with parsley sauce, crispy mussels, and gherkin ketchup. Gary really enjoyed this dish, especially the light crunch of the crispy mussel with the smooth terrine.
For the main course, I chose Welsh lamb rump, and with north Wales being so close, I knew it hadn’t travelled far. The lamb was accompanied by braised onion, sticky glaze belly, leek, and miso.
Gary settled upon the Hereford sirloin of beef as a main course, with baby carrot, Madeira, and mushroom. We both chose triple-cooked chips as a side dish.
We couldn’t resist dessert; Gary chose the Black Forest Gateaux with dark chocolate and cherry sorbet, which he loved. I chose the savoury option of Blue Monday cheese, carrot cake and pickled walnut.
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Breakfast at Hotel Indigo ChesterA fantastic start to the day
Along with the fine array of delicacies for the continental breakfast, you’re also given the option of a freshly prepared hot breakfast.
I decided upon the smoked salmon with scrambled egg on toasted sourdough, which was delicious and plenty of it. Gary chose the eggs royale with an English muffin, smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
A few places to visit in Chester;
- The Rows
- Roman Amphitheatre
- Stroll the magnificent city walls
- Chester Market
- The Grosvenor Museum
- Eastgate Clock
- Chester Racecourse
- Chester Cathedral
- The Storyhouse
- Chester Basin
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