DoubleTree by Hilton Chester
Steeped in 18th century history, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa Chester is now looking towards a bright future after completing an extensive transformation.
The work, which began in 2016 and was divided between three phases, included the addition of 79 luxury bedrooms houses in a new hotel wing, an overhaul of the food and beverage offering and a revamp of the entrance, reception, lounge and lobby areas. With a total of 219 bedrooms now available, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester is one of the leading leisure hotels in the area. Managed by Valor Hospitality Europe, the hotel is now able to respond to the growing demand for residential conferences, as well as overnight spa breaks.
The design of the refreshed areas and new bedrooms was led by Rethink Interiors. Inspired by the history of the area and local landmarks, the hotel features a number of unique and quirky touches. To find out more, Premier Hospitality spoke to Rethink Interiors Managing Director Kate Martin:
“Rethink Interiors got involved because we are on the Hilton preferred designers list and Valor and Marathon had heard of us. They came to us and asked if we could put together a concept. We went away and researched the Doubletree Chester history as a building. BT had owned the building during the war and it was a hotel during the 1980s called Hoole Hall. It had also once been owned by pioneer balloonist Thomas Baldwin so overall there was quite a rich history with the building.
“We liked the idea of a Thomas Baldwin connection and our whole concept was designed around exploring and travel. We took inspiration from the idea of being on the ground looking up at a hot air balloon and looking down from a hot air balloon. The bespoke carpets are as if you are looking down at fields from high in the clouds. The artwork was designed locally around things that you would see in Chester.
“The feedback we’ve received is that it’s all gone down really well. From our point of view it’s been really nice to have another UK project. We’ve done a mix UK and international projects and a mix of hotel brands. With this one it was nice to get stuck in and work on it for a good couple of years and see it evolve over the phases. It has ended up looking exactly like the original concept visuals we did back in 2015. It was an exciting project to work on.”
The first phase of the renovation programme, which was completed at the end of 2016, saw a brand-new restaurant open at the hotel. The Garden Room and Terrace specialises in dishes that use the very best British ingredients wherever possible, taking diners on a unique journey as they follow the provenance of the suppliers, from land, sea and garden, while taking in the views out over the original walled garden and historic gardens. As well as The Garden Room and Terrace, the hotel is also home to the popular Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, which recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment.
Edward Cross, general manager at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester, said: “While our spa and leisure packages remain popular, business travellers continue to look to the DoubleTree by Hilton, Chester for its premier location and excellent facilities.
“We’re proud to provide services above and beyond those expected in everyday hotels and this extends to our business offering. Our unique event and meeting spaces, as well as the hotel’s historic setting and gardens, offer the perfect backdrop to corporate functions, and we look forward to hosting more of them in 2018.”
Situated just outside of Chester city centre, the hotel benefits from easy access to family favourite Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks as well as all the amenities and attractions the city has to offer.