A Luxury 4* Spa break in Chester
An overnight spa break at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester
This year so far has been hectic, juggling a full-time master’s course with a full-time blog, I’ve not really had any quality time to just stop, relax, refresh and recharge. So, I was delighted when Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa in Chester invited me to have a complimentary overnight spa break, it’s just what I needed to kick start my way into Spring with a luxury weekend away.
The overnight spa break included a complimentary stay in the newly refurbished rooms, access to spa facilities, an hour-long Elemis superfood facial, a two-course meal at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant and a continental breakfast at the Garden Room & Terrace restaurant located at the Hilton hotel.
We arrived in Chester by train, the journey was only 1 hour 30 mins from Birmingham New Street, so we were there in no time. My partner and I got to Chester early, so we could have a little wander around before getting the short six-minute taxi drive from Chester city to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
As we were driving through the entrance to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, we spotted a lovely pond with a water feature, lots of greenery and a stunning 18th Century Manor House joined to a 19th Century, Grade II listed conservatory. When we arrived, there was a wedding ceremony taking place inside the historic manor and conservatory. So, I can imagine it's a beautiful wedding venue, especially with the 12 acres of landscaped grounds and a secret garden.
Next to the manor house there’s a contemporary extension to the main hotel entrance, spa, restaurants and accommodation.
The reception area
We were given a warm welcome when checking into the Hilton and were quickly handed an information pack along with some delicious warm, gooey and freshly baked ‘arrival cookies’. After our journey, something sweet was just what we needed so the Hiltons greeting cookie is a thoughtful touch. We ate them the moment we got into the room – obviously, they smelt so good!
In the reception area there’s plenty of contemporary seating around and a TV. Next to the reception, there’s also the entrance to the club and spa, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant and the Garden Room & Terrace restaurant along with hallways to the different suites.
Our room for the night was a king-size guest room, that had been recently renovated with a stylish and contemporary look. The rooms come with complimentary WiFi, an ironing board, iron, safe, hairdryer, a large screen with Sky TV, air conditioning, an electronic safe, premium bath products and tea & coffee facilities.
In the bathroom there’s a large mirror with perfect selfie lighting, stylish chrome fixtures & fittings, a black marble table top suitable for a beauty flat-lay, printed monochrome floor tiles and a spacious walk in shower with soft white towels.
The king-size bed had crisp white sheets with a super comfortable mattress. As we were on the first floor overlooking the car park, we kept the blinds closed throughout our stay, but there was still plenty of light coming through the Semi-Opaque blinds.
When we retired back to the room after a lovely meal at MPW restaurant, we watched Sky TV for an hour and then went to bed. We had a good night’s sleep, as there wasn’t any noise from the rooms next door, or from the corridor and as the hotel is surrounded by lots of open land there wasn’t any outside noise like you can get with some city centre hotels. At night the room had a cosy feel with the dim lighting, so it was comfortable and relaxing.
The Spa facilities
The Doubletree by Hilton hotel and spa has an 18m swimming pool, dream wave meditation room, hydrotherapy pools, sauna & steam rooms, poolside relaxation beds, an outdoor watsu pool with waterfall and a spa terrace café. There’s also a fully equipped gym, but we didn’t have time to check that out.
The spa is spread out across three floors, the ground floor is the main reception and changing rooms, the first floor is where you’ll find the treatment rooms, plus ‘the before’ room with complimentary juices, herbal teas and a terrace with outdoor seating and ‘the after’ room consisting of a pampering room and relaxing dream wave room. Down in the basement is where you’ll find the pools and steam rooms.
We enjoyed our time in the spa, although I was slightly disappointed to find that there weren’t any heated lounges, I have terrible back pain so, the heat from the curved seating always feels great on my back. However, the outdoor watsu pool was very popular, I did try to take photos of it, but it was a struggle to not get people in the photo.
Next to the 18m swimming pool there’s a cosy booth with padded seating and a TV, which was a nice spot to chill out in. The dream room was lovely too, there were padded lounges and large bean bag style seating around a light projection on the ceiling, so it’s a relaxing place to have a cat nap. Having a stroll across the terrace overlooking the walled garden was lovely too, I can imagine it being very popular in the summer. We didn’t stay out there for too long, the weather was freezing, so we couldn’t wait to get back inside to the terrace café to enjoy a herbal tea on the cosy seating with a magazine before getting called in for my treatment.
The spa treatments
Prior to the treatment I completed a mini form and discussed the treatment with the beauty therapist. She was lovely and happily altered the planned treatment to suit my skincare needs, as two days before visiting I underwent laser and LED treatment on my face, so it wasn’t advisable to have an ELEMIS facial with a resurfacing peel so she recommended me to have an ELEMIS Superfood facial instead to feed my skin with essential nutrients. So, if you ever book in for a facial, always discuss your skin concerns so that they can tailor make the facial to suit your skins needs.
The treatment rooms are warm and cosy with dimmed lighting and relaxing music. The therapist gave me a few minutes to get myself ready under the towels before starting the treatment. She began by doing a double cleanse to remove my make up and then massaged my face, décolletage, arms and head which felt lovely, I almost fell to sleep as it had been such a long day.
She then applied the ELEMIS superfood mask to my face, it has a thick consistency and is perfect for tired, stressed out skin as its full of rich essential minerals and trace elements to give the skin a radiance boost and to make it feel smoother and plumper. When the treatment came to an end I really didn’t want to move, I felt so relaxed and sleepy, but I just about managed to get myself up to head back to the room to start getting ready for my next experience Hilton had kindly got planned for me.
The restaurant - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
After a quick shower we got dressed up and headed straight to the Marco Pierre Whitehouse restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel. On arrival we were given a warm welcome and were quickly shown to our table. The restaurant has a dark, elegant and stylish interior with a stunning chandelier and views of the garden and grounds.
To start the evening, we ordered some mixed olives marinated in garlic and olive oil accompanied with warm baked sourdough bread with a touch of sea salt. For drinks we picked a lovely bottle of rosé, the Vendange white zinfandel 2016 had a medium sweet flavour and a subtle strawberry aroma.
We skipped the starters and went straight into our main course and ordered two vegetarian meals. I went for the Classic macaroni & cheese with a poached egg, wild mushrooms and herbs and my partner chose the Gnocchi pomodora with fresh basil, fricassee of wild mushrooms and fresh herbs. Both mains were accompanied with a green salad layered with a truffle dressing and a pinch of sea salt. To go alongside our wild mushroom mains, we had a side of triple cooked chips and skinny chips.
To complete the evening, we ordered a little something sweet, I went for the gorgeous velvety dark chocolate mousse topped with cream and a sprinkle of nuts. While my partner indulged in a warm banana & walnut sponge with caramel sauce.
The service throughout the evening was faultless, we should have asked for our waiter's name to give him a thank you, as he looked after us all evening, he was very attentive making sure our glass of rosé was always topped up and that we had everything we wanted to ensure we had a perfect evening.
The breakfast - Garden Room & Terrace Restaurant
In the morning it was great having a lay in bed without being rudely awoken by an alarm clock, I can’t remember the last time I’ve slept in bed past 9am, so it was heaven after a great night’s sleep! Although we did manage to roll out of bed and get dressed quickly to make it in time for breakfast, they stop serving at 10:30am at the weekend and 10am on a weekday.
The continental breakfast is served in the lovely spacious Garden Room and Terrace restaurant. After being shown to a table for two, we headed straight to the plates to pick out a vegetarian breakfast. As you can see I love my mushrooms, so I accompanied plenty of them with some hash browns, baked beans and a grilled tomato. While my partner dipped his crispy hash browns into some perfectly runny eggs.
Some of you may know from Instagram, I do enjoy a good’ol breakfast bowl of granola, yoghurt, nuts and berries so I couldn’t help but eat a bowl of that too, along with some freshly chilled orange juice.
After filling up our tummies to start the day, we headed back to the room to pack our bags while watching an episode of The Big Bang Theory. We then sadly checked out at 12pm and the receptionist kindly called us a taxi to go to Chester city.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel and spa. Our weekend away was relaxing, stress-free and filled with delicious food and great service. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in need of some time out and a little TLC.
The chester sightseeing
Before getting the train back to Birmingham, we spent an hour walking around Chester doing some city sightseeing and shopping. There’s quite a few things to see and do within a short walking distance. The first landmark we checked out was the Eastgate clock on the bridge, its apparently the second most photographed clock in the world after Big Ben. We also visited the Chester Cathedral and admired the beautiful Tudor buildings. Our taxi driver recommended seeing the Roman Amphitheatre but we sadly ran out of time because of our booked train tickets, but I’m sure I’ll be visiting Chester again as we had a great weekend and it’s not too far away from Birmingham either.
To see more photos from our stay, check out my Facebook photo album:
Disclaimer: Complimentary stay with food and spa treatment. All photos and words are my own.