A short break in Chester
If you followed our half term adventures, you will see that we spent a few days staying at Pen Hendre on the Llyn Peninsula before stopping over for a night in Chester on our way home. I am sure I have mentioned before that we lived in Chester for a few years before the children arrived, and have so much love for this beautiful walled City. We love nothing more than a weekend in Chester and are always on the lookout for hotels in Chester, and family friendly Chester accommodation that is suitable for our family of five. This time we stayed at Travelodge Chester Central. Here is our Chester Travelodge review.
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TRAVELODGE CHESTER CENTRAL
Travelodge Chester Central address;
Little St John Street, Chester,
CH1 1DD, United Kingdom
Sat nav postcode: CH1 1DD
Travelodge in chester
We stayed in a Travelodge during our short break in York and found it really good value for money and great for a family friendly stay, so we were looking forward to our stay in the Chester Central Travelodge.
The Travelodge Chester Central is in a wonderful location to explore Chester…it is literally slap bang in the middle of the City, so walking distance to many of the City’s shops, bars, restaurants and Chester attractions. Perfect for those tiny legs that struggle to walk too far and a great choice to explore the City.
Travelodge for Families
Travelodge is really good value for families. They offer family rooms which have plenty of space for all of the family. What’s more … kids 15 and under eat breakfast for free!
IF you fancy dinner there is a great kids menu too with a great value meal deal.
Travelodge Chester Central review
We had two rooms booked which had two single beds made up and a comfortable king sized bed. There was loads of space and I definitely think we would have been okay in one room and brought along a ready bed for our toddler. Travel cots are available if you need one.
The room was spotless and all the beds were made up for us on our arrival. There was a TV with freeview, ensuite with bath and shower, tea and coffee making facilities on a large desk, and fresh white towels available.
WiFi is free for the first 30 minutes and then chargeable after this at around £3 for 24 hours.
The hotel is in a beautiful building and staff here were so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. There was always someone available at the reception desk if we needed them, and they were on hand to help with directions, advice and recommendations for things to do in Chester for families.
We had the choice of a hot buffet breakfast at the Travelodge further down the road (Bridge Street) and it took us a couple of minutes to walk across. We booked a time for breakfast with the reception the evening we checked in. The breakfast consisted of eggs, toast, sausages, bacon, hash browns and tomatoes and there was a good selection of cereals, fruit and yoghurts. Again the staff here were super friendly, and nothing was too much trouble.
Travelodge chester central parking
Okay so there is a story here. There is an NCP car park right next to the Travelodge Chester Central at Chester Pepper Street. Car park is open Monday – Sunday and Travelodge customers are entitled to a discounted rate of £10.50 for 24 hours parking (just speak to reception for your discount). We had Otis the Campervan and we headed for Chester Pepper Street to park. We looked like we had cleared the height for the car park but unfortunately realised just as it was too late. The car park vs our pop top campervan roof = the car park won. If you have a larger vehicle please don’t attempt to use this car park.
We found an open air carpark – Little Roodee Car Park. It was a pleasant walk along the river to the Travelodge, but quite a distance with all the bags (especially if you have young children). It did only cost us about £6 for 24 hours which is a bargain for city centre car parking in Chester. Really sad about our pop top roof, but I won’t dwell on that…
24 hours in Chester with kids
There is so much to see and do in Chester with kids and just outside the city.
Take a walk down to the river, and on a sunny day you can enjoy an ice cream on the river banks. On the bank of the river is the ‘Groves’, a paved promenade with bandstand, restaurants and cafes. You can also take a boat ride, hire a pedalo or a rowing boat.
We love the City Walls. According to Visit Chester, they are the oldest and most complete in Britain, – parts of which are almost 2000 years old. You can walk the circuit and you will have the most wonderful views into the city.
We recently discovered The Storyhouse in Chester – a great place to visit with kids. The Storyhouse is a cinema, theatre and library in Chester. There are often kids activities and events on…when we visited we headed to the free weekend of arts and crafts. There are also free drop in sessions and activities so do check out their website for more information before you visit.
Cheshire Candle workshop
On our way home we headed to the Cheshire Candle Workshop. I love this place. It is about 20 minutes drive from Chester city centre, and is a lovely place to visit for families. You can visit their candle making and craft activities workshops. I took the girls to make a candle and they LOVED it. You don’t need to book either, just turn up and make a twisty candle and decorate a tea light candle holder. The Cheshire candle workshop is near Beeston and you can find out more online.
You may find my post on things to do in Chester with kids useful
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