Boutique hotel brand to make its debut in Chester

Design for Hotel Indigo Chester

Today sees Hotel Indigo reveal a first glimpse of its much-awaited new boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo Chester, set to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hospitality.

Located at the heart of historic Chester, Hotel Indigo Chester combines the local character and charm with vibrant colours and textures to give the hotel a residential look and feel.

Just as no two places are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are the same. Each Hotel Indigo draws inspiration from the local neighbourhood, culture and popular trends in food, drink and design to create a warm and vibrant atmosphere.

The 75-room new-build hotel has been designed by architects Franklin Ellis taking inspiration from three key elements of the city: the material layers of its architecture; the iconic 1897 Eastgate Clock; and the world-famous Chester Racecourse.

Guests can expect an eclectic combination of fabrics, wood panelling and references to historic people and dress from the city’s past.

Hotel Indigo Chester will also feature a fine-dining restaurant from award-winning 2015 MasterChef champion Simon Wood, Wood Chester.

The design of the 96-cover restaurant will nod to Simon’s signature style to create a relaxed natural environment in which to enjoy his fine dining making it the perfect new outlet for locals to dine in.

At the heart of the restaurant will be the chef’s table and theatre kitchen providing the perfect vista for guests to watch Simon and his team as they work.

The restaurant will also feature a private dining room that will accommodate up to 10 people for a meeting or dinner. Guests will be able to enjoy Simon’s tasting menus as part of any event or occasion.

Bethan Johnston, general manager Hotel Indigo Chester, said: “At Hotel Indigo we believe in providing more than just a good night’s sleep, we want to create an experience as unique as the neighbourhood in which we are found.

“It’s really important to us that we reflect the community around us and offer a personalised stay that is tailored both to the city and the guest.

“It’s a high end boutique experience but without ever being stuffy, we will offer top quality service that, like Simon’s food, is unintimidating, relaxed and welcoming. We believe we will offer something different to any other hotel in Chester.”

Hotel Indigo Chester bedroom

Partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, Ben Dudley, said: “It’s been a real joy to be involved in this hotel and signature restaurant project. Like all Hotel Indigo properties, this one is inspired by the city it’s located in and seeks to reflect the surrounding architecture and character.

“We have added unique elements to the interiors that are relevant to the area, including artwork of local landmarks and items that are made locally.

“On a personal note, it’s fascinating to work with Chef Simon Wood and see how his attention to every detail ensures his guests have a wonderful dining experience.

“I’m certain this project will be a fabulous new venue for Chester and a delightful place to stay.”

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