Hotels in Chester and outside Manchester

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

There are so many hotels around Manchester that it can be hard to pick the best. When it comes to Cheshire and Chester, and other stunning areas less than an hour’s drive from Manchester, alongside some high-quality low-cost options, many of the oldest hotels come complete with their own backstory, too.

Take the Courthouse in Knutsford, a former – you guessed it – court house, that now offers a fascinating and dog-friendly overnight stay. Or the fabulous Chester Townhouse, a charming independent hotel at the heart of this wonderful, historic city.

To make life easy when it comes to booking, here’s our expert guide.

  • 1. Hotel Indigo Chester

    Ian Jones

    Hotel Indigo Chester, Grosvenor Park Rd,, Chester, CH1 1QQ - Visit now

    Hotel Indigo Chester is the definition of a special occasion destination. Treat yourself, at least once. High-end hotels don’t get much more high-end than this.

  • 2. Chester Townhouse

    Chester Townhouse

    Chester Townhouse, 49-51 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH 1 1RS - Visit now

    If you’re in town on business it’s a well-priced option, but if you’re visiting Chester to see the sights, you’ll struggle to find anywhere quite as agreeable as this beautiful independent hotel.

  • 3. The Courthouse Cheshire

    Ian Jones

    The Courthouse Cheshire, Toft Rd, Knutsford, WA16 0PB - Visit now

    There aren’t many other hotels in the UK quite like The Courthouse, and considering the number of sights to visit in this wonderful corner of the North, this is well worth a special visit, with or without pets.

  • 4. Forest Side Hotel

    Ian Jones

    Forest Side Hotel, Keswick Road, Grasmere,, Ambleside, LA22 9RN - Visit now

    Hotelier Andrew Wildsmith has spent over £4m renovating a fairytale Victorian Manor which opened to the public in early 2016. It’s something of an understatement to say it’s money well spent.

  • 5. The White Hart Inn

    White Hart Inn
    Stephen Keates

    The White Hart Inn, 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, OL4 4JJ - Visit now

    Fantastic traditional restaurant, with nearby hotel rooms that offer beautiful views over the local scenery.

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