Hotel Indigo to make Chester debut

UK: IHG’s boutique hotel brand Hotel Indigo is set to open its first property in Chester.

Hotel Indigo Chester will “combine the historic charm of the city with modern design motifs full of historical character”. It is set to open later this year under a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hospitality.

The 75-key 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 96-cover fine dining restaurant from award winning 2015 MasterChef champion Simon Wood, called Wood Chester. At the heart of the restaurant will be the chef’s table and theatre kitchen. It will also feature a private dining room that will accommodate up to ten people for a meeting or dinner.

Bethan Johnston, general manager of 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.”

Ben Dudley, partner at Franklin Ellis Architects, 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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