The Wildes Hotel Group has begun work on a £5m project to transform a historic site on Bridge Street into a boutique hotel, restaurant and spa with ambitions to be the second 5-star hotel in the city.
Set to open in late summer 2022, the much-anticipated hotel will feature 18 unique bedrooms, a spa with rooftop pool overlooking the city and a destination restaurant and bar, which will include outdoor seating overlooking Eastgate Street on the historic Rows of Chester.
The Grade II listed building was developed in 1892 by architect Thomas M Lockwood and features huge fireplaces, stone windows and original beams.
With the total cost of development estimated to cost more than £5m, the building will be sensitively refurbished to retain the period features, while introducing an interior design that takes influence from key venues in London and around the world.
Paul Wildes, CEO of The Wildes Hotel Group, said: “Chester is currently alive with development as collective efforts are underway throughout the City to put Chester back on the map and as such, we are pouring our heart and soul into reviving this historic venue, creating a destination venue that is set to attract attention from far and wide.
“We are fiercely aware that the work we are carrying out may cause some day-to-day disruption but we’re working closely with our contractors Truman, local residents and the council to keep this to a minimum.
“I’m committed to creating amazing places for the people of Chester to enjoy and now with work underway on the hotel and confirmation of our lease on Booth Mansion, further down Watergate Street, for our members club ‘W’, we’re excited to be bringing some of the most talked about destinations to Chester city-centre in 2022.”
The 18 bedrooms will all be totally unique with free-standing furnishings to allow the original building and its features to ‘breathe’.
Each will house quirky elements such as a free-standing bathtub with skylight for guests to enjoy the night sky in style. One of the rooms will even feature its own four-seater cinema.
The first floor will see a luxurious and state-of-the-art spa featuring relaxation area, nail bar and multiple treatment rooms.
The roof of the hotel will be home to the much-anticipated rooftop pool, jacuzzi and terrace where guests can enjoy spectacular views across the city.
The Wildes Group has a growing portfolio of hotels, restaurants and spas in the North West including Van Dyk, Chesterfield, Holiday Inn Express in Hoylake and Crewe.