The Chester Residence
Comments from members who have stayed at The Chester Residence
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Stayed on 29 Dec 2012
This hotel is perfect for...
• Honeymoons • Romantic breaks • Proper pampering • Peace and quiet • Lazy days
What I liked
We loved everything about the hotel and its Georgian architecture. Didn't see any of the other apartments but ours was fantastic - a real 'WOW' - huge lounge with beautiful high ceilings sporting decorative cornices and mouldings, large windows with original shutters. The remaining decor being very contemporary and immaculately clean, it was just so lovely and spacious. We stayed over the New Year and on New Years Eve and were entertained by a piper playing in the entrance porch below - we could hear this from our apartment - it added a superb ambiance to our New Year celebrations. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We loved every minute of our stay and would very much like to return.
What could be better
I can't think of anything - it is a perfect place to stay.
The restaurant in Harvey Nicolls is great. We went there for lunch on the 30th Dec. There is a section you can book and another you can go to when waiting to be seated - it has fantastic views of the Castle and would be perfect for a New Years Eve dinner. I think this needs to be booked well in advance though. Martin Wishart's Restaurant is also superb in Leith; would liked to have visited Tom Kitchin's restauarant also, but he was closed during the period we stayed, (next time!). We took the train to Glasgow from Edinburgh - it took approx 45 minutes and was well worth the visit.
Stayed on 18 Jun 2012
A novel experience for us – an apartment not a hotel, but the only difference was the huge amount of space. Usually I take a suite in the Hotel du Vin but here I got two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a massive sitting room, and fully equipped kitchen for less money. A few niggles: The bed was a bit small, there was no cot for our four month old, the entry phone was broken, no dogs were allowed and there was no parking. However this did not detract from the stay, the staff were friendly and getting a takeaway delivered and having friends around for drinks in your 'own' apartment is a great way of doing things.
Stayed on 4 Aug 2011
A stunning residence, which we would highly recommend to anybody. Very comfortable. Its a long time since we had such a restful sleep outside of our own bed at home, with exceptionally helpful staff. Neil, the Concierge, and Katie on Reception to name but two. Every recommendation that they made, whether for meals entertainment or where to go, was spot on. Nothing was too much effort. We rarely go somewhere and have nothing to say on a developmental basis, but this is one such occasion. We didn't want to leave and will most definitely return.
Stayed on 6 May 2011
Stayed on 1 Apr 2011
Stayed on 28 Jan 2011
We chanced upon a great restaurant on West Preston Street - Hanedan. It is a small Turkish restaurant with a great atmosphere and very reasonably priced. Go for the Kofte or Lamb Shish
Stayed on 19 Nov 2009
We made the most of Edinburgh. Walked up to Calton Hill. Wandered the Royal Mile. Peered into Mary King's Close (the underground city). Shopped on George Street. Brunched in Tigerlily (sit in the booths). Cocktailed in The Rutland Hotel. Heard the crowd roar at Murrayfield (completely unmissable, if only to bellow out 'Flower of Scotland'). Ate in the apartments.
Above all though, we stayed in the Chester Residence which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anybody who will listen. Absolute indulgence, flawless service. It makes such a difference to have a full (and state of the art) apartment for a three-day stay. The space was fabulous. The standard and attention that they have poured into everything is to the complete benefit of the guests. Pretending to own a small piece of grand, Georgian Edinburgh for a weekend was wonderful. We wanted for nothing.
Stayed on 13 Nov 2009
Dinner at Restaurant Martin Wishart (+44 (0)131 553 3557) in Leith topped off the experience.
PS There are only three parking slots and they are valuable in that part of town.
Stayed on 26 Sep 2009
Upon arrival at The Chester Residence I was disappointed… free-standing bath with plasma TV, Jo Malone toiletries and champagne chilling… I had theatre tickets booked – I might not have time for a bath!! My number one tip for anyone staying in this hotel would be to spend at least one evening in, and take advantage of the first-class facilities in the apartments, either by cooking (the kitchen was better equipped than my own!) or sending for take-away from somewhere recommended by the hotel. As for local bars – after the theatre we lounged in our PJs sipping Moet on the stylish leather sofas with the iPod (provided) on surround sound – who needs them?! I would, however, suggest venturing out for a morning stroll through Princes Street gardens – absolutely beautiful on a Sunday morning in early autumn.
Stayed on 23 Sep 2009
Lovely modern apartment and friendly staff, we had a brilliant stay with our young baby tucked up in bed at the far end of the apartment. Pop to Valvona & Crolla (+44 (0)131 557 0088) on Multrees Walk for coffee.
Stayed on 14 Aug 2009
Ideal place for a sharp-edged, snappy executive – probably male. Crisp lines, leather furniture, great bathroom, lots of space and everything one might need before and after a day of meetings. As a place to relax on holiday, perhaps less comfortable and inviting than other stays, but very clean and efficient.