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Photograph of the Mill Hotel, Chester, Cheshire, England   We stayed at this hotel in May 2005 for the duration of our 3 day visit. This is a large hotel with about 130 rooms with parking space to match and although neither of us like large hotels I chose this one because of it's location and having now had experience of it I have no regrets.

The hotel is housed partly in an old converted mill and partly in new buildings. The conversion has been done sympathetically - retaining the old features wherever possible. There was, for example, an old iron circular staircase from the dining room up to the residents lounge bar.

The hotel has buildings on both sides of the canal which are linked by a bridge, shown in the picture, which is mostly glass.

Photograph from the Mill Hotel, Chester, Cheshire, England   The hotel bridge gives good views along the canal as seen here in this picture taken from inside the bridge.

When I booked there were no standard rooms available so we had to go up a step to a business class room which I wouldn't normally have done for a relatively short visit. The extra cost of £8.00 per room per night was only small but probably worth it in hindsight.

Our room was on the first floor overlooking the canal and was very comfortable. It was a good size with two small armchairs in a seating area near the window and, in spite of being in a busy city, was very quiet. The hotel has broadband access, for those of you with laptops, although they don't seem to publicise that fact.

The restaurant is rather large, which one would expect for a large hotel, and the level of general conversation tended to make it rather noisy. There was also 'background' music which I don't like. Having said that both the food and the service were exemplary. We both gave the restaurant and the menu high praise and we never felt that we were left waiting at any time. They also offer lunch and/or dinner on the canal boat that you can see moored outside the hotel in the picture although we did not avail ourselves of that service and so cannot comment on it.

The staff, without exception, were considerate and helpful at all times and we would return to this hotel without hesitation - definitely 9 out of 10. Thoroughly recommended! What I do find extraordinary though is that they provide no email contact details at all either on their web site or their stationery. Rather old fashioned I thought. (Note: I see that they now do provide an email contact address).

The nice part about the location is that it is no more than a ten minute, rather pleasant, walk along the canal towpath into the city via Frodsham Street.

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