Planning application already lodged for hotel and spa in heart of city centre.
Chester Rows could become home to a five star boutique hotel and spa complete with roof-top pool after plans were lodged.
The Wildes Hotel Group is behind a £5m investment that aims to repurpose vacant office space on the corner of Bridge Street and Watergate Street by The Cross.
Subject to planning consent, it will open in spring 2021 with 16 unique bedrooms plus a stylish bar and restaurant that includes outdoor seating with views onto Eastgate Street.
Wildes will be acquiring a long lease on the prominent and historic property, which is owned by Grosvenor Estate.
The Grade II-listed building was developed in 1892 by architect Thomas M Lockwood. It features huge fireplaces, stone windows and original beams.
It 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 which has a successful portfolio of hotels in the north of England, said: “We believe there’s an opportunity in the city to create a go-to destination that offers exceptional accommodation for business and leisure travellers, the ultimate dining spot or somewhere to enjoy evening cocktails whatever the occasion.
“Our focus is to delight our guests’ senses through innovative food and service with a real aim to redefine hospitality within the city.”
He continued: “We hope that Chester’s growing population of residents and tourists will enjoy this little corner of luxury that we will bring to the historic city centre.”
Guests will enter the main entrance at Row level, which effectively becomes the ground floor…