Franklin Ellis Architects designs first Hotel Indigo in Chester, UK

Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open a new boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo Chester, later this year under a franchise agreement with Castlebridge Hospitality.

Located in Chester, Hotel Indigo Chester combines the local character with vibrant colors and textures to give the hotel a residential look and feel. The 75-room new build hotel was designed by Franklin Ellis Architects, which drew inspiration from three key elements of the city – the material layers of its architecture, the iconic 1897 Eastgate Clock and the Chester Racecourse. The design will include "an eclectic combination" of fabrics, wood panelling and references to historic people and dress from the city’s past.  

When it opens, Hotel Indigo Chester will also have a fine-dining restaurant from 2015 MasterChef champion Simon Wood. To be called Wood Chester, the 96-seat restaurant’s design will give nod to Wood’s intent to create a relaxed natural environment for dining.  At the heart of the restaurant will be the chef’s table and theater kitchen. The restaurant will also have a private dining room that will be able to accommodate up to 10 people for a meeting or dinner.

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Bethan Johnston is the GM of Hotel Indigo Chester.

Photo credit: Hotel Indigo

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