Last week I took a short break from work at the end of the week, and took myself and Ashley on a little road trip to Cheshire Oaks/Chester Town centre for a couple of days. We have been there a couple of times before and enjoyed it, so I thought it would be a nice place to re-visit which wasn't too far of a drive and to just relax for a bit after the hectic Christmas season. Also it was my Birthday earlier this month when I unfortunately didn't get to do anything or go anywhere, so really this was supposed to have been a little break for me.
We set out mid-afternoon on the Wednesday, after I'd packed up all my things, and packed up my two furrbabies ready to take them back to my parents house for a couple of days to look after them - let me tell you, they were not happy about me abandoning them, bless!
I filled up my petrol, grabbed a drink for the journey, and set off. Luckily I had my Garmin Nuvi Sat Nav on hand, as I'm useless with directions! It took us about 1hr 45 mins to reach the Travelodge where we would be staying for the next couple of nights.
We have stayed at the Travelodge at Cheshire Oaks a couple of times before, so I knew what to expect before we arrived. I found a parking spot very easily at the side of the hotel - there are tonnes of free parking spaces available! The reception staff were very polite and welcomed us for our stay, also telling us that we could get an extra 10% off at the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet if we presented our room key to the Customer Information centre. Our room was located on the first floor, it was a double room containing a King-size Sleepeezee bed which was unbelievably comfortable compared to the cheap, crappy mattress I have at home! The room looked fresh and modern thanks to this particular hotel having undergone the latest refurbishments! There was a desk area with tea and coffee making facilities, a clothing hanger, and a TV with 17 channels. The bathroom was adequate, although unfortunately it did not have a bath(which it states "most" rooms have on their website). But there was a decent sized walk in shower. There was a hand wash and body/hair wash dispenser - great if you've forgotten to bring your own products or if you're travelling light! We also had breakfast boxes(additional cost of £4.99 per person, per box) for each morning of our stay(unfortunately they were out of stock of 1 of the 2 choices) so we had the "Good Morning" box, which was full of yummy goodies to kickstart your day - handy to grab and go if you're in a rush too! If I could recommend anything I would say that each room should have a hair dryer as standard - but these were available from reception if required. Overall our stay at the hotel was great - a basic but comfortable and clean room where you can get a good nights sleep! Oh, almost forgot - you get 30mins free Wifi each day of your stay. After that it is available at from £3 for 24 hours.
The hotel is located on the Coliseum Leisure Park, which meant that its literally surrounded by things to do and places to go! In particular places to eat, to name a few there are Miller & Carter Steak House, Chiquito's, Frankie & Benny's, Nando's - firm favourites in my book! Unfortunately as I'm on a budget, we went for some pub grub on the first night at the Hungry Horse Pub Cheshire, where we had a curry and a pint for just £4.99 each, and then finished off with some drinks afterwards before heading back to the room. The second night we went to Nando's for some Chicken-y goodness using a gift card which we received for Christmas. So overall a quite inexpensive stay food-wise.
On the Thursday we woke up to a lot of snow, but once this had stopped, we set about the very short 10 min walk from the hotel to Cheshire Oaks, where there are around 150 designer outlet shops! My favourite shops were The Cosmetics Co. Store, Fossil, Barbour, L'Occitane, Michael Kors, The Body Shop and Yankee Candle! Unfortunately I didn't have any money to spend, but it was nice to window shop and think of all the lovely things I could buy if I was rich!
On the Friday after we checked out of the hotel, we took the short drive into Chester Town, where I must say the parking charges are ridiculous! We spent a couple of hours walking round town, where I had a little nosey in the Cath Kidston store - my fave! I wish we had spent a little longer there to look at some other more scenic parts of the town like the Roman Gardens, Chester Cathedral, Grosvenor Museum etc - although I think these would be much better during the summer months, as it was pretty chilly during this time of year! Also close by is Chester Zoo, which we've visited twice before -I'd definitely recommend going there!
Overall we had a nice short break, but the weather was absolutely miserable and I could have done with a nice lottery win to go and treat myself to some nice clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery haha!
Have you ever been to Cheshire Oaks/Chester, what did you get up to and where did you stay?