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The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms

4-star inn in Chester with restaurant and bar/lounge

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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21 The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SD, England, United Kingdom
  • Great place, lovely spot, food good, room spacious. An air conditioner would help, as…

    Sep 5, 2019

  • Very nice location on the river Dee. The main attraction is being next to the river.…

    Sep 5, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer

Guests rated location

Easy parking
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 21 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Terrace
  • Luggage storage

Feel at home

  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Free toiletries
  • Terrace

What’s around

  • Heart of Chester
  • Grosvenor Park - 3 min walk
  • Roman Amphitheatre - 6 min walk
  • Chester Roman Gardens - 7 min walk
  • Newgate - 7 min walk
  • Old Dee Bridge - 7 min walk

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Double Room
  • Double or Twin Room

What’s around


  • Heart of Chester
  • Grosvenor Park - 3 min walk
  • Roman Amphitheatre - 6 min walk
  • Chester Roman Gardens - 7 min walk
  • Newgate - 7 min walk
  • Old Dee Bridge - 7 min walk
  • Eastgate Clock - 9 min walk
  • The Rows of Chester - 9 min walk
  • Dewa Roman Experience - 11 min walk
  • St Peter's Church - 11 min walk
  • Grosvenor Museum - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Manchester Airport (MAN) - 37 min drive
  • John Lennon Airport (LPL) - 31 min drive
  • Chester Station - 12 min walk
  • Bache Station - 5 min drive
  • Ellesmere Port Station - 12 min drive
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21 The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SD, England, United Kingdom

At a glance


  • 21 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Onsite parking available only on request
  • Free uncovered onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Electric vehicle charging point on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink

  • English breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage


  • Terrace


  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible public restroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room

Home comforts

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


The Boathouse - This pub specializes in British cuisine.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • English breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 15.00 for adults and GBP 10.00 for children (approximately)

Children and extra bedsPay at property

  • Cribs/infant beds are available for GBP 15 per night

PetsPay at property

  • Service animals exempt from fees

ParkingPay at property

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve onsite parking

Hygiene and cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-out is available.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms Hotel Chester
  • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms Chester
  • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms Inn Chester
  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms Hotel
  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms Chester
  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms
  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms Inn Chester
  • Boathouse Riverside Rooms Inn
  • The Boathouse Riverside Rooms
  • The Boathouse & Riverside
  • The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms Inn

*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges


  • Yes, The Boathouse & Riverside Rooms does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited. Electric vehicle charging is available.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Yes, The Boathouse offers British cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Hickorys Smokehouse (5-min walk), Atina Kitchen (5-min walk), and Koconut Grove (6-min walk).
  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great Location on the River

    Loved the location right on the River Dee. Restaurant & Bar were terrific. Room was spacious and bathroom beautifully up-to-date. Bed was comfy. Wi-fi was very good. Our unit was downstairs, and very close to parked cars with their headlights rather bright at night when the bar closed. We couldn't use the wool black-out drapes because we happened to be there for the hottest day of the year and the only ventilation was a small window in the corner where the drapes pulled back (no A/C). A big fan was provided and we put it by the small window. If you're staying on forecasted hot days, try to reserve an upstairs unit which have sliding doors for improved airflow and which would minimize car headlights. Overall, a great place to stay.

    Julianne, 2 night romance trip, Jul 25, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Great service in the bar / restaurant

    Paul, 1 night romance trip, Feb 3, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect location and service.

    Perfect location and great service. The staff could not be more helpful. Parking easy and amenities good. Breakfast was lovely. Rooms a little tired but perfectly ok. The only slight downside is the room temperature which was a little on the hot side but overall it was great and we would stay again.

    Rebecca, 2 night trip, Oct 8, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Riverside stay

    Very nice 2 night stay. Very friendly and efficient staff.

    Christopher, 2 night trip, Sep 18, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Riverside Location

    Superb location with parking, at the end of The Groves, walking distance to the city. Fabulous restaurant overlooking the river, kayaks all around. Great breakfast and service very friendly. Room 22 with a view of the river.

    loraine, 2 night trip, Sep 17, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    September sunshine in a wonderful location.

    The staff, in particular Mike and Emily, were absolutely amazing - So friendly and helpful. Breakfast and all other meals were good, albeit very substantial, and the actual location was fabulous, being on the banks of the river Dee and watching the rowers slicing through the water. Only reservation was that the hotel needs a little maintenance and TLC. In our room the toilet roll holder was falling off the wall and we had a problem with the hot water in the shower turning cold. We also requested instant coffee sachets for the tea and coffee making service, but were provided only with cafetière coffee. All in all though it was a fabulous stay.

    John, 3 night trip, Sep 14, 2021

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Don’t stay in the old part of this hotel!

    The rooms in this guest house are mainly modern purpose built rooms, however we were in the old original part of the building…don’t stay in this part!!! We were in room 3 and despite it being a fair temperature September evening, the room was like a furnace! Such an uncomfortable nights sleep despite leaving the single window open and having the fan on all night. Getting ready in the morning wasn’t much fun either, so hot! You could feel heat from the floor below when walking barefoot. Also, this part of the hotel really smells of damp with it being such an old building. Service lovely and rooms well equipped so would stay again…but request the modern rooms!

    Matthew, 1 night trip, Sep 9, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Good situation

    Friendly and helpful staff, free parking, stylish and clean room with good bathroom. Perfextly situated. A bit hot because south facing with only a small openog window, but a big electric fan (also stylish) made it comfortable.

    Penelope, 2 night trip with friends, Sep 5, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing 😊

    Excellent stay. Really friendly helpful staff. Great lunch and breakfast.

    Andrew, 1 night family trip, Aug 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    On a whole , avery enjoyable stay, though the pollows were too soft and the towels dont really nead to be changed every day .

    Barry, 3 night trip, Aug 8, 2021

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