The Wildes Hotel Group is transforming a historic site on Bridge Street, Chester into a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, restaurant and space, which is set to open in Spring 2023.

This much-anticipated £5million development will feature 18 unique bedrooms, a spa with rooftop pool overlooking the city and a destination restaurant and bar by Chef Harry Guy, as well as outdoor seating set within the historic Rows of Chester, with views of the famous Eastgate Street clock.

The highly anticipated restaurant by Chef Harry Guy, ‘X by Harry Guy’ is also undergoing extensive design transformations, with the ‘experience’ restaurant now sitting across two floors. X by Harry Guy will take take diners on a culinary adventure from the moment they step across the threshold, with each aspect of the dining experience designed to ignite every one of the senses.

The latest CGI mock-ups of the interiors of this contemporary hotel, spa and restaurant reflect the dramatic, yet sympathetic transformation of one of Chester’s longest standing buildings. Inspired by the Bridge Street building’s rich history, the renovation of the 18 en-suite bedrooms feature unique and individual designs.

A theatrical curtain frames the entrance to a beautiful staircase, decorated in a deep colour palette and Victorian metro tiles, whilst the 18 bedroom suites are characterised with hidden gems bursting with colour, with pattern and texture throughout making each guest’s stay a truly memorable one. In addition to the extensive spa, additional treatment rooms, thermal suite with a panoramic sauna, guests will enjoy a roof top vitality pool overlooking the stunning City of Chester.

The team behind the development includes SpaceInvader, the hospitality and workplace designers, alongside architect firm, David Cox Architects.

David Cox, director at David Cox Architects comments: “Retaining the architectural integrity of this iconic listed building has been a priority consideration during the design development. We’ve been working within the constraints of the existing building structure to maximise the very best use of space to create a luxurious experience for guests, whether they are staying in one of the luxurious suits or popping in for a cocktail. The proposed spa/pool and restaurant will be an exceptional asset to Wildes Chester, both of which will celebrate a touch of indulgence in the heart of the city.”

“Projects like this don’t come around very often”, SpaceInvader Founder John Williams noted. “Both Paul Wildes and Harry Guy have such a strong vision for this project, whilst the setting, in Chester’s famous Rows, couldn’t be more special. For the design team, it’s all about doing the building proud, making Paul and Harry proud and delivering a truly stand-out new hotel and hospitality destination for the inhabitants of and visitors to the historic heart of Chester.”

The spa’s relaxation lounge, pictured above, will be a calming space for guests awaiting their spa treatments. The dark and moody palette of the lounge, combined with soft lighting and relaxed seating creates a private intimate space. Whilst pops of burnt orange, deep blues and Victorian greens promote rejuvenation, serenity and healing.

The hotel and restaurant, X by Harry Guy will be opening in spring 2023.

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