There’s art as far as the eye can see at BEST WESTERN PREMIER Queen Hotel, Chester. Making it the perfect backdrop for the newest television ident on ITV3’s 7–9pm slot. Which is proudly sponsored by Best Western.
Vivid paintings. Sculptures of dogs and giant tortoises. Odd Roman gods. Kings and, appropriately, Queens galore.
A five-foot high bust of Elizabeth II watches over guests as they check in at reception – a work of art in itself. The desk there has been fashioned from vintage trunks and suitcases from across the decades.
What else would you expect from Britain’s first ever purpose built railway hotel? (Designed by a prison architect, no less, but that’s another story.)
In the ident you can spot a handful of the hundreds of original pieces of art adorning every room, hallway, nook and cranny in the hotel.
From ancient artefacts to modern creations from West Yorkshire, out of the ordinary oozes from the pores of the building.
One star of the hotel’s art show is the stunning painting hanging in reception. It’s by Italian artist Giuseppe Tesoriere, whose modern works epitomise fear, uncertainty and corruption – with human falsehoods portrayed by the Pinocchio nose.
The hotel owns one other piece by him, featuring a man with a pointy hat and glasses. And the rest? Word has it the remaining collection has been snapped up by one of the Saatchis.
Another original artwork, a sculpture this time, is ‘Lids’ by Hebden Bridge artist Mandy Dessent. Teapot lids, to be precise, sourced from a junk shop and combined with plaster to form an eclectic twist on everyday unwanted items.
Look out for it while you’re pottering around the hotel.
Simon Williams, general manager of The Queen, believes that when you occupy such a characterful building – one that’s filled with personality and history – you should do it justice. And he has.
“It’s not your typical city centre hotel”, Simon says, and he’s right. “We offer more than dinner, bed and breakfast in a place where our guests are stimulated to explore every floor like a gallery.”
Backdrops for British city breaks don’t come more dramatic than this.
This way to explore the Queen Hotel, Chester in more detail.