Tarporley, United Kingdom

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa

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Why We Love It

  • This contemporary hotel is in the Cheshire countryside, close to Chester
  • Extensive leisure facilities include a spa & 18-metre swimming pool
  • The Ranulf Restaurant holds an AA Rosette
  • Golfers can play a round on one of the 3 courses or pick up some tips at the golf academy

88% (69 Member Ratings)

"Location over looking golf course - pool area - rooms were good"
Nov 02, 2015
greensby, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Just two miles from the A49, the hotel is one mile from Tarporley and 12 miles from Chester. Crewe train station is around a 30-minute drive and Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 45 minutes by car. There is ample free on-site parking for guests.

Rooms & Rates

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Set in the Cheshire countryside close to Chester, the modern 4-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa is a rural retreat geared up for relaxation. 

Nearby attractions include Beeston Castle & Woodland Park and the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, both around a 15-minute drive, or Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium, which are around 30 minutes by car. The historic estate of Tatton Park, with its Georgian mansion and 50 acres of landscaped gardens, is 40 minutes away. 

After a day of exploring, make the most of the extensive leisure facilities including a spa, a fitness centre, an 18-metre swimming pool, a thermal suite, three golf courses and a golf academy.

The AA has awarded the on-site Ranulf Restaurant a Rosette, saying it "delivers skilfully prepared, innovative cooking, as well as an excellent breakfast".

Expect to see seasonal dishes crafted with UK-sourced ingredients and tempting desserts such as the hot chocolate fondant and warm ginger parkin. The hotel also has a lounge bar for light bites, coffee or a pre-dinner cocktail. 

The spacious rooms have contemporary décor and free Wi-Fi.

From the press:

  • "Staff throughout are very friendly and nothing is too much trouble" -- The AA



  • Bar
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour room service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower


  • Complimentary parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 11am

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 21.50 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: GBP 15 per pet, per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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69 Member Reviews
(88% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Location over looking golf course - pool area - rooms were good
Other Comments: Over priced drinks in the bar - we waited over twenty minutes for coffee to be served at breakfast - food was good.
Eric Nov 02, 2015 greensby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Fab room .played gplf and enjoyed swim
karen Oct 19, 2015 ilkley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The room was lovely, the location was lovely. My evening meal was beautiful.
Other Comments: Arrived at 14.30 and the room was not ready until 15.00 (Check in time was 14.00) we were not given any information regarding where the spa was, breakfast times etc. we had the choice of 18.15 or 21.15 for our evening meal as we had not booked it in advance (We were not aware that we had to) we chose 18.15 and had the starter at 19.00. the deal included a cocktail and munchies, we waited 25 minutes for the cocktail and the munchies never arrived (the bar was empty) the breakfast order was mixed up (as was the table opposite us) we expected a relaxing spa weekend, however there were 3 young boys constantly jumping in the pool and throwing their goggles in (the sign states no jumping in) there was no steam in the aroma steam room and a member told us that the discarded chewing gum that we saw in the other steam room had been there for 3 days! the tiles in the poolside shower were dirty/mouldy. On check out we were not asked if we had enjoyed our stay.
Janet Oct 19, 2015 Stoke on trent, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Hotel and the settings was beautiful. The room was very comfortable. The food was ok but nothing special. Would visit again.
Other Comments: The restaurant was struggling with the food with the restaurant being very busy. Some of the staff were a bit abrupt.
Nicola Oct 19, 2015 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: When we finally ate the food was very good.
Other Comments: The level of service was poor, service was slow and this spoilt the occasion. Travelzoo quests couldn't be seated inn the restaurant, the Mojito took over an hour and the Munchies did not appear.
Stephen Oct 19, 2015 Liversedge, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Whole experience
Other Comments: Reception staff were very good and helpful, especially Steph. Food was nice but not exceptional. There was not enough staff and there was a lot of waiting between placing order and receiving food. Far too slow
Martin Oct 16, 2015 Rugby, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Lovely spacious room with seating area and super bathroom.
Brian Oct 11, 2015 Cheshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The lovely food.
Other Comments: It was a very enjoyable stay. Reception staff were very helpful and waiting staff very pleasant.
Susan Oct 08, 2015 Stonehouse, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Leisure facilities eg swimming pool and steam rooms and clean and pleasant surroundings
Jackie Oct 04, 2015 Coventry, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Relaxed atmosphere spacious rooms high quality food.
Joan Oct 04, 2015 Otley, United Kingdom

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