Boutique bar and hotel Oddfellows has launched its own set of aparthotels in Chester.

The Lower Bridge Street business is the first hotel in the city to launch the serviced apartments.

The concept of apartments attached to a hotel originated in the United States and has increased in popularity globally due to the benefits it can offer travellers.

Sarah Dougherty, manager of the hotel, said: “We have always thought Oddfellows would work well with apartments. They offer concrete benefits to those looking for a longer stay and a little bit more room with all the convenience of being attached to a hotel with a restaurant and bar.

“We have lots of business travellers who stay with us for four or five nights at a time and families visiting the city at the weekend – the apartments will be absolutely ideal for them.”

There are to be five apartments by Oddfellows all situated around a courtyard.

The first apartment will launch later this month, with the others following as quickly as interior designer Louise James can design them.

Louise recently designed the newly refurbished ‘Grown Up Bar by Taittinger’ at the Lower Bridge Street hotel.

She describes her inspiration with the apartments: “The design approach was inspired by the building itself. The large vehicle entrance to the internal courtyard suggests that it was originally built to allow carriages to pass through; this led to thinking about the excitement of historical travelling adventures.”