Whilst it may not be as pretty as neighbouring York, Leeds benefits from being much more down to earth and lacking the touristy façade. Within easy access of the picturesque southern Dales, the aforementioned York, and also Harrogate and Manchester, Leeds is right-fully so one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. An icon of the Northern reinvention, Leeds has seen an incredible transformation thanks to a decade and a half of redevelopment. Once a run-down mill town, Leeds is now a mecca of independent dining, lively nightlife, fabulous shopping, plus a decent dose of history thanks to its rich industrial heritage. Find out where to stay in this urban hub with our hotel picks.
The Bells Serviced Apartments
Love the ambience of a boutique hotel but prefer the freedom of your own luxury apartment when you’re away? Imagine your ideal space in a magnificent historic building in Leeds. Now set it within the distinctive soundscape of the cathedral, and you’ve discovered The Bells Serviced Apartments. Luxuriate in the super kingsize bedrooms of the Big Ben penthouse, with its panoramic views over the city. Alternatively, indulge your inner introvert in the snug library-like atmosphere of the Old Tom apartment with its private balcony. For the ultimate in indulgence, both the Gothic-inspired Emmanuel, and oak-panelled Great George apartments have private balconies with hot tubs.
Radisson Blu Hotel
Elegant and sophisticated, the Radisson Blu in Leeds is close to the essential cultural and leisure venues of this lively northern city. Whether you’re planning a family visit to soak up some heritage or require a relaxing space at the end of a demanding working day, you’ll find your ideal accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The art deco rooms complement the historic location flawlessly. Like to unwind with a keep fit session? There’s the option of discounted swim or exercise classes at a nearby gym. Follow your workout with a restoring massage and you’re ready for the artisan, locally-sourced food at the hotel’s stunning FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar.
The Dakota Deluxe Hotel promises that a stay in any one of its varied rooms and suites will make you feel special. It’s no idle boast. Every room oozes with calm, creating the ideal space to relax after a busy day enjoying the buzz in the heart of lively Leeds. Those who need to be undisturbed to get on with some work will find the Executive rooms ideal. There’s everything you need to work in a stress-free atmosphere, with complimentary high speed WiFi, work desk, media hub, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity.
42 The Calls
Leeds is rightly proud of its industrial heritage and nowhere is this better experienced than in 42 The Calls. This historic flour mill, now a stunning hotel, is an outstanding example of the recent regeneration of the city. Here in the vibrant waterfront district, the building celebrates its past with beams, girders and the mill machinery itself taking pride of place in its interior décor. Views of the River Aire are an integral part of your stay. Many of the modernist style rooms overlook the waterfront, as does the attractive dining room where you can enjoy outstanding cuisine. 42 The Calls provides the perfect blend of the contemporary and historic for the discerning visitor.
If you’re looking for accommodation with the “wow” factor, the colourful, arty Malmaison is the place to choose. Each stunning room has its own characterful look. The Malmaison takes pride in service and comfort, with plenty of luxuries in your room. Everything is taken care of so that you can simply enjoy everything vibrant Leeds has to offer, knowing that on your return you can have a shower with luscious bathing treats before dropping into one of the comfy chairs to enjoy the unlimited Wi-Fi with a glass of bubbly in your hand.
The grade II listed Quebecs Hotel offers the ultimate in comfort in the splendid surroundings of the former Leeds and County Liberal Club. Once through the impressive original entrance with its wrought-iron gates, you’re guaranteed a matchless experience in one of the hotel’s 44 unique rooms, with down-filled pillows and quilts on the comfortable beds. The former porters’ lodge is now a snug lounge bar which is perfect place for morning coffee, afternoon tea or an evening cocktail. That’s if you can be lured away from your sumptuous, well-stocked room.