I stayed in a single room at a weekend.
The building is presumably from the Victorian era. There can be windy corridors and a lot of stairs. Check regarding access if you aren't too good on your feet as I'm not sure that there is a lift.
My initial reaction when entering was that it was very dated, but this really is due to the era of its architecture. In fact, from what I saw, fixtures & fittings, carpets and paintwork, etc. are in good condition.
My room was a largely good experience. Carpets, bedding and towels look brand new. The room looked more like an elegant bedroom from a large, old home. However, there was a very strong smell of cigarettes (despite it being non-smoking throughout) and this smell was stronger in the bathroom. If it was due to cigarettes they should have aired the room before using it. If it is something to do with cleaning products, they should change the type that they use.
The bathroom was tiny (not a problem) but rather than tile the walls, they had sort of plastic wall paper which was peeling at the edges, and laminated boards in the shower cubicle. Also, the cleaner clearly hadn't dusted behind the radiator and pipes as furred-up dust was clearly visible. Other signs of superficial cleaning in the room were visible.
Not sure if all beds are identical, but mine was incredibly comfortable. I'd swap it for my bed at home in a flash! It was a duvet, which made it easier to sleep as I am used to them. Not sure whether the quilt inside the cover would get cleaned between guests...
Sleep quality was let down a tad due to very creaky floorboards in the room above. If my neighbours moved, I heard it. If you are used to silence, this can be a problem.
Wifi in the bedroom is a good touch.
Breakfast, which cost extra, was nice and reasonably good value. It was a classic - cereals, toast and jams, hot English. The buffet element wasn't extravagantly large, but for £5 I don't mind. It is less wasteful and it covered my needs.
The hot element is done to order, and was good - but not wildly large. As there was only a one hour slot for breakfast, the cook and waiter had to get them all ready at similar times, and the waiter apologised in turn for the wait when he arrived.
My experience of all staff was that they were conscientious (with the caveat about the room cleaning) and friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Ascot Grange Hotel in Leeds where we provide quality accommodation in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.The hotel is ideally situated just two miles north from Leeds city centre, in Headingley close to horsforth, cookridge, roundhay and meanwood.Ascot Grange Hotel has free private secure parking and a bus service located close to the hotel going into the city centre every 10 minutes.The Hotel has 30 bedrooms all en-suite,with desk and lamp,free wifi, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone and hair dryer. Thinking of your comfort all bedrooms have 1200 pocket spring mattress. The 1200 individual springs that make up the mattress are housed in their own little pockets and work independently of each other, therefore offering superior support for your body. To complete you comfort in the bedroom with an aesthetic feel all bed frames and bedside cabinets and chest of draws are matching solid oak and ceiling lights from John Lewis. Heating in the rooms are created from a commercial state of the art gas boiler, heating the rooms up quickly, evenly, efficiently and sustaining the heat longer than electric radiators that you find in other hotels. All bathroom have porcelain tiles with a beautiful mosaic tile trim, steam proof mirrors with light sensors and Mira showers (except the budget rooms). We are also a short walk away from Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Leeds Rhinos stadium,Leeds Met University, many golf courses and many bars, pubs and restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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