Tucked away in a quiet street, understated exterior, tasteful interior.Wonderful welcome from attentive staff. This hotel is part of the'Bespoke' group, but to be truly bespoke it should pay more attention to detail. If the rooms were fully equipped from the start it would put a lot less pressure on the staff. One should not have to ring room service as soon as one arrives to ask for, bath robes, slipper, coffee pods- which are all advertised in the marketing.Coffee machine instructions incorrect.It's a shame too that one has to ask for the mini bar to be stocked up. Surely they are missing out on some business here and encouraging guests to put their own champagne in the empty fridge and use the wonderful supply of champagne/ wine and other assorted glasses We were not early, so there was no excuse for missing items. Complimentary pre programmed i pods were not available (all sent for re-programming ,apparently) and it took 2 attempts, and a new cable, by the manager to get the one we had luckily brought with us to work.The room was tastefully decorated in a 'Interior designer remit' way. but I was disappointed that the shape of the room was the standard L shape Travelodge/Premier Inn layout.Lovely and quiet though, and the bed and bedding was WONDERFUL. Bathroom, nothing special. Standard hotel bathroom with a rainshower (with not high enough pressure). Bottom of bath a bit grubby. Toiletries and towels very nice. Nice extras like shoeshine and iron and ironing board and some magazines to read, not just the standard trouser press.
We didn't try the restaurant as we had other plans, but had a great gin cocktail on our return.Delicious... worth every penny.Bar staff very polite and attentive too.
Tried the breakfast on the Sunday morning. I do not expect piped radio 2 music with my breakfast in such a lovely hotel. Maybe not jazz (Jazz themed hotel) but really, Radio 2!!!!
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment.Severely overworked staff meant a long waiting time.Thin supermarket sliced bread as toast under the stingy portion of scrambled egg. There are so many wonderful breads available these days, surely they could do better. IBlackcurrant jam labelled 'strawberry'. Fresh fruit looked like it had been cut by a builder. Who wants half a kiwi fruit on their muesli? Uninspiring packet cereals and tired Danish pastries. No ham for the eggs Benedict I ordered, although the wild mushrooms were an unexpected surprise. The eggs were PERFECTLY cooked and served on a toasted bagel. What a shame the hollandaise had split and also tasted far too vinegary. I actually felt guilty that I'd possibly put the chef under too much pressure even though there were no more than 10 people eating at the same time as us, all of whom had a long wait.
I know, you think I'm being really picky.... but this is a 'bespoke' hotel. If you don't need to be in the centre of Leeds I suggest you try a Country House style hotel like Middlethorpe Hall Hotel near York where the surroundings make you feel truly special, as do the staff. I really can't fault the staff at the New Ellington,but the full room rate is too high for what you get. The discounted rates are fairer. Great for a one night stay if you're in Leeds for the evening and want a good night's sleep. Oh yes, I forgot, the heating didn't work, even at 30 degrees cold air blew out, so we just turned it off. Couldn't bear to trouble the staff again and the bed was lovely and cosy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The New Ellington Leeds nestles amongst a row of Georgian buildings in the heart of the financial district of Leeds. Through its doors you will find distinguished and discreet personalised service. You'll find our decor sleek, stylish and warm and our facilities offer the height of functionality. Once inside you will not want to leave.Location is second to none, with culture and posh shopping all moments away from The New Ellington - but amidst the bustle of commerce and the vibrant nightlife, The New Ellington is a haven of serenity. A luxury boutique hotel par excellence -expect Egyptian cotton bed linen, luxury toiletries, comfortable beds, 24 hours in-room dinning, cocktails to die for and fabulous breakfast. Our guestrooms are immensely comfortable, uncluttered and equipped with state of the art technology, complimentary wireless and hard-wired Internet access, entertainment hubs offering connection for ipods, laptop output and high-definition TV input, Nespresso coffee machines, rainforest shower heads and 32 -inch flat screen televisions complete the picture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The New Ellington Hotel Leeds
- Ellington Hotel Leeds