We (couple) stayed in a double room during August 2011 .
Location; The hotel is found in Leeds' version of dockland regeneration, just the other side of the train station to the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of Leeds. Although the building itself is modern, it is located next to the canal and surrounded by regenerated and interesting converted warehouses, railway arches and other canal side architecture mixed with some recent interesting new constructions. There are a couple of bars, coffee bars, convenience stores and restaurants immediately adjacent the hotel. Access to the city centre shops, restaurants and bars is only a 10 min walk through the artistically renovated railway arch walkways. One of Leeds best restaurants is located next door. The canal
Style: The hotel is of a contemporary 'clean' style containing urban photography drawn from the hotels surroundings. They seem to have aimed for a contemporary art gallery feel with white walls and minimalist fixtures and fittings.
Facilities: The top floor (13th) cocktail bar seems to be a major local destination. It serves decent, if pricey cocktails with great views of the Leeds area in all directions. There is also an outside terrace. There is a restaurant and bar on the Ground floor. There is a small modern gym but no pool. There are only 3 small lifts, which was a little annoying given that the 13 floor hotel was very busy at the time of our visit. Whilst the hotel has a light and airy feel, space is used very efficiently and thus it does not feel indulgently spacious.
Room: Continuing the minimalist art gallery styling, the rooms are perhaps a bit too sparse and could do with an extra picture or photograph to break up the slightly clinical feel. Interestingly, rather than the usual in-room TV, each room has an apple iMac. This has an integrated TV but also has a fully working keyboard, mouse and browser. This is all complimentary. You can browse web sites, stream video and music, create and download documents. There is apparently a charge for transferring any downloaded or created documents from the iMac e.g. to a memory stick, but otherwise it everything is free. It was a nice touch to be able to browse a few ideas for an evening without having to wrestle with logging on screens, wi-fi passwords, or racking up massive costs. There is also complimentary wi-fi. The room is fairly small with space used with maximum efficiency. Great for a few nights but it would probably feel a bit cramped if staying for longer. The bed was extremely comfortable. There is a very small bathroom with a walk-in shower but no bath.
Breakfast is included and provided in the ground floor restaurant. Both days we stayed there was a short 5-10 minute wait for a table in the comfortable lounge/bar. There is a small selection of fruits, pastries, yoghurt, cereals cheeses and meats at a buffet. All hot food is also included, but is cooked to order. Food and coffee/tea arrived promptly and one small mistake was immediately and politely rectified.
Service: The friendly and efficient service throughout the hotel could not be faulted without being truly pedantic. The only area that could have been better was the clearing and wiping of the tables in the top floor cocktail bar. Also, small stacks of used dishes tended to build up in strategic points in the breakfast restaurant, presumably for efficiency, but unattractive if you happen to be sitting next to them.
In summary, this is a great hotel with a new and refreshing approach. They seem to have focused on excelling on a few services that guests use in most 4-5* hotels 90% of the time, sacrificing some of the less used services (e.g. no baths, no pool or sauna, reading library or lounge, there are only two bars and one restaurant etc...). However, these are provided in a complete package ensuring you are not constantly having to call reception e.g. for internet access etc... A good example of this efficiency, is that whilst there is no obvious business centre, you can print anything from the in-room iMac to a printer in reception.
The quality of this hotel definitely gets 5 dots, but the lack of those extra luxury facilities (pool, spa, library, ample lifts etc...) and additional space, are the only reasons why it gets 4.
A perfect hotel for a weekend city break or short business stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *** Please note that Bridgewater Place is close until mid-May. Diversion signs are in place however if you would like further information on this please do contact the hotel directly *** Our Leeds hotel, built in 2009, is part of the revitalised Granary Wharf area, next to Leeds station and the Leeds to Liverpool canal. All 333 of our bedrooms are styled with absolute consideration for your comfort and feature a 42" flat screen television, complimentary wi-fi and bottled water in each room. Dine in the sophisticated surroundings of City Cafe restaurant or dine alfresco on our south facing, canal-side terrace. There are two bars, our Ground Floor Granary Lounge bar and the very popular 13th floor Sky Lounge offering fantastic cocktails and dining options day through the night with breathtaking view of the city. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hilton EMEA, Priceline, Odigeo, Hotels.com, TravelUp, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., HRS, Evoline ltd, Cancelon and HotelQuickly so you can book your Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Leeds