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Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
Ranked #10 of 87 Hotels in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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“A fresh approach, to luxury”
Reviewed 30 August 2011

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

A great time every time I have stayed. Great service. Great amenities. Great bar. Everything I need from a stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

We stayed one night in Leeds at the Mint Hotel. Good location, easy to find and signposted from Whitehall & Globe Road. Friendly and helpful staff. Good breakfast. Sky bar was nice for a relaxing drink before we went out for dinner.

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Reviewed 29 August 2011

My wife and I stayed here for 1 night to visit our daughter at Leeds University and enjoyed a very pleasant stay. The room was very clean and well equiped. There was a good powerful shower with shampoo/gel of a decent quality. The room came complete with iMac computer and a comfortable bed. Breakfast is freshly cooked for you (buffet for cerials, fruit juice etc) and was very enjoyable.
Overall a good hotel, and only a 5 to ten minute walk from the pubs and restaurants of Leeds

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

Stayed at this hotel to attend a wedding and was very very surprised at the standards, it was very comfortable,very clean and spacious, brilliant views from the 11th floor room everything you need in the room which was spotless!! the service in the dining room was superb at breakfast time the staff were well managed and kept on their toes by the very efficient supervisory staff it was also ultra clean and tidy, the hotel was busy but I saw no delays at check in, check out and the reception staff knew their jobs well, and worked well as a team, very very good service all round....

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

I needed a cheapish hotel for one night and found this one via a combination of Lastminute.com and Trip Advisor. Although a little tricky to locate by car unless you are familiar with the newer canal-side developments, it is very central - a 10 minute walk into the city centre and right behind the railway station.

Arriving several hours before check in, a very helpful Concierge found me a space in their car park (an extra £12 for 24 hours which given Leeds parking charges is very reasonable) and stowed my bag. My sixth floor room when I actually got it was on the canal and had a great view of Leeds and the country beyond.

The room itself was spacious and very well furnished. A good sized bathroom came with bathrobes and White Company toiletries and an excellent power shower. An i-Mac provides both TV and sound system plus free computing and there is free Wi Fi for one's own lap top. Air conditioning was effective if a little loud and the bed was suitably firm.

I ate main meals elsewhere in the city but the breakfast which was part of the deal I had was very good. Service was a little brisk but cooked dishes are brought to the table and an extensive cold buffet is also provided.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the railway are less attractive and noisier.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Stayed for two nights in August. From checking in too checking out the staff were all brilliant, ,room was adequate. Stayed in bigger but had everything you needed and more, the Imac being a bonus. Definatly worth the money will stay again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre
Address: Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds LS1 4GS, England (Formerly Mint Hotel Leeds)
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Leeds > Holbeck
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Leeds
#3 Business Hotel in Leeds
#4 Family Hotel in Leeds
#6 Luxury Hotel in Leeds
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 333
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 
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