The Leeds Mint Hotel is in an ideal position, just 5 minutes walk from the station, 10 minutes from the heart of the city and 15 minutes alongside the canal to the Royal Armouries. There are two ways to approach the hotel, the slightly longer pretty approach alongside the canal or the more usual walk under the arches. The arches are actually underneath the railway station and are quite a feat of engineering and different from the normal approach to a hotel.
Firstly, a couple of negative points. We arrived at 8.45pm on a Friday evening and there was only one person on check-in and they were handling a group of three people who appeared to have a problem with their reservation. Eventually, another member of staff arrived to check-in the man in front of us, which again did not appear to be straightforward. However, we were eventually checked in by Paul, who was very friendly and helpful. The second negative is the wait for lifts. The bar on the top floor is very popular with local people and the queue for the lift in the evenings can be quite long and the lifts are not the most efficient to say the least. Things were not helped this weekend with one of the three lifts out of action. Apart from the fact that three lifts is probably not enough under normal circumstances, the steady stream of people going to and from the bar means that it is certainly inadequate.
The rooms are modern, comfortable and come complete with an iMac for all your entertainment needs including free access to the internet which is rare in hotels. The bathroom only has a shower but this was not a problem for us. The soundproofing of the rooms seemed good as we heard no noise during our stay and the hotel was pretty full and there were definitely other people on our floor. We had a room on the 11th floor overlooking the canal which was ideal (except for the waiting for the rather quirky lifts!).
Breakfast is excellent with a very wide choice and the hot dishes being cooked to order. The first morning we had to ask where our coffee was as they seemed to be taking a long time. Apparently the check went ‘missing’ but all was resolved quickly. The restaurant manager even apologised to us when we left even though we had not said anything to him - very impressive. On Sunday morning the restaurant was so busy that we were asked to wait in the Granary Lounge opposite. They had thoughtfully provided juice, coffee and pastries in there for those who could not wait to start their breakfast. Although there were a few people ahead of us on the list the wait was only 10 minutes. As the restaurant was so busy and people were constantly coming and going we thought we would have difficulty attracting someone’s attention but not so, a waitress was with us almost instantly and service was excellent.
If you want a hotel that is a bit quieter than one in the city centre but that is still close enough for an easy stroll to all the shops and restaurants then this hotel is for you. It is modern, comfortable, good facilities, excellent staff and a good restaurant. There are also other restaurants and bars nearby if you do not want to walk too far. It is perfectly safe walking back to the hotel at night as well.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Leeds