Having read the reviews of this hotel we were looking forward to our stay here. We booked a superior room and on arrival found that it had a view of the station. Not too bothered by that although it was very noisy with the window open. It was a choice between the rattling air conditioner or the train engines. The room itself was clean although a bit dusty. Interestingly although there is a safe in the room it is not secured to anything and is quite small and light, so you could in theory walk out with it! With the mini bar charging £6 for a tiny bottle of gin plus a further £2 for tonic and £1.50 for a small bag of crisps we decided to avoid this!
There is a rooftop bar on the 13th floor although this gets very busy and all the tables are usually booked up in advance with nowhere much to stand either. It is open to members of the public so anyone can come here and wonder through the hotel. Room 501 near us (and the adjoining room) was occupied by a group of youths who seemed to get confused between the fact this was not university halls. Around 2am we were awoken by loud chatting and running up and down the hallway - joined in by a girl they had acquired during the evening, who had an equally loud voice. The rowdiness continued for a couple of hours and to add insult to injury we were awoken again at 8am when they gathered themselves for breakfast, noisily knocking on each others doors and shouting. We were so tired in the morning, we slept in and missed the breakfast we had paid for.
The hotel is in a convenient location for the city centre and was once a City Inn. After a modern look makeover it appears to be repositioning itself as a boutique hotel although its a pity it hasn't managed to makeover its clientele. A good place for a boys or girls night out (if you are well under 30). Couples STAY AWAY - Im sure Leeds has plenty of genuine and far nicer hotels than this for an upmarket city break! If however you don't need much sleep and fancy partying the night away then this is the place to be.
- 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