This is a large and slightly old fashioned looking hotel on the very edge of the city. We wanted good access to the city as well as a launching pad to journey into the Dales and this worked out well for us. For others it might fall between the two and satisfy neither. We had a very good sized refurbished room but it was still betraying its age in the drab unmodernised bathroom and some distinctly "classic" furnishings. Some corridors had clearly not been updated from the snazzy '80s decor, maybe some rooms too? But everything for us worked fine and was clean and serviceable. Bed was fine for a good nights sleep - but two singles pushed together rather than a proper double, which is a real pet hate of mine. Best thing about the room was probably the little balcony overlooking the park. Despite the main road we had no issue with traffic noise. The leisure offer of gym, pool and spa all works but is now very dated and going to need some serious investment if it is going to remain credible. (And closing early over the bank holiday is a bit daft when there are guests there BECAUSE it is the bank holiday!)
Reception staff were absolutely lovely. But staff in the dining room seemed rather distracted - from reviews below we were not the first to struggle to get attention! By 9pm they were already focused on setting up for breakfast rather than serving those just arriving after a hefty drive. Breakfast was a decent buffet of good quality cooked stuff but perhaps a little underdone on the cold buffet - a few plastic croissants (on some days!) uninspiring limited range of fruit and cereals and a token few slices of ham and cheese. On quieter days there were notes advertising fancy egg dishes and the like to be cooked to order - but these disappeared on the busier days, which was a shame. But I guess their market wants the standard fried stuff and there's no denying that was done well.
We were paying just over £50 a night B&B. Frankly for that price this was as good as you have any right to expect and I think we thoroughly got our money's worth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel in large mock-Tudor building on 2-1/2 acres next to Golden Acre Park & Nature Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel Leeds
- Ramada Leeds
- Leeds Ramada