I chose to stay in this hotel for a few days to get away from home and concentrate on some work I have to get done, as well as having a little relaxation time. I chose the Parkway because I'd been here several years ago after a wedding and had a very comfortable stay with highly professional staff, and was expecting more of the same.
However, it seems the intervening years have really caught up with the Parkway. The decor is tired (and in some cases just broken - peeling paint, threadbare carpets etc.). The staff, whilst very nice, aren't always exactly professional and don't always take pride in their work - for example, shouting accross the dining room to eachother to complain about another guest, sitting at a table with a bowl of water washing cutlery etc.
The privilege room which I originally booked would have been exceptional, were it not for the excessive machinery noise outside, which necessitated a whole series of room moves (I think 4 in total) over the next 2 days. This was obviously very disruptive to me trying to get any work done, and necessitated spending nearly 24 hours in a "standard" room which did not come with the space, the filter coffee machine or any of the other "perks" I had paid for. In fairness, I was eventually moved to a very nice room complete with 4 poster bed, however this really was too little too late as the primary purpose of my visit had been severely disrupted.
The hotel restaurant is adequate although not exceptional, and the pool perfectly nice. The grounds (and adjoining park) are excellent and highly recommended. There is adequate parking although getting a spot anywhere near the door is quite impossible, and carrying multiple bags/cases up a hill from the bottom of the carpark isn't a particularly enjoyable start to the stay!
- 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