My wife and I stayed at The Chambers Riverside West twice when visiting family in Leeds, just for a weekend each time. I wanted to wait for the second visit before posting a review because the experience was so good I didn't quite believe it the first time around!
If you've grown tired of so-called four star hotels offering bland rooms, extortionate parking fees, a mediocre breakfast, and the feeling of being on a production-line, then please do give The Chambers a try. What they offer is quite the opposite.
Like other reviewers we felt the staff could not do enough for us. It's a refreshing change to get to know the first names of the team looking after booking and managing the accommodation. We've stayed twice without meeting any of them in person, but it doesn't matter. We're grown-ups, so once armed with access codes for the gates (sent via email in advance) we found the apartment easily. On arrival all the keys were in the apartment, along with enough food for a hearty breakfast in the morning (eggs, beans, bread, butter, milk, juice, jam, tea, etc).
At any time we could have called and the on-site superintendent would have come to help, or someone would have popped over from the other Chambers site in Leeds city centre (which is staffed 24/7 I believe).
Inside the apartment, furnishings are modern and stylish. Plenty of space to chill out in the lounge (two double settees). The kitchen had everything we could want, including dishwasher and washer/dryer and all pots/pans/crockery/etc. The bathroom had a good shower and bath, and the bed was comfy.
The cost compares favourably with up-market hotels in the city centre (once parking and breakfast are included). However the apartment is like having a full suite in a hotel - except that it's so nice to be able to come and go at any time, not be bothered by bustling staff, the noise of stag-do revellers, a wedding being held downstairs, dodgy air conditioning, etc.
The Chambers is a real home from home, and not only has this place converted us to the idea of using serviced apartments whenever we travel, we definitely plan on staying at Riverside West each time we visit Leeds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The name says it all – city centre apartments located beside the river Aire, just a few minutes’ walk west of the Leeds central train station. Each of the 34 luxury city centre apartments has a spacious living area, with the latest audio-visual entertainment. Widescreen TVs with Sky, DVD players and music systems; kick off your shoes, put on your favourite programme and unwind after a hard day’s work or shopping. Sleek and fully-equipped kitchen-diners provide the ideal place to entertain friends or family and prepare food. Each boutique serviced apartment has its own balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the rooms with natural light by day and giving spectacular views by night. Feel at peace, even in the heart of the city. Jog along the riverbank after work, enjoy the views from your private balcony or stroll into the nearby shopper’s paradise, it’s all up to you. A waterside haven in the centre of the city… this is Riverside West. ... more less