I think 42 The Calls has discovered one of the great hotel secrets - if you get the check in right, a guest will forgive you a multitude of sins.
The check in here is wonderful. Friendly, personable, laid back. The glass of wine is a great and clever touch. You go to your room relaxed and ready for a good stay.
My room (314) was, if I'm being brutally honest, getting on the tired side. Carpets need upgrading as does the shower, but I was so touched by my welcome that I didn't let it bother me. Plus when you are only paying £100 a night you have to give some leeway right? Bed was comfy and linen was great quality.
Even when there was a most unfortunate fire in the middle of the night, I did not lose confidence in this hotel. The fire alarm system worked perfectly, everyone was evacuated safely and the fire brigade were called swiftly and said fire was put out. All rather exciting and all guests were given a glass of wine while the staff worked out what to do. It was deemed unsafe to return to our rooms (they were not taking any chances until they had done a full inspection the following day) so we were efficiently parcelled off to the Mal Maison.
Another super friendly welcome back the following day from staff and from then on it was a much less exciting stay. I think there is something about the size of this hotel that allows its staff to really interact and chat with its guests. And despite trying the slightly more glamorous (and more expensive) Mal Maison - its to 42 The Calls that I would return any day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1991 a riverside corn mill in Leeds was converted into a refreshingly different designer hotel with exceptional service and modern English interiors. With just 41 bedrooms and suites, 42 The Calls is a unique and exceptional establishment. Handmade beds with luxury cotton linen, carefully selected paintings and drawings and friendly touches such as homemade shortbread and fudge make these spaces havens of relaxation combined with up to the minute technology. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 42 The Calls Leeds
- 42 The Calls Hotel Leeds
- 42 Calls
- 42 Call Leeds