Like any other city, Leeds has a wide array of great hotels to help you unwind after a long day of exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Offering luxury with the north of England’s trademark affordability, it’s never been a better time to take advantage of the reasonably-priced luxury that hotels present to travellers stopping overnight – or longer – in Leeds.
First up is the Marriott, which has expanded its empire to the area in order to provide its dedicated fans with dependable extravagance. This modern and elegant four-star hotel is right in the heart of the city centre and just a short walk from the train station, upmarket shopping at the Victoria Quarter and centuries of history at the Royal Armouries.
Combining European charm with friendly staff and countless amenities, it also doubles up as the perfect location for conferences, events, weddings, receptions while providing one of the best dining experiences in Leeds. All 244 spacious guest rooms deliver high-speed WiFi, 32-inch LCD TVs and even Bose iPod docking stations. Meanwhile, its Leisure Club features a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fully-equipped gym.
Close by, on the banks of the River Aire, is Jurys Inn. Situated deep in the heart of Brewery Wharf, one of the most desirable new developments in Leeds, Jurys Inn is easily found on Kendell Street, just 25 minutes from Leeds Bradford International Airport and five minutes from the heart of the city.
Rising above surrounding buildings on the south side of the river, it is hard to lose sight of the towering hotel wherever you are in Leeds. With a slightly more
affordable selection of goodies than the Marriott, Jurys Inn delivers 248 standard bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, dedicated meeting rooms, wireless public LAN and secure off-site car parking available. What’s more, it’s surrounded by a vast array of trendy bars in Granary Wharf and nearby Call Lane, making it a perfect location for those wanting to get involved with Leeds’ burgeoning bar scene.
A walk underneath the train station and past its famed (yet underappreciated) network of arches will bring you out at Mint Hotel, another new build that overlooks the city and faces Bridgewater Place, the tallest tower in the north of England. Each of the 333 rooms provides an airy and modern setting with plenty of extras, including an Apple iMac and free high-speed WiFi. Floor-to-ceiling windows grant light and beautiful views, while extra care is taken to offer anti-allergy bedding and luxury accessories.
The most impressive asset of the Mint Hotel in Leeds is undoubtedly the beautiful Skylounge, a somewhat overlooked gem that serves some of the best cocktails in the city. What’s more, it gives utterly unparalleled views of the city skyline on both sides, giving you plenty of distractions while you eat and drink the night away. What better way to enjoy the beauty of the Leeds skyline?
These three options offer the very best if you visit Leeds, but you may be visiting on a budget. After all, you want to spend your money on the sights, sounds and experiences of Leeds; people want to keep accommodation to a safe limit in order to pour more money into other social activities. If this is your situation, here’s where you can go for lower prices.
Leeds has two Travelodges in the city centre (and a further three in the surrounding area), situated in Vicar Lane and Swinegate. Travelodge is the first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK and now offers nearly 400 hotels in the country. With the aim of expanding to 1,000 hotels by 2020, Travelodge targets fantastic deals for rooms; Leeds comes in at between £35 and £45 a night.
Meanwhile, Premier Inn also has two outlets in Leeds - City West and City Centre. Refurbishing every room in their portfolio every three years, you can guarantee that Premier Inn can give you a fresh feeling every time you wake up in one of their great-value offerings. As part of the Whitbread group, three core policies govern what the chain does: “genuine”, “confident” and “committed”. Outstanding value is the name of Premier Inn’s game, so don’t overlook its offerings if you want to stay overnight in Leeds.
Etap Hotel is also situated in the centre of Leeds and is clearly visible from both roads and rail in the city. Close to Clarence Dock, this hotel looks like a deluxe place but still continues to offer fantastic deals to people staying in West Yorkshire. From £33 a night, it provides a great chance for you to save a few quid for that all-important perfect day in Leeds.
Naturally, there are bed & breakfasts, as well as other small hotel chains, and all of them are looking to make sure that your break in the city is well worth the trip. Whether you’re arriving here via a flight from Europe or a train from Hull, ensure you make the most of it with Leeds’ finest accommodation offerings.