I stayed here while attending a friend's birthday party. The hotel is really close to the railway station (but I never heard a train or announcement) and only minutes from all the city centre restaurants and bars.
I must admit we were a little put off on arrival as the lobby was full of both male and female 20 somethings, already dressed to the nines and wearing very little,despite the temperatures. It appears the hotel's central location and keen weekend pricing makes it an attractive proposition to the hens and stags and we were really concerned about what their return in the early hours would do to our night's sleep. More of that later!
The rooms are very nice, quite spacious with good quality furnishings and very clean and well presented. There was a huge kingsize bed (zipped together and you could feel the join which wasn't brilliant) with good quality bedding. The views from the 9th floor were great and there is the usual tea/coffee/biscuits plus the more unusual complimentary water.
The best part for me was the fabulous iMAC TV/PC and the free broadband. Well done, Doubletree, why can't all big chains provide free internet?! The chocolate cookies were pretty good too!
The hotel has a large bar on the 13th floor offering 360 degree views but it was crowded and very loud when we got there so we retreated to the bar on the ground floor with nice canal views, peace and quiet and attentive table serice. The prices were pretty good too - a martini cocktail for £6.50 in the city is very good.
We never did hear the returning crowds so there must be pretty good sound proofing. The air con noise probably helped although when it reached temperature it made an unbelievably annoying whirring sound on a recurring basis and amde me get up and switch it off at 6am. Not sure if that was just in our room or a common problem.
All in all, you get a lot for your cash and it was a great stay - just leave the aircon on full blast to stop the whirring niggle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *** Please note that Bridgewater Place is close until mid-May. Diversion signs are in place however if you would like further information on this please do contact the hotel directly *** Our Leeds hotel, built in 2009, is part of the revitalised Granary Wharf area, next to Leeds station and the Leeds to Liverpool canal. All 333 of our bedrooms are styled with absolute consideration for your comfort and feature a 42" flat screen television, complimentary wi-fi and bottled water in each room. Dine in the sophisticated surroundings of City Cafe restaurant or dine alfresco on our south facing, canal-side terrace. There are two bars, our Ground Floor Granary Lounge bar and the very popular 13th floor Sky Lounge offering fantastic cocktails and dining options day through the night with breathtaking view of the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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