The 10 Best Hotels in Leeds City Centre
The Dakota Deluxe is a glamorous retreat of gleaming black-glass windows located just a five-minute stroll from the train station and the city’s shopping heart and we consider it to be the best luxury hotel in Leeds. Although the vibrant bar and restaurant scene of Greek Street are right outside the hotel, excellent soundproofing ensures a peaceful night’s sleep in its deluxe bedrooms. Both bedrooms and public spaces are finished in the Dakota Deluxe group’s dark colour palette.
The DoubleTree by Hilton enjoys a great spot in the revitalised Granary Wharf district, a waterside area that runs along the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The train station is just a stroll away through the Dark Arches while spectacular city views can be enjoyed from the hotel’s rooftop lounge bar. The superior rooms are stylish, yet comfortable, with floor to ceiling windows and decor in a refreshingly light colour palette.
With an enviable location right next to the train station, this hotel is a good example of the city’s Art Deco heritage. Built in the late 1930s for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, it still retains the glamour of an earlier era in travel and hotels. All of Leed’s attractions including shops and restaurants are within an easy walk of The Queens while the hotel also has its own popular basement restaurant, Grill’d.
Despite being part of a chain, the Novotel – City Centre manages to integrate itself into its surroundings while its Soapworks restaurant is becoming a city destination in itself. As well as its two restaurants and comfortable if simply decorated bedrooms, this very popular hotel also boasts a gym, steam room and sauna. Visitor attractions, shopping and restaurants can all be found nearby.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is cleverly integrated into The Light, a modern shopping and entertainment mall, without any of its original Art Deco features being lost. Despite the restaurant, shopping and cultural scene on its doorstep, efficient soundproofing protects the bedrooms and public spaces from exterior noise. Ask for a room on the west side – overlooking the Town Hall clock tower which is beautifully illuminated at night.
With easy access to both motorways and train station as well as being just a few minutes walk from the city centre, Clayton Hotel is ideal for city breaks. Decorated in warm and welcoming colours and featuring soundproofed windows, the hotel’s bedrooms deliver a great night’s sleep while international cuisine can be enjoyed in the Brasserie Restaurant.
The Leeds Marriott Hotel is tucked away in a charming city centre courtyard making it a quiet oasis while being on the doorstep of everything Leeds UK has to offer. With modern spacious bedrooms, heated indoor pool and wellness spa the hotel is perfect for a relaxing few days of shopping and culture. Although there are plenty of city restaurants surrounding the hotel, the hotel’s Midtown Grill and Indian Kitchen & Bar are well worth sampling.
For guests who like the privacy and comfort of a home-from-home then the serviced Quebecs Luxury Apartments are ideal. These award-winning one and two-bedroom apartments are located in the Old Post Office Building on City Square right in the heart of Leeds England. Apartments have separate sleeping, living and dining areas furnished with everything you need whether you’re staying one night, one week or longer. Guests can also enjoy the amenities of the Quebecs Hotel.
The ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena is perfect for affordable comfort and ideally located for both the city centre and events at the Arena. Although part of a hotel chain, this lively good value hotel manages to retain a quirky individuality with its decor of bright primary colours and clever use of space. A children’s play area is housed in a giant cricket ball while leading off from the foyer is a series of funkily decorated public spaces for meeting or working. Also perfect for families.
If you’d rather spend your travel budget on exploring than accommodation, the Holiday Inn Express LeedsCity Centre gives you an affordable option without compromising on comfort. Although the hotel is a twenty-minute walk from the city centre it is close to national road and rail links. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and The Great Room, the hotel’s ground-floor restaurant serves a range of tasty meals from breakfast through to late-night snacks.
The 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Central Leeds
Quebecs is where country house living meets city centre convenience. Although the train station is just a few steps away, this boutique hotel provides an almost decadent oasis of classic French charm. The hotel is housed in a listed building with an elegant red brickwork facade that’s so typical of the city. Among its best features are a grand oak staircase and stained-glass windows. The upmarket Victoria Gate shopping centre is nearby while the restaurants of Greek Street are within an easy stroll when it’s time to dine.
Although part of the Malmaison chain, this has the feel of an independent hotel with a boutique feel. Carved out of an old Victorian office building, the setting is both intimate and imposing with the bold chandeliers and striking colours of the public spaces making a distinctive contrast to the urban simplicity of the luxurious bedrooms. While being private and peaceful, the Malmaison Hotel Leeds is actually right at the heart of the city’s attractions and nightlife.
Located just to the edge of the city centre in the hip riverside district of The Calls, 42 The Calls Hotel is housed in a converted mill and delivers a quirky but elegant atmosphere. It is right next to the Gay Village clubs and restaurants of Lower Briggate and a ten-minute walk from Leeds city centre. The sympathetic conversion from the former flour mill has kept its best original features such as wooden beams, windows and mill machinery.
The Best Hotel with Spa & Pool
If a pool and spa add a little extra to your city breaks then you’ll find both at the Crowne Plaza Leeds. Its location, ten-minutes walk from the city center, is compensated for by its facilities. These include an elegant swimming pool flanked by a conservatory, fitness suite, hot tub, steam room and sauna as well as treatment rooms where you can enjoy a little pampering. You can dine in the ground-floor Bar and Kitchen@LS1 or take an evening stroll into the city to sample its buzzing nightlife.