Manchester, United Kingdom
May 18, 2005
The centre of Leeds has a great variety of shops and places of entertainment. There are a great variety of bars and nightclubs, and it is a great choice for a weekend away of sightseeing and shopping.
The Royal Armories is a great afternoon out for history buffs, and you are only 40 minutes’ drive form the historic city of York. The countryside surrounding Leeds is dotted with properties of historic interest, and lots of information is available from any tourist information centre.
The hotel is registered AAA Diamonds. The hotel has recently been refurbished and the lobby is imposing yet friendly. Check-in is from 2pm, and check-out is by 12 noon. You are required to leave your credit card details at reception when you check in (pretty standard practice in all hotels chains), and you can then have express check-out, where any debits are made to your credit card automatically. Safe deposit boxes are also available at reception.
The room we had when there for the weekend was large and spacious (although not as large as some of the other Marriott properties that I have stayed in). There are tea- and coffee-making facilities in the room, as well as a minibar. It says in the hotel guide that you can also request a fridge for a small charge, payable locally, although we just placed a few things in the cold minibar!!
Although not in the rooms, you can request a hair dryer and iron and ironing board from housekeeping. There was a large remote-controlled television that featured satellite and in-room movie channels, including several choices of movies for kids.
Restaurants and bars:
There is a nice bar in the hotel, decorated in a luxurious style, that almost reminds me of a gentleman's club with dark mahogany wood-paneled walls.
Breakfast is served in John T's, the hotel restaurant. A full English/Continental breakfast was included in the price of our weekend package and was offered in a self-selection style with a very wide range of choices. The buffet was regularly topped up, and tea, coffee, and hot toast were served at the table. The restaurant offers a wide range of choices for lunch and dinner, including typical Yorkshire-style food, as well as more international cuisine, especially Italian-style dishes.
The hotel also offers the following facilities, and usage is complimentary throughout your stay:
From journal Living it Large in Leeds, UK