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Cosmopolitan Hotel 3.0

Leeds, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire

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Pros

  • Excellent location in the center of Leeds
  • Within walking distance to shops, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants
  • Simple, clean guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and electric kettles
  • Modern restaurant and bar serving international cuisine
  • English breakfast with cooked-to-order eggs (for a fee)
  • Business center with three high-tech meeting rooms
  • Free welcome drink on weekdays 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property 

Cons

  • Nearby nightclubs can be noisy at night
  • No air-conditioning -- rooms have ceiling fans only 
  • Some decor looks dated or worn
  • No leisure facilities
  • No on-site parking 

Bottom Line

This three-pearl, 89-room hotel has a prime location in the heart of Leeds. It's only a five-minute walk from Leeds Railway Station, and a stone's throw from numerous bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, though this means it can be noisy at night. It's a decent value, with simply decorated guest rooms featuring basic amenities like flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and free Wi-Fi, but no air-conditioning. The hotel has a modern restaurant downstairs serving international cuisine and an English breakfast for a fee, plus a bar with an extensive cocktail menu. There's a business center that includes three modern meeting rooms, but no fitness or leisure facilities. Travelers preferring more on-site extras should consider rates at the Crowne Plaza instead, which adds an indoor swimming pool and full-service spa.

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Scene

Simple, mid-range hotel with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere 

The Cosmopolitan Hotel could easily be mistaken as a cafe from the outside, as its restaurant and cocktail bar take up most of its frontage on the street. Situated on the corner of a road just behind Leeds' main shopping street, it has a fresh appearance from the outside, with olive green window frames and a green striped canopy. Potted topiary lines the windows, and the entrance is tucked away from the sidewalk. The lobby is cozy, with Art Deco touches, and finished with dark wood furnishings, red lampshades, and bold patterned carpets. There's a small business center next the front desk, and a conference center where regular meetings and events are held, meaning there's a steady flow of business travelers passing through during the day. The adjacent restaurant and bar is spacious and modern, with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. The bar can get busy in the evenings and on weekends, but it's usually quiet during weekdays. You'll mostly see business guests here on weekdays, and tourists on the weekends. 

Location

In the heart of Leeds, close to shops, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants

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The hotel has an excellent location in the heart of Leeds city center. The property is situated on the corner of a crossroads, close to the banks of the River Aire. It's an ideal base for drinking and shopping, as it's a stone's throw away from the main shopping area and plenty of pubs. Trinity Shopping Center and Harvey Nichols are a five-minute walk from the hotel, while the immediate area is filled with numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. It's a five-minute walk from Tetley's Brewery Wharf, and a 10-minute walk from Crown Point Shopping Park. There are plenty of attractions within walking distance, including Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Art Gallery, and Leeds City Museum. The O2 Academy is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and the First Direct Arena is 10 minutes away on foot. The hotel is conveniently located for business travelers as well as tourists, with St. George's Conference Center a 15-minute walk away. Leeds Railway Station is five minutes away on foot, while Leeds Bradford International Airport is around a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic. Manchester Airport is roughly an hour's drive away. 

Rooms

Simple and pleasant, with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but no air-conditioning

The Cosmopolitan Hotel has 89 rooms in a variety of sizes, ranging from standard single rooms to larger rooms with king beds. Triple Rooms are available, which are ideal for families or small groups. All rooms are similarly styled, with muted color schemes, patterned carpeting, and wood-finish furnishings. Some rooms have a more modern feel, while others are a little dated, with details like old-fashioned floral drapes and an abundance of pastel hues. Furniture is kept simple, with work desks and small closets, while larger rooms add separate seating areas. Standard features include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, phones, electric kettles, hairdryers, ironing facilities, and ceiling fans. There's no air-conditioning, so rooms can feel stuffy during summer months. Bathrobes are oddly only offered on weekdays. Bathrooms are clean and simple, with neutral tiled walls, and all include shower/tub combos and a generous selection of free toiletries, like bath salts and ear plugs. Guests should note that front-facing rooms can be noisy at night as there's a nightclub across the street, so light sleepers should request a room at the hotel's rear. Keep in mind that some views are only of neighboring walls. 

Features

Restaurant and bar, English breakfast for a fee, modern meeting rooms, 24-hour room service, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel has its own restaurant and bar on the ground floor, decorated in a modern style with Art Deco features. It has a relaxed, casual atmosphere and spacious dining area, which can get lively in the evenings and on weekends. The restaurant serves a mix of local and international cuisines, plus a delicious dessert menu. The bar serves a variety of beverages, including coffee, wines, beers, and an extensive range of cocktails. An English breakfast is offered here for a fee, consisting of cold options like cereals, yogurt, and fruits, as well as hot options including cooked-to-order eggs.

The hotel lacks fitness and leisure facilities, but it has good business facilities. A computer station is located next to the lobby with private wood-enclosed booths, and there's a conference center with modern function rooms for up to 120 people. Other services include 24-hour room service, a concierge, and free Wi-Fi. On weekdays, guests receive a welcome glass of wine upon arrival, which is a nice extra touch. There's no on-site parking, but discounted rates are available at a nearby parking lot. The hotel has disabled access and an elevator. 

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Address

2 Briggate, Leeds LS1 4AE, United Kingdom

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