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Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds 4.0

Leeds, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire

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Pros

  • Excellent location in the center of Leeds, near shopping and dining
  • Historic nationally listed building with Art Deco touches
  • Contemporary rooms with modern amenities and private bathrooms
  • Suites add Nespresso coffeemakers and minibars
  • Restaurant, bar, afternoon tea, and free Grab & Run breakfast
  • Excellent breakfast buffet with Continental and American options (fee)
  • Extensive business center includes 10 high-tech meeting spaces
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout the property
  • Kids under 12 stay and eat for free

Cons

  • Breakfast buffet not included in room rates, and is quite pricey
  • Some rooms face inside the adjacent shopping complex
  • No on-site spa or fitness facilities

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Radisson Blu Hotel is in the heart of Leeds, and housed in a stunning nationally listed historic building. It's just steps from numerous shops, bars, restaurants, and museums. Design throughout is modern, with Art Deco touches and period details. All 147 contemporary rooms include flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and electric kettles. The FireLake Grill House and Bar has an impressive cocktail menu and social atmosphere, plus an excellent breakfast buffet for a fee. The hotel is a popular choice for business travelers, with several sophisticated meeting rooms and events spaces, but there's no on-site spa or fitness facilities. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Travelers will find lower rates at the Jury's Inn Leeds, which adds a spacious fitness center. 

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Historic hotel with Art Deco touches and plenty of contemporary shine

This upscale hotel is housed in a grand nationally listed historic building that was once a bank. The hotel's entrance is shared with The Light shopping complex, but once you're inside the lobby, it feels worlds away from the crowds outside. The small lobby is sleek, modern, and dimly lit, with glossy marble floors and sleek silver-paneled front desks. There's a small seating area with black leather armchairs, though most guests tend to congregate in the FireLake Grill House and Bar, which is located right next to the lobby. The period-style restaurant is impressive, blending contemporary industrial design elements with traditional Art Deco touches. As the restaurant is open to the public, it has a lively atmosphere and can be busy in the evenings, especially on the weekends. On weekdays, most hotel guests are business travelers, having casual meetings on the mezzanine during the day or business breakfasts in the restaurant in the mornings. Couples and families frequently stay here as well, but mostly on weekend getaways. 

Location

In the center of Leeds, close to shops, bars, and restaurants

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The Radisson Blue Hotel has a convenient location in the heart of Leeds. It sits on the corner of two busy roads, The Headrow and Cockridge Street, and shares its building with The Light shopping complex. The mall is home to numerous clothing stores and restaurants, plus a cinema and gym with a swimming pool and spa. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the immediate area, and Trinity Shopping Center is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Many attractions are within easy walking distance, including Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Library, Leeds Town Hall, and The Henry Moore Institute, which are all within a block or two. The First Direct Arena is around a 10-minute walk from the hotel and the O2 Academy is a five-minute walk away. St. George's Conference Center is 10 minutes away on foot, making this Radisson a popular choice for business travelers. Leeds Railway Station is a five- to 10-minute walk from the hotel, while Leeds Bradford International Airport is around a 30-minute drive. 

Rooms

Quiet rooms with a bit of modern glitz, plus extras like Nespresso machines in Junior Suites

All 147 guest rooms and suites each have a different layout owing the building's unique history. Most rooms sleep two adults, though junior suites can accommodate families of four. Decor is similar throughout, with soft gray tones, carpeted floors, contemporary furnishings, and Art Deco and Italian touches that add a little glitz. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, empty mini-fridges, air-conditioning, irons, safes, phones, and free Wi-Fi. Business Class Rooms add Nespresso coffeemakers and minibars, while Junior Suites add Bose sound systems. All rooms aside from Standard Rooms include free fluffy robes and slippers. Bathrooms are modern and well-finished, with neutral tiles, shower/tub combos, spacious countertops, magnifying mirrors, and toiletries. Some bathrooms add separate walk-in showers. Certain rooms overlook Cockridge Street or The Headrow, with higher floors adding great city views. Other rooms face the inside of the hotel or the adjoining shopping complex, with no outdoor views. Despite being located on a busy road next to a shopping complex, guest rooms are surprisingly quiet.

Features

Restaurant, cocktail bar, breakfast buffet, business center, meeting rooms, and free Wi-Fi

The Radisson Blu Hotel has a decent number of features for a city-center hotel, but its excellent restaurant and cocktail bar is a highlight. The FireLake Grill House and Bar is located next to the lobby, serving contemporary cuisine and high-quality cocktails in a sophisticated setting. A breakfast buffet is available for a fee, consisting of generous continental and American options, though it's quite pricey. For early risers checking out before breakfast hours, there are free Grab & Run breakfast bags in the lobby that include hot tea and coffee, milk, seasonal fruits, and granola bars. Afternoon tea is available for a fee, and there's a separate lunch and dinner menu for children, with kids under 12 staying and eating for free.

The hotel has a modern business center plus 10 modern meeting rooms and events spaces. Some meeting rooms have a high-tech PA systems plus audio-visual equipment. There's no fitness center or spa facilities, but there's a gym in the adjoining shopping complex which has a swimming pool and full-service spa. Keep in mind that there's an extra fee to use the gym and pool. Parking is also available at the shopping complex, with discounted rates for guests. Other services include a 24-hour front desk, concierge, 24-hour room service, express laundry, and free Wi-Fi. 

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Address

1 The Light The Headrow, , Leeds LS1 8TL, United Kingdom

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