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The Queens - Leeds 3.5

Leeds, West Yorkshire, Yorkshire

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Pros

  • Excellent city center location with direct access to Leeds Rail Station
  • Walking distance to numerous restaurants, shops, and bars
  • Attractive rooms with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and tea/coffee makers
  • Some rooms have balconies with city views
  • Restaurant and bar, plus breakfast available for a fee
  • Afternoon tea service popular with guests and locals
  • Valet parking available for a fee
  • Club level with executive lounge and heated terrace
  • 16 events spaces for gatherings of various sizes
  • Free Wi-Fi 

Cons

  • Some rooms can be noisy
  • No fitness center or spa
  • Restaurant doesn't serve dinner every night and food gets mixed marks

Bottom Line

With 215 rooms and suites, The Queens - Leeds is a historic upper-middle-range option next to the Leeds Rail Station. It has direct access to the station and is surrounded by numerous restaurants, bars, and shops. Like the rest of the interiors, guest rooms and suites are elegantly decorated in an Art Deco-inspired style, and all offer air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and tea/coffee makers. Upgraded rooms add more space, mini-fridges, and free water, and club-level guests get extra perks and access to the club lounge. The hotel is popular for events of all types, both business and leisure, but it lacks a fitness center or spa. Travelers looking for a more modern hotel could check out the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre (Leeds Arena) Hotel, where rates are about the same. 

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Scene

Historic Art Deco hotel with extensive events spaces, suitable for business and leisure guests

This eight-story landmark hotel was built in 1937, replacing a building from 1861, and its classic style manages to draw plenty of travelers throughout the year. Its exterior is brick and Portland stone, with purple flags flying above the covered entrance. It looks fittingly grand, and a red carpet leads to the glass front doors flanked by potted topiary. Through the years, the Art Deco-style hotel has hosted royals, members of Parliament, and music and film stars. The long, narrow lobby is elegant and sophisticated, with polished wood floors and red elevator doors that have star motifs. Although parts of the hotel may be looking a little tired -- and it lacks the upscale bells and whistles like a gym or spa -- it's still popular for events, both social and business. The Queens draws an equal mix of business and leisure guests, including both couples and families. 

Location

Excellent city center location next to Leeds Train Station, close to restaurants, bars, and shops

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Just off the major motorway networks, this hotel is situated in the city center, adjacent to Leeds Train Station and within walking distance of a number of trendy bars and restaurants, as well as shops. The Trinity Leeds shopping center is about three minutes away on foot, and the First Direct Arena is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The Royal Armouries are just over a mile away, and the Leeds City Museum is about an eight-minute walk. Leeds Bradford Airport is about 35 minutes from the hotel by car or public transportation, and Manchester Airport is a little over an hour away by car. 

Rooms

Elegant Art Deco-inspired rooms with flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning, some with terraces

Rooms and suites are stylish and elegant, with a bit of Art Deco flair. Color schemes vary, but all are tasteful and attractive. Drapery and bed fabrics are rich, with lots of deep jewel tones and velvets complementing the patterned carpets and walnut-hued furniture. All rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, air-conditioning, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms add free bottled water. Suites and Family rooms are more spacious and have separate living areas. Bathrooms combine vintage and modern style, some with pedestal sinks and classic black-and-white tile. They come with shower/tub combos, toiletries, and towel warmers. Guests on the eighth floor get access to the executive lounge and other perks, and some of these rooms have balconies. Front-facing rooms view the city square, side-facing rooms view the street, and the back view is of the train station. Keep in mind that traffic noise can be disruptive in rooms facing the street. 

Features

Restaurant and bar, afternoon tea, 16 flexible events spaces, free Wi-Fi

Given its city-center location, it's perhaps no surprise that features are a bit limited here, though the lack of even a spa is a bit of a let down. Guests can start their day with breakfast served in the Queens Grill, an elegant space with booth and table seating. Lunch is served regularly and dinner on some nights, though food generally gets mixed reviews. The Queens Bar has cozy lounge seating with a crystal chandelier hanging overhead. Afternoon tea is served in the bar daily and is popular with locals and guests. The Q Lounge, exclusive to club guests, has a business center, cushy seating, and outdoor seating on a terrace overlooking the city. There are 16 flexible meeting rooms that can host gatherings of all sizes, including up to 500 people in the ballroom. Many of the events spaces feature Art Deco details, and are popular for both business and social gatherings. Planners are available to assist with details. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, and valet parking is available for a fee. 

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Address

City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ, United Kingdom

Phone

44 113-2431323

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