The Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Leeds, UK

The ibis Styles offers its guests a sleek, modern experience
The ibis Styles offers its guests a sleek, modern experience | Courtesy of ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel / Expedia
Nicholas Grantham

As one of the biggest cultural and business hubs in the country, Leeds is often referred to as the capital of the north, and it’s easy to see why the city welcomes thousands of people every year. With a vibrant music and nightlife scene, plenty of historical attractions and some excellent green spaces, there is plenty to see and do during your time in the city. To help maximise your spending money, we’ve put together some of the best cheap hotels in Leeds.

1. Hinsley Hall

Budget Hotel

A walkway flanked by lush gardens leading to the grand stone exterior of Hinsley Hall
© Matthew McCubbin / Courtesy of Hinsley Hall

A former college and rectory dating back to 1868, Hinsley Hall gives its guests a truly traditional experience during their stay in Leeds. A Grade II-listed building, the refurbished Hinsley Hall first opened as a hotel, conference centre and pastoral centre in 1999. Although the surroundings are traditional, the rooms have all the comforts of modern life. Well suited for conferences and events, the hotel has a 90-person dining area and adjoining meeting rooms.

2. Cosmopolitan Hotel

Hotel

A simple double bedroom at Cosmopolitan Hotel, with buttery-yellow walls and green armchairs
Courtesy of Cosmopolitan Hotel / Booking.com
Where to stay in Leeds? How about one of the oldest continually running hotels in the city. The Cosmopolitan has been welcoming guests for more than a hundred years. Right in the centre of the city, it’s a perfect choice for visitors wanting a leisurely weekend away or an efficient business trip. The rooms are comfortably furnished, and the in-house Cosmopolitan restaurant and bar is the perfect place for a quick bite to eat before heading out into the city. Be sure to check out the cocktail-filled afternoon tea option, a very popular choice with stag and hen parties.

3. The Queens Hotel

Hotel

Double bedroom and living area in a suite at the Queens Hotel with monochrome geometric carpet and red accents
Courtesy of The Queens Hotel / Expedia

This award-winning four-star hotel is next to Leeds train station, providing an excellent option in the middle of the action. The authentic art deco interior dating back to 1937 leads to carefully crafted rooms and an excellent in-house restaurant. Inside the different suites, you’ll find flat-screen HDTVs, luxury bedding and unequalled views of the surrounding city. A favoured choice for weddings, this place to stay in Leeds has an excellent 500-capacity ballroom available for hire and a resident wedding planner to help with your every request.

4. Hampton by Hilton Leeds

Budget Hotel

A double bedroom at Hampton by Hilton Leeds with a mauve-and-white colour palette and vibrant art above the bed
Courtesy of Hampton by Hilton Leeds / Expedia

This budget-friendly hotel in Leeds is an excellent option for those wanting to make the most of their time in the city. Just a 10-minute walk from some of the top city attractions, including the First Direct Arena, Victoria Leeds shopping centre and Leeds Grand Theatre, the Hampton offers a great base for exploring the area. The rooms are clean and spacious, and you’re welcome to a delicious complimentary breakfast of freshly cooked waffles or a generous serving of oatmeal.

5. Headingley Lodge

Budget Hotel

A red-and-white double bedroom at Headingley Lodge, with views of the pitch at Headingley Stadium
Courtesy of Headingley Lodge / Expedia

Part of the world-famous Headingley Stadium, the Headingley Lodge is a top solution for sports fans heading into the city, with fantastic views overlooking the cricket oval below and direct access to the stadium grounds, saving plenty of time (and stress) during your visit. It’s also an option that’s popular with business travellers, given its excellent access to the stadium conference rooms as well as several universities in the city.

6. easyHotel Leeds

Budget Hotel

The red-brick exterior of easyHotel Leeds, sandwiched between Ask Italian and Costa Coffee
Courtesy of easyHotel Leeds / Expedia

Part of the easyJet family, the easyHotel offers an affordable yet comfortable stay right in the heart of Leeds. The hotel offers a variety of accommodation options, with something to suit every possible stay. Ideal for those looking to spend as much time in the city as possible, the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, USB charging ports and complimentary toiletries. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk away from the O2 Academy Leeds, making it a great overnight option for those attending a gig in the city.

7. ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel

Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Yellow armchairs, tables, pouffes and a red oversized anglepoise-style lamp in the ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel
Courtesy of ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena Hotel / Expedia

The ibis Styles offers a sleek and modern experience right in the centre of Leeds. The hotel prides itself on its slick service and quick turnaround, and online booking, checkin and room allocation are all very user-friendly. The rooms are pleasantly styled, with complimentary wifi and comfortable beds. If you’re feeling peckish or fancy a nightcap before bed, the ibis in-house restaurant, Arnold’s, has a great selection of food and drinks.

8. Roomzzz Hotel

Serviced Apartment

A cream-and-purple kitchen and living area in a suite with city views at Roomzzz Hotel
Courtesy of Roomzzz Hotel / Expedia

Roomzzz is an aparthotel, giving you the freedom to enjoy your stay the way you want to. With a wide variety of suites and apartments available in three different locations around the city, you’ll be sure to find one that suits you. Each of the studio apartments features a fully fitted kitchen, a bathroom and a workspace, which makes it perfect for extended stays. The suite option has more of a hotel feel and is better suited for weekend getaways and business trips.

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