Leeds is a thriving, modern metropolis with deep historical roots in the north of England. Whether you come for the shopping, museums or magnificent parks, this Yorkshire city has some fantastic places to lay your head after a day of sightseeing. Spa hotels, old hotels, and brand new ones all cluster in the city centre, within easy reach of transport links. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Leeds.
This art deco-style building is close to the impressive Leeds City Museum, and is in prime location for some of the most popular attractions in the city. Great for business and leisure trips, Queens has 16 flexible meeting rooms and a Ballroom for up to 550 guests. There’s a variety of shops and restaurants to explore in the surrounding area, but for ease you can dine in at Grilled, which serves up locally-sourced and inspired dishes.
Quebecs is a luxury apartment hotel in the former Old Post Office building, a short walk from the Grand Theatre and most of the city’s best attractions. It’s also within walking distance of the First Direct Arena, where concerts with popular headliners and crowds of up to 14,000 people take place. One and two bedroom apartments are available for you to book, with handcrafted furniture and boutique toiletries, all in a cosy environment.
Quebecs is the only independent luxury hotel in the centre of Leeds. Its distinct terracotta facade makes it recognisable on sight, and a key feature of the city’s architectural landscape. The gigantic wrought-iron gate at its entrance and the magnificent oak staircase in the interior make a lasting first impression. With only 44 rooms, the hotel has a friendly and welcoming vibe, and every room is unique.
The Malmaison hotel in the converted Leeds City Tramways Office puts modernity and comfort at the heart of its mission, and has more than 100 stylish and fun rooms to choose from. A short walk from Leeds railway station, this is the ideal spot for those looking to embark on day trips out of the city. High-end shopping’s available nearby at the Trinity Leeds leisure centre, which has a wealth of large and boutique outlets for quality spending. If you’re craving an evening of fine wining and dining, try the hotel’s Brasserie, and then the Malbar, for cocktails or Champagne.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa is a modern take on a luxury spa, just outside the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Its location is ideal for those looking for a quiet break, and with packages such as the Escape available, including a night in the hotel, full access to the spa, complimentary meals and a taster treatment, you’ll experience a little piece of heaven in the heart of Leeds. All visitors receive access to the fitness centre too. When you’re ready to return to real life, you’ll find yourself in close proximity to the best of the city’s nightlife, shopping and restaurants.
This understated hotel in the heart of the city is welcoming and comfortable. The Mercure is known for its art deco furnishings and velvet fittings, and it’s committed to providing guests with a brief retreat from the noise of the city. There are 59 rooms to choose from here, each uniquely decorated in a tasteful colour scheme of maroon, teal, and gold. If you’re feeling particularly lazy, there’s a 24-hour room service menu for you to enjoy in bed.
A striking terracotta exterior and stone cupola greet you on arrival at the iconic Met hotel. Conveniently located eight miles (10km) from Leeds Bradford Airport, the Met is in a brilliant location for exploring the city. A variety of rooms are on offer to accommodate all kinds of travellers – business guests and couples on romantic getaways. As an added perk, free wifi is available throughout the hotel.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel is one of the oldest in Leeds, and has been open to guests for more than 100 years. The quality of the inside, however, has not been dented by age. With 89 uniquely-styled rooms to choose from, you’ll find everything you need including free wifi, entertainment, fluffy bathrobes and complimentary toiletries. Classic and tasty local dishes are served in the top-quality restaurant and bar.
The Chambers Park Place is ideal if you’re looking to bring the comforts of home on holiday. These serviced apartments are available for short-term and long-term visits, and guests can pay nightly, weekly or monthly. The building itself is a restored, turn-of-the-century number, and blends its antiquated charm with modern touches to create a pleasant and warm interior. Although you get a whole apartment, the hotel services remain, including a 24-hour concierge, laundry and dry cleaning.