Leeds is a town on the rise. This former industrial hub has seen a new lease of life since the start of the 21st Century with many of its old factories born anew as shopping centres by the addition of modern architectural design. It is also, as it always has been, a great gateway town for the spectacular southern Dales.
Leeds today offers a decent range of high end establishments, so whether you’re interested in historic northern comforts or stylish modern boutiques, there’s sure to be a hotel that fits your needs. Here we compare five of the best, so you can make the most informed decision possible based upon your budget, needs, and taste.
Leeds feels more like Downtown Manhattan in this ultra-modern, chic establishment right in the centre of things. With its self-consciously trendy, dark colour scheme and plethora of spacious, temperature controlled rooms, the Dakota Leeds is a truly international hotel. There’s even an onsite bar and grill, which positively exhales executive sophistication, not to mention cooks up a mean French-style dinner. From 191 pounds per night
The Met Hotel Leeds
Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, which has been modernised throughout, though in a way that it retains many of its original stylings, The Met harkens back to Leeds’ heyday during Britain’s industrial revolution. The central location combines with bright, comfortable rooms and sleek communal spaces to offer an archetype of straightforward luxury. Rounding off the experience is an onsite gym and restaurant where fresh local produce abounds. From 140 pounds per night
Just a ten minute drive from the city centre, this historic hotel in its own grounds already feels like it’s in the middle of the countryside. Popular with wedding parties, every room is individually designed in a style that might best be described as “contemporary twee” — this also means very comfortable. There’s an award winning onsite restaurant, which makes sure to use mainly seasonal and local produce in its dishes, and some lovely views out over the surrounding gardens. From 120 pounds per night
Style is a tricky thing to get right for luxury hotels, as they strive to balance universal and unique features. Every now and again, though, you get one that gets it completely right. Quebecs is one of these, with traditional, yet timeless rooms, which are also spacious enough to include study areas and are extremely comfortable. Situated inside an old Victorian building in the town centre, a stay here also comes with complimentary access to a nearby spa. From 169 pounds per night
The Queens Hotel
Located in a building to inspire awe, the Art Deco Queens Hotel, opened in 1937 is a monolithic establishment just across from Leeds Railway Station. Recently having received a multi-million pound refurbishment, it’s primed to impress with a whopping 232 rooms available to stay in. There’s an onsite gym, a bar, and a pan-Asian restaurant – plus plenty of communal rooms to explore. From 142 pounds per night