Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Doubletree Hotel (by Hilton) - Leeds City Centre

Despite visiting a Hilton hotel many times I have never actually stayed the night. From what I can gather, the Doubletree brand of the Hilton is a more upmarket, less corporate and more personal (warm) than the run of the mill Hilton hotels. They focus on comfort over convenience and try to make their hotels look attractive and high end.

On arrival each guest is welcomed with a warm chocolate chip cookie, I didn’t realise it at the time, but apparently this is their signature gesture. It doesn’t stop with the cookie, in our room we also had an Nespresso machine, complimentary towelling dressing gowns and slippers, designer bath products, a free onsite gym and high standard rooms.

Warm cookie with a view

Beer gift wrapped in towelling

We stayed in a King Junior Suite, it was a corner room with big glass windows that really showcased the views. The room felt airy and big, there was even room for a sofa, a couple of arm chairs and two desks/dressing table.

The view from our room

There was everything we could have needed in our room, with a hair dryer, iron, ironing board already provided with no need to go to the extra hassle of requesting these.

Such a bright airy room

Lots of space

There is free wifi, although it's not secured with a password, it was faster in the evenings than first thing in the morning. Our room even came with a Mac in case you needed to do some last minute business during your stay. 

Nespresso machine

Not a bad cuppa actually!

Car parking is limited at the hotel and, annoyingly, you can’t pre-book. I was told that we would be fine for a parking space but when we arrived there were no spaces left and only valet parking at an additional £34 charge. We parked just up from the hotel and it cost us £19 for the night, there may be cheaper options a little further away from the hotel so you might be best in doing your research beforehand.

The tunnel to the dark arches car park

The location of the hotel in Leeds city centre is great, it benefits from being close to the station and the new entrance/exit means you can walk from the station to the hotel in under 10 minutes. It might be worth checking whether you can travel by train cheaper than it is to pay for parking.

The other view from our room looking over Granary Wharf

Alongside being close to transport links, the Doubletree is set in the quieter area of Granary Wharf within Leeds City Centre. It feels calmer, less polluted and less frantic than other areas of the city centre, although at night the area livens up with a number of bars and restaurants in the local vicinity.

Bridgewater place

The Doubletree offers two onsite restaurants, The Lock on the ground floor and The Sky Lounge on the top floor.

See my review on Brunch in The Sky Lounge here.

See my review on Dinner in The Lockhere.

Personally, I would eat outside of the hotel in the evening but grab a drink or two in The Sky Lounge to marvel over the views of the southern side of Leeds City Centre.

Some of the local restaurants that you might like visit include:

Fazenda (see my review here) a Brazilian steak house.

Livin’ Italy, Bilbao (Spanish Tapas).

Water Lane Boathouse (great pizza but more of a bar on an evening).

Candlebar (restaurant by day bar by night, they have a rotating world restaurant and at the time of writing they are currently showcasing Japan).

Once you’ve had your fill of the views in the Sky Lounge (or if it’s just not your scene) some of the other bars close by will help you make the most of out of your night in Leeds.

The Hop – live bands, local beers, great atmosphere.

Water Lane Boathouse – As above, serves great pizza during the day and late in to the evening, nice outdoor space/seating, local and unusual ales, great gin selection, open throughout the day.

Golf bar – if Golf is your thing try your hand a virtual golf whilst having a lager or two.

If you fancy heading a little further into town there are some great eateries on the way in, including my personal favourites Tharavadu (South Indian AA recommended cuisine) and Bundobust (Vegetarian Indian Street food served beside a great beer offering).

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