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The Queens Leeds Reviews
Jun 29, 2007
The Queens Hotel was opened in 1937 (I know this because there’s an inscription at the entrance) and it's imposing façade has obviously remained pretty much unchanged ever since.
Situated right at the heart of the city square it's design is a triumph of art deco - all white stone, pillars, straight lines and understated elegance. This continues inside with all the public areas retaining the 1930s feel with the décor also appearing to have been unchanged since this place was opened. Sitting in the lobby you don't have to stretch your imagination too much to feel like you’re in an Agatha Christie novel or something (aside from the dead bodies bit.)
Being a bit of a fan of the design of that period, this place was off to a fine head start with me. As it turned out though, aside from the fantastic grandeur of the place this is probably the best city break type hotel I've stayed in for a very long time.
My room wasn't the largest but reasonably sized for a weekend stay, the bed was comfy, pillows reasonable (always something I look for as regular readers will remember) and the large flat-screen TV was very sexy (and very black). The room was spotless (which is what you'd expect) but I really got the feeling they had a genuine pride in the detail that other hotels sometimes miss. There were no cracked tiles in the bathroom, for example, no light switch that needed fixing, no bedside table with a drawer knob missing.
Breakfast was the usual cold and hot buffets that were of excellent quality. The scrambled and fried eggs were delicious and I even indulged in porridge on one morning (which I haven’t done for many years).
All the staff were polite, attentive and seemed genuinely friendly (no silent automatons here and this only added to the good feeling towards the place.
If you're travelling by train then it's location couldn't be better - it actually adjoins the station and you're staying slap bang in the centre of the city.
Now you’re probably thinking that this isn't going to be a cheap option but you can get a really good deal here if you search the net. Fifty pounds per person for bed and breakfast in a hotel of this quality and this location is exceptional for me.
If / when I next stay in Leeds then I can't see me looking elsewhere.
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The Queens Overview
This Leeds hotel is situated approximately 1 mile from the Royal Armouries Museum. The establishment is also very close to the city center, which is the commercial and nightlife epicenter of the metropolis. There are major roadways nearby the Queens, as well. The city is full of museums and other attractions. The nearby center of the city can provide guests of the Queens with a public transit option to the airport. The 757 bus line runs to the facility.
The rooms at the Queens are universally-provided with modern amenities. Internet connectivity is available in the rooms, as is satellite television service. Other amenities include private baths, which are equipped with hairdryers.
There are 1000 square meters of meeting space available to guests of this hotel. There are also banqueting facilities, in the form of a ballroom, which is suitable for personal events such as weddings. There is a restaurant located on the premises that serves local cuisine. There is also a lounge which features a piano player at the Queens.
The Queens Amenities