Last night...I was Upperdeck. And it didn't really work for me. "The must have room upgrade" (so says their marketing) works if there's attention to detail. There wasn't enough of that, so for £119 B&B I got a reasonable night's sleep, but not much else.
The bed is firm (which I like). The Bose Sound-dock was a nice touch - got to the room at 10 and must have used if for all of 3 minutes, but if you'd been in the mood for your personal mood music, and if you had an Apple device, it would be handy. The bar was like a city centre pub / student union dive. Good service at the bar, and some interesting people watching for an hour or so.
Room was clean enough.
Gym was OK - usual big club gym, several knackered looking machines, but it all worked.
Free wifi worked well - but why do they want my mobile number?
What didn't work for me:
Over hyped/under delivered Upperdeck room. To comment to the list of "genuinely good extras", the "Great Bed" is certainly good. Despite several frustrating attempts to restart and fiddle with the controller, the "Sky Movies HD" didn't function at all, which actually meant no TV signal at all. It was 11pm, so rather than make a fuss, I watched my iPad instead. "Pinchable toiletries" were pleasant enough, but only pinchable if you don't shower in the morning, as there was only one of each! "Starbucks in my room" = Starbucks instant coffee sachets in my room. "Upperdeck members site" = no thanks - I get 2 or 3 spams a week from Village now - could do without more...
The desk chair was either useless or broken, as it fell to its lowest level and wouldn't lock in place when you sat on it. 2 uncomfortable hours in front of the laptop...
There is one twin plug socket in the middle of the desk, another hidden behind the TV. I unplugged what I thought was the desk light from one of the plugs to discover that the one plug powered the TV, the SkyBox, and the Sounddock!
In the evening, the corridor outside my room stank like a chippie. Room service trays were visible at 10pm, and will still there at 8am. Overnight, newspapers had been delivered around the trays!
Poor shower pressure, but that's the norm in UK hotels as it's almost always a bath/shower combo.
Lacklustre breakfast - watery scrambled eggs, no bacon for 10 minutes, tea rather than (requested) coffee delivered to table, cheap grapefruit/fruit salad.
Public areas just look grubby - probably not helped by the fairly dark colour scheme - the "morning after the night before look might be understandable on a Sunday, but on a Wednesday?
I'd probably use it again - at least the bed is good and the gym is open from 6.30 so you can do your thing and still get to town for 9am, but a bit less marketing hype and some more attention to detail would make this a far better proposition for the business traveller. It talks on the website like it's a recently remodelled Hilton or Crowne Plaza. It's more like a Premier Inn with some fancy bits and a gym.....
- Also Known As:
- Village Hotel And Leisure Club Leeds North
- Village Hotel And Leisure Leeds
- Village Urban Resort Leeds North Headingley
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- Whether your stay is for business or for leisure welcome to more than just a hotel, welcome to VILLAGE Leeds North. Comfortable bedrooms, state of the art Health and Fitness Club, fantastic restaurant, great pub, welcoming Café, Healthworks wellness and beauty, The Hub meeting and conference centre, VILLAGE live party nights and a Velocity Fitness Shop. Throw in free wifi throughout the hotel and over 300 free car parking spaces – no other hotel company gives you more than VILLAGE hotels. ... more less
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