Clearly designed to be a 'boutique' hotel - unorthodox decor, downtown localtion etc. [ Although it's in the financial quarter, so quite a long walk to the shops, restaurants, etc.. However failed on the basics - the limited carparking spaces were gone so the only option was the NCP adjacent to the Crowne Plaze - quite a walk away, £18 for 24h - and only the vaguest of directions from receptionist - no map no satnav code, pretty much sort it yourself.
The carpets in the hallways were also plain dirty[photos], and the rooms have weird sliding wooden shutters with no nets, so unless you want the workmen in the rooms opposite, about 25ft away, to watch you changing and dressing, they have to be closed, plunging the room into darkness.
However the absolute deal-breaker was the broken aircon, on a sweltering night. We got a fan, and the young lad who brought it pretty much admitted it wasn't working all over the hotel. Most bizarrely of all, the guy checking us out in the morning, having briefly apologised, said that a lot of hotels in Leeds were getting warm air out of their aircon!! Presumably some alien forcefield interfering with aircon units??
Basically it's no good being stylish and trendy, and having lovely shower fittings, if you don't provide good basic hotel services, and above all make guests feel welcome, valued, and comfortable. And if design trumps function, it's bad design.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The New Ellington Leeds nestles amongst a row of Georgian buildings in the heart of the financial district of Leeds. Through its doors you will find distinguished and discreet personalised service. You’ll find our decor sleek, stylish and warm and our facilities offer the height of functionality. Once inside you will not want to leave.Location is second to none, with culture and posh shopping all moments away from The New Ellington – but amidst the bustle of commerce and the vibrant nightlife, The New Ellington is a haven of serenity. A luxury boutique hotel par excellence -expect Egyptian cotton bed linen, luxury toiletries, comfortable beds, 24 hours in-room dinning, cocktails to die for and a restaurant spearheaded by renowned Yorkshire chef Andrew Brookes. Our guestrooms are immensely comfortable, uncluttered and equipped with state of the art technology, complimentary wireless and hard-wired Internet access, entertainment hubs offering connection for ipods, laptop output and high-definition TV input, Nespresso coffee machines, rainforest shower heads and 32 –inch flat screen televisions complete the picture. Also available are Nintendo Wiis and Xbox 360, coupled with pre-loaded ipods with a variety of genres are available to borrow.**Please note that parking is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis** ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The New Ellington Hotel Leeds
- Ellington Hotel Leeds