I'm a great fan of TripAdvisor and it never ceases to amaze me how some people seem almost offended if other reviewers don't agree with their opinion - but that's what makes TA so good, it's all about opinions and it's why it works so well - one man's meat another man's poison sort of thing - anyway back to 42 The Calls, well I liked it. It's a ubiquitous 'boutique' hotel, but I'm not sure what that actually means, but I guess when it was first opened back in the early 90s I think, this must have been quite a revelation for Leeds, so ok it's a bit worn at the edges now but it doesn't detract from it being comfortable, perhaps even cosy, which many 'boutique' hotels can't claim to be.
Check in was efficient, friendly and quick and we were welcomed with a glass of wine to take to our room - nice touch, as were the quirky offerings in the rooms - Smarties, fudge and yep, the little frog soaps - nothing luxurious, but memorable all the same, however couldn't find the fishing rod which I had heard about for river facing rooms (ok we were on the 3rd floor so I'll let them off). The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was clean and tidy and the flat screen TV had a great picture, the vaulted, beamed ceiling gave the room (305) a real 'lofty' feel - I liked it - alright the carpet was a bit threadbare but that was one of the few downsides.
Liked the valet parking and the idea of breakfast in your room through a hatch if required, however we decided not to have breakfast in the hotel at all, which as it turned out probably wasn't a good idea as surprise surprise struggled to find anywhere nearby which did a decent English breakfast - eventually finished up at the nearby Palace pub for admittedly a bargain £4.95 full English with tea which I was ok with but think the missus wanted something a bit posher - but Harvey Nics £11 bagels and coffee didn't really do it for me.
Downsides - yes, the room was hot and stuffy and could have benefitted from aircon, we left the windows open and yes you could hear noise from outside, but for us not excessive - the clip-clop of girls in their high heels going over nearby Brewery Bridge is hardly grounds for a major complaint and probably on a par with staying in a quiet country hotel and hearing cows mooing through the night. I'm a city boy so it was no big deal.
We ate in the evening in the Brasserie next door which was excellent, good value and good food, very busy but they managed to fit us in - very friendly and efficient service, can highly recommend.
One other point about 42 The Calls, I filled in one of the questionnaires that was in the room, mostly with good comments but with a few criticisms (aircon again!) and to my surprise had a very nice letter within a couple of days from the manager - and this was no photocopied mass produced answer, but personally written and signed thanking me for my stay and my comments, like the Smarties a nice touch I think.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1991 a riverside corn mill in Leeds was converted into a refreshingly different designer hotel with exceptional service and modern English interiors. With just 41 bedrooms and suites, 42 The Calls is a unique and exceptional establishment. Handmade beds with luxury cotton linen, carefully selected paintings and drawings and friendly touches such as homemade shortbread and fudge make these spaces havens of relaxation combined with up to the minute technology. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 42 The Calls Leeds
- 42 The Calls Hotel Leeds
- 42 Calls
- 42 Call Leeds