Stopped for one Saturday night as a short weekend watching the rugby.
Opted for the hotel due to its central location and old character building. Location was great building exterior is undergoing some work so the scaffolding outside blighted that slightly.
Bit miffed having to pay £7 extra of the parking, which once we ignored the sat nav was relatively easy to find.
The bar and foyer area was very pleasant and initial first impressions were very positive.
Room wise we were allocated Room 507 one of the "Sky Studios" as the name suggests was on the fifth floor and a little bit of a jaunt with stairs and corridors to navigate.
The room itself looked like a modern ad on, had no view to speak off. It was good in terms of size and fittings, but a bit modern looking for my tastes. The bed was very comfortable and the room spotless.
Nice modern shower, no bath and a sneaky cupboard with iron and hair dryer neatly tucked away.
Gripe wise the tv had a few basic channels, no sky or on demand service.
Benefit of being at the back of beyond, there was no noise from passing guests in the night but a little from the bars and clubs in the nearby city centre.
Breakfast was a self service hot and cold buffet which was delicious. The dining area was a little dated as were some areas of the hotel, got the impression that this was work in progress.
We used the bar for a drink bit pricey but excellent service, on that note the reception staff were excellent too.
The hotel is located in the city near to some reasonable restaurants and bar, ideal for those wanting a bit of drink/ party. We ate at the nearby Zizzi's which we found to be good and the service excellent ( see review)
Would rate between 3/4 out of five better than the average but not quite good. A few improvements and it would be better still.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Choose Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, where Victorian charm meets modern comfort in Leicester city centre. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Marco's New York Italian, our onsite restaurant by prestigious celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, or relax in the bar and lounge and catch up with friends over a cocktail or two. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Leicester Hotel Leicester
- Ramada Leicester
- Leicester Ramada