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“Energy and commitment in bucketfuls”
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The New Ellington
Ranked #31 of 87 Hotels in Leeds
Reviewed March 24, 2014

The New Ellington isn't a grand hotel. It doesn't have extensive facilities. The rooms are neither the most spacious nor the best equipped, but if energy, enthusiasm and commitment to guests counts for anything then The New Ellington is outstanding. Having stayed there twice in different rooms it really is a convenient and handy place to stay in central Leeds. It has a great vibe and the restaurant serves up good quality and imaginative food that fits its price tag. Yes, there are more luxurious hotels around and yes there are better kitchens, more leisure options and higher service levels to be found, but if you want to be in Leeds for business or leisure and you don't need a "destination" hotel then The New Ellington will fit the bill just perfectly - and you couldn't wish for nicer people to look after you!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
2  Thank Sue-and-Steve-Ascot
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

Dear Sue and Steve Ascot,

Thank you taking the time to share your recent experiences at The New Ellington with the Trip Advisor Community.

I was delighted to read that you found the team friendly and helpful and you enjoyed our unique offering.

I do hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you back the next time you are in Leeds and should this be the case please contact me personally and I would be delighted to make the reservation for you.

Warm Regards,

Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Currently going through the process of getting my £250 back for a smoking charge ( I'm a non smoker ) the guy told me that 3 rooms together was charged for a smoking offence, no notice that this was being taking out of bank nothing. DO NOT STAY IN THIS HOTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear Darylgarner,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the Trip Advisor community.

We are a non-smoking hotel and as such we do operate a smoking penalty policy for any guest
who do smoke in their rooms. This is highlighted on the registration card on check in and with signage in all our guest rooms.

I understand that there was evidence you had been smoking in your room and such the penalty was charged to your account.

Warm Regards

Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

This is the second time I have been here, this time much better room on the top floor, mini suite, good value, nice style. Food was very good and service ok. Odd check in procedure but everyone has their own ways. Very comfortable bed BTW. I would return and even drop in for a lunch if I was in the area.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
2  Thank Matt A
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

Dear Matt A,

Thank you for taking the time to share with the Trip Advisor community your experience with us.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed our suite and that you found our bed comfortable. I am a not sure what you found odd about our check in procedure and if you can let me have further information I can look into this for you.

If you are in Leeds area again and wish to stay with us please let me know and can make the arrangements personally.

Warm Regards,

Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

I liked the location of this hotel, it's design package, the good materials and above the very good bed. Breakfast was simple but service was very good. Downsides are as described by others the room without outside window and the lack of water in the fridge. All together a good choice.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
1  Thank Lekker001
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Dear lekker001,

Thank you for choosing to stay with The New Ellington during your time in Leeds and for sharing your experience with the Trip Advisor Community.

I was delighted as always to read that you enjoyed our beds and that you found our service professional.

We do water on request, however as a result of your comments and customer feedback this is now in all our rooms as a standard.

Should you wish to stay with us again then please contact me personally and I would be delighted to make the arrangements of your stay.

Warm Regards,

Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

My husband found The New Ellington on Tripadvisor and booked two double rooms for a future date. I completed their online contact form about booking a table for dinner the evening of our stay and asking about dietary requirements. I had no response so a few days later I completed the form again and still got no reply. I like to have a written correspondence trail so if anything goes wrong during our visit, I have something to refer back to. You have to ask why bother having an online contact form if no-one replies or indeed is it monitored. I decided to make contact via the website email address on the 10th March and finally received a response from the deputy manager, no apology just that the online forms usually go straight to him but he would have a word with chef and get back to me. Eight days later having heard nothing from him, I decided to cancel the rooms and book elsewhere. If they are unable to address a simple dietary request, what chance is there of them actually getting it right on the night. I emailed the deputy manager to inform him of my cancellation, but no reply once again, obviously customer service is not something The New Ellington aspires to.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2014

Dear oliveoyl1,

Thank you for taking the time to share with the Trip Advisor community your experience with us.
I have personally reviewed your reservation with us and cannot trace any online form being received from yourself.

I am aware of the correspondence between my Deputy and yourself, due to the fact we change our menu on a regular basis as we use locally sourced seasonal foods, my Deputy informed you that he would be in contact nearer the time on your stay to finalise arrangements.

Additionally I understand that our Guest Relations team have called you to ascertain if you have any other requirements during your stay, and we haven’t received anything back from that particular call.

I am of course disappointed that you will not be staying with us and should you change your mind then please contact me personally and I would be delighted to make the arrangements of your stay.

Warm Regards,

Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

I have been looking for a luxurious hotel to surprise my boyfriend with for his birthday this Friday and this one seems to tick all the boxes, I booked the hotel last week and today received a courtesy call from the hotel to ask if I have any special requirements,we are both unable to eat wheat so the lady suggested rye bread.I am really impressed with this touch, we usually just expect that our diets cannot be catered for,I am even more excited about our stay this Friday and hope I am able to leave a 5* review! Excited!!! Meg

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Meg W
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

Dear Meg W

Thank you sharing with the Trip Advisor Community your pre-arrival experience we do try and anticipate guests needs prior to their arrival and I am pleased that we will be now able to cater for your dietary requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you both this Friday.

Warm Regards


Stuart Ward
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

First of all I feel that I kind of feel quite harsh for rating the hotel 4 rather than 5, but it's kind of a challenge to them - you are very close to being excellent, and a few little touches would make it an excellent hotel.

I had asked in advance for a quiet room but had slight trepidation when advised at check in that I had an internal room. I was a bit more wary when I opened the door and saw the reality of no window, but ultimately I had a great night sleep, the only thing I heard from my room all night were the folk across the hall entering their room late evening. The room didn't feel at all claustrophobic once I got used to it.

My bed was enormous (two single bed bases joined together) but one thing I did notice - picked up from The Hotel Inspector! - was that there was no mattress protector/topper which I thought was pretty much standard in all hotels and b&bs these days. Pillows and bedding were great.

As has been mentioned before, the only thing in the minibar was a milk, whereas a water would have been much more welcome. One thing for the hotel to maybe note is that the hotel guide in the room said that the minibars are fully stocked - this is maybe needing to be updated.

I didn't quite get to grips with the heating, there was no display of the temperature at which the air con/heating was set at so I wasn't really sure what I had it set at. Not a problem though, fiddled with heating/aircon for a while til it reached optimium temperature then just switched it off for the night.

I'm being hyper-critical with this review as I would love to see it improve and get to where it should be. There were some splatters on both the inside and the outside of the bathroom door which looked like the aftermath of some vigorous toothbrushing, but may just have been cleaning products, plus there were a few marks on the upholstery, both on the chair and above the bed. Nothing bad, but a wee bit of a let down from the high standards to which the hotel is aiming.

After a great sleep, I went for breakfast. I can quite confidently say that this is the best hotel breakfast that I have had in a long time - sausages and bacon seemed to be of excellent quality and the freshly squeezed juices were wonderful. Sadly I couldn't make the most of it as I had gorged on muesli and a croissant beforehand...

Overall I have to say that this is potentially an excellent hotel and I would certainly consider visiting if ever in Leeds on a leisure trip, and would almost certainly stay here if in town again on business. Oh, one last thing - as someone in town on business, I always prefer a hotel to have a gym. Maybe this isn't the market that the hotel is aiming for, but if so, I would suggest considering sacrificing a small area (even a room) to stick some gym equipment in, even if only a treadmill and a couple of bikes and a cross trainer or something.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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TheNewEllington, General Manager at The New Ellington, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

Dear Quizzer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the Trip Advisor community. I was delighted to read that you had a good night sleep in our luxurious beds of which we are renowned for.

Please accept my apologies for the oversight with some aspects of your room this is not our normal standard our housekeeping staff are trained to a very high standard, and are made extra vigilant of the points you have raised can only put down the points you made down to human error, something that we do occasionally fall foul.

On a positive note, I was delighted to read that this was the best cooked breakfast that you have had when staying in a hotel. Next time you should try an evening meal!

If you would like to stay again, please contact me personally and I would be delighted to make the reservation personally.

Warm Regards


Stuart Ward
General Manager

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Address: 23-25 York Place, Leeds LS1 2EY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Leeds
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Leeds
#17 Luxury Hotel in Leeds
Price Range: $78 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The New Ellington 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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 fabulous breakfast. 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. ... more   less 
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