Having stayed in Leeds and enjoyed the experience numerous times before I decided that this was the perfect place to take my girlfriend for our anniversary weekend away. However, it was quickly apparent that I shouldn't have.
Where to begin...
The car park. Poorly signposted. Missing it means a nice leisurely (stressful) drive around the Leeds City Centre ring road's one way system (dodging erratic taxi drivers and traffic cameras after inevitabley taking wrong turns).
The Lobby. Looked nice and unfortunately set a high standard for the room....
The Room. in general not very spacious and to quote the receptionist 'one of our smaller rooms' (she was pleasant & welcoming). To ensure that I don't overlook things I will split in to sections:
The bed. It's a good job i didnt eat too much 'Ready Brek' when I was younger. Small. In fact, the pillow against the wall (yes, the bed was against the wall) was crinkled & suffocating whilst the other was teetering off the edge of the opposite side. We hopped in the lift back down to reception and asked if we had been placed in a single room by mistake, dissapointingly the answer was no. During dinner we discussed whether it would have been better to stay at a chain hotel for less money but a guaranteed bigger bed (IE Premier Inn, Holiday Inn), to have ordered a twin bedroom (same price) and pushed the beds together, or stayed at either of the 3 competitors we'd been to before in Leeds. The latter we decided would have been the best course of action.
The Bathroom. Smelt like a dirty, cold, stale puddle resting on cold tarmac. The aroma had cleared by the morning after the extractor fan had buzzed away all night. There was also mould on the tiles adjacent to the shower.
The TV. Retro 90s throwback complete with channels 1 - 5 and an unresponsive remote.
Air Conditioning. Or should I say lack of.
Noise. The gentle pitter-pattering of elephant feet resonating through the floor boards and the town centre revellers almost made the afforementioned extractor fan bareable.
The morning after we went to breakfast, there was a little wait (with nowhere to sit because all seats in the lobby were taken), but the selection and food quality was good. On the drive home, the front left tyre of my car got a puncture which i believe serves as a fitting metaphor for the stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of this vibrant city, in the central business area The Met Hotel, Leeds is ideally placed close to local attractions and major transport links including the train station. A leading four-star hotel in Leeds city centre, The Met Hotel, Leeds is one of the first choices for conferences, meetings, special events, dining, short breaks and weekend breaks in Leeds. With its ornate terracotta architecture, The Met Hotel, Leeds is a magnificent grade 2 listed building and an ideal venue for a wide range of conference, meetings, banqueting and celebrations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropole Hotel Leeds
- Metropole Hotel The Met
- Met Hotel Leeds