Okay, so before I begin, you should just know that I'm a natural born whinger. I moan about anything and everything. So you can imagine my horror as I read some of the dreadful reviews on here about Mercure Leeds Parkway hotel.
However, I was a guest at this hotel from Saturday 12th January 2013 - Monday 14th January 2013, where I went along with my boyfriend. We are both 22 years old. I'm not really sure what I was expecting to be honest, but I was very very happy with my stay here at this hotel.
Having booked this hotel back in October and paying £70 for 2 nights NOT including breakfast, first of all, I was thrilled with the price. We arrived just after 2pm on the Saturday, checked in, enquired about breakfast and was told we could pay on the last day if we decided to have breakfast, which we had.
We went upto the room, which was Studio 8 - it was immaculate, the bathroom had CLEARLY just been modernised and refurbished, the bedding was clean, the room was spotless, with a beautiful view of the snowy hills just opposite the hotel. There was a large, flat screen TV with internet access and Sky TV.
We went down to the bar, where we had a few drinks - albeit quite expensive drinks, but you get what you pay for. We went to the cinema in Leeds city centre and enjoyed a nice meal at a local restaurant, which were all within a 10-15 min drive away from the hotel. The first night's stay was quiet, peaceful and the bed was extremely comfortable.
We went down for breakfast the next morning quite late on, just before 11am, but there was still plenty of food. The lady serving us was lovely - she literally couldn't do enough for us - and we enjoyed a delicious meal consisting of cereal, crossiants, bacon, sausage, hash browns, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast, with a big pot of tea and a caffetiere of coffee. After breakfast, we got our swim stuff and went down to the leisure centre which is complimentary for hotel guests. The pool is a good size, immaculate condition and lovely warm water - and we had it all to ourselves, including the jacuzzi! I had a one hour massage after this, which was amazing. The staff here are a real credit to the place.
After a few more drinks in the bar that evening, we went out for tea at a local restaurant again and came back to finish the evening off with some more drinks - again, the bar staff are incredibly welcoming, friendly and polite.
We checked out on the morning of the 14th, after another hearty breakfast, and weren't charged a penny for the breakfasts on either of the mornings.
I am already missing this hotel. Everything about it was brilliant - please don't pay attention to badly written reviews, scrawled by uneducated ignorant people. If you want somewhere nice to stay, with good staff and lovely food, plus plenty of activities, stay at the Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel in large mock-Tudor building on 2-1/2 acres next to Golden Acre Park & Nature Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Leeds Parkway Hotel Leeds
- Ramada Leeds
- Leeds Ramada