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We left our lovely York apartment around 11am and drove through the lush, soft countryside to Hull. Some farmers have harvested and rolled their first crop of hay already, the wheat is ripening and strawberries and aspasagus are for sale in the farm shops. As well, cherries will be early this year, but I will miss out. The roadsides and roundabouts are thick with flowers.
Our lunch in Hull was typically English - Terry had a bacon ...
The drive to York was very picturesque, through Robin Hood country - we apparently drove through Sherwood Forrest but I don't think much is left of it - used to build villages and cities I'd say! We did a small detour off the motorway to find somewhere to have our picnic lunch. Ron saw the name "Newstead Abbey" on the map so that's where we ended up, and what a great spontaneous decision it was because the Abbey gardens were superb. Arrived in York with ease thanks to ...
... and I had a pint of Apple cider. Very nice indeed. After dinner went for a walk on the wall. Built of stone in the 13th century and found the grave of Dick Turpin - famous highwayman and horse thief. York Minster Cathedral was just amazing ...
... we had tea in a house built in 1680, yesterday we walked on the 14th century York walls and today we visited a 1712 house. So, when Captain Cook arrived in Australia in 1770, I can better understand why he claimed it, and thought it was empty.
We leave England tomorrow, taking a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam. We've been in the UK and Ireland for a total of about 3 months, and we've loved it all - the beauty, the culture, the food, and the people.
After sitting on the train for a few hours, we got off, found a taxi, and headed to our hotel. The hotel where we were staying was in a tiny town just outside of Leeds. It had a swimming pool, which made my life complete.
We had gotten there early in the morning, so we dropped our stuff off, and headed to downtown Leeds. There were some really nice buildings there, very historic, but mostly a whole lot of shopping. I mean shopping is my favorite sport, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews 42 The Calls Leeds
Perfect hotel for weekend break
We recently stayed at 42 The Calls for a weekend with some friends - a city break, not too far away, hopefully enabling us to relax in a comfortable hotel, enjoy good food and wine, and see some friends.
The hotel lived up to the favourable reviews on this site - discreet but efficient staff, comfortable individually styled rooms, large bathroom - all within the middle of town. Superb breakfasts, particularly liked the late serving of breakfast on Sunday morning - essential for a weekend break. We would also recommend eating in the Brasserie next door. Overall, a very comfortable hotel - we will stay there again.
Stayed here just before christmas as a treat from my partner and was impressed. Hotel was quite hard to find, although have been to Leeds before and had lots of arguments with driver due to one way system. On arrival room not ready but given complimetary coffee and mince pies. Like the valet parking although this is extra. Room was good size, flat screen tv, molton brown tolietries, fudge, homemade shortbread, cafitiere and real coffee, smarties for turn down service! Did not have breakfast as extra. Brilliant shopping in Leeds lots of restaurants. Two littel grumbles not convinced bathroom had been cleaned thougherly hairs on bath, housekeeping staff attended when asked. Also a bit noisey from revellers on streets during night. on return home recived an apology letter from hotel apologising for bathroom which was nice would stay there again and recommend it despite 2 grumbles.
We stayed there for one night just before Christmas and went on to a Hotel Du Vin afterwards - but much preferred here. Reception staff were excellent at check-in and I thought the room was lovely - Ideal location to walk into town from but yes parking was interesting although the staff did move our car in the street. I would definately go again. Breakfast was good with my favorite - walnut bread - although very expensive so not sure this would be a regular cost.
We have just returned from a very pleasant stay at 42 The Calls. On arrival we took advantage of the valet parking service and were then quickly checked in to our room. The room was not large but was comfortable and had everything one could need for an overnight stay. The bed was enormous and very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and stylish with a fantastic shower and Molton Brown toiletries. The flat screen TV, which was hung on the wall, was perfect for watching a late night film in bed and the minibar was full of enticing treats (we succumbed to the pink champagne!). The Honesty Bar in reception was a nice idea and the camera pointed directly at the Bar must deter people from taking advantage! The staff were all very friendly and helpful, particularly when we requested some restaurant recommendations, and the late breakfast we had was delicious (and what a relief to be able to have breakfast as late as 11.30 at the weekend). Overall, we had a great time at this hotel and would most definitely recommend it.
I stay in probably about 60 hotels a year - 42 has been, and remains my favourite hotel in the UK, if not the world.
Tired and definately nothing like its reputation
Well we booked a couple of rooms with friends and went for a weekend out on the tiles in Leeds with 42 The Calls as our base. What a disappointment!
Small, dirty rooms, shabby decor, a pathetic honesty bar, ancient TV and desk staff that had no interest in the above at checkout!
42 is nothing close to its reputation any more.
In mitigation, the hotel is due for refurbishment sometime soon, which is long, long overdue. We might pop in again AFTER the refurb, but certainly not until it is completed.
My 3rd visit; and when you look across the Aire at the new Jury's Inn Hotel, which appears to be me a ghastly bed factory in clunky modern style, you begin to appreciate why I prefer this warehouse conversion in which each room has character. The welcome is good and check in quick. I had booked at short notice by telehone and the terms were clearly shown on the check in form. Staff offered unsolicited to carry my bags and I was efficiently shon to my room overlooking the smoothly flowing River Aire. The rooms are smart and modern but not antiseptic.
We booked a 'pyjama party' and were looking forward to a night of pampering in what, from its website, was billed as a unique award winning hotel. Although the food was well presented (apart from uncooked chips delivered via Room Service at midnight!), the other elements of our stay were disappointing. The room had not been properly cleared out from the previous occupant (sweet wrappers, empty water bottle and smarties on the floor), the TV was archaic and the remote control was missing (which was mentioned but not acted upon). Our offer included "a collection of CDs to rock around the room to" - the choice included mainly classical CDs (not to our taste), American bands from the 80s and practically nothing more recent than 1990. If I'd known I would have brought my own!!
Attention to detail
We stayed at the calls for a night during Leeds festival en route to a holiday in Scotland. The hotel was cute, quiet and relaxing. Each room has a service hatch so you don't have the hassle of having to get up to answer the door to collect newspapers etc...The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean, modern and had character. Nice touches included moulton brown toiletries in the huge bathroom. There were home made cookies/fresh coffee in the room and a delicious breakfast with fresh fresh raspberries, strawberries, homemade muesli etc and a really good cooked breakfast selection.
My room was fairly small and nothing special. Small TV. Food was very good.
Overall the service could have been better.
Nice to have a chaffeur who can drive you into town.