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Historical Traveler Reviews Bewley's Hotel Leeds
Good value, little to fault
First of all, I was impressed by the hotel's simple pricing policy - a set price for every room, every night. This is a lot more transparent than many other chains' policies, where you can often end up paying over the odds for a generic business hotel.
On arrival, the staff were very helpful. An influx of guests had led to a queue appearing, and extra staff were immediately called to the desk. Most impressively though, they did not charge us for cancelling the third room of our booking on arrival, having lost one member of our group that afternoon, depsite the standard 24hr cancellation policy.
Rooms were exactly as you would expect of a hotel of this type - nothing special or flash, but perfectly pleasant, and spotlessly clean. The room was very hot, though, which forced us to sleep with the window open - although well soundproofed with the window closed, there was a significant amount of traffic noise with it open, even on the sixth floor.
Otherwise, hard to fault for the price - good staff, reasonably handy location (easy to find, and not a bad walk into town), good carpark, good value.
False economy if you plan to go into the centre
Although the rooms are well sized and insulated from noise, not to mention the bathrooms being particularly spacious and well appointed this hotel lets itself down in the following areas.
Location - red light area and too far away to walk into the centre so add taxi fares to your daily outgoings
Lack of room service/mini bar
Lack of choice of bar food - only hot chickien sandwich available, otherwise a selection of pre-made cold sandwiches.
Car Park - nowhere near enough spaces for a hotel of this size and the surrounding streets look unsafe to park.(see location comments!)
The staff are friendly and helpful, and there is free broadband in the rooms.
When i stay in Leeds again ( i have to work for a company in the middle of the centre) i will stay elsewhere because of the parking (lack of) and the location.
My Second Stay - Some Better Some Worse
This is my second stay and was for just under 2 weeks.
The staff are very helpful and friendly.
As per last time the cleanliness is great and the bar with wi-fi is a great place in the evening.
Breakfast is much better. Chef now cooks toast and provides fried eggs (nicely cooked). Previously toast was self serve and everyone played with the machines producing some crap results.
The 3 ice machines were reduced to 2 and they still don't work.
Bar menu nor restaurant menu has changed. Bar menu remains chicken or panini's only and restaurant is overly fanciful and overly priced for a GBP69 per night establishment.
Room Service is stil limited to a poor range of sandwiches. After seeing how many people bring take away back to the hotel (and drop the containers in the corridors) they would be well served by providing a reasonable room service menu that could generate additional profits.
Good hotel at a good price.
Thsi is the place if you have a large family. My room had a double bed and a single. And I wouldn't be surprised if the sofa didn't turn into a bed too.
The hotel is pretty new so it was nice and clean and the bathroom was well appointed. No shower cap or bath accoutrements, but that's not a big deal.
Comfy beds and lots of space in the room.
Was a bit disappointed by the restaurant which I thought was a bit pricey for what it was. However the breakfast was good. Eat as much as you want.
Watch out - you have to pay to park - but only £5/night. I stated over 24 hrs for £5 so quite good value.
My two small gripes would be that the restaurant and public areas were a bit chilly, and the pillows were dreadful. But I have noticed that dreadful pillows seem to be standard in UK hotels.
Can not fault this hotel!!
The hotel was large but still maintained a friendly atmosphere (dispite us staying on a busy saturday).
The rooms are quite spacious with everything you need. All in all it is excellent value for money. We have stayed in 5 hotels in leeds (including the Marriott and The Queens) and Bewleys is by far the best and not to mention the cheapest.
We thought this hotel was so good that we have booked to stay in the Bewleys hotel at Manchester airport the night before our forthcoming holiday.
Suited my needs
I stayed at the hotel for one night, on business in February.
I thought it was great for the price. I thought the website gave great directions and I found the hotel very easily, the next morning the staff were very helpful and gave me great directions to my appointment in Middleton.
I walked, alone, into the city in the early evening and didn't find a problem with the area although I was back by nine-thirty.
The room was clean and fresh and the bathroom and towels were super clean.
I would have no problem with recommending this hotel for people on business.
Poor hotel, find somewhere else to stay
We have stayed here several times. Beware this hotel is in the red light district of leeds. Comparable with a travel lodge. As is so far out of town than we expected free car parking is usually available, not here.
As said before not easy to find and you will spend more money on taxis. I will not be staying here again. There may well be a good varied menu. Each time that we have stayed here had bad food experience. Very often most of the items on the menu not available. I chose sandwich and soup. Took over 55 mins for sandwich to come to us and there was no soup available. Lady was unwilling to reduce price of food. BRead was stale.
We will not stay here again there are cheaper options available with cheaper car parking in other areas of city centre. If you pay slightly higher price in city centre you can get top quality hotel instead of poor quality hotel would prefer to stay in travelodge, as you know what you going to get there
Location great from motorway, and lovely modern rooms
Have stayed here a few times, and love it. My only choice in Leeds when I take the car (easy to find!), but even from the airport, I normally get bus to station and then a short taxi ride.
The hotel is fairly new, and the large rooms have great duvets and free internet in the room - beats paying rip off charges as in most hotels! Rooms are also very quiet, even though the hotel always seems very busy.
Food wise, this is not your typical hotel food - if I'm there all week, I'd only need to go elsewhere one or two nights, and then it's only for a change. As at reception, restaurant staff seem genuinely friendly .... and remember me!
I'm doing some work nearby, but even if I need to meet other clients, there is no problem using the lounge during the day, or if I need to really impress, there is really cool equipment in the meeting rooms.
Since opening, the rate was £59, but changes soon to £69, which to me is still great value. All in all, I'm happy here.
Hard to get to from Leeds!
Once inside, this was a very comfortable hotel, but getting there was a nightmare. It claims to be five minutes walk from the train station, but in fact is far further, along busy and dangerous roads -- too exhausting with luggage, and very frightening if you are on your own after dark. As a result the saving on the room rate all goes on taxis, but some of them are reluctant to drive all the way to the front door, because they get stuck behind cars and construction traffic, and so they dump you on the road, with a long way still to walk.
The hotel is not near to anything, except the motorway. I wish I had spent the money saved on the room rate on something actually in town, instead of giving it all to taxi drivers!
The staff were friendly, but hopeless at giving information about Leeds, and did not even have a streetmap at reception.
Stayed at the Bewleys Hotel in Leeds October 2004. This Hotel is just opened and at £59 per room it offers the best value accomcdation in Leeds. Although it is a 10 min walk to the city centre the restaurant in the hotel isnt bad. Compared to any travelodge or holiday inn this is a cut above and the largest hotel in leeds.