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Friday 15th December 2006 Leeds braced its self for the Postgraduate Christmas Party. The fun started about 10.30 with gushing speeches (!) and presents (and a pot of tea of course!). Thanks to the kind postgraduate department, many trainees/Consultants and anyone who happened to pass April in the last three months - I am now the owner of a diamond …
... br> At the beginning of December we will cross (hopefully from Northern Thailand) into Laos. We'll have 30 days to explore as much as we can before crossing into Cambodia, for roughly the month of February. Then it's in to Vietnam.
We then plan to head south through Malaysia to Indonesia. Then....we'll let you know!
Checked into our Uber Modern B&B in the old walled city of York. The friendly owner has gone all out in redecorating our room in a Japanese theme and electronics and buttons galore (press button shower, smart 3D TV, silent fridge etc). The old city has a myriad of narrow winding streets and 14th century houses and, of course Minster Cathedral, a sprawling example of a 13th century ...
... makes me hungry. After having explored the museum we were all ready for a good meal, so we made for the York Food Festival in the centre of town. We all got hamburgers made from local Yorkshire beef, which was really good. For desert the girls got cookies, but I just had to try one of the giant, super-manly cupcakes.
We retired to the hostel for a quick break, and where we met Susanne who is from Los Angeles. We decided to team up ...
... this is a dream guide to every place James and I plan to visit. Along with our regular Skype calls this has informed our travel plan no end. It is also a briliant source of truly useful advice! I would reccomend visiting her 'handy stuff' page if you are considering a similar trip :) Also loving the Travelfish website for quick snapshots of each country including boarder crossings, visas, transport ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Queens - Leeds
Before travelling to leeds i trawled the internet looking for a luxurious hotel in leeds for my 21st birthday. I stumbled upon the queens and its description on many sites gives it a very good image. Playstations in rooms, mini bar, bath robes and premium rooms which are newly refurbished.
I surprised my boyfriend on valentine's day by booking us a room at the Queen's, after waiting 15 minutes to check in we were given a card for our room on the 3rd floor (room 309), I was dreading what this would be like after reading the reviews on here the day before, I'm glad I prepared myself because the room was awful & only had a single bed. Back to reception we went, they apologised & gave us another card, this time on the 2nd floor (room 231), it was second time lucky, this room was gorgeous! We had a disabled room so it was really big & the bathroom was very spacious. We ate at the Queen's grill later that evening, it was very quiet, I had bits in my wine, the food was very overpriced for what it was & the menu was very limited, the banana & toffee pancakes were lovely though. Later we tried out the Queen's bar, not too pricey, nicely decorated & lovely staff. When we got back to our room we explored the mini bar but like every mini bar even a bag of crisps was £1.10. In the morning someone came in our room, twice, whilst we were still in bed, they then called us to see when we would be vacating the room! (It was only 10am, still 2 hours till you have to check out.) Apart from that & the parking costing £12 a night, we had a very pleasant stay at the Queen's & would definitely go there again.
I recently had to attend a corporate event at the Queens in Leeds which involved an overnight stay. As a regular user of tripadvisor, I read the reviews beforehand and was expecting the worst. On arrival, I was impressed with the main reception but figured it would be like a lot of hotels - great reception but c**p once you venture elsewhere. I went up to the ballroom for my corporate event and was extremely impressed. It's very art deco but in a modern style - very nice. Later I checked into the room and again was very impressed. All new fixtures and fittings and very smart. The thing that most impressed me was that it didn't feel like your usual city centre hotel - had a touch of luxury and some unusual pieces like the art deco desk and the leather headboard. It's only a room I know but if you're going to spend time there then you may as well enjoy the experience. I didn't eat in the restaurant so can't comment on the food but the breakfast was very good. My only gripe is the lifts - only one was working and it had definitely seen better days. My guess is that the other lift is being upgraded hence the reason why only one was available.
Dark and Dingy
Recently stayed at this hotel and was very disappointed. It has definately got stuck in a time warp. The room was very brown and dark. There was thick dust on the skirting boards and the bathroom was far from clean. For a 4* hotel I was expecting much more. Luckily only there for one night or I would have moved hotels. The food was quite good but the restaurant was again very dark and depressing.
I have stayed here on a number of occasions only because it is on our company's 'list' of hotels. The older rooms are basic and tired and often if you are travelling alone you get stuck in what can only be described as a cupboard at the end of a corridor. Having said that, the refurbished rooms are very nice and have air conditioning which is a godsend in the summer. The older rooms have no air con and because the hotel is on one of the busiest roads, you can't open the windows. The food is fine and the hotel is really central. Staff can be a bit aloof and had a very strange experience once with a receptionist who had obviously been told that eye contact was a good thing - she was staring like a madwoman - I don't think she blinked!
The WORST experience EVER!!!!!
Our family stayed here OCT 2003. There were No sleeping facilities for our 10 week old baby. Breakfast arrived over 90 mins late and was stone cold. The evening meal was incorrect to our order... cutlery and crockery were missiing ... cold drinks were tepid. Any attempts to rectify the problems were handled politely but very slowly.
We decided to leave after one night and went to Raddisson which was 100% better option
I stayed at the Queens for a night on Business. On arriving the reception is very nice and grand, I thought "this is going to be a good stay", Upon speaking to the receptionist she mentioned that I would be upgraded to a deluxe exec room.....I thought this is getting better!!! - I was on the top floor with a small terrace - wooohoooo!! "this is getting even better!" Even the lift was nice, all gold and looked the part. Upon reaching my room I opened the door feeling quite excited and strolled in......
A not so royal Queen
This used to be the top hotel in Leeds. Stayed there recently and the place was shabby, dirty, drab and depressing. It is being modernised but we were shown three rooms before we were satisfied. The receptionist was aloof and not very helpful and only decided to assist after we had cause to speak to a manager. The manager was apologetic.
The breakfast was not up to standard ie the fruit was tired and the grapefruit sections were 'fizzing'. However excellent service in the dining room. Pity, because the hotel has all the right facilities but has been left to drift into a poor state. Better guest greeting would assist. Have stayed in five hotels in Leeds over the last 3 years and this has been the worst experience.
Stayed at the Queens Hotel a few weeks ago for a friends hen night. The staff were very efficient, valet parking service was excellent, the rooms were clean and very large. Would definitely recommend this hotel.