The Queens - Leeds
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... of which the large Cathedral York Minster is the most prominent. The "Shambles" is also very popular, having provided inspiration to "Diagon Alley" in Harry Potter. It features a number of shops in a narrow cobbled stoned alley way.
The kids were quite fascinated by the cat trail of York. There are many cat figurines and statues decorating the buildings. The cats were put on the buildings to scare away the rats which brought plague and other ...
... We made the mistake of each ordering food and were amazed by the side of the portions when they came out! Luckily they gave us a take away box and we saved it for later. After lunch we walked up through the shambles and looked around a local market (purchasing some fresh strawberries and raspberries) before heading up to the York Minster. After snapping a few pictures we went to explore ...
... brother, my nephew Ashley and his girlfriend Amy-Lou. Not often am I the shortest person in a group but I think it's on this occasion. Good food and a nice waitress from Winnipeg. Things have definitely changed for the better. Back home to watch the end of Stage 2 on TV at my brother's house. He tells me it is a measure of Tour mania that this was the first time he has watched a ...
There are quite a few "ghost" tours to do in York - I guess being such an old town it's likely that there may be 'ghosts' or at least stories. We chose the York Terror Trail as this departed and returned to a cute little pub that is said to be haunted.
This tour, however, wasn't about ghosts. It was about a lot of the terrible things that have happened in York throughout the thousands of years.
Our first stop was at The Shambles - that ...
... on visiting. In fact, it may just be that we see Igaussu and Rio and that's it.
I'm not getting downbeat about this, and I think we've made the right decision to spend a greater proportion of time in Peru, Bolivia and in particular, Argentina. As well as this, we'll still get to do all the things we wanted to. I have a list as long as my arm, but in particular, we'll be able to do the Inca ...
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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.