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Best Leeds hotels 2022: From luxury spa breaks to hip hostels

Ten years ago Leeds would have had a very austere weekend, but this former industrial city in Yorkshire is becoming the dynamo of the 21st century. Historic red-brick mills and warehouses have been reimagined as craft beer bars and modern British restaurants, street art fills the cracks in the urban fabric, and an arcaded network of Victorian covered lanes makes for atmospheric shopping thoroughfares.

Leeds city center is compact and walkable. In a few days, you can stroll between the quays and canal-side quays, visit the repository of UK military history at the Royal Armouries, delve into experiential art with a side of Henry Moore at the Renovated Leeds Art Gallery and testing out the city’s microbreweries. Between. But where to stay? Here’s our pick of the city’s hotel scene.

Some of the best hotels in Leeds are:

Neighborhood: Downtown

Quebecs offers a classic hotel experience for visitors to Leeds

(Quebec)

Back when Leeds clubs were synonymous with gentlemen and politics rather than dancers and drinkers, Quebec was home to the prestigious Leeds and County Liberal Club. From the wrought-iron gates guarded by Corinthian columns, many reminders of its 1891 origins remain intact, giving the hotel both gravity and the grace that regulars adore. Inside the hall, a wide oak staircase leads to a sumptuous communal gallery decorated with stained glass. No two rooms are the same, but all take inspiration from the Victorian era when the building originated. The ceilings are high and the windows are large with large curtains. The parts of its turret are particularly beautiful; there’s one in the attic and another on the second floor with a three-sided balcony for pre-dinner cocktails.

Price: Doubles from £119

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Neighborhood: Downtown

The historic 42 The Calls penthouse

(42 Calls)

A former gilt on the Leeds boutique hotel scene, this heritage mill hotel has a new spring in its stride thanks to new owners who are redeveloping the ground floor with a cafe and terrace overlooking the River Aire. Victorian milling equipment, such as grinders and pulleys that would have once transported corn into the building from the waterway, is still in situ at 42 The Calls and has been incorporated into the hall’s design. It’s all very industrial chic; The bare whitewashed brick rooms accentuate the mill’s original features, topped with exposed oak beams and rare river views. Breakfasts are another singular feature, with a dedicated 12-option sausage menu from an award-winning Yorkshire butcher.

42 The Calls is currently closed for renovations.

Price: Doubles from £85

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Neighbourhood: Oulton

One of Oulton Hall’s airy and spacious bedrooms

(Oulton Room)

Surrounded by 300 acres of grounds and a 27-hole golf course, it’s easy to forget that this 18th-century mansion is just a 30-minute taxi ride from downtown Leeds. Inside, there’s more than a whiff of glamour, with original Georgian features and 152 modern rooms adorned with plush period-style furnishings. Luxury is the name of the game here. Fancy an afternoon tea with a private butler? No problem. In fact, many locals come to Oulton Hall just for the spa days and afternoon tea at the Champagne Bar. It’s also dog-friendly, with beds, bowls and treats for your pooch.

Price: Doubles from £106

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Neighborhood: Downtown

A room at the Art Hostel Kirkgate

(Art Hostel)

Social enterprise East Street Arts ran Leeds city center’s only hostel as a pop-up for several years before being evicted by the developers ahead of schedule. The good news is that they now have a permanent home a 10 minute walk down the road. The new Art Hostel will open in early 2022, so we can’t give you details yet, but if it’s anything like its predecessor, you can expect artist-designed rooms (some local, some international) with crazy keys. A twin bedroom in Kirkgate had a fluffy, bright pink, spilled mane lining the ceiling; another was lined with planets formed from people’s impressions of their home.

Price: Doubles from £45

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Neighborhood: Downtown

Briggate Boutique is located in the heart of the city’s LGBT+ neighborhood

(BriggateBoutique)

Opened in 2016 by Leeds nightlife entrepreneurs, and so close to the action you can almost feel the bass vibes, this apartment hotel offers free nightclub entry on Fridays, a free drink voucher per guest for a host of free bars and earplugs – which you’ll need if you’re retiring early on the weekend. Rooms channel the nightclub vibe with black accent walls and subtle purple backlighting, but also have exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and sepia-tinted cityscape photographs to soften the mood. There is a common smoking balcony with artificial grass and a luxury loft suite with balcony for four people for groups.

Price: Doubles from £87

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Neighborhood: Downtown

This downtown enclave has an understated design but a strong sense of identity

(Dakota)

From the moment you are greeted by the concierge in the flat cap and “Fetcher” rope dog at the door, it’s clear that Dakota is a luxury hotel with a unique identity. It was the first dip in England (Manchester followed in 2019) for the Scottish mini-chain of Ken McCulloch, who founded Malmaison, and his award-winning interior designer wife Amanda Rosa. Bespoke contemporary carvings on plinths greet guests in hallways, along with full-length lifestyle photography. Bedrooms are smart and understated yet supremely comfortable, defined by muted grays, super-soft mohair throws, and 48-inch TVs with Sky Sports and movies. There’s also a suave cocktail bar, Salon Privé, with an outdoor terrace above the bustling Greek Street.

Price: Doubles from £131

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Neighborhood: Downtown

Chambers is located in a quiet corner of Leeds city center

(Bedrooms)

You would never know that this small village of contemporary studios, one and two bed apartments had existed since the Victorian building on the street front. Each apartment has a different layout, but common elements such as luxurious bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries, modern kitchenettes, wooden floors, and no-frills furniture carry through. The friendly family owners love to make guests feel at home with little amenities like an honesty bar in the communal lounge, a barbecue area in the pretty inner courtyard, and welcome packs with essentials for the evening. breakfast and homemade cookies.

Price: Doubles from £193

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