Hampton By Hilton Arrives In Leeds
You could easily pick what you think is the right time to open a new hotel and things might not necessarily go to plan. Who knows what is just around the corner?
The new Hampton by Hilton in Leeds opened its doors around Christmas time last year: a whole new year of bookings lay ahead and things could not have looked more rosier for this stylish addition to the Leeds hotel scene.
Come the end of March and one of the most unwelcome visitors that no one wants to accommodate - COVID 19 arrives and the whole country goes into Lockdown.
As with most things it is only a temporary situation and when things do get back to normal, whenever that might be, the Leeds hotel is in a good place to take advantage of the expected upturn in bookings, with city breaks in the UK probably faring better than other areas of the tourism sphere.
Situated at the bottom end of Leeds but within easy walking distance of the shops, theatres, arena and restaurants the Hampton by Hilton Leeds is also easily reached from the bus station too, though if coming by train a taxi is advised.
Coming by car? Then there is an on site car park, though the £12.00 daily charge might be a little too eye watering for some. There is plenty of on street car parking, some of which is free after 8pm.
On entering the new build the first thing you notice is the carpet. With a fashionable geometrical design to say it is colourful is an understatement - the bold colours reminded me more of walking into an under 5's nursery than a hotel. If they had wanted to make a bold impression then they had certainly succeeded.
A friendly Yorkshire welcome along with a quick check in soon made me forget the multi coloured carpet. Mind you, you cannot escape it - even the lifts have not escaped the carpet fitters!
If you can get a room on the top 12th floor you will be rewarded with a birds eye view over Leeds and to the west you can just see the Pennines.
All the rooms are the same configuration -good comfy bed, excellent sound proofing, quick free WiFi, large mirror, smallish bathroom with a shower, large screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a writing desk with a chair that is ergonomically designed, so that when you are sat on the chair you don't need to sit on a pillow to get to the right height to use the desk.
}Breakfast is included in the Room rate price. Buffet style there is the usual bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages etc along with a waffle maker if you fancy making your own waffle. A basic continental range is offered too.
If you feel like you need to work off some of your breakfast calories then the Fitness Room has cardio, aerobic and weight equipment to burn up any excess energy.
Local artist Clifford Stead adds to the hotel's local theme, with a brightly coloured mural of a collage of Leeds landmarks as you enter the reception area. I liked it because it let you know that you are in Leeds and that things were not too corporate.
Clean and comfortable it does the job, the rooms might be basic but so is the price you pay - just remember though not to look down at that carpet in the reception area!
Hampton by Hilton Leeds City Centre, 1 Gower Street, Leeds LS2 7BP