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Ibis Leeds Hotel
Hotel Ibis Leeds Centre (Leeds)
Member Name: linzeelou
Hotel Ibis Leeds Centre (Leeds)
Advantages: Most of it
Disadvantages: Only one pillow and minimal towels
Since having my own blog, I have really wanted to go to book signings. My now co-blogger, Vicki and I decided to try to find something that we could both get to relatively easily and to stay the night before the signing. When looking at what was going on in December, we found that L.A. Weatherly was signing her book in Leeds, which we had both reviewed, so this is the event we decided on. Looking at hotels wasn't an easy task though as neither of us knew the area and we didn't know what the best prices were. The hotel that we finally settled on was the Ibis Leeds, due to location and price. Prices start from £39 per night, depending on when you want to stay. Our twin room cost £55 for the night, so £27.50 per person.
The hotel is only about a 10 minute walk from the city centre and about £4.50 in a taxi. As neither of us were familiar with Leeds, we decided to take a taxi although it would be very easy to get to if you wanted to walk from the train station, so long as you don't have a lot of luggage with you. Being so close to the city centre and all of the main shops, it is easy to quickly go back to the hotel to drop off any shopping so you aren't carrying it around all day if you don't want to.
Staff working on the reception desk were extremely helpful. As soon as we approached the desk, we were checked in very quickly without any hassle at all. As there were two of us staying in the same room, the lady asked if we would prefer to have one or two keys, which I have never heard asked in a hotel before. Staff generally assume that you will always be together if staying in the same room so it was nice to have a choice if we had wanted to split up at any point. It only took a couple of minutes to check in and get our swipe key card and to be told how to get to our rooms. We were also told what time breakfast was served even though we hadn't paid for this in advance. The reception area itself looked very nice and contemporary, with no clutter to be seen anywhere. This reception was very professional looking, as well as the staff manning it.
Just to the left of the reception are two lifts through a small corridor, behind a quite large seating area. When we reached our floor, finding our room was easy enough. The walls are very clearly marked so that you can see which direction down the hall you need to go in order to find your room. When we got into our room, I thought it was much nicer than I had expected, due to the price we paid. In the room were two single beds, with quite plain, but nice bedding. Both beds had lamps next to them, fixed onto the wall. Later in the night we realised that they were a little too close to our heads when we sat up but that wasn't such a big problem for me. Along the far wall of the room is a small, thin desk with a mini sofa and next to that, a wardrobe. The desk didn't really have much room on it but it was quite adequate. The wardrobe, however, was large enough for both of us to have stayed there for a couple of days with plenty of space to hang all of our clothes. The room also had a TV, with a choice of channels for free as well as PPV and internet connection for an additional charge.
The en suite was a pod kind of bathroom. It included a sink, toilet and a power shower. The bathroom was very clean and looked to be in perfect condition. Only two largish towels were provided though so we did have to call room service to have some more brought up but they didn't take very long at all. The shower itself was lovely, with a nice heavy flow of water. The shower was very easy to use and the temperature of the water was exactly how you would expect it to be, depending on what setting you choose. Two small soap samples were provided as well as a shower gel dispenser inside the shower. We had taken our own toiletries anyway so this didn't really matter. I really couldn't fault this aspect of the room.
I had a fantastic night sleep at this hotel, even if Vicki didn't. As soon as I lay down to go to sleep and my head hit the pillow, I was gone, although not all of this was down to the bed. The room was lovely and warm so I didn't get cold at all throughout the night. My only problem really was that I could have done with another pillow but I was too lazy to call reception for another one. Even so, I definitely didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. I guess I ended up with the comfier bed out of the two.
During the course of the night, we decided to get some food but wasn't sure what time it was being served until so when we rang reception, they made it clear what food was being served until what time and where it was available from. We still had time left to order food from the restaurant so we decided to eat there, rather than wait a while and only be able to order bar food. Both selections were quite large though, even the bar menu which was served throughout the night. At the time we decided to eat, the bar/ restaurant was quite quiet but it had been very busy earlier on and the hotel seemed to be pretty full that weekend. Starters, mains, sharing platters and desserts were all available on the restaurant menu and there was a good choice for each section. Both of us chose a main meal with an alcoholic drink which cost around £15 each. For a meal in a hotel, I didn't think this price was bad at all, considering how much food we received. Neither of us could finish our meals so I would have happily paid that price again, especially if I was starving. Even though it was quite late, no staff rushed us out of the restaurant at any point and we were left to enjoy our food in peace.
Ibis Leeds has a check out time of 11am but when enquiring about luggage storage, the receptionist assured us that it would be ok to leave any bags the next day so that we could still go out for the whole day before heading home. I know most hotels I have stayed in offer this service but it was nice to know that our second day in Leeds wasn't going to be ruined by having to carry a load of bags around.
Overall, my stay at the Ibis Leeds was wonderful. Staff were very helpful, the room was lovely for the price we paid and I would definitely stay there again.
Address and contact information
23 Marlborough Street
LS1 4PB - LEEDS
Tel. : 0113/2204100
Fax. : 0113/2204110
Summary: A great hotel in Leeds
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