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Basic, but a good base in the city
Hotel Ibis Leeds Centre (Leeds)
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Hotel Ibis Leeds Centre (Leeds)
Advantages: lovely breakfast, accomodating base for our visit. Central location
Disadvantages: basic room, could hear street noise from main road.
I recently attended a friends hen night. She planned a night out in Leeds, which is a city about an hour away from where we live. Therefore we needed a base to spend the night to avoid having to travel home in the middle of the night. My friend picked the Ibis hotel in the centre of Leeds on Marlborough Street.
I was in a twin room, sharing with a friend. Between us first making plans and getting round to booking, the price of the hotel room had increased in price. We ended up booking at a cost of around £35 per person for a twin room, whereas my friend who was the hen had booked at £29 per room.
Booking was done online. I found it very simple to book a room and choose between double and single rooms. Breakfast is not included unless you deliberately tick a box to request it. Because of the nature of my visit, I decided that I would book a breakfast in advance. This made the room more like £44 per person. Money was taken from my credit card at the point of booking.
Before my visit, I was sent a couple of emails trying to help me plan my visit. One suggested things I could do in the local area. Another told me what the weather would be like for my visit.
On the day of our visit we arrived not long after the 12pm check in time. There were about ten of us checking in, and the reception desk was staffed by two people who got us all checking quickly. We had to fill in a form, and present the credit card we had booked with. The friend I was sharing with was due to arrive after me, and the reception staff were very helpful in accomodating two different arrival times.
First impressions of the hotel were that it looked a little small, but perfectly fine. The lifts took me to my room on the second floor. Checking in the room was fine, but I would describe as fairly basic. The room consisted of two double beds, a very small bathroom which was a very small pod with shower, sink and toilet. There was tea making facilities, a TV, and a very simple seating area consisting of a bench.
We'd been directed to facilities to iron our clothes if need be - I felt that it was very reminiscent of living in student hall of residence with ironing rooms on certain floors.
Because we were on a hen night, we grabbed a quick drink in the bar before heading out to do the activities that we had planned in Leeds. The next time we saw the hotel was at around 2:30am when we arrived back there. Walking into the hotel, we were met by a member of staff who reminded me of a nightclub bouncer. We were only allowed in when we told him our room number. We sat in the hotel bar for a little longer on our return. Some members of our large party ordered food at this time, and it looked tasty and arrived quickly. The hotel staff didn't seem to bat an eyelid whatever the request.
The room was fine to sleep in. The single bed I slept in was comfortable, though I did find that the bedside light was where my head was located, and I did knock my head on it a couple of times during the night. I also thought that the walls in the hotel were pretty thin. When we were in the bathroom, there was not a lot of privact due to this. I also found that when I woke up, I found it hard to go back to sleep because there were traffic noises from the road outside. No-one else within the party seemed to find the same problem, but I am a notoriously light sleeper.
Breakfast at the hotel was served from 8 I believe, until 12pm. This was an all you can eat buffet, consisting of hot and cold items. There was cereal, croissants, fruit, juice, tea and coffee, yoghurts, and a selection of hot items. I tend to make the most of hot buffets when eating in hotels as it is quite a rare treat. I went for a croissant with jam that was very fresh and crumbly. I followed this with sausage, hash browns, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, bacon and scrambled eggs. All was very tasty. The egg had a bit of a radioactive glow to it, but was tasty. It certainly went down rather well after a night out.
The bathroom proved to be fine, but not that exciting. A bit cramped really, but ok for just one night. I would want more if stopping for a longer visit.
We were able to check out up till 12. Most of our party checked out at least an hour before this to allow us to return home.
Overall thoughts on this hotel are that it was a brilliant location for going out in the city centre. Staff were very friendly, asking why we were there, and helping out where they could. The room was a bit towards the basic side. I would not be that impressed staying there with my husband as I would no doubt spend more time in the room. For this visit, we spent only the time it took to get changed and to sleep, so it was more than adequate for needs. It was clean, it was comfortable, and it was a good base for our exploits in Leeds. If I were looking at spending some time awake in the room, I might have wanted something a bit more luxurious like a proper chair to sit on.
My in-laws often stay in the Ibis up the road from us when they come to visit us, and they do the same as what we did here - they stop at our house until bed time, then come back to us for breakfast.
It's cheap, it's cheerful, it's adequate, it is not that exciting, but it is fine for one night. For more than one night, I would want a better quality experience with less outdoor sound, better bathroom and less street noise. However, our visit went smoothly, and no-one in our party of nearly 30 people were disappointed with this hotel for our visit.
For a night out in Leeds when you don't live nearby, this is a good base for your visit.
Summary: Cheap and cheerful place to stay. Luxury its not, but its comfortable.
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