“ Address: Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach Leeds, LS1 4BR / Tel: +44 (0)113 241 1000 / Stars: 4 „
Last year me, my boyfriend and our 2 friends went to Leeds for New Years Eve and had a really good time, so we decided to do the same again this year and chose to stay in the mint hotel, Leeds. (Previously known as City Inn, the company has re-branded itself and is now known as mint hotel, although I do not know why?)
This was our first stay in this hotel and I must say we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
We booked online through the mint hotel website a week or so before Xmas and we paid £143 for 2nights, 31st Dec 10- 2nd Jan 11. For New Years Eve we thought this was a pretty good deal as other city centre hotels were much more pricey.
Booking online was simple and we had confirmation emails straight away. We booked 2 double rooms, no breakfast.
We live in Stoke, so it took us around 1hr 30mins to get to Leeds (by car) and we arrived there about 3.30/45pm. There is a car park located at the hotel, however this is on a first come basis, so we didn't attempt to get on this car park. Instead there is an NCP car park on Boar Lane, around a 5min walk to the hotel (although it did seem much further with all my bags!) where you can get a voucher from the hotel on check out which means you can park here for £5 per day.
First impressions of the hotel were very nice. There is a canal next to the hotel which some of the rooms overlooked. On the other side of the hotel was Leeds Train station where other rooms overlook the platforms.
It is a city centre hotel so you are well placed for all your needs. It is a short walk to the shops and bars, so definitely come here if you want to be well placed. The good thing about this hotel is that you dont feel like you are in the middle of town, but just placed well enough to feel like your close enough if you need anything.
This was a very simple and quick, and the staff were very friendly. We checked in and were informed that we did have breakfast booked for both monrings (bonus!). We had 2 key cards for our rooms, and were quickly on our way to our rooms. As we were travelling as a group of 4, 2 double rooms, both rooms were on the 4th Floor, pretty much opposite each other which we were pleased with. There are 3 lifts located next to the reception, so we took our own bags with us.
The rooms are very nice and smart and they are a good size. Our room overlooked the train station which wasn't a problem for us as there was no noise you could hear, just remember if you can see them, they can see you...
One of the features of mint hotel rooms is that they all come with an i-mac system with free wi-fi. This is a TV/computer/dvd player all in one. It had satellite channels (although not so good for the girls as we had to put up with the boys watching darts and football on Sky Sports, but they enjoyed it! Apart from Phil Taylor losing as he's from our neck of the woods... anyway i'm digressing....)
Although if you are not so good with technology, I do think you might struggle to work the TV as it is not your standard remote control, but there is instructions so just might take some time.
There is full length mirror, mirrors on the wardrobe and a standard mirror by the table, which all came in very handy.
One of the minor issues which I would say about these rooms, is that there is not much storage space. There isn't no bedside drawers which I usually find come in handy. The wardrobe was big enough for our 2 night stay but any longer than this we might have struggled. There was just enough drawers in the desk and in the wardrobe area.
There was an iron and ironing board which we didn't use, and a hair dryer which I used which was good.
Tea/Coffee facilities were in the room. There were 2 wine glasses, and 2 regular glasses to drink from. There was also an ice bucket, although we couldn't find any ice machines on our floor which some other hotels have.
Air conditioning was good, and the rooms were very warm which was good as we were just coming out of the 'big freeze'.
The bathroom was compact but more than ideal. There was a small walk in shower, with a very good power shower, which was more than ideal. They also supplied a large shower gel in the shower which was stocked, as well as hand wash, and the smaller bottles of moisturiser/shampoo which you get in hotels. It was a nice bathroom, just missed a bath, but that was fine with us.
The only other issue I would have with this hotel which is definately a personal preference, is that the room wasn't dark enough! I like to sleep in pitch blackness, literally. There was 2 lights on the air conditioning which were very bright (I even resorted to putting plasters over the lights to make it more darker!) And there was a small gap where the curtains didn't reach the end of the window! This should not be a problem for you, I think it's just me, just next time I will take an eye mask!
My friend had brought a dress earlier that day and had noticed that the bow which was on it was slightly coming off and she wanted to sew it back on, looking through the information packs in the room, it said you could hire a sewing kit for £1, which she was going to ask about at reception. However, whilst looking through the drawers in the wardrobe, we noticed that there was a 'mending kit'. It was a just a needle with different colour cottons, which was perfect for what she wanted to do. It certainty is the little things that make hotels special!
As you can imagine New Years Day we might have been feeling a little worse for wear and needed as much sleep as we could get (after having a fab night out new years eve!), so we decided to opt out of breakfast this morning! However we did have it the following morning. How this breakfast was served was a new experience for me, I am used to going hotel where the food is self service, and all the sausages/eggs/bacon you help yourself to. Whereas here there is a breakfast menu where you can choose what you want and then have it cooked for you. There is still all the cereals/fruits/ juices on the side for you to help yourself to.
I haven't yet decided what I prefer, as for one,we asked for bacon but didn't get any, and there isn't the option of how many sausages or how much bacon you want. Although this way the food was fresher and made to order. I think there is pros and cons to each. But the breakfast was lovely, I had fried egg, beans and sausage and toast.
This was again very simple and we paid on check out. We didn't use any room service or have anything from the mini bar so we had nothing extra to pay. The reception staff were again very friendly and more than helpful. We also got our parking voucher on checkout as well.
We would definitely stay here again and I would definitely recommend it to any of my friends.
We had a really enjoyable stay and it was a great way to start off 2011!