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Member Name: gollygumdrops
Hotels in North Yorkshire in general
Date: 04/05/01, updated on 24/05/01 (78 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to find, Swimming pool
Disadvantages: Noisy, Remote
The PostHouse hotel at Leeds/Selby is really easy to find, right on the A1/A63 fork. However, if you arrive at night, the dark, twisty unmade road down to the hotel is a little scary, but once you reach the car park it’s fine.
Reception is huge and check in was swift and painless. This is a pretty good spot to stop off for a quick meeting. There are plenty of tables and it’s just a little more civilised to stop here and meet someone for coffee than it is to hook up at a service station. You can hire rooms by the hour, which made me a little nervous, but this only applies to meeting rooms at £10ph which are very reasonable for interviewing or slightly more formal meetings.
Rooms are a long walk from reception giving you the opportunity to admire (?) the sixties glass architecture. The rooms themselves are spacious with the normal PostHouse goodies of tea/coffee and a reasonable bathroom, but no biscuits, not even a custard cream. Some of the rooms are enormous, with two double beds and a double sofa bed, making it quite a reasonably priced place to stay if you are travelling with a tribe. There is a small swimming pool, which is a nice touch, particularly if you are staying for a few days. In room movies are available at £7.50, and they kindly point out that this will appear on your bill as ‘room service’ rather than ‘nasty pervert charge’, but as no meals are charged at £7.50 you’ll know exactly what the item is for.
Being so close to the main roads does have draw backs. The hotel is noisy, and you can’t request a room away from the noise as there are busy roads on both sides. The double glazing is old, and you can expect to hear the rumble of lorries all night long.
There is a mini bar that stocks a few beers and little wine bottles, as well as, rather cruelly, Kit Kats and Cadburys Mini Heroes. These are all available at extortionate rates, but if you can be bothered t
o put on clothes the hotel shares a site with a service station so you can choose from a wider range of over priced goods there without getting back in the car.
The room service menu is the normal PostHouse jobby – steak, burgers, lasagne or sandwiches, and it arrives in good time and reasonably hot. The restaurant is branded ‘Traders’. The staff there will interrogate you to see whether you are staying on a dinner, bed and breakfast package, or just B&B. This is important. If you’re on an inclusive deal you only get a limited menu choice, but if you ask you can get the whole menu top choose from, with a £15 allowance towards whatever you want. Unless you’re really bloaty you can eat reasonably well on this and still choose what you want.
The menu itself is rather like you’d expect at a wannabe TGI Fridays. Plenty of ‘sizzling’ plates and tex mex themes as well as the steak, pie or fish and chips options. Pretty much everything I’ve ever eaten here has been over seasoned and over cooked, and I’ve yet to see anyone served an entire meal without the waitperson forgetting at least one item. Despite that it is perfectly acceptable for a mid price hotel, and I’d eat there again. You can also run down to the bar, steal a Traders menu and order anything you like from it on room service, provided it is during normal restaurant serving hours and you don’t tell them it was me that told you.
If you don’t fancy anything the PostHouse kitchens have to offer then you can always stroll over to the Little Chef on the other side of the car park. Room service breakfast is more than big enough with pastries, cornflakes and yoghurt along with your choice of beverage. It comes with a complimentary copy of The Times, so don’t shell out for any other paper.
Overall I’d recommend PostHouse Leeds Selby to anyone looking to break up the long A1 route, but i
f you’re looking for something in Leeds or a place to stay for a few days, I’d look elsewhere.
Tel: 01977 682711
Fax: 01977 685462
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