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The Marriott Leeds - Luxury At A Price
Marriott Hotels in general
Member Name: shewhoguards
Marriott Hotels in general
Advantages: Lovely room, great food, unbelievable breakfasts
Disadvantages: Expensive, costly internet, limited TV channels, frequent fire drills
I am fortunate enough to work for a company that occasionally decides to send me off to stay in five star hotels. Due to this whimsy, I have twice ended up in the Leeds Marriott for a week.
Check-in always goes great here. There's a nice concierge who usually offers to help me carry my bags up, or, if I've arrived early and want to roam Leeds, give me a ticket and mind my bags until I return to check in properly. It is fairly close to Leeds Station, so I don't even have to heave my bags any great distance (for a 5'1 female, this is a massive advantage).
The rooms are clean, and huge. You get TWO BEDS. I'm still not sure why someone requesting a single room would get two double beds - is one for naps and one for proper sleeping? Are they expecting orgies? The mind boggles. Not that I objected, mind you. The spare bed came in very handy to lay my clothes out on. Both beds were wonderfully soft and comfy, with the nicest pillows I've ever had.
I will say that one of the disadvantages of the extra bed was that neither was perfectly positioned for TV watching. If you want the perfect angle, you have to lie diagonally across the bed, or move the TV.
Bathroom was fine - free toiletries were LOVELY! Soap, hand-soap, body lotion and shampoo, all in lemongrass flavour, replaced daily. Never had a problem getting hot water which meant I went all bathing-obsessive and bathed two or three times a day in the lovely big bath.
Television was... adequate. You got the five basic channels and a couple of news channels, but for the amount you're paying, you'd think they could at least throw freeview in.
Internet was in the rooms... for a price. I think it was £15 a night. My first stay I couldn't get the wireless to work so was tethered to the desk by a terribly short ethernet cable, although I managed to get it working the second stay.
Swimming pool was small, but lovely. I suspect it's partly because we were staying midweek in winter, but I rarely saw anyone else in there which meant I could quite happily splash back and fro at my leisure.
I believe there was also a gym, but never used it. My coworkers seemed to like it though.
Food was great. For dinner you could pick from John T's Restaurant, or Georgetown, which was a Malaysian restaurant - although we learnt the hard way that if you were eating in Georgetown and wanted it charged to your room, you needed to remember to take the little paper tag with your room number on with you.
The real star of the show food-wise was breakfast. You could either eat at the buffet or, if you were feeling lazy (I was) request a tray brought to your room for a tray charge (£1.50 I think). I swear, they used to bring enough breakfast for three people. English breakfast, eggs, cereal, toast, little cakey things, juice, a jug of hot chocolate with cream ALL ON THE SAME TRAY. And if you wanted more of something (I liked several glasses of juice, a coworker wanted boiled AND scrambled eggs) you just noted it on your orderslip and it arrived for no extra charge.
Rooms were lovely and quiet, but I will note one oddness. On both occasions I stayed there, there was a fire drill in the early hours. I'm not sure if this was massive coincidence, or if it happens often there, but tromping outside in my pyjamas was an experience I'd prefer not to repeat.
All this luxury comes at a price, and that price was, I believe, around £120 a night (although I think rooms start at £89). Breakfast was, as I remember, £15.50 a day and I think we were averaging £20-30 each per night for dinner.
All in all a lovely hotel - if you can afford it.
Summary: Wonderful for a treat, if you can afford it
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