The Quebecs is one of the Eton Hotels group, so that you know with company such as Threadneedles in London and the Glasshouse in Edinburgh that this hotel is going to be of excellent quality. Situated in the heart of Leeds city centre it is an easy to find location and has its own small car park however there is an NCP close by which you can also use. When I booked this hotel I did enquire about the parking and it is on a first come first served basis which is not ideal however as I say there is also a public car park close by.
I booked the romance package as it was a gift to my husband and wanted to do something special, so as he is a Leeds fan I booked this hotel, a match and also a restaurant using the hotel concierge. I emailed the concierge several times regarding the restaurant booking and I am disappointed to say that he was not quite up to the standard you would expect, as he lost my booking and so the restaurant I wanted to book was full by the time he got round to it. So even though he found me a nice restaurant in the end it wasn't what I had planned for. He apologised but I didn't get the impression that he was really that bothered! So would not recommend the concierge.
The hotel itself is in a beautiful building, typical Leeds architecture outside and when you walk into reception it is lovely and quite intimate in a way few hotels are. We were greeted with friendly smiles from reception and they were incredibly friendly and polite as you would expect. The hotel is small so there aren't general facilities that you would expect from a 5* however there is a hotel honesty bar which is in a lovely "library" like room and is extremely comfortable. It is also great that the honesty feature works and it is very intimate and great for pre and post dinner drinks, as has a great intimate atmosphere.
The room was lovely, rose petals on the bed and in the bath, candles in the bathroom, chocolates and champagne supplied it was all perfect. The room had a huge bed in it but there was also room for a small living area, which allowed us to have breakfast served in the room the next day. The bed was comfortable, and all the small luxuries that you would expect from a 5* hotel; plasma, fluffy bathrobes, luxury toiletries etc.
The breakfast supplied the next day was wonderful brought to our room so we didn't have to get dressed and go down and when we rang down for additional items they were brought swiftly, so we didn't have to wait and breakfast could be eaten in its entirety, whilst chilling out with the paper which we ordered the night before.
The hotel itself is in a great location, very central and within minutes walk to various bars, shops the train station etc. So once you are there your car doesn't have to be touched and if you go to the city via rail, transport does not have to be used again, which for me is so important, as I don't want to travel a lot using public transport as I love walking and exploring a city.
Quebecs is my favourite hotel in Leeds -and perhaps my favourite hotel of all time.
It is situated bang in the middle of Leeds City centre and it situated very conveniently for the shops, bars and restaurants in the city, and more to the point for my office there. I usually book through Expedia or Laterooms - either will usually give you a £96/night rate which for this hotel is really good value. I have stayed here only on business but I would not hesitate to book for leisure too.
The hotel is a boutique style, victorian townhouse and the decor is inkeeping with the origin of the building. There is a stunning sweeping staircase up from the lobby to the first floor and the whole atmosphere screams quiet luxury. One of my favourite things they do here is print business cards with our name on saying 'In Residence' and your room phone number -how special is that!
The rooms I have stayed in all have huge four poster beds and beautiful bathrooms. There is a DVD player and stereo in each room and an extensive DVD library at the hotel if you ask at reception. At nighttime your bed is turned down for you and water left to your preference next to the bed (still or sparkling mineral water).
The bar in the hotel is an honesty bar where you serve yourself and sign for what you drink. The bar is all plush arm chairs and wood panelling so a fantastically relaxing space after a hard day.
The hotel has no restaurant so you have to head downstairs and outside to a nearby establishment for an evening meal -though to be honest Leeds has so much to offer this is not an issue. Breakfast is available in the morning and is a buffet style with all the cereals and pastries you would expect as well as hot meals served from the menu. As I remember this is extra though and costs around £15 so you may find it better value to head out.
I love Quebecs and would love to stay in another of this small chains hotels. lets hope they have the business cards!
Quebec's hotel is a boutique townhouse hotel in Leeds. My husband and myself took our first romantic night away here. Our plan was to hit the vibrant lights of the city on the Saturday night along with enjoying the luxury of this gorgeous hotel. This plan was all to change...
Quebec's hotel has brilliant positioning within the centre of Leeds. It is within easy walking distance of the shops, bars and train station. This was one of the advantage points when booking this hotel as I do not know Leeds too well, therefore, it is always nice to be close to the amenities and transport links.
*First impressions & check in*
When entering the hotel, the elegance and style of the hotel are immediately apparent. The staff are friendly, welcoming and very eager to help. The decor is classic and premium and the furnishings are very comfortable. The reception desk is on the ground level , next to the Oak sweeping staircase and underneath the large beautiful stained glass windows. We visited in the Winter time and to check in seated in a comfortable chair next to a blazing open fire was divine.
We opted to book a deluxe room which we were not to be disappointed with.
The room was a good size and was well designed with modern but classic looking soft furnishings and accessories. There were many added touches for our comfort such as a flat screen TV (which my husband was immediately ordered to turn off, this wasn't the purpose of our visit!), mineral water, robes, slippers and to my husbands delight a CD player with a good choice of music. This was probably the high point of the visit for him. I do not mean in the sense that the stay was bad, just based on the fact that he is a sound engineer or as he likes to say ' a mixing, trixing, sound guy' & music & sound is his hobby. Due to this, his disappointment of the TV ban was very short lived.
Whilst he was indulging in the well stocked mini bar and music library, I headed for the stylish bathroom & indulged in some of the free Molton Brown ( my favourite brand, yay!)luxury toiletries.
Overall, the room was great, yes the boutique price tag was high but with quality like this and such a comfortable bed with super soft crispy linen it was worth every penny.
We decided to go and investigate the hotel after making the most of the room facilities and we soon stumbled across the Oak room or The honesty bar. I hear you asking yourself 'what is an honesty bar?' This is a bar which is not staffed at all and where alcoholic and soft drinks are laid out for consumption with nothing but a register to record your consumption in order for your drinks to be billed to your room at the end of that stay. This was very unique and a nice concept. We sat on the large comfortable sofas and chatted away soon forgetting the time.
*The rest of our evening*
We eventually headed back to our room to dress for the evening and dinner out & decided to pop back to the honesty bar before we left.
We met another couple in there who we began to talk to & then another couple & eventually time flurried away. Before we knew it, time was getting on, we were getting hungry & we were having too much fun with our newly acquired friends to leave the bar now. It was then decided that we would order food up to the bar area. Although the hotel does not have its own restaurant, it does offer a 24 hour food service. We ordered a selection of fancy sandwiches which were accompanied with salad and our side orders of fries. The food was pricey but delivered quickly and freshly and was well worth the stay in the hotel.
This turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening spent in the hotel and not even stepping a foot out into Leeds!
At the end of the evening we very merrily made our way back to our big comfortable bed for a much needed nights sleep.
Although there is no dinner service, there is a breakfast option with a choice of continental breakfast or a full English. This can either be enjoyed in the conservatory or can be delivered to your room. We had already decided to take breakfast in bed and this was delivered at the correct time, laid out for us to eat and was fresh and delicious. The breakfast consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly bakes pastries , a full English consisting of bacon, sausage, egg, mushrooms and tomato along with a fresh pot of coffee and as my husband requested Earl grey tea.
*Would we return?*
We most certainly would. This was a very nice hotel and one well worth paying for. The location was ideal, the hotel itself was clean and exquisite, the rooms were comfortable and delightful, the bar was unique and a sophisticated place to be and the food was heavenly.
I would advise anyone looking for that special break away to book now, it was an absolute heavenly experience to stay here.
We always go away at the beginning of December, and because it's only for one night, it's best if we go somewhere close to home (Newcastle). This time, we decided on Leeds because the last time we had visited, the shopping was good, and the bars and restaurants varied and plentiful.
I wanted a reasonably nice hotel because returning back foot weary7 after a day shopping can be a tad unpleasant if the awaiting room/hotel isn't very good.
A few searches found me this place which was just what we were looking for, it being not overly big, and not overtly part of a large chain; there are other hotels in the group but it doesn't appear in every city in the same format. The Eton Collection, which is the group Quebecs belongs to is described as "luxury boutique hotels and two restaurants" which are found in London, Leeds and Edinburgh.
~~Where is it?~~
Situated close to the station, this is very close to the city centre.
Contact details are:
9 Quebec Street, Leeds,
West Yorkshire LS1 2HA
Tel: +44 (0)113 244 8989
The journey to Leeds doesn't take long, but once in the city centre and following the loop road we became hopelessly lost. We had been told that the hotel car park was full, and were given directions to the car park recommended by the hotel, but it became such an arduous task that we just parked in the first car park which seemed relatively near to the hotel and which didn't cost the earth!
~~The Entrance and checking in ~~
The hotel itself opened in 2002, and was previously the "Leeds and County Liberal Club". The building itself is in the renaissance style and the bricks, which are terracotta colour and very warm looking were apparently sourced from wales. At the steps to the entrance door there is a round window where the porter would look out to see guests arriving but which is now a rather quirky feature of the restaurant.
It was absolutely pouring when we arrived and the first impression I got as we dragged our rain sodden selves through the doors was one of understated luxury and quiet. None of the hurly burly of some hotels here. The receptionist sits behind a large wooden table and guests are invited to sit on comfortable sofas whilst the checking in process is dealt with. Behind the desk is a beautiful ornate oak staircase, which is lit up by stained glass windows, and close to the comfy chairs, there was a fire crackling away nicely...it all meant I was less than impressed about braving the elements again!
~~Bedroom and Bathroom~~
We obviously saw only our bedroom, although there are 45 in total. These are apparently all individually designed, and if ours was anything to go by, I would imagine they are all comfortable and spacious.
Our room was on the ground floor, but slightly away from the main reception area and up a couple of steps. The room itself was large and spacious, with the main bedroom being down some steps and the bathroom being along a small corridor (in the room).
The bedroom definitely had that "wow" factor, with the large bed dominating the room. I say dominating because it is the kind of bed I would strive for at home- bolsters, throws, cushions, all beautifully arranged. Apparently the duvets are duck down, so this may prove a problem for people with allergies, but I loved the whole thing
There was a dressing table with large mirror, well stocked mini bar, plenty of cupboard space with the obligatory bath robes and slippers. Also in the room was a hair dryer (much better than those attached ones in the bathroom), iron and ironing board, tv, comfy chairs and table. There was also, as well as a cordless phone a business phone with 2 lines and voicemail.
One of the things I liked was the cd player, which meant no tv for me. We were able to borrow a cd from the collection of well over 100 cds; for this, we had to leave a deposit which was returned to us when we took the cd back.
Up some steps was the bathroom which was white, modern and airy. The sink was one of those which sits on a table, and there was a plentiful supply of soft towels.
~~Other bits of information~~
The hotel has a bar on the third floor and whilst it does not have a restaurant, there is 24 hour room service, and the option for breakfast in bed. The menu for in room dining is quite diverse and offers nibbles, sandwiches, savouries and pizzas, and a selection of main courses and desserts.
Check out is 12 noon, and guests can arrive at their rooms at 2pm
The hotel was oted by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top 80 hotels in the world and by The Independent Newspaper as one of the 50 Best British Hotels (2007).
Our room cost £120 for the night, which didn't include breakfast. I think there are always deals to be had on the internet, and prices I was being quoted did vary.
A lovely hotel with quite a fascinating history.
All of the areas which I saw were beautifully decorated and maintained, with the entrance area being welcoming and just the thing when you want to get out of the rain!
The bedroom was spacious, spotlessly clean and had everything you might need for your stay. The staff were helpful, and there were nice little touches such as umbrellas being given to guests when they went outside, and free newspaper on request.
The menu for in room eating was varied but it's here that I have my only grouch. We ordered some food and about an hour later it still hadn't arrived. When I phoned reception they informed me that the ovens were broken! No matter- we ate the food 5 hours later when we got back and not only did they bring the food which was ordered but also some extras little nibbles, and all at no charge. I don't think this will be true of the room service all of the time so I didn't let it spoil things. Throughout the experience the staff were helpful.
The hotel is very central to most of the shopping centres and restaurants, and being very close to the railway station, it's a good place to stay if travelling by train. We did actually think it would have been better to take the train than the car because as it was, there was no space in the (very small) car park.
For anyone going to Leeds, I would recommend the hotel- luxurious, close to all amenities and not too expensive. I would go back.
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The days of kipping down on friends available floors, sofas or bathtubs are long behind me now that I am (well) into my 30s. So when I knew we were going to Leeds to meet up with some friends for a Saturday night out, I set about finding some more suitable accommodation in the city centre.
I have been to Leeds once before but I dont remember it and so had no specific ideas about what part of the city to stay in and I certainly did not have a hotel in mind. My husband lived in Leeds for a few years but these important decisions are really best left to me and accordingly I started my internet search. I generally find that well-known sites such as expedia or octopustravel come up with what I need or at least with a few ideas.
Booking and prices
I have never attempted to use expedia to find a UK hotel before but it came up with several options same as it does for any other city in the world. The attractive photographs of the interior of the boutique hotel Quebec caught my eye amongst the bunch of Leeds hotels, many of which were part of large chains and were ugly 1960s style, grey brick and glass buildings. Quebecs had five different categories of room available costing from £83 to £140, we opted for the middle category room which cost £90 a night although expedia admin costs were another £15.
I looked at the hotels on-line booking as well but the first three rates available were all over £200 a night. I now realise that these rates were for various special packages such as the massage package but if you do go far enough down the list there is a room available for £97, if I had seen this I guess I could have booked directly and saved a few pounds. Nevertheless I though that £105 for a 5 star city centre hotel for one night would do.
The hotels website states that it is centrally located and close to shops and amenities and indeed this is the case, it is a few minutes walk to the main shopping area. It is also just a few minutes walk from the train station and we parked our car here as unfortunately the hotel only has seven parking spaces. I had called the hotel after I booked and they told me that they could not reserve a spot for me but that it was easy to park at the train station. Actually we were unable to find the entrance to the station car park through the complicated one-way system but we found a car park nearby and it cost us £12 to park here until the following day.
The hotel is an attractive Victorian red brick building located on a fairly busy side street in what is definitely not the most salubrious part of town. It is also next door to a nightclub which was concerning but we were told that our room was at the front but in the middle and we shouldnt hear any noise. Check in was polite and efficient, we were offered assistance with our bags and told where to find breakfast (not included in our rate) and then we headed up to our room on the second floor.
We were very impressed with the lobby area, the sweeping staircase and the huge stained glass windows were simply stunning. Our room was above average size, with extremely high ceilings making it feel even bigger and it had two huge ceiling to floor windows so it was very bright. The walls and furnishings were various shades of a relaxing sage green and the paintings, vases, lamps etc were ornate creating a very good look overall. It was equipped with hairdryer, iron, room safe and a mini-bar offering a good range of reasonably priced drinks and jellybeans. The bathroom was also impressive, the tiles were a grey marble effect, the suite looked brand new and the power shower was fabulous. Molton Brown toiletries were provided.
Unfortunately it was very hot in the room, 25.5 degrees according to the air conditioning unit, which is about the temperature I like to sun bathe in! We gave the air conditioning unit a bit of time to work but to no avail and for a fleeting moment thought we could make do with open windows then decided this might not be a good idea later on when the nightclub was in full swing. In the end we mentioned it at reception as we headed out for the evening. They immediately promised to fix it and when we returned later on it was fixed.
Before or even after our night out we would have liked to have invited our friends to the hotel for drinks. Unfortunately it is lacking a proper bar, as hotel guests we could go to the Oak Room on the third floor which was a gorgeous and comfortable room with an honesty bar, i.e. there is a small selection of drinks available which you help yourself to and mark down what you take in a book to be added to your bill later. Unfortunately the selection and quantity of drinks was very limited and it did not seem a suitable place to bring non-guests even if they are allowed, which was not clear. We did go up for a nightcap though and ended up spending two very enjoyable hours here talking to fellow guests who were on a hen weekend.
That night we slept peacefully as the bed was very comfortable and we were delighted to discover that the nightclub had actually closed down the previous month and apparently for good. There was a little bit of traffic noise that might bother some, but as I grew up living on a main road it does not even remotely bother me, in facts birds tweeting would be far more likely to disturb my sleep.
On the fourth floor there is a small restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, however as breakfast was not included with our rate we opted for a lie and didnt try it out. The hotel also offers room service and I thought the menu looked quite good but again we did not try it.
I thought our room and indeed every part of the hotel was absolutely beautiful and furnished to an extremely high standard. I am nevertheless surprised that it is rated as a five star hotel because I thought this was based on amenities as well as soft furnishings and the Quebec does not have the amenities that you would expect from a five star, a hotel bar being one example.
After I had been to the hotel, I read some reviews of it on tripadvisor and I noticed it was a mixed bag. Some were very happy like me, but I noticed several people commented on having very small rooms and bathrooms. I would therefore recommend upgrading from the cheapest room, it was only £2 more a night for the next category and it was another £5 a night to the deluxe room that we stayed in.
Overall I would recommend this hotel and have rated as four stars as I was pleased with most things and enjoyed my stay. I have marked it down for a few reasons; not having a bar, because some people might be troubled by street noise but mainly because it is marketed as a five star hotel and I just dont think it is.