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Address: 10 Swinegate / Leeds LS1 4AG

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      07.09.2011 22:43
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      Roomzzz Leeds City
      If you haven't heard of the Roomzzz brand before, then the concept of Roomzzz is an apart/hotel. You get a lovely 'hotel' style room, with the added extra of a kitchen unit, which I love the idea of!
      Roomzzz are currently located in 4 area's, 3 of these being in Leeds- Leeds City, Leeds City West and Leeds Headingley, and the other location being Manchester City Centre.
      This review will concentrate on my most recent stay at Leeds City.

      We booked this stay in about May as they had an offer on for 50% off all rooms and stays, we booked it for the bank holiday weekend in August which was all fine. Me and my boyfriend booked a 3 night stay in a Liberty Suite room (1 bedroom apartment) - 26th-29th August for £162. My friends who also stayed here booked a 2 night stay in a studio room- 27th- 29th August for £88.


      Location
      The hotel is situated right in the centre of Leeds, it is in walking distance to the train station, the shops, nightlife, restaurants etc. It is a perfect location, and even though it is in the centre it isn't noisy, so you get the best of both worlds.


      Check-In
      You can check in from 3pm, or you can pay £10 extra for early check in. We checked in around 3.20pm and our room was ready for us. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. We paid on arrival and this was all done very quickly. We also had 2 room keys. The reception area is very nice, with comfy sofas and a TV, it all looks very posh and plush. Great first impressions.
      We then quickly made our way to the room, we were on the 1st floor, so we took the lift (I had a heavy bag!), but there is also stairs.


      Liberty Suite
      You use the room card to enter the room and then use this in the room to turn on the electrica, air con etc. The room definitely lived up to all our expectations. Walking in to the room there is a small hallway, with 1 door to the left, 1 to the right and was straight ahead.


      The Main Living Area
      Turning to the door to the left is the main living area. This includes the kitchen area, dining table and the seating area. The kitchen area has everything you will need for a short stay, cutlery, plates, glasses, dishwasher, fridge, saucepans etc, it even has a washing machine! They also thought of the little things, including fairy liquid and a dishwasher tablet! It has a kettle, toaster, micro/oven, hobs etc. It was all very clean and we soon stocked up the fridge (with alcohol, but a cold beer is always better than a warm one...or so I've been told!)
      There is a glass dining table with 4 chairs, so you have somewhere nice to eat if you fancy cooking. We did use the cooking facilities for breakfast and we made (I say 'we', the boyfriend made..) bacon and cheese sandwiches, and I must say they were delicious!
      There is also an I-Mac in every room with free wifi which is definitely a great added bonus, particularly if you are there on business, or you like to check in to Facebook and make your friends jealous!
      The seating area consisted of 2 sofas, one was a 3 seater sofa which also pulled out into a sofa bed, and the other one was a 2 seater sofa. There was a nice TV with free view channels. What also makes this hotel feel more 'homely' is the added decorations, such as the vases on the shelves under the TV.
      It has laminated flooring in this room, and 3 coat hangers behind the door.
      Great room and a good space.


      The Bathroom
      The bathroom was also very nice, white interior and had a heated floor. There is a large mirror above the sink, where part of it was anti-steam, which again is a great touch. There was some small toiletries provided, along with plenty of towels. There is also a hairdryer in the bathroom. We had a bath with shower overhead and a shower screen, which is where my first little niggle for this hotel comes in. We were both left a little disappointed with the shower. I didn't find it very powerful and because it is permanently attached to the wall, you are unable to move it down or up etc, (and being only 5'1 and ¾) it is nice to be able to move it down so you can get it more powerful. Also when the shower was turned to be on full power it would splash against the shower screen onto the floor, so make sure you put a towel down so you don't slip over!
      Yes, I am being very picky but it shows how good the hotel is when its these things which are negatives.


      The Bedroom
      This had to be my boyfriends perfect bedroom. It had a king-size bed, which was extra comfy, and a good sized plasma TV on the wall. It had a window to one side, and on the other side was an open wardrobe with coat hangers, an iron and ironing board, and also a safe. There is also a table and chair in this room with a mirror opposite. There was two bedside tables, one of which had an ipod dock on, again great added extra. Although this is where another little niggle of mine comes in. There is plenty of storage in the wardrobe, but it would be nice to have a drawer! Yes I'm being very picky again, but I like to put my 'smalls' in a drawer out of sight. (The boyfriend shouldn't have to see my Bridget Jones knickers lying around!). The bedside tables had more like shelves underneath and not drawers.
      The carpet was also very comfortable and soft, and again some nice pictures on the wall giving it that added homely feel.
      The room was well lit with the lights on, including two spotlights above the bed, and was very dark with the curtains closed, which I love! We actually didn't get up until about 11am Saturday morning, because we didn't realise how late it was! The bed is one of the most comfortable beds I think I have ever stayed in!
      Another little niggle, is that there is no full length mirror, and a girl needs to see her shoes in the mirror!


      The View
      This seems to be a common occurrence in my hotel reviews, so this time it has it's own heading. Although I'm sure you can guess what is coming... we again had a view of a wall. We were quite lucky this time as this wall had windows and there was even two cars we could see. However I think this could have worked to our favour, as if we had been on the other side of the hotel we may have heard traffic noise, that's what I'm telling myself anyway!


      Studio Room
      My friends stayed in a studio room, which was also very nice. On walking into the room, you have the bed on the right side, which was a good sized double bed. It had a wardrobe and storage on the left side. The bathroom was in a door to the left, which had toilet, sink, mirror and shower. Walking further into the room, is the kitchen unit (both kitchen units in the different rooms are the same). It had a two seater sofa, and then opposite the bed was the TV, which also turned round to be used as the computer screen.
      The space in this room is used very well. It was my friends first stay in this style of room and it is definitely something they will consider in the future.


      Grab & Go Breakfast
      This hotel offers a free grab & go breakfast, this is on from 6.30am-10.30am every morning. It consists of a variety of fruits and pastries, hot drinks and cold drinks, perfect if you forgot to get the bacon in!
      There is also a Pantry where you can buy items you may want in your room, such as food and drink etc. (The prices weren't too bad, but it would be cheaper from a supermarket).


      Parking
      The hotel does not have its own parking, but it does offer discount parking, at a nearby NCP car park (literally a few minutes around the corner from the hotel). It is good discount as well, it roughly works out al 50% off parking, by staying at the hotel you pay £8.50 per 24hours, the usual price for this car park is about £17.50 per 24hours. So it is great discount. You park on the car park as normal and get your ticket. Then when you check out the hotel give you another ticket which you put into the pay machine to get your discount. As we stayed for 3 nights, our parking should have been about £52 but with the discount is was £26.


      Check-Out
      This was again very quick and efficient, we simply handed in our room cards and were on our way! Check-out was at 11am, although you can pay £10 extra for a later check out.


      The Negatives to this kind of stay...

      I have always thought that this apart/hotel concept is perfect, because it gives you the option to eat in your room which hotels don't always have. However we soon found the drawback to this concept...
      At around 8.45pm, I was in my comfy pj's, relaxing in bed watching TV, while the boyfriend was in the shower, when the fire alarm went off. We waited a few minutes to see if it went off (stupid idea as it could have been a real fire and we were dawdling around!) which it didn't, and it was a very loud piercing sound, and with 3 fire alarms in our room (one in the hallway, bedroom and main living room) we got dressed and went down to reception. The hallways smelt of smoke. There were already a few people waiting outside (in the rain) and the receptionist told us that 2 fire engines were on the way. There was a group of around 10-12 girls who I think were on a Hen Night. The fire engines came, and after flirting with the girls, they found the culprit. One of the girls had completely cremated a pizza in the micro/oven which had then blew up. The girls were all very chatty and laughing about it, and taking photo's with the firemen, and didn't care about the other guests whose night they had interrupted. There was a family with a little boy, who was in his pj's and had no socks or shoes on, who I felt for.
      Even though this was not the hotels fault, it did put a dampener on our first night there, more so because the girls didn't care.
      I'm not sure how often this happens, but it would have been nice for the hotel to maybe put a small card under the door the next day, apologising for any inconvenience from the night before. However it did not happen again and we didn't let it ruin our stay.
      We got back in our room about 30mins later.
      Prices

      You can book through the website or by phone, but just to give you an idea of how much the stays here are (and what a good deal we got) include:
      A two night stay- Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September, 2 Adults- £164- Smart Studio
      £200- Liberty Suite
      The hotel offers a Royalty Club Card where you can get 10% off your stay. They did have a special offer on where it was double discount for stays in July and August for Royalty Club members, it is free to join so definitely check it out!


      **I 'liked' Roomzzz on Facebook a while ago, and every Friday they have a special offer/prize on. On one Friday you had to say why you loved Roomzzz so much and you could win a free night stay at Roomzzz Leeds City. I entered with a poem and won! I have decided to use it in October for my boyfriends birthday, I have again booked the Liberty Suite, and had one night free, and I decided to pay for the second night to make a special weekend of it! I also used my Royalty Club discount on the night I paid for! So if you are on Facebook, they are well worth 'liking', and they will answer any questions you may have!**

      Here's my poem I won with...
      I love the Location of all the Roomzzz its perfect for all my needs
      Whether its shopping, eating or partying its never a far walk in heels
      I love the kitchen and how my boyfriend cooks
      So I can relax in the tub with bubbles and a book
      The beds are super comfy I never want to wake
      The only thing to wake me would be the smell of Stoke's cheese oatcakes
      I love the cool and trendy imac with the free wifi
      I get to write on Roomzzz Facebook and will always get a reply
      I love when if you're hungry and in a hurry to spend to some dough'
      Then all you need to do is pick up the free Grab & Go
      I love the choice of different rooms for all of my friends
      We all like to get ready together and have a Fab weekend
      I love the friendly staff who always welcome you in
      Whether your checking in or out they'll always be with you in 1 min
      I definitely love the price for this fabulous stay,
      It's perfect in every way, and that's not just a cliché
      I love how it reminds me of home
      In fact that's how I'll end this ode, Roomzzz is my home from home

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