Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5PS.
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Weetwood is a 4 star hotel, in a location where you may not exactly expect one, in the outskirts of Leeds, about 3 miles from Leeds University, near the town of Otley. It was originally a Manor House, built in 1625, and has the kind of driveway and beautiful woodland surroundings that you’d expect with this kind of property. There’s around 10 acres of it, which provides a nice buffer zone between the hotel and the busy dual carriageway which leads to it. Because the hotel has been substantially modernised and extended, it has excellent modern facilities, so don’t expect panelled bedrooms, creaky floors or anything like that. In most respects Weetwood Hall is a modern, and by my standards, luxurious, hotel. There are 108 bedrooms. 12 of these are ‘luxury’ rooms, with midi hi-fi systems, and ‘upgraded tea and coffee making facilities’, whatever that means. My own stay at Weetwood Hall was in one of the standard rooms, which had tea and coffee making facilities (plus Twix biscuits, which was a nice touch). There was also a trouser press, hairdryer, and satellite TV – most of which I’d call luxuries in a hotel room. No mini bar, but there is a pub downstairs! All the rooms have en suite bathrooms, and there are some family rooms, which have a cot. In the Manor House, there are 2 rooms with four poster beds, and I believe that one of these rooms has featured on Emmerdale from time to time. The leisure facilities are free, but not on site – as a resident you are entitled to complimentary use of the David Lloyd Racquet and Fitness Club, or Cookridge Hall Golf Club (outdoor pool, tennis courts, sqash, gym). On my visit, having looked for a decent place to eat around Leeds, without any success (although I'm sure there must be plenty good places), we ended up returning to the hotel for a perfectly fine meal, at the Stables Pub, which is part o
f the Weetwood Hall hotel. Classy sandwiches and tasty curly fries were just what was required, and the draught beer was mighty fine, too. Within the hotel, you can eat more expensively (and presumably more elegantly) at the Woodlands Restaurant, with a 3 course meal costing around £17.00. Or there’s the mid range Brasserie, as well. Then, of course, there’s always the 24-hour Room Service, and the menu for this looked reasonable and varied. The hotel is ideal for anyone with a disability. You can park right outside, and there are lifts up to all the bedrooms. Rooms are all 'executive' standard, £96.00 for a single, and £111.00 for a double. Breakfast is included in the price on Saturdays and Sundays only. The breakfast was very good – a choice of fruit, and cheeses, as well as the usual English breakfast, cereals and so on. And since it’s buffet-style, you can try everything out, if you so wish. It’s a popular place for wedding receptions (the facilities are excellent, and the gardens offer the ideal place for photos), but also for conferences – there are suites for meetings with presentation facilities. Address: Otley Road Leeds LS16 5PS Telephone = 0113 230 6000