“ Three locations: Nottingham, Glasgow and Leeds „
Well after reading the reviews on here I wasn't sure what to expect when my friend decided to have his Birthday here. First impressions were great we were greeted by a pleasant doorman who opened the door for us and asked by a lovely young girl if we were members, we were not so she asked if we would like to join and informed us if we did we you be given £5 worth of points to spend at the bar. Once inside I was very impressed several floors of outstanding decor, I was suppressed to se that there were at least 15 gaming tables on the main floor and plenty of people playing poker. One of the other reviews mention the very small toilets, but in fact there are two toilets on the main floor one small and the other quite large. We started the night with a meal in the downstairs restaurant, and the food and service was fantastic, great atmosphere with live music. We moved up to the main floor where a live band was playing mellow jazz, very classy and just what you would expect in a Casino. I don't gamble so not much to say there but the tables seemed very busy. The cocktails were fab so I am told as I was driving. I spoke with one of the Managers who offered to show me around and explained what facilities Alea have to offer. I was amazed to find out that they show sport in their private cinema, arrange parties or you could even just book it for a romantic night out with your other half. In all a very good night and I can't wait to go back and parking is free for Casino guests just ask at reception. In all a different and fun night out!
Overview ------------ To begin, i would like to say that I have only ever experience the Alea Casino in Leeds, and therefore my review is directed towards that and not any other locations around the UK. My Story ----------- My university mates and I decided that we fancied a bit of a casino crawl around Leeds so we quickly researched the different money drainers on offer. We found there to be a number of different establishments from Gala to Alea to Grosvenor and Napoleons. Therefore we decided to travel to them all in one night. I shall compare Alea here against the other casinos in Leeds. Unfortunately, being located at Clarence Dock, Alea is well outside the main hub of Leeds City Centre. We took a taxi which cost about £9 which was not a great start to the evening. I was already 9 quid down without even placing a bet. This did not bode well. However, the night began to improve upon arrival at Alea. The building itself is very modern and really what you would expect from a casino. The idea is to promote the image of wealth and money; Alea certainly does this. When inside, we were informed that as new members we would receive a free no lose £10 bet and also £10 to spend in the bar or restaurant. We were very impressed by this, as it was clear that we were going to sign up anyway. We headed up to the betting floor and were impressed by the sheer size of the Alea. It was massive! Fortunately, the space was very well equipped. Downstairs, you will find a number of slot machines and other such bandits. Upstairs was the betting floor. A number of blackjack and roulette tables. Here we placed our free bets, and i won, so the night had began to improve considerably! We then decided to test out the food vouchers and, despite it being long past 11pm we were served quickly and efficiently. The bar staff had no quarrels with our free vouchers and i was served a japanese meze ranging from a number of different items. It was very tasty and i thoroughly enjoyed the meal, even more so when i considered that through my free bet, Alea had paid me to eat it! Today, I am still receiving inscentives to return to the casino such as no lose vouchers and bet enhancers so it is clear that the Alea look after their customers. I look forward to returning next week when i head back up to Leeds.
The only reason for visiting this casino is for the excellent cocktails, and the fact that you will probably be the only person at the bar and so wont have to wait to get served. This casino is quite new, and it looks it. The decoration is amazing, it looks like something out of James Bond. There are loads of chandeliers, a large main hall with a high ceiling, and a small private cinema which I didnt actually see. Its situated in the newly revamped part of Clarence Dock, theres parking right behind it, a tescos, and several resturants nearby. The casino also has its own resturant but Ive never eaten there. There are several bars, one serving just drinks, and the other serving bar food like burgers and chips. The bartenders are great at making cocktails, and on both occasions when I have been here I have never had to wait at the bar. I can recommend the rasberry martini. In terms of gambelling there are loads of slot machines on the ground floor, they range from taking 10p per go to £1. There are roulette, spinners and games here. Upstairs is the main table gaming floor, there arent many tables, they are all sort of crammed in the middle. There are blackjack and roulette tables. I didnt even try to have a go on roulette as it was so fast, and there didnt seem to be any sort of welcome to the table from the dealer. Im not really into gambelling, but I thought the machines were easy to use and I did win a fiver! The tables are just too fast, unfriendly and theres no sort of busy atmosphere. This casino is full of leery old men and young girls who enjoy cocktails. Its not a great night out in Leeds and I can certainly think of better places to spend my money.
Alea Casino has recently opened in Leeds and I was very excited about paying a visit as this brand new complex sounded very exciting from the website "Excitement is the name of the game at Alea Leeds. Occupying more than 50,000 square feet, this vibrant entertainment venue is a feast for all the senses with opulent décor, innovative dining and, of course, all-action gaming. Alea Leeds is a fabulous new destination featuring two restaurants, several chic bars, a luxurious 312sqm event space, two state-of-the-art gaming floors, a self-contained gaming suite, private dining room and a stunning 50 seater private cinema" I was however very disappointed with the Alea Casino. As we entered was asked if we could join and staff were quite rude in stating we'll you'll need ID. Of course we were aware of that and had come prepared. It seemed to take ages to get our membership sorted and they weren't busy. When we finally entered it was not at all as i'd expected the ground floor has a resturant to the left which was almost empty then the gaming floor has some slot machines and small bar in the corner not very impressive at all and very empty too considering it was saturday night. We decided to wonder upstairs and was again disappointed at how few tables there were to play and how little gaming the place had to offer. The building and decoration itself our pretty impressive with great lighting displays in different colours but thats pretty much the only decent point. None of the staff were friendly, they were difficult to approach when we had question and didn't help explain there promotions properly. We decide to play Roulette but the pace at the table was just too fast and I felt you never got time to put your bets down properly and they seem to call last bets far too early. We didn't win a bean which doesn't usually bother me because I usually enjoy the whole casino atmosphere but this wasn't the case here at Alea. They had a live band on which were simply too loud and quite distracting at times. The place wasn't very busy and was mainly filled with drunk young women. Over all I just did not like the feel of the place at all and i'm not surprised it wasn't busy as it doesn't have anything to offer. Even the toilets were tiny with just 3 cubicals and you have to pay to park here too I honestly can't see myself paying another visit to Alea casino. If you do fancy a visit follow the signs from Leeds city centre to the Royal Armouries.
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