Radisson Blu in Leeds : Great Location
I had an enjoyable stay and if the price was right I would choose this hotel as the location was perfect and I love the Radisson Blu brand.
Check-in was really easy and the staff seemed very friendly and willing to help with any demands or questions that the guests had.
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We had Standard Twin room which was ample size for two people. The beds were quite close together but these could easily be moved apart by a small amount to give you some extra space between the beds if friends were sharing.
The room was quite a weird shaped it was more like an L-shaped but this gave a bit more privacy when people were in the bathroom or wanted to get dressed. I am not sure if all the rooms are like this but I heard others commenting they were strangely shaped room at breakfast.
The room overlooked a central courtyard that was decorated with what looked like modern street art, I really liked this. There was room service available which was normally priced for hotel room service but there are so many great eateries near by.
We were tempted by the pizzas and was going to have one after a long day exploring the city, but decided to get some cake instead to have with tea and coffee in the room. There was only one hot chocolate and two teabags I had to ask for more teabags, I understand that these are a added bonus in a room and they probably don’t put too many out as people take them home but for a hotel this price I would at least expect a custard cream too.
The air conditioning wasn’t the most effective and it seems to take ages for the room to cool down as it was quite hot and stuffy.
The bathroom was a great size and the shower was powerful, water was nice and hot and the products provided smelt lovely.
The room has all the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard there was a mini bar which was empty but I am sure that you could request for it to be full. There was a safe, ample hanging area, a ironing board and iron.
There was a TV which was great because it meant I could still watch my soaps as at the end of the day I was in Leeds to visit the Emmerdale experience but to be honest signal was not very good.
The hotel is decorated in an art deco style and the bar and breakfast area seemed quite modern. It seemed to be a hotel that was popular with business people as the small bar area was full of people on laptops through out the afternoon and evening.
My major quibble was the parking but this is likely to happen in any city centre, it is going to be quite expensive and I suppose you need to weigh this up with the price you are paying for the hotel. The car park is privately owned but the hotel does get a discount for its guests so it worked out to be £13 for 24 hours there was very little on street parking by the hotel.
I was quite disappointed with the breakfast it did not seem as good quality as I have had in Radisson hotels before. The hot breakfast options seems cold, dried out sitting around or being overcooked.
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On our first morning most of the cooked breakfast had ran out which is understandable at busy periods but it took 15 minutes for more to arrive. I think this could have been managed much better. The cheese and cold meat selection ran out and I heard a European guest complaining. The toaster took forever they need to invest in something speedier, luckily when I was waiting for my toast there was only one other guest because it felt so I was waiting for at least 5 minutes. I did go off and get my tea juice and order my eggs whilst I was waiting but it still seemed to take a longer time than usual.
On the second morning there was no orange juice only apple juice which was’nt a problem for me as I like both. I just felt as though things were running out and not being replaced, food was overcooked and I really did not look forward to breakfast which I normally do when I stay in a hotel as this meal sets me up for the day.
If you can get a good price on this hotel then I would say,stay here as the location is great for exploring the city of Leeds.
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