Leeds is the UK’s third largest city in terms of population size, and whether you’re visiting for a night, a weekend of longer, there’s plenty to see and do in this West Yorkshire city which has a proud history as a major mill town.
Boutique Hotels in Leeds mentioned in this article
- 42 The Calls – 42, The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EW
- Dakota Leeds – 8 Russell Street, Leeds, LS1 5RN
- Malmaison Leeds – 1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG
- Quebecs Luxury Apartments – The Old Post Office, 3 Infirmary Street, Leeds, LS1 2HT
- The New Ellington – 23-25A York Place, Leeds, LS1 2EY
- Woodlands Hotel – 79 Gelderd Road, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7LY
- Willow Cottage – Ivegate, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7RE
42 The Calls
Leeds’ history as a centre for milling comes into sharp focus with a stay at 42 The Calls (****), pictured top, which is a beautiful four star boutique hotel in an old converted flour mill dating back to the 18th century. Exposed brickwork, industrial girders and original mill mechanisms can be found throughout the stylishly furnished rooms, many of which overlook the River Ayre. The former Fletland Mills have been turned into a luxurious, quirky place to stay and the delicious full Yorkshire breakfast is a great way to start he day, with kippers from Whitby and produce from other local farmers.
Dakota Hotel Leeds
Five star Dakota Hotel is Leeds’ newest luxury boutique hotel and the fourth establishment for this small-but-growing upscale chain. There are 84 rooms in total, all beautifully finished with a stylish aesthetic and one equipped with a rainfall shower, air conditioning, free WIFI and 49 inch television with a full Sky package. The sophisticated and generously-proportioned Executive and Deluxe rooms all have their own Nespresso machine.
Another heritage building in Leeds which has received a boutique hotel transformation is the old Leeds City Tramways Office and depot in Swinegate. Leeds was one of the last English cities to give up on trams and the base from where the service was run has been turned in to Malmaison Leeds (****). As with the other hotels in the Malmaison chain, the rooms offer chic styling with mood lighting, cosy chairs, comfy beds and exclusive toiletries you’re encouraged to take with you. The Depot Executive Suite is a sumptuous delight with walk in monsoon shower and deep sunken plunge bath.
Quebecs Luxury Apartments
Offering five star comfort and luxury, but in self contained apartments, are the Quebecs Luxury Apartments (*****). Created in an imposing local landmark – the Grade-II listed formerPost Office – these beautiful apartments are simply first class with elegant styling, spacious living rooms, air conditioning and walk-in wet room showers. Onsite facilities include a private gym, massage and spa services, and a 24 hour concierge and reception. For the space and privacy of your own apartment but with the comfort and convenience of a luxury hotel, Quebecs Luxury Apartments are recommended.
The Woodlands Hotel (****) is a boutique hotel in landscaped grounds three miles outside of the city centre. With 23 rooms, all individually furnished, the hotel offers a stylish place to stay with luxurious rooms, fluffy bathrobes and DVD libraries to take advantage of. The Mulsanne restaurant whips up culinary delights using locally sourced produce and overlooks the beautiful gardens.
The Woodlands Hotel
The New Ellington
Back in the heart of Leeds is, The New Ellington (****) – a 34-room boutique hotel with Art Deco styling in abundance. The hotel’s name refers to Duke Ellington who played at Leeds in 1958 so expect to see and hear jazz references throughout the hotel and bar. The sumptuously furnished bedrooms have king size beds, Egyptian cotton linens and Chesterfield style furniture. Gin connoisseurs will be in gin-heaven with the hotel’s dedicated gin bar with over 300 varieties to choose from. Nice!
New Ellington boutique hotel in Leeds
Just 20 minutes from the centre of Leeds in the village of Yeadon is Willow Cottage (****) – a delicious boutique B&B in a mid 18th century property. The Grade-II listed property has been renovated to create a charming place to stay, with five rooms which offer elegant designs that successfully speak to the traditional appeal of a historic cottage and the modern aesthetics of a boutique hotel. Surrounded by a private walled garden, Willow Cottage is also within easy reach of Bradford and Harrogate. Full English, continental and vegetarian breakfast options are available.
Willow Cottage in Yeadon, Leeds.