Mecure Leeds Centre Hotel – Review
Mecure Leeds Centre, Leeds
by Steve Crabtree – @stevecrab
City Centre stays can be something of a lottery, and finding the right hotel at the right price close enough to where you need or want to be, is often a task.
But the Mecure Leeds Centre Hotel is an easy five minute walk from the train station. It’s an affordable, easy-to-find hotel in the commercial quarter of the city. It sits nicely in keeping with the surrounding offices, and where you might find the exterior pretty uninspiring, when you walk inside it’s a different story.
The Mecure Leeds Centre is a new hotel, themed up with a textile and tailoring aspect that this area of the city was once famous for. And despite it being right in the entrance, we almost miss the reception area as we check in. That’s because it comes with a nice, informal feel and a friendly welcome. It’s open plan, alongside the bar and the dining area.
And at first glance it’s very pleasing on the eye too. The tailored suits around ‘The Loom’ bar area, and the mill-like, minimalist feel make it tastefully trendy. Some funky sofas and armchairs in keeping with the theme looked very inviting too.
With check-in complete, we headed to our room and immediately liked it. It had some lovely features which again tied it in to the quirky tailor theme. There was a convenience-with-luxury feel – the room was very nice. The full-length mirror was particularly striking, but the bed was the focal point. Large, and incredibly comfy, with a headboard that resembled chalked up material, ready to be cut for a suit.
Although not small, with plenty of room for two people to move around, it was a compact double. One disappointment was the small window, which looked out on to an adjacent building a few feet away. It would have been nice to allow some natural daylight in to the room, but we weren’t here for the view. We’d also only been left with one dressing gown and pair of slippers as opposed to two. A minor detail though, and pretty forgivable with it being a new hotel.
The good bits outweighed the bad though. Fab coffee machine, retro telephone, fridge and an array of Mecure toiletries (which were excellent). We’d been given a clean bathroom, with modern touches and you’d be happy to freshen up in there.
“Good quality, local produce”
After sorting ourselves out and hanging up our clothes, we headed down for food. Again, we were in the open reception area took a table in the relaxed dining space towards the rear.
The menu had a good range of dishes. Healthy options, not-so-healthy options, and it catered for a varied taste. As our pints of lager arrived, we ordered Grilled Halloumi, with Yorkshire chutney (£5.75) and Filo Prawns with sweet chilli sauce (£5.95) to start. And we liked the look of the the 100% Yorkshire Reared Beef burger (£10.95) and Fish and Chips (£10.95) for our main courses.
Service was quick, and overall, we were really pleased with the food. And although we received battered prawns rather than the filo option, we didn’t complain. We were kind of glad about the mix up! We just didn’t see these on the menu. Service was great and I’m sure they’d have apologised and taken the dish back, but we kept quiet and they were certainly very good. Sometimes a small mistake can be good thing, can’t it!
Our food was made with good quality local produce, and we had two very tasty starters (which we shared) and two very filling mains (which we didn’t). I’d certainly recommend the succulent burger.
“A base for everything you need”
Being situated where we were, we could walk in to Leeds centre for a few drinks to sample the nightlife. It took us less than five minutes to make our way to the Greek Street hot spot. That’s how close the hotel is to everything, and as far as locations go, you can’t go wrong with the Mecure Leeds Centre. It was clear that this was a base for everything you need in Leeds.
And we had a drink in the hotel bar before bed too. Here we found a range of gins were on offer, and a great atmosphere too. There were a lot of the guests also having a tipple here, and I guess that’s because it’s looks inviting and makes you want to be there.
And with that, we retired to our room where we had a wonderful night’s sleep. It was one of those beds you just sink in to, and it was so comfortable – making you feel refreshed the following morning.
“Comfort and convenience”
Heading down for breakfast on the Sunday, we found a stunning continental buffet available. There was a table service for the cooked option, and we went for the full English breakfast. As with our dinner the previous evening, we weren’t disappointed. The bacon and egg was cooked perfectly, and the sausages were very tasty. It was a great start to the day, and just what we needed before check out.
There isn’t on-site parking, but you’re close to an abundance of car parks and of course, just a few hundred metres from the train station. That City Centre hotel lottery I was talking about? Well, as far as comfort and convenience goes, the Mecure Leeds Centre hotel has got it nailed. It’s great value for what you get, and where you are. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay for a leisurely visit, or if you’re on a business trip – you won’t be disappointed with your stay here.
Mecure Leeds Centre Hotel, 23-25 York Place, Leeds, LS1 2EY
With a design inspired by the city’s tailoring heritage, 59 bedrooms and a restaurant called The Loom, the newly-opened Mercure Leeds Centre Hotel promises a new experience for business and leisure guests. The property has been completely refurbished with an interior reminiscent of the city’s past and strongly influenced by Yorkshire’s textile industry. Contemporary design and quirky features merge with Yorkshire textiles and collectibles reminiscent of a traditional tailor shop. The Loom serves locally-sourced modern British dishes, whilst The Loom bar has a retro feel and is ideal for after-work cocktails.
Accommodation costs from £41.80pp (two sharing) including breakfast.