A cosmopolitan metropolis with a historical setting and a unique, fun but sometimes gritty vibe, Leeds is a great choice for an upbeat and lively city break. An emerging independent, hipster scene is also now thriving and this is reflected in its increasing collection of unique hotels. If you find an interesting place to stay, you’ll make your city break far more memorable! So from eclectic boutiques to modern luxury, here is my pick for the best cool and fun hotels in Leeds, England…
Malmaison Hotel Leeds
While staying at the Malmaison in Leeds, I was in awe of the lavish Victorian building that once served as the Leeds City Tramways office. It’s now a five-floored haven, just a quick five-minute stroll from Leeds’ bustling transport hub, situated at Swinegate and The Calls.
I love this place for its 100 classy rooms, ranging from cozy doubles to executive suites. Each room has branded bathroom luxuries, a thoughtfully stocked mini bar, and a unique touch of urban loft vibe—exposed light bulbs and gigantic headboards ensure you stray far from the ‘generic’ hotel feel.
One of my favorite spots within the Malmaison is the Chez Mal Brasserie and bar. It’s not just a dining experience; it’s a journey into contemporary, stylish charm with a touch of glamorous history. The Chez Mal bar, with its elegant setting, became my go-to for some genuinely relaxing cocktails.
What I enjoyed the most was the hotel’s proximity to the city’s vibrant nightlife, as well as must-visit spots like ‘Trinity Leeds’ and the Corn Exchange.
Chez Mal Brasserie and Bar
Close to vibrant nightlife of the city
Continental and full English breakfast
Close to bars so it can be noisy
Not for all ages
While visiting the Dakota, I found it to be one of my favorite places, embodying timeless sophistication and impeccable service. The hotel’s design pays homage to the 1930s transatlantic Dakota aircraft, exuding a low-key elegance.
I love the exclusive feel of the Dakota. Stepping inside, the mirrored wall panels, jewel-toned velvet sofas, and subtle lighting create a modern private members club atmosphere. The muted, soothing grey-on-grey interior adds to the overall charm.
While in one of the 85 rooms, I experienced the dark and cocooning style featuring high-quality bespoke furnishings. The well-designed bathrooms and advanced technology catered to both leisure and business needs, enhancing my overall comfort.
I tried the culinary delights prepared by a team of top-notch chefs using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s brasserie dishes had a unique twist, adding to the delightful dining experience.
The hotel’s location, tucked away from the city’s bustling streets between the river and the recently gentrified Northern Quarter, made it even more special.
Brasserie with a unique tweak
Outdoor terrace overlooking Greek St.
High-quality bespoke furnishings
Relaxed and homely vibe
Difficult to access by car
Fairly lively at weekends
Guests may find restaurant expensive
The Queens Hotel
While visiting Leeds, I discovered the gem that is the Queens Hotel, nestled right on City Square. It quickly became one of my favorite places, seamlessly blending the vibrancy of Leeds city life with the charm of the golden age of railways. The Art Deco design, adorned with motifs and artsy patterns, instantly transported me to a bygone era.
Staying at the Queens felt like a journey back to the 1930s, with 215 rooms exuding modern comfort while maintaining the allure of Art Deco aesthetics. Whether it was the Standard Twin or Double room, each boasted top-of-the-line amenities and incredibly cozy beds, creating a perfect retreat.
I couldn’t resist trying out the basement restaurant, where I experienced an exquisite array of original Modern British dishes. The menu also featured elevated options like gourmet burgers and succulent steaks, providing a culinary adventure right within the hotel.
Being just a short walk away from some of the city’s finest restaurants and nightlife, the Queens Hotel proved to be perfectly situated in the heart of Leeds City Centre.
Pan-Asian fusion restaurant
Established in 1937
Designed in an Art Deco fashion
Parking is a little far
Lighting in rooms could be better
Few vegetarian options
One of my favorite places to stay is this trendy boutique hotel. The rooms are uniquely styled, catering to every need, from luxuriously large walk-in showers to balconies overlooking train tracks. I love the variety. The views of the city are fantastic, and each room has a flat-screen TV featuring Netflix.
While staying at this hotel, I experienced a vibrant atmosphere as it is situated above the lively Viaduct Show Cabaret Bar. It may not promise the tranquillity of other hotels, but it’s the ideal spot for those who want to immerse themselves in the nightlife scene. I enjoyed healthy yet contemporary meals at the nearby Botanist bar and explored the numerous restaurants and nightclubs just a stone’s throw away.
It’s conveniently located within walking distance of Briggate, the new Victoria Gate complex, and the Trinity shopping complex. I tried some fantastic shopping experiences, making it a perfect stay for both entertainment and retail therapy.
Balconies overlooking train tracks
Ideal spot for enjoying the nightlife
Two minute walk to Leeds Station
Situated above a bar
No kettle in the rooms
Quebec, a grade II listed 4-star luxury hotel, captured my heart. This distinctive terracotta brickwork building, once an opulent political club for the Liberal Party, boasts a grand oak staircase and Corinthian columns adorning the entrance.
The sheer beauty extends to five tall stained-glass windows showcasing the coat of arms of five Yorkshire towns. It’s a captivating journey through time, a sentiment shared by renowned personalities like Russell Brand, Coldplay, and Vic Reeves, who’ve graced its halls.
My stay was a tapestry of unique experiences; each room was a chapter with its own charm. The amenities, from plush Egyptian cotton bed linen to duck feather and down pillows, blended luxury with comfort seamlessly. Technological conveniences and the option of room service elevated the experience.
Exploring the nearby Greek Street and Park Row intersection revealed a culinary paradise. The abundance of restaurants and bars offered a diverse spectrum of dining and drinking options.
Set in a grand Victorian building
Classic contemporary decor
Complimentary access to health club
Built in 1891
Mini bar a little pricey
Breakfast menu is a bit limited
Quebecs Luxury Apartments
Quebec Luxury Apartments quickly became one of my favorite places in the city center after its impressive refurbishment in 2014. Nestled in the iconic Grade II listed Old Post Office, it offered me breathtaking cityscape views and the convenience of city-center living.
While visiting Leeds, I fell in love with this hidden gem, recognized as VisitBritain and Quality in Tourism’s inaugural 5-star accommodation in the city. The transformation of the Old Post Office into these luxury apartments was genuinely remarkable.
Staying at Quebec Luxury Apartments was a unique experience. The 23 private apartments not only provided five-star luxury but also boasted almost three times the space, addressing the common issue of cramped accommodations.
Situated right in the heart of Leeds, my stay here immersed me in the vibrant city life. The central location meant easy access to various events, sights, and activities.
Unmatched architectural grandeur
Close to diverse range of activities
Beautiful cityscape views
Village Hotel Leeds North
One of my favorite places to stay is the Village Hotel Leeds North. It’s just a quick drive from Headingley Cricket Ground and less than 4 miles from Leeds city center. While visiting, I loved that it offers the perfect package for exploring the city, and being up north, the beautiful Yorkshire Dales are right there to be discovered.
My stay at the hotel was fantastic, with 134 modern and bright bedrooms providing a cozy retreat. The dining options at the all-day pub and grill were a highlight, offering a stylish setting to enjoy delicious dishes. I particularly enjoyed the global menu, featuring treats like sweet potato and chickpea curry, and roasted okra.
During my time at the Village Hotel, I experienced the state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Club, complete with a Squash Court, a Starbucks, and a 25-meter pool. The hotel’s amenities are impressive, including a wedding license for those special occasions and lively party nights for a bit of entertainment.
Work desks present in each room
Village Pub and Grill
On-site Starbucks coffee shop
Car park is difficult to locate
Slow check in at times
The Met Hotel Leeds
Having welcomed guests to Leeds for over a century, The Met Hotel instantly became one of my favorite places. Its Victorian terracotta façade and ornate architecture create a charming atmosphere that seamlessly blends history with modern comfort.
While visiting, I loved how the original design harmoniously coexists with contemporary interiors, making it a cherished landmark. No wonder it recently earned the title of the ‘Best Business Hotel in Yorkshire.’ The attention to detail is evident in the 120 rooms, each thoughtfully equipped with a work area and high-speed internet, ensuring a productive and enjoyable stay.
Staying at this hotel was a delight, especially with the vast array of amenities and refreshments provided. The bar and restaurant exuded style, offering seasonally inspired dining and locally crafted drinks.
Situated in Leeds’ bustling business district and just a short stroll from the Trinity Shopping Centre, The Met offers a tranquil base for a relaxing trip. While staying here, I experienced the convenience of easy access to the city’s attractions and the wonders of Yorkshire.
Stylish Tempus Bar & Restaurant
Bright and warmly furnished rooms
Central Location close to the station
Limited parking spaces
Steps at front may be difficult for some
Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena
While visiting this hotel, one of my favorite places, I love the authentic touch that reflects the very best of Leeds and Yorkshire. Born and bred in this vibrant region, the hotel exudes northern soul, evident in every corner.
I noticed local lingo creatively displayed on mirrors and walls. The blend of modern colors with vintage industrial materials and cityscape graphics on the headboards created a unique ambiance. My stay felt like a personalized tour of Yorkshire, with each detail thoughtfully integrated into the fabric of the hotel.
The 134 rooms catered to various preferences, accommodating solo travelers, friends, couples, and families. I appreciated the side tables crafted from industrial antiques and the artistic murals in the shower rooms, adding character to the space.
One of my memorable experiences was at the all-day bar and restaurant. I tried the diverse menu, and the atmosphere seamlessly blended with the hotel’s Yorkshire spirit. Additionally, the drinks corner, offering complimentary tea and coffee, added a homely touch to my stay.
Arnold’s Restaurant and Bar
Quiet and peaceful atmosphere
Family Rooms and Cots available
Breakfast is a bit limited
There is no fridge in the room
Oulton Hall Hotel
Oulton Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, nestled in 300 acres of lush gardens, quickly became one of my favorite places for a relaxing Yorkshire retreat.
While visiting this Grade II listed mansion in Leeds, the 18th-century charm welcomed me the moment I approached. The blend of tradition and luxury at Oulton Hall is truly captivating.
During my stay, I experienced the allure of the 27-hole championship golf course, meticulously maintained for golf enthusiasts like me. The Claret Jug clubhouse offered a perfect post-game beverage with views that were nothing short of miraculous.
The dining experience was another highlight. The award-winning treats at the restaurant, coupled with the fine Yorkshire dining at the Calverley Grill, made me love this place even more.
The luxury spa, boasting ten treatment rooms, provided the perfect haven for relaxation. And for fitness enthusiasts, the techno gym was an impressive addition. Oulton Hall indeed proved to be the ideal place to rest, relax, and re-energize.
Housed in a historical mansion
Many acres of landscaped gardens
Quintessential Yorkshire experience
Breakfast gets busy at times
Rooms are a little dark
Leeds Super Luxurious Apartments
Staying at the ‘Super Luxurious Apartment’ was a dream! Just a 5-minute drive from the neo-gothic Leeds Cathedral, this 8-room gem stole my heart. Each room felt like a personal oasis, boasting a satellite TV, cozy couch, convenient microwave, and the plushest bedding.
This place is a haven for business travelers and those seeking a 5-star escape. The quality of service and attention to detail made it one of my favorite places. The character of the Leeds Super Luxurious Apartments sets them apart, with unique features catering to everyone’s tastes.
During my visit, I couldn’t believe how conveniently located these apartments were – just 2.5 kilometers from the bustling Trinity Leeds shopping center and the iconic 02 Academy. I loved every moment, and the proximity to these hotspots added an extra layer of charm to my stay.
Rumblin Tum Cafe
Minutes away from Leeds Museum
Soundproof windows in rooms
Room heating could be better
Bars/shops are a little far
One of my favorite places, this picturesque boutique hotel nestled on the outskirts of Leeds, stole my heart. The stunning landscaped grounds, with manicured lawns and enchanting woodlands, created the perfect backdrop for a memorable photoshoot or a peaceful wander.
Originally constructed in 1871 for a local textile mill owner, the hotel, now under private ownership, seamlessly blends modern design with its historic charm. It’s become a sought-after venue for weddings and special events, thanks to its dedicated staff trained to make every occasion memorable. Collaborations with local vendors have elevated the Woodlands Hotel, making it a premier choice for receptions accommodating up to 250 guests.
During my stay, I relished the experience of one of the 23 individually designed rooms, each boasting en-suite facilities and top-notch amenities. The hotel’s offerings go beyond its rooms, featuring a gourmet restaurant and convenient casual dining options on-site. The vibrant cosmopolitan city center and the effervescent nightlife of Leeds are a mere 3 miles away.
Originally built in 1871
Gourmet restaurant and casual dining
Great for couples
Busy when events are on
Limited Breakfast menu
All Hotels in Leeds Ranked
We have ranked the top 12 cool and fun hotels in Leeds in the table below.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Malmaison Hotel Leeds||Sovereign Quay / Bridge End||$138-$235||No||4.6||3|
|Dakota Leeds||8 Russell Street||$279-$524||No||4.6||3|
|The Queens Hotel||City Square, Leeds||$133-$264||No||4.8||3|
|Briggate Hotel||10 Briggate||$103||No||4.7||3|
|Quebecs||9 Quebec Street||$126-$405||No||4.7||3|
|Quebecs Luxury Apartments||The Old Post Office||$171-$741||No||4.7||3|
|Village Hotel Leeds North||186 Otley Road||$109-$141||Yes||4.6||3|
|The Met Hotel Leeds||King Street||$96-$160||No||4.6||3|
|Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre Arena||Wade Lane||$88-$143||No||4.7||3|
|Oulton Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort||Rothwell Lane||$169-$431||Yes||4.4||3|
|Leeds Super Luxurious Apartments||Ellerby Lane||$178-$386||No||1.9||3|
|Woodlands Hotel||Gelderd Road||$183||No||4.2||3|
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