We took the trip to Leeds by car on a Friday morning, with the plan to spend the day shopping and eating yummy food, then going out on the Friday night. We pulled up right outside the hotel and I immediately fell in love with the location - tucked away enough that we could appreciate the beauty of the little square it was a part of (complete with gorgeous fountain) but near enough to access all the shops and nightlife (it was directly across from the Trinity shopping centre, so we literally only had to cross a road and we were in shopping heaven). Inside the hotel itself was grand and gorgeous - it even smelt divine.
We checked in, having our car valet-parked for us (ooh, posh) and headed up to see our room. We were lucky enough to be staying in the Executive Suite in the hotel and it was honestly so beautiful. As you can see from the photographs, it was a really big room with everything we needed for the weekend - all the coffee and tea (and hot chocolate!) making facilities we could ask for, including paper coffee cups so we could take our drinks to go, and even some super snazzy beauty products (including the cutest little bottle of mouthwash I'd ever seen) sitting waiting for us in the bathroom. The bed was huge and the comfiest thing ever, and we had our own sofa area too, which was a lovely addition.
Once we'd dropped off our bags and freshened up, we headed out to experience the sights of Leeds... okay, so we went shopping. I do really love Leeds for its shopping selection - Victoria's Secret, Harvey Nichols, Cath Kidston, Vivienne Westwood and Illamasqua to name a few - and quite a lot of money was spent on the delights that Leeds' shops had to offer.
Once back to the hotel, we headed for some dinner at the hotel grill - Midtown Grill - which was absolutely delicious and a really lovely atmosphere. I was a bit apprehensive, being a vegetarian, but they had a veggie option on the menu (which was seriously yummy) so I was immediately put at ease. The desserts were delicious too and beautifully presented (not that I really care about that, I tend to inhale my food!) Once our bellies were full, we headed out into Leeds to see what the nightlife had to offer. Angelica's and The Alchemist were two glamorous rooftop bars definitely worth a mention (both in the Trinity Centre, so really near the hotel) and after a few drinks we were ready to head back to the hotel after spending all day on our feet!
The next morning we woke early to experience the hotel's breakfast and it was absolutely delicious - a choice of everything you could ever ask for at breakfast time, with fry ups, toast, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries and yoghurt just a few things on offer. Then we made the most of the hotel's pool and gym facilities (okay, I lied, we just used the pool). It was complete with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, a big pool for adults and a smaller children's pool. For someone who is usually very anti-swimming pools (other than when I'm abroad) I felt 100% relaxed here and wasn't worrying at all - the pool was super clean, quiet I left feeling utterly content.
I had an absolutely fantastic time in Leeds and my stay at Leeds Marriott most definitely made it. The hotel is one of the best I've ever stayed in and everything about the trip was stress-free, convenient and completely brilliant. Whenever I am next in Leeds for a weekend or overnight stay I will definitely be paying Leeds Marriott a visit.
Where are your favourite places in Leeds? I'd love to know if there are any hidden gems (shopping or food-wise) for my next trip there!