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Luxury hotels in Leeds with spas, rooftop bars and lavish restaurants

By , 10th September 2018

Complete your city break with a stay at one of these amazing luxury hotels in Leeds. From your chic base, sample the city’s delights such as a show or music concert or indulge in a spot of shopping at the Corn Exchange. There are plenty of luxurious retreats across the city centre to choose from with stunning rooftop bars and sumptuous interiors.

For a serene trip to the peaceful Yorkshire countryside nearby, pick a hotel with a full spa suite and spacious pool. At these 4 or 5-star options, you’ll discover mouthwatering meals on the menu throughout the day, from full cooked breakfasts and decadent afternoon teas to award-winning dinners.


An elegant and contemporary luxury hotel in Leeds city centre

[stars number="5"] Dakota Deluxe Leeds | Leeds city centre

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Nestled between Greek Street and Russell Street, the contemporary Dakota Deluxe hotel brings a Manhattan vibe to the centre of Leeds. Rich grey tones are used throughout to create a cosmopolitan backdrop, while plush textiles and lush plants bring a welcoming pop of colour. Take time to relax in your spacious room with its king or super-king-sized bed and make the most of the Nespresso coffee machine, smart TV and media hub with Bluetooth & HDMI connectivity. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with luxurious rainfall showers or large tubs, and each room comes with bespoke Dakota toiletries.

Before dinner, wander to The Bar and sample the creative cocktails designed in-house, such as the spiced fruit and rum-based concoction ‘Loyal Toast’. If you prefer to stay on the grape, browse the wine list stocked with fine bottles from each region. Alternatively, settle into a studded armchair in The Champagne Room and sip on a glass of Bubbly.

If you feel peckish between lunch and dinner, the bar offers a traditional afternoon tea with home-made scones and a selection of savoury or sweet treats. Take yours with a loose leaf tea. At mealtimes head to The Grill restaurant, which specialises in sumptuous steaks. From rib-eye and fillet to Chateaubriand for two, the meat is sourced from and hand-cut by Royal Warrant holder Donald Russell – who also supplies the Queen. It’s then cooked over hot coals for a freshly grilled flavour.

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A luxury hotel in Leeds with the city’s largest indoor swimming pool

[stars number="5"] Leeds Marriott Hotel | Leeds city centre

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With high ceilings and sleek furnishings, the 5-star Leeds Marriott Hotel brings a modern feel to a historic city centre building. Escape from the bustling streets and enter the cool, tiled lobby with its rich wooden finishings and cosy armchairs. In the hotel’s tranquil Leisure Club, you’ll find the largest indoor swimming pool in Leeds alongside a relaxing whirlpool, steam room and sauna.

The Leeds Marriott has two restaurants offering delicious meals in city-chic settings. Tuck into a classic English dish at the Cast Iron Bar & Grill, which specialises in premium Yorkshire steaks. These are sourced from local farmers in Nidderdale and are matured for 28 days. For drinks, take a seat in the bar area where a feature brick wall decorated with framed vintage movie posters provides a laidback Manhattan aesthetic. If you’re after something a little spicier, spend the evening at AM Kitchen & Bar and dine on exceptional Indian cuisine.

Executive rooms or suites in the Leeds Marriott benefit from the original large windows and high ceilings of the old building and are decorated in calm cream hues with touches of warm gold and orange. Sink into the cotton sheets of your sumptuous king-sized bed after slipping into an enveloping bathrobe. A key to one of these rooms also provides access to the exclusive Executive Lounge. Make your way here for breakfast in the morning, coffee in the afternoon and drinks in the evening.

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A luxury hotel in Leeds with a spa set in an elegant manor

[stars number="5"] Oulton Hall | Rothwell

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Oulton Hall is a grand 18th-century estate surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens and an extensive 27-hole golf course. Located just outside of Leeds, this historic manor hotel has a contemporary spa and health club, complete with a sauna, steam room and indoor pool. Unwind in the bubbling waters of the Jacuzzi, or treat yourself to one of the specialist ESPA body therapies. These include holistic massages with essential oils, mud rituals and cleansing facials.

Feeling fresh and rejuvenated, relax in the comfort of your elegant hotel room furnished with a bespoke double bed and Egyptian cotton sheets. Vintage-inspired couches and armchairs feature alongside contemporary cushioned headboards and modern lighting to create a homely feel. On a special occasion, check in to a Junior King Suite decorated with Christian Lacroix wallpaper, or live like royalty in a King Suite with a separate lounge area.

When evening falls, wander to the glamorous Champagne Bar and sit beneath sparkling chandeliers while browsing the menu of over 50 champagnes and 55 cocktails. You might be tempted to splash out on the Brut Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1995 – one of only seven bottles in the country. Eat with a view of the golf course in the cosy Claret Jug or take a seat in the decadent Calverley Grill. Here, the chef uses fresh local ingredients to make traditional dishes, such as pan-fried loin eye of Bedale hogget or confit belly pork. In the wood-panelled Drawing Room, sample the hotel’s signature rhubarb scones with a sophisticated afternoon tea.

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A luxurious hotel in Leeds with ornate historic décor

[stars number="4"] Quebecs | city centre

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Found in the heart of Leeds, Quebecs is the only independently owned luxury hotel in the city centre. Once the Leeds and County Liberal Club, the elaborate terracotta brickwork of this historic Grade-II-listed building is a striking part of the city’s architecture. On the inside, the hotel has been sensitively decorated to showcase the original features of the club, from its grand oak staircase with carved detailing to the stained-glass windows.

Take in the building’s rich and ornate interiors from one of the Gallery’s comfortable sofas and order afternoon tea with freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches and a glass of celebratory champagne. At the bottom of the staircase, the Porter’s Lodge Bar and Lounge has light lunches and a range of drinks, from Nespresso coffees to martinis and margaritas. Breakfast is served in the Conservatory at the top of the hotel and offers sweeping views across the rooftops. Tuck into the award-winning Quebecs’ breakfast made with fresh ingredients from quality Yorkshire suppliers, including Sykes House Farm sausages, bacon and traditional black pudding.

No two rooms in this hotel are the same, but each features a sumptuous bed with Egyptian cotton linens and duck-down duvets and pillows. To strike a romantic note, stay in the elegant Balcony Junior Suite with a veranda featuring ornate pillars and a traditional roll-top bath. Order an in-room breakfast, dinner and drinks with that special someone and indulge from the comfort of your own lounge.

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A historic 4-star hotel outside Leeds with a luxurious spa

[stars number="4"] Wood Hall Hotel & Spa | Wetherby

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If you relish fine dining, head to the elegant old dining room at Wood Hall: the Georgian Restaurant. As well as being awarded 2 AA rosettes, this eatery offers wonderful views over the River Wharfe and surrounding valley. Try fresh local dishes such as 28-day aged Yorkshire beef and pan-roasted scallops. To complete your evening, wander over to the Drawing Room for a nightcap among the book-lined walls.

A short drive from the centre of Leeds, this 18th-century hotel is surrounded by 100 acres of gardens, woodland and Yorkshire meadows. It’s an idyllic retreat from busy life – while still being within easy access of the city. Dating back to 1790, the hall was built as a country escape for the Scot family and today houses a compact spa with a pool, steam room and two dedicated treatment areas. Feel fresh with a cleansing Elemis facial, or unwind with a traditional full-body massage.

Rooms at Wood Hall have plenty of original features, including large sash windows overlooking the grounds. Stay in one of the feature options fitted with an antique four-poster or hand-carved sleigh bed dressed in rich linens and cushions. These antique furnishings are complemented by cashmere mattresses and sumptuous goose feather and down pillows – a luxurious combination. Plush armchairs provide an ideal spot for resting after a relaxing spa treatment while appreciating the landscape.

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A luxury hotel in Leeds city centre with a lively rooftop bar

[stars number="4"] Doubletree by Hilton Leeds City | Granary Wharf

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Situated in the popular Granary Wharf area of the city, the Doubletree by Hilton Leeds City hotel sits in a picturesque canal-side spot just minutes from the centre. Heated outdoor terraces by the water’s edge are ideal for al-fresco brunch or dinner at The Lock Kitchen and Bar. Meals here range from light snacks like stuffed peppers and Mediterranean-stye share platters, to contemporary classics such as beer-battered fish and chips and teriyaki salmon.

For dining experiences with a stunning city view, take the elevator up to the top-floor Sky Lounge. Begin your day with breakfast in the clouds, nibble on afternoon tea – featuring mini macaroons – with a glass champagne, or spend an evening at the bar sipping cocktails. At the weekend the space becomes a party in the sky with live DJ sets. Contemporary design runs throughout the hotel’s rooms with fresh white walls, light wooden furnishings and retro-inspired lights. Slumber on a large double bed, or lounge in comfort while watching the 42-inch flatscreen TV. Rooms are finished with large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious bathrooms featuring walk-in power showers.

Upgrade to a suite for an additional sitting room area with a Nespresso machine – you also receive complimentary drinks in the hotel’s bar. Located on the higher floors, each suite has an inspiring view across the cityscape – and a few extra luxurious touches such as plush bathrobes and slippers.

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