“ Address: Selby Road / Whitkirk / Leeds / LS15 7AY „
At the end of last month we took a short break to Leeds to visit friends and to explore the area. We stayed in this Premier Inn which we booked online. We had a lovely experience here and if we visit again we will be likely to stay here again as it was well situated and had a nice pub within it's grounds that was very family friendly. ..........Premier Inn........... We have stayed in a premier inn a couple of times before. I had always thought they were really basic hotels where you got little more than a bed but when we did stay in one for the first time I was really surprised because you get a lot more than that. Premier Inns are all over the country with many cities having several to choose from. They tend to be very popular with business customers who have to travel for work. We have used them several times because they tend to be very well laid out and practical for both business users and families alike. You don't get little personal touches like you do in an independent hotel and you don't get facilities like a swimming pool and gym like you may in other hotels but you do get a very good standard of accommodation and very friendly staff. ..........Before we arrived............ When we decided that we would go and visit friends we instantly looked at the Premier Inn website. We hadn't been to Leeds before so didn't know anything about the area but did know that the Premier Inn would be a hotel that wouldn't let us down. We put the date in to the website which we were going and put 'Leeds' in the search box. It came up with several Premier Inns in the area and so we had a look at them all before choosing this one. We chose this one because it said it was just out of the city centre by about 4 miles and it had free parking and was close to a large park so we thought this would feel more like a holiday and be more relaxing than staying in the city centre. My husband booked it, he said it was very easy and straight forward to do I think it only took a matter of minutes because we already had an account set up from when we previously booked. For 3 nights it cost us £120 there was an offer one where one of those nights cost us about £30 so it brought the total down nicely! We didn't include breakfast at the time of booking but chose to wait and see how we felt once we arrived as to whether or not we would add breakfast on to it. We didn't pay cancellation insurance which I think would have added about an extra £20. We were sent the information confirming our booking to both our email address and phone which meant we didn't have to print off the information but just have it all on our phone- so very very useful as I always forget to be organised and print off these things!! ............Arriving............ Finding this hotel is so easy! We travelled up on the M1 and this hotel is about a mile away from the junction and only down one road so there were no complicated instructions to follow and it was easy to spot as it's set in a corner plot by traffic lights. It is close to the A1 too and about 4 miles from Leeds centre, there were lots of buses that passed by so it is easy to get to. Our first impressions were that it looked really nice, it wasn't a huge, tall building but more of a longer, short one and next to it was a pub called The Brown Cow and Dragon which looked really nice. There was loads of parking, although having said that in the evenings the car park did get quite full. The road it is on is quite a busy road out of Leeds but the carpark kind of shields the hotel from it a bit. The hotel reception area had a vending machine with useful things in and the ladies on reception were so nice! They welcomed us and checked our room was ready as we were slightly early- the check in time is 2pm. To check in we had to fill in a little bit of information and then we were given a key card to our room. The ladies gave us directions and laughed when I still went off in the wrong direction! ...........Our room............ The room we had wasn't quite as nice as other Premier Inns we have stayed in. We had the space and facilities but it looked as though it could do with having some new paint on the walls, it just had a general sense of tiredness about it which was surprising as from the outside this looked like quite a new hotel. We had a large bed which was very nicely made, a single bed for Millie, a little desk with television, tea making facilities and hair dryer, a space for clothes to hang and bed side tables. We had a view of the road. The ensuite was small and the lights quite dim. We had a toilet, sink and a bath with a shower over it. There were only 2 towels so we did have to go and request some more from reception, they were very happy to get us more but it just seemed a shame that this sort of thing wasn't checked when our room was made up for us. The room was quite warm but it did cool down by the time it came to evening thank goodness else it would have been difficult to get to sleep I think. We did sleep quite well in here, one night we were disturbed by guests because they were noisy and the extractor fan in the bath room seemed to take ages to turn off too so that disturbed us at first but the beds were very comfortable and we had a choice of pillows! It was nice to select which ones we wanted so that it suited us! We didn't really hear any noise from outside. ...........The area........... This area is really great. I liked that we were outside of the city because it meant we weren't disturbed by partying, it was bad enough being disturbed one night by the guests in the next room so I can only imagine the city centre one would have been full of hen parties and things so this was better for a family. Being out of the city centre may seem like a problem for some but it is really easy to get into Leeds whether you drive or not. Driving in took us about 10 minutes and there were lots of buses too which stop just outside the hotel and go straight into town. If you don't want to go into Leeds then you can have a day out directly from here without going anywhere! Temple Newsam house is just across the road, it took us about 15 minutes to walk down it's long drive but then we had a lovely day there, there was a little petting farm, lots of gardens to walk round which were free, an ice cream van, a little cafe, a little craft fair was on too and thereis the big house which wasn't actually open but i think it must be some days. This was so nice to have right on the doorstep of this hotel! Within walking distance there was also a small retail park which had a pub in it and also a big sainsbury's and a couple of other shops which was useful. To explore further afield it was about a 40 minute drive to Wetherby which was a nice town to visit we sat by a stream and had afternoon tea which was lovely! York is about an hour away too. We thought the area was great, being outside of the centre meant we didn't get stuck in traffic when we wanted to go anywhere! This is classed as East Leeds and it's perfectly situated for going north towards York and Wetherby as well as Easy so it's brilliant. We had 3 full days out exploring what this area had to offer. Eating We chose not to eat at the pub here. We actually ate at the pub down the road which was about a 15 minute walk away. We didn't have breakfast here either instead we had a Sainsbury's breakfast which was cheaper and only a 2 minute drive away! If we had have had a full cooked breakfast here it would be been £8. We did look at the pub, it looked quite new inside and family friendly it was a Grill and also a Thai which I thought was a bit of a strange combination. It was quite expensive too for meals which is why we chose not to eat there. I think if you do choose to dine here then you do have a rather unusual pub with interesting dishes with it being half thai and it did have plenty of tables. It looked as though it got popular in the evenings though so maybe booking is best, the ladies on the reception did suggest booking to us. ........Conclusion....... This is a nice Premier Inn. I think it is slightly tired in some ways and a bit of paint work wouldn't go amiss. There were a few issues we had with not having enough towels and I thought the lighting in the bath room was not bright enough so if I had wanted to spend the evening getting ready in the bathroom it would have been a bit dull but as it happened we were having a family holiday and it was fine for a place to stay to rest our heads at night. We can overlook the negatives that come with this hotel because we really enjoyed our stay here and thought that the location was just perfect. I think if we had have stayed in the city centre we wouldn't have explored as much and would have stuck to just shopping and making use of what a city could offer but because we were a few miles out we explored much more and found some lovely places to visit. Our friends showed us the sites of Leeds and it was no problem at all getting into the city to meet them although parking was quite expensive (£4 an hour). We really liked where we were, having Temple Newsam house so close was a bonus, we had a lovely walk around there and a little trip to the petting farm too which wasn't huge but Millie loved it! The staff were really friendly and nice but we never saw the same staff member twice! I think if we visit the area again we will stay here no problem. The negatives of the room didn't bother us as we didn't actually spend much time in the room in the end but rather spent time exploring what Leeds and the surrounding areas had to offer. It was great for location, we didn't feel like we were having a city break but a proper little holiday!