Our writer Rachel McAlley was invited to spend a night at the brand new hotel in the heart of Leeds business district, The Mercure Leeds Centre, and had the chance to experience The Loom restaurant and all that it had to offer.
Check-in was dealt with quickly as I walked through the entrance doors, and before I knew it was being taken to my room and being shown around this lovely city centre hotel in Leeds.
The Mercure is decorated with a strong theme of textiles, from a bygone era when Leeds and Yorkshire were vast and vibrant textile centres for the UK.
The bar area was filled with comfy seats adorned with jackets and ties, all beautifully tailored to fit the chairs with the textile theme. The art on the walls joined the textiles subject matter and were all woven from looms – hence the naming of the restaurant The Loom.
The Mercure Leeds Centre is located off the main streets, and on a quiet back street in the financial and business district, on York Place, ideally situated just a stones throw from the main city shops, theatres, restaurants and entertainment. It took just 5 minutes to walk there from the train station.
The hotel bedrooms all follow suit with the topic of textiles, and there are two type of rooms including a standard or a privilege room, both equally ideal for a short stay in the city. The standard room boasts king sized bed (or two singles), flat screen TV, tea and coffee facilities, complimentary wifi, iron & ironing board, hairdryer and all the amenities you would expect from a Mercure. A privilege room offers the same as with a standard room but also includes either a queen sized bed with robes & slippers, and complimentary soft drinks, or a king sized bed with balcony overlooking York Place, plus a Nespresso machine and all the same extras as a queen room.
I worked from the room for the full day and made use of the free wifi and the comfortable in-room chair and mini desk; the complimentary coffee, soft drinks and biscuits got me through until it was time for dinner at Loom.
The menu offered a good selection of food with a great emphasis on local where possible. My guest and I ordered starters included grilled halloumi, and filo prawns, and as the menu showcased a number of tasty looking burgers, we opted for a lamb and mint burger and a chicken breast burger, both served with seasoned fries, special homemade rainbow slaw, beer battered onion rings and a choice of sauces. Our desserts we opted for included a selection of sorbets and lovely cup of coffee.
The food was hearty and made with good quality local produce. All priced reasonably as the Leeds Supreme Loom Homemade Burgers were just £10.95 (lamb) and £9 (chicken) each.
After a good filling meal it was time to say goodbye to my dinner guest and head back to the room to embark on more work before pouncing into the most comfortable bed imaginable.
Breakfast was served at Loom and was a table service for the cooked options. All juices and cereals were served buffet style along with yoghurts, croissants and hot drinks.
I ventured into the territory of the humble egg from the menu and chose the delicious scrambled eggs served with smoked salmon on wholemeal toast, and it was priced at only £5.49 – an excellent price and a great way to start the day.
Checkout was as easy as check-in, with no difficulty whatsoever, and there was the option of checking out before even leaving my room – how fab is that!
It is with thanks to the General Manager at The Mercure Leeds Centre for organising the H&N Magazine review visit. One night at The Mercure Leeds Centre varies on price depending on demand; prices start at around £98 for a standard room with king sized bed. Breakfast and Loom restaurant were priced separately. Visit www.accorhotels.com to book.