Being Treated Like Royalty at The Queens

I thought long and hard about this heading, it sounds a little corny doesn’t it. I have tried to think of another fitting title but I can’t argue with facts can I? So the title stays, and becomes less cheesy and more a statement of truth. We loved our stay at the Queens Hotel Leeds. They truly made us feel so special.

Let me start with our welcome, I was a little stressed about finding the Queens and parking.  I had never been to Leeds before and although Chris has, he didn’t know the City well. The great thing about the Queens is you don’t have to worry about parking as they have concierge parking. And trust me when you have two hungry kids in the car this is a godsend. We were able to pull up outside the Queens, unload and drop the keys off to reception. And for £15.99, I thought this was a mega bargain and worth every penny.

The Queens 1

We were welcomed at the reception by the Queens general manager Jacquie and David, and a lovely lady whose name I didn’t get (sorry) Meeting Jacquie was like meeting an old friend as we had been tweeting on the run up to our visit.  I had tweeted Jacquie prior to our visit, as I had been concerned about Jacks sugar levels as we were collecting the boys from school and traveling straight to Leeds. The chef had very kindly arranged some snacks for our room to ensure he was able to eat. Things like this make such a difference when you have a diabetic teen; I am so touched the Jacquie and her team took the trouble to ensure Jack got a snack.

The Boys who are mad sports fans were also greeted with personalised shirts for the Leeds Rhinos and a lovely letter to offer us a training day and lunch with the Rhinos in summer. Thank you so much you have no idea how special this made the boys feel. They are beside themselves with excitement, me? I am a little nervous but sure it will be a fun day and a special memory for us all.

We also had a lovely gift, Monopoly the Leeds edition to help us get our bearings of the town. This was very warmly welcomed but caused some conflict later on in the evening when we played; I felt I should automatically be given the Queens Hotel card in my official capacity as Q Hotel Family Ambassador, but the men in my life pointed out it was a role I would not have if it wasn’t for them. Any way I landed on it, so bought it fair and square.

Queens roomWe had connecting rooms, something we have never done before, but will 100% do again. It’s a small thing but the boys just loved having their own rooms. In fact Joe would only enter and exit the room via his own door, which might I add we were not allowed to use. The bathrooms were very modern, it was great to have 2 with a teen, and our view over Leeds was fantastic.

I know I have already written a whole post about the Art Deco style of the Queens. But I love, love, love the fact that Q have restored it back to its former glory. And every ounce of the hotel oozes 1930s style in a modern way.

Queens 3We decided to dine at the hotel, and ate in the Queens Bar where the atmosphere was great. The staff was so lovely and attentive and the food was very tasty. In fact we spent some time chatting with David the operations manager, he was fantastic with the boys, they thought he was hilarious. Now I know you will say; yes but you got lots of fuss due to being Q Hotel Ambassadors, but I watched David and he spent time chatting to every single guest in that bar whilst we dined.

The next morning Jacquie had arranged for us to have tour around Leeds with a lovely lady called Beverly from The Leeds visitors Centre. This was just incredible, in fact we learnt so much about Leeds and what is available for families that I am going to share this in another post. But what I will say is Beverly was amazing, we all loved the tour and can’t wait to visit Leeds again.

queens food

We loved our Queens visit. The boys’ felt thoroughly spoilt, but extra treats aside that were all so so special. The Queens is a wonderful warm friendly hotel. The location is just perfect, next door to the train station, in the heart of Leeds in skipping distance to amazing shops, restaurants and amazing attractions including the Leeds Armories, and amazing museums.

In fact I have one major problem with the Queens Hotel; we didn’t spend long enough there. We had to get back home due to previous plans and terrible snow, we nearly never got home. But we WILL be going back, we loved The Queens Hotel.

Thank you to a wonderful team, I haven’t been able to mention you all, but every part of our experience from our wonderful reception, fantastic service, dinner, breakfast and spotlessly clean rooms made our stay incredibly special, and a wonderful memory. So thank you to a very special team, we left the Queens feeling more like family than guests.TimeTravellers

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38 Comments

  1. 27th January 2015 / 8:41 am

    Wow, it sounds fantastic! What a great way to get to know Leeds and the hotel does look just beautiful. Love that you got to play Leeds monopoly too, pretty cool. Must have been great to explore the city with a guide and I’m sure you learnt so much more. Lovely post Sarah and I’m glad you were made so welcome there xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks Hayley, yes it was great to get an insider view of Leeds and the Hotel was fab the staff were so so lovely xx

  2. 27th January 2015 / 8:48 am

    This sounds absolutely amazing. I love Art Deco buildings and design so it is lovely to hear that they have restored the hotel to its former glory. It is wonderful to stay in a hotel with personality! You were treated like royality. But it is no more than you deserve! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Ah thanks Lucy thats so lovely, and yes it was just the most wonderful experience. The Boys loved every minute and so did we xx

  3. 27th January 2015 / 9:07 am

    fantastic Sarah. I have always wanted to stay at the queens: having been a student in Leeds and then living there I have attended many a ball there/Christmas party but never been able to justify staying in a hotel with a house just up the road! Now I’m on the wirral I have every excuse. Leeds is a fab place to have a weekend. Lovely post.

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks Karen, ha ha yes you do now. We loved Leeds I can’t believe what a vibrant city it is, I can wait to go back. x

  4. 27th January 2015 / 9:17 am

    Gosh Sarah this sounds amazing, you lucky things! I’m from near Leeds and it’s a great city, a the Queens looks lovely, with amazing staff! It always makes a trip with kids easier doesn’t it xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:36 pm

      Yes it really does Julia, and little things like the snacks for the Boys made such a difference. They loved our experience xx

  5. 27th January 2015 / 9:50 am

    Sarah are you really a celebrity and just haven’t told us?! What an absolutely amazing hotel, it sounds like The Queens really know how to look after their guests!! You know how much I love reading about hotels – I’m a little obsessed by your travels around The Q Hotels as their blog ambassador. Makes me want a weekend away really badly!!

    Keep them coming Sarah. Looking forward to my next fix.

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Ha ha Heledd, they certainly treaded us like celebrities. The Queens are just wonderful with their guests, and like I said in my posts all guests got individual treatment. The atmosphere was just lovely x

  6. 27th January 2015 / 10:54 am

    Wow this sounds amazing and well deserved. Matt stays in lots of hotels whilst travelling and I’m always asking about every aspect of it. I love gorgeous places to stay. You lucky lady. So pleased you are an ambassador for Q! Xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:50 pm

      Ah thanks Kat thats lovely, I love love love being the Q Hotel Family Ambassador, its the best job ever xxx

  7. 27th January 2015 / 11:03 am

    How thoughtful that they provided snacks, it must be such a worry when you travel for long periods.
    I love that they went that extra mile to make you feel welcome! They sound like a fantastic team!
    I have friends up in Leeds, it is a lovely part of the country. Fab write up, you are a great ambassador for them!
    x

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I know Kate, you can never quite relax when you have a Diabetic child. Jack is so amazing but you can never quite relax, so touches like this make such a difference. It gave me peace of mind that he had eaten so we could enjoy the whole experience.

  8. 27th January 2015 / 11:50 am

    So many lovely touches – no wonder you felt like Royalty! 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:52 pm

      I know Jenna it was so lovely xx

  9. 27th January 2015 / 1:17 pm

    How jealous am I right now??? It looks like you had a fantastic time and it looks idyllic. They obviously pay attention to detail that’s for sure. And…. Monopoly, nice touch! Glad you had a wonderful time at such a beautiful place. Also and most importantly, the boys look like they had an equally fab time- quite a task for boys their age. Lovely xxx

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:54 pm

      It was Maria, and yes they really seem to pay attention to every fine detail. Yes it is a task when your children have an age gap like mine but they felt so special x

  10. 27th January 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Sounds amazing sarah they really did look after you didn’t they Great pictures as well off to see where the nearest hotel is too me! x

    • SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Amy, there are few down south you would just love it, there is so many exciting family activities that I am going to get to share this year x

  11. 27th January 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Connecting rooms is THE way to go isn’t it? We had one in Frankfurt recently, and it actually felt like a relaxing hotel stay rather than all being on top of one another in one room! 😀

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:57 pm

      Yes 100%, we were so chilled as they had their own space yet we still had family time and were connected xx

  12. 27th January 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic place and how lovely to make sure the snack were sorted for Jack. Looks like the Queen’s is a brilliant place to use as a based to explore Leeds.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      27th January 2015 / 9:58 pm

      Thanks Karen and yes it is the perfect place to explore leeds we loved it, and the snacks for Jack were so thoughtful and made such a difference x

  13. SarahJChristie
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    27th January 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Thanks Jess we did, I loved the Queens and Leeds. xx

  14. 28th January 2015 / 7:22 pm

    What a stunning hotel. And the food looks lovely!
    I’m a massive fan of art deco and this is just so glitzy and gorgeous xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      28th January 2015 / 8:08 pm

      Thanks Katie, yes its a lovely era and the Queens is just fab x

  15. 31st January 2015 / 9:02 am

    Love the Queens, we live just outside of Leeds-lovely review and glad you were treated like royalty there. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

  16. Lisa
    11th February 2015 / 4:48 pm

    I was due to go back to the Queens this weekend, my second trip. Me and my husband enjoyed our trip last year and my Xmas present was a weekend there again. Once I have recovered we will definitely be going back. The hotel is in a great location for shopping, train station and nights out.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      11th February 2015 / 8:33 pm

      Ah Lisa, I hope you are well soon so you are able to visit x

  17. 15th May 2015 / 10:54 am

    My Dad is from Leeds, and I have many happy memories of going shopping in the City with my Gran! Would love to go back at some point, and now I know where to stay! 🙂 #timetraveller

    • SarahJChristie
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      15th May 2015 / 7:22 pm

      We loved it Emma i just wish it hadn’t snowed so badly or we would have stayed much longer xx

  18. 16th May 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Fab hotel will take a look online, hubby and i will be in Leeds in September to visit one of our children who lives there

    • SarahJChristie
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      16th May 2015 / 8:45 pm

      It was the first time I had ever visited Leeds and I loved it, such a vibrant city, and yes the staff at the Queens are just so lovely x

  19. 16th May 2015 / 10:24 pm

    I love it when hotels refurbish and capture the olden days, the 1930’s era was so beautiful too. I am also really amazed a the trouble they went to ensure your son would be able to sort his sugar levels on arrival. Amazing service.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #TimeTraveller

    • SarahJChristie
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      17th May 2015 / 9:31 am

      Thanks Mari, they were so attentive the staff spent so much time ensuring us and other guests were having a great time x

  20. 16th May 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Sounds a great place and fully warrants the cheesy title 🙂 Definitely agree that the concierge service was worth it, the only time we’ve used this before is in Positano in Italy and I’d totally go for it again! I’ve not been to Leeds, but more and more i’ve a feeling I need to get myself to Yorkshire! #timetraveller

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
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      17th May 2015 / 9:32 am

      Stephanie thank you and yes Leeds is so vibrant I loved it, definitely with a trip x

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