ICONIC LEEDS HOTEL TO PLAY ‘KEY ROLE’ IN CITY’S POST-LOCKDOWN REVIVAL
After undergoing a £16million transformation for the past 9 months and poised to boost the city’s post-lockdown economy and hospitality sector, The Queens Hotel Leeds is preparing to open its doors to guests from Monday 14th June.
Celebrating over 80 years in the city, the modernised hotel will not only pay homage to its rich and iconic history but most importantly, it will play to the ‘new way’ people are now using exciting city-centre hotel spaces for coworking and socialising.
Just nine months ago, Leeds council bosses expressed their concern as coronavirus restrictions threatened a “huge, disproportionate” economic impact in the region, with the hospitality sector taking the hardest hit.
Now, just in time for the fourth and final phase of the roadmap out of lockdown this summer, The Queens Hotel Leeds is preparing to welcome the first guests to the new-look hotel from 14th June.
Following the successful Bank Holiday weekend, which saw vast numbers of people flock to the city to take advantage of the long-awaited sunshine and relaxed restrictions, The Queens Hotel has seen a ‘huge’ spike in bookings.
Situated in City Square at the heart of Leeds, the hotel is set to be a tourism magnet and will be instrumental in the city’s post-lockdown revival. With too much uncertainty surrounding foreign holidays, a staycation boom is on the horizon, bringing much-needed footfall back to cities and tourism hot spots across the UK.
The Queens Hotel refurbishment includes a much-anticipated renovation of all bedrooms, as well as adding an additional 17, bringing the room total to 232.
The ground floor has been totally transformed into a host of communal areas, with a ‘social hub’ at the heart of the hotel. The cohesive space will give visitors flexible options to socialise, work, or dine. A far cry from the traditionally quiet hotel lobby, The Queens Hotel aims to ‘bring the outside in’ by offering communal spaces targeted as much at locals as hotel guests.
Visitors can expect what is set to be the best cocktail and dining experience in Leeds as the hotel will be home to Grand Pacific, a sumptuous all-day dining destination comprising a 100-cover restaurant, private dining rooms, bar and cafe.
Alistair Campbell, General Manager of The Queens Hotel Leeds, comments: “This transformation has been eagerly awaited and after a tough time for the hospitality industry we can’t wait to open the doors and welcome the first guests back to this iconic Leeds landmark.
“The Queens Hotel is a special place with fond memories for many who have visited or stayed at the hotel. The transformation is truly spectacular and a huge boost to Leeds’ hospitality and tourism industry.
“There has been an overwhelming response to the opening and with people excited to get back out and about to city life we can’t wait to showcase the new look to guests, whether they are staying, utilising our co-working spaces or enjoying the new restaurant.”