ICONIC LEEDS HOTEL TO UNDERGO £16MILLION RENOVATION
The QHotels Group today announced a £16million investment in a significant renovation of The Queens Hotel, Leeds, located in the very heart of Leeds city centre. In an important boost to the city’s hospitality industry and creating an unrivalled event space, the new-look Queens Hotel will officially be unveiled summer 2021 with building work already underway.
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. Although the hotel will be open for business from March, the full refurbishment will be unveiled in the summer and includes a much-anticipated refurbishment of all 15 meeting rooms, including the 500 capacity Queens Ballroom, one of the city’s largest and most prestigious meeting and event spaces. However, upgrading the events spaces at The Queens Hotel Leeds, is just one part of the journey.
With plans for an exciting ‘social hub’ at the heart of the hotel, the totally transformed ground floor will offer a multitude of communal areas, as well as creating a boutique and personal check-in area. The hotel offers the perfect place to host a variety of events, from small executive meetings to large-scale conferences, offering an unmatched flexibility for meeting in the city.
In addition, a complete renovation of all bedrooms is underway, as well as adding an additional 15 rooms and Presential Suite, bringing the room total to 232.
One of the centre-pieces of the refurbishment will undoubtedly be the completely transformed retail food and beverage offer. To be officially unveiled nearer the opening, guests can expect what is set to be the best cocktail and dining experience in Leeds, with a vibrant wine bar, outdoor terrace that spills out into the heart of the City, extensive coffee space and central restaurant offering menus to complement every corporate occasion.
Working with Upperworth Studios and Iliard Design, every detail has been painstakingly chosen to re-transform the hotel into a destination with a difference, aligning design with guest’s comfort. The renovation also aims to retain and enhance as many of the building’s historical art deco features, creating unique spaces for new and dedicated regulars of The Queens Hotel, Leeds, to enjoy.
Full restoration of the hotel reception’s barrel-vaulted ceiling and original timber floors will provide a showstopping ground floor, whilst the iconic listed red passenger lifts will be lovingly renovated and brought into the 21st century with modernised functionality. As a nod to the hotel’s glamorous history, a stunning selection of new chandeliers and pendant hanging lights will feature in the public areas with the beautiful existing art deco style lighting throughout the hotel.
Richard Moore, Group Chief Executive of The QHotels Group, which boasts a 21-strong, nationwide portfolio of hotels, says: “It’s a real pleasure to be part of such an exciting project for the group and the city of Leeds. The Queens Hotel, Leeds, is a special place, with fond memories for many who have visited or stayed at the hotel whether for business or pleasure. It therefore provides a wonderful contrast of positivity for everyone at such challenging times. We’re very fortunate to have supportive shareholders who, despite the current economic conditions, remain passionate and continue to share our vision for the hotel. We are excited about the project ahead of us and can’t wait to share the next chapter of our exciting journey”.
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