Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Review (Whitehall Rd) – The Best Cheap Hotel in Leeds?

Is this centrally located Premier Inn the best cheap hotel in Leeds? Find out in the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre review.

Are you looking for a cheap hotel in Leeds that is within easy walking distance of the city centre’s main attractions? Welcome to the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre. 

I’ve stayed in many Premier Inn hotels, from pre-red eye stays at Premier Inn Heathrow T4 to a comfortable base in Fort William. The brand usually offers reliable budget accommodation in central locations.

But does this centrally located Premier Inn in Leeds offer good value? Find out in this Premier Inn Leeds City Centre review.

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Where Is the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Located?

Premier Inn Leeds City Centre is located on Whitehall Road, a ten-minute walk from Leeds train station.

Premier Inn Leeds City Centre Review

Check-in

Like other Premier Inns, there was a bank of self-check-in terminals from which to choose. However, helpful humans were there to lend a hand if needed.

What is the check-in time at Premier Inn Leeds City Centre (Whitehall Rd)?

The earliest check-in time is 2pm. Check out is by 12 noon on your departure date.

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Exterior of Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

The room

My room was functional if unexciting and little tired

I had to request to move room shortly after checking in. The air-conditioning fan was very noisy and I discovered a discarded sock from a past occupant in one of the drawers! Not great when the hotel should be adhering to stringent hygiene standards due to the coronavirus pandemic.

My request to move rooms was easily accommodated.

Decorated in tasteful grey and burgundy tones, it had excellent lighting throughout with a combination of downlighters and lamps. 

Storage space was limited but perfectly adequate for a one-night stay. There was an open space for hanging clothes if needed.

The Hypnos king-sized bed was very comfortable with decent linen and plump pillows.

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Super-comfy Hypnos Bed, Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

There was a comfortable armchair next to the bed and a wall-mounted television opposite.

A kettle with limited supplies for making hot drinks – two sachets of instant coffee, two Twining’s tea bags, UHT milk and sugar/sweetener – was provided.

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Although there were no USB charging points, power points were plentiful throughout the room. Unusually, there was no in-room safe, fridge, or iron and ironing board in the room.

Facing the entrance to the bathroom was a small vanity unit that housed a reasonably powerful hairdryer. The bathroom was clean and functional with a powerful shower, large mirror and good lighting.

Bathroom, Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

Wi-Fi

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all guests staying at Premier Inn Leeds City Centre. Whilst this is not lightning fast, it is adequate for checking email and for Internet browsing.

For a faster connection, purchase Ultimate Wi-Fi costing £5 for 24-hour access.  

Eating and drinking at Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

The standard Premier Inn Thyme Bar & Grill, serving dinner and breakfast, is on the ground floor. There is also a bar and a 24-hour Costa Coffee outlet.

From £8.99 (June 2021 price) you can eat as much as you like from their extensive menu, from healthy fruit and yoghurt, through to a full English Breakfast, pastries and pancakes.

A Continental Breakfast option is also available for £6.99. Both are served with unlimited drinks.

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Premier Inn Breakfast Menu

Is Car Parking Available at Premier Inn Leeds City Centre

There is no free, on-site parking available at the hotel. Off-site parking is available at Citipark (next to the hotel) at a rate of £10 per 24 hours.

How Much Does It Cost to Stay at the Premier Inn Leeds City Centre (Whitehall Road)?

Room rates in 2021 are from £29, rising to £49 for a fully flexible rate. This is a competitive price for a centrally located Leeds hotel.

The Bottom Line: Is the Premier Inn a Good Cheap Hotel in Leeds?

I’ve made no secret that I have a weakness for a good Premier Inn hotel. In my experience, the chain has achieved the right balance between comfort and affordability.

I’m not the only traveller who feels this way. Amongst other accolades, Premier Inn scooped the Best Budget Hotel Brand for the ninth consecutive year at the 2020 Business Traveller Awards.

Premier Inn Leeds City Centre is keenly priced and in a convenient location, particularly if you are arriving in the city by train. The room was no frills but very quiet and comfortable; perfect for an overnight stay.

On the negative side, the evidence of a lack of care with cleaning the room between stays was disappointing as was the absence of an in-room safe and fridge. But, all things considered, this Premier Inn is a good option if you are looking for a cheap hotel in Leeds.