When we booked tickets for Danko Jones in Leeds (you can read my review here) we were looking for somewhere central and well priced to stay, and Roomzzz fit the bill. Just a couple of miles from the gig venue, they offered more than the standard hotel room, with more space and home comforts.
I first came across Roomzz because a hotel we used to use regularly in Nottingham was taken over and converted. They have 7 locations around the country, mainly in the North (Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and Chester). Technically they’re serviced apartments rather than hotels – a concept which was new to me.
It’s a great idea – giving you freedom and saving you money, if you want it to. With a fully fitted kitchen including fridge freezer, hob and microwave you could eat in the apartment rather than going out. There’s even a washer dryer and a dishwasher. The lounge area is good if you fancy a night in just relaxing – you can chill out in comfort rather than sitting on a hotel bed.
We booked a Liberty Suite for the bargain price of £66.10 through their loyalty pricing (anyone can register for it) – which was just like a city centre apartment – entrance hall, bathroom, separate bedroom and through lounge/kitchen/dining room.
Check in is at 3pm and check out at 11am, but you can book either a 2 hour earlier check in (1pm) or 2 hour later check out (1pm) for just £10, which I think is excellent value (and was much needed after a night out!)
The apartments are finished to a high standard with good spec kitchen and appliances, wooden floors, leather furniture and a huge bed. There’s everything you could need including a plasma TV in the bedroom and a fully stocked cutlery drawer!
There’s even teatowels and a dishwasher tablet!
The bathroom has some funky coloured toiletries and a rather futuristic looking built in hairdryer.
My only criticisms?
- The apartment lacked warmth and personality – furniture and flooring was very dark and the lighting was poor; a table lamp would work wonders for atmosphere
- The shower wasn’t very strong; I struggled with washing the shampoo out of my hair
- There was no full length mirror (hello male architect!)
- The grab and go breakfast – which is included in the room price and is served until 10.30am in reception, consisting of pastries, muffins and juice in – was all gone by 10am.
But those are small niggles for a good stay! It was nice to have space and comfort in comparison with a standard hotel room and I would definitely stay at a Roomzzz aparthotel in the future.