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Cheap Leeds City Centre Hotels. Met Hotel Review

If you need a cheap Leeds City Centre Hotel, the Met Hotel could fit the bill. I’ve been fascinated by this hotel for some time. It’s a beautiful building in the centre of Leeds. It has rock bottom prices and some average Tripadvisor reviews. I had to investigate!

The hotel looks like a 5* hotel that should cost £200/night. However, I only paid £46 for my one night stay! I enjoyed my stay. The hotel oozed character. The low price enabled me to overlook the hotel’s shortcomings.

I only stayed for one night, but I packed a lot in. I experienced the room, the restaurant and enjoyed the prime location. I needed to stay in the city centre. In Leeds, you can’t get a better location than the Met Hotel. In this review, find out exactly what to expect, when you visit.

What I Liked

  • Fantastic Location
  • Beautiful Grade II listed building
  • Rock bottom room price
  • Excellent breakfast
  • The staff were terrific

What Could be Improved

  • No Air Conditioning in the rooms
  • Hotel is in need of a refresh
  • The dinner wasn’t the best

The Hotel

The Met hotel has an amazing location in the centre of Leeds. It’s two minutes from Leeds train station. You’re 10 minutes walk to the main shopping district. There are many high-end shops, including Harvey Nichols, John Lewis and the White Company.

The front of the Met Hotel is grand and imposing. Full of old English charm. View the photos in the slideshow above. The hotel has a very nice lobby and an impressive spiral staircase. But the rest of the communal areas are a little tired.

I paid £46 to stay for one night, which is a low price. The hotel’s rates are very low. It’s a cheap Leeds city centre hotel.

The hotel is rated at 3.5* on Tripadvisor. This isn’t great. Many people complained that the hotel is tired. I agree with this sentiment, but this is why the prices are so low. Once the property is refurbished, the hotel will charge £200/night.

A stay at the Met Hotel is like a trip back in time. It was built in 1899. I can imagine this hotel being the height of luxury at the time. It has definitely seen better days! The carpets are dated and the rooms are stuffy. At some point, they’ll refurb the hotel and it will be fabulous.

The Hotel staff were really good. Everyone I spoke to was friendly and eager to help.

Leeds Visitor Guide

Leeds is the largest town in Yorkshire. Yorkshire is known as God’s own country and has tons of activities for tourists. Best of all, it’s much cheaper than London.

Leeds is called the Knightsbridge of the north, due to its excellent shopping. It’s also got bars, cafés and restaurants for every taste.

The spa town of Harrogate is a 30 minute drive away. It’s a lovely spot, and popular with visitors. York is another popular location for visitors. It’s an historical town, with a cathedral and beautiful cobbled streets.

There are two national parks in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. There are excellent beaches in Yorkshire, including Whitby Bay and Robin Hood’s Bay. If you’re not familiar with beaches in the UK, expect stunning scenery and fantastic seafood. However, the water is freezing!

The Room

I booked a ‘cosy room single bed’ for £46/night. This was the cheapest room. I would normally book something better. However, I was intrigued by the room. I wanted to see what it was like!

The room had the following facilities:

  • Small double bed
  • Small desk
  • Bathtub
  • Small TV
  • No air conditioning
  • Basic tea and coffee facilities (no Nespresso!)

The room had a really weird shape – check out the images above. The bedroom had a wall in the middle of it, with a small gap to walk through. This made the room feel small.

The room was hot. As in really H.O.T. There was no AC, just a tower fan. If you come in summer, it’s something to be aware of. The window was also sealed shut! I don’t know why this was. Many modern hotels have windows that don’t open. However, modern hotels also have AC units to regulate temperature!

In addition to the windows that don’t open, the room had an old carpet. This made the room feel stuffy.

Overall, I thought the room had lots of charm. I enjoyed the experience! For one night, it was fine, If I was here for a week, I would probably get annoyed.

The Breakfast

I was debating whether to eat breakfast at the hotel. It wasn’t included in my £46 room rate. In the end, I chose to get breakfast and was pleased I did. All of the food was cooked fresh and made well.

I ordered from the cook to order menu. I’ve uploaded the menu to the above slideshow. I had pancakes and porridge (oatmeal). The pancakes were scotch pancakes - small and thin. They tasted ok, although I prefer thick buttermilk pancakes. The porridge was excellent, fresh and filling.

I also had an English breakfast tea, which was really good. Better than most places. I’m always surprised at British hotels that can’t make English Breakfast tea! I liked that I got a full pot of tea, rather than just a cup. It saved me from having to ask for refills.

The Food. Dinner

I arrived at 11.30pm on Friday. The restaurant was shut so I ordered room service. I’ve given a photo of the menu in the above slideshow. There were only a couple of vegetarian options. I went for a cheese and onion toastie. They gave me a lot of food, but it didn’t taste good.

The toastie had a weird sweet chutney, which I didn’t like at all. Also, the cheese wasn’t melted – which is weird for a toastie! In fairness, I didn’t expect the food to be good. So they matched my expectations! I was really hungry, so I didn’t care.

On the ground floor is the Tempus bar, which was next to the restaurant. It has a lovely decoration. 


The Met Hotel would be absolutely beautiful with some refurbishment. It’s in an imposing building, right in the centre of Leeds. I enjoyed my stay and the staff were excellent. A great option for a cheap Leeds city centre hotel.

As long as you have the right expectations, you’ll have a good time. There isn’t AC, and the rooms are tired. But apart for that, everything exceeded expectations.

I recently stayed at the Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club. Review Here. It’s a country house in the North of England. It’s located in Derby, near the Peak District National Park. The building and the grounds are beautiful. There’s also a golf course on site.

I reviewed the Doubletree Hotel in Liverpool. It’s one of the best hotels in the city. It’s in a stunning, grade 2 listed building, right in the city centre. There’s also a lovely hydrotherapy pool.

Two minutes from the Doubetree hotel is the Aloft Liverpool. Also a terrific hotel. I only paid £59 for my one night stay! This hotel is also in a grade 2 listed building. My room was on the 6th floor, and had a fabulous view of the city.

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