Location: Situated right in the heart of the city on Boar Lane’s City Square, The Plaza Hotel is opposite the Leeds’ main train station, so easily accessible for hopping on a train for the weekend. The cities bus/coach depot is also not far.
Room amenities: the Park Plaza boasts 187 design-led rooms located across 20 floors, each tastefully designed and featuring air conditioning and views across the city, wifi available throughout the hotel and rooms, 24 hour room service as-well as in-room dining, tea/coffee making facilities with Nespresso coffee machine in executive suites, satellite TV with movie/music channels, laptop safe, mini bar, iron, fluffy bathrobes in executive suites, a wide range of Elemis spa toiletries in the bathroom from shoe shining kits to travel shaving essentials alongside the usual shower products you would expect.
Hotel features: on-site fitness suite, business meeting rooms and services including printing, scanning and other secretarial services, foreign currency exchange, award winning pan-asian restaurant and cocktail bar.
Restaurant/bar: Scene! bar is located within the lobby offering a range of spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. Scene! is the perfect place to unwind as you check in, with floor to ceiling windows look out at passers by with a glass of wine and treat yourself to some bar snacks before heading up to your room. The Park Plaza also boasts the award winning Chino Latino pan-asian restaurant and cocktail bar. Chino Latino provides a fusion of dishes with flavours from China, South East Asia, Thailand and Japan. Upgrades are available for guests to experience the Executive Suite in the lobby, allowing complimentary morning papers, refreshment throughout the day and alcoholic drinks with “A Taste of Chino” dim-sum.
Local attractions: Trinity shopping centre is directly behind the hotel, the Grand Theatre & Opera house is less than a five minute walk away, as well as the City Art Gallery, the Royal Armouries, the Thackray Medical Museum, Kirkstall Abbey, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headingley Cricket and Leeds United Football Grounds are all close by.
Stepping out of Leeds’ train station, you are met with the king of the city towering over the Trinity shopping centre and surrounding streets. The tower of windows shimmer above you, as the bright lights and buzz of the lobby and bar draw you in with open arms through the revolving doors; welcome to the Park Plaza. The ideal location for businessmen during the week, and the perfect host to a city getaway of a weekend, the Park Plaza Leeds is the luxury hotel of choice for those seeking a relaxing, enjoyable stay (with a view). With 187 rooms located across 20 breathtaking floors, the contemporary Park Plaza Leeds offers a wide range of facilities to suit every guests needs – from modern business spaces for meetings, a revitalising fitness suite, uber trendy Scene! lobby bar as well as the ever popular, award winning Chino Latino pan-asian restaurant and cocktail bar on the first floor, it’s hard finding a reason to leave the Park Plaza when you have all this at your feet.
We arrive peak time early Friday evening, are checked in swiftly and taken over to the lobby bar Scene! for a complimentary drink whilst house keeping finish off our suite. Scene! provides a wide range of spirits, cocktails, soft/hot drinks as well as bar snacks and nibbles. The bar staff advise us to check out the happy hour within Chino Latino (5-7) and recommends their signature champagne cocktail – the Latino Spring Punch (Havana Club Especiale, fresh blackberries, cranberry juice, lemons and champagne).
We take one of the mirrored lifts to the twentieth floor to our executive suite for the night. Complete with separate living room, spacious bedroom with king size bed and enormous bathroom with both bath/shower and separate shower (note: glass door on bathroom so be prepared for wandering eyes!) The suite provided satellite TV in both rooms as well as a Nespresso coffee machine, Elemis spa bath products and an enviable glass wardrobe any girl would kill for.
After prancing around the space whilst getting ready in our fluffy waffle bathrobes (hard not to do when you’re in a fancy hotel room non?) it was time to taste the delights that Chino Latino had to offer. A wickedly sensual ambiance greets you with the low red lighting, 1960’s clear plastic chairs and raw concrete floor hit you with a breath of fresh air from the floor to ceiling windows draped with shimmering beads hiding the shops from the streets below. The maitre’d walks us past the open kitchen to a cute window seat in the corner, and presents us with a range of tasting menu’s, a la carte menu, specials menu and cocktail menu. We eagerly order the Latino Spring Punch whilst we start our heavy perusal through the paperwork. Chino Latino’s tasting menu starts from £35 per person offering a range of sashimi rolls, small dishes with spicy fried squid, chicken sui mai and grilled scallops. Their tasting menu mains cater for everyone’s tastes with salmon teriyaki, lamb cutlets, braised pork belly and Wagyu steak. Guests staying at the Park Plaza on a dinner package are entitled to a three course separate menu that is available to the public for £20 (Mon – Friday 6 – 9pm) offering miso soup, tenkasu rolls, Thai vegetable curry, pork ribs and Malaysian chicken to name a few.
After working our way through edamame beans, the best crispy duck Maki I’ve ever sampled and melt in the mouth Wagyu steak, we decided one dessert wasn’t enough so opted for the dessert tasting platter and a Terry’s white chocolate orange dessert cocktail which nearly took the roof off. The platter arrived like a rainbow of both naughty and nice treats – their signature salted banana mousse, vanilla and passion fruit cheesecake and chocolate brownie sat alongside homemade strawberry sorbet, white chocolate ice cream and an exotic fruit salad to balance out the calorie overload. Chino Latino carry a well deserved sense of pride; from their quality menu that guarantees excellence, to their immaculate staff and desirable cocktail menu that shines above others in the city, it is a hidden gem that only those with exquisite taste know and enjoy.
The following morning arrives, with the clouds greeting us through the huge windows on the twentieth floor, it is near impossible to drag ourselves out of the larger than life bed. After filling up on waffles, a full English and too many cups of filter coffee at breakfast, it’s time to leave the glamorous house of fun until another day. Thank you Park Plaza Leeds for showing us luxury on another level, the twentieth level to be precise, and instilling a bug for Dragonfly chilli cocktails every weekend.