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Woodlands Hotel Leeds
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gildersome
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Decision pending”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Tomahawk Hotels, the owner of this hotel have a website which is NOT user-friendly. Instead of a simple page about their restaurant, and some sample menus, they have a page with opening times and sample menus. At this point, I missed the fact that the restaurant a la carte menu did not serve on a Sunday. The website let me buy dinner when I booked - only £16 per person), but the hotel only had their light bite bar menu, which restricted my mains choice to fish and chips or mushroom risotto (non meat eater). I don't buy fish and chips in restaurants, because that is for my local Cexcellent) chippy and I never normally buy risottos, because I have never found any as good as my wife makes and this was no different. My wife had a huge sirloin steak, which was fine. We were told when seated in the restaurant (only us, not surprisingly, but there were maybe half a dozen people eating in the bar) that there was only a commis chef on, so the menu choice was restricted. A little more effort on the website to let you know the restaurant is normally closed on Sunday nights and there would be no unpleasant surprises. To be honest, if told only a bar menu was available on a Sunday night, we would not have stayed here.

Fresh fruit for breakfast was very nice and the coffee was drinkable. I asked for eggs benedict, with the ham replaced by smoked salmon, which was no problem, except, after a few minutes, they came back to say there was no hollandaise sauce and as the chef was not in, they were unable to make any. I think you will find, as my son later said, that left egg and salmon on a bun. Spinach as well, but..... the smoked salmon should have been lightly heated - stone cold - and my wife really wants to know how you make a poached egg with a perfectly spherical hard yolk. Spherical egg yolks after poaching. How can that be?

The room (Thrum - the names are completely confusing and odd, but it isn't my hotel, so whatever the owner prefers) had no curtains, just venetian blinds. There was about 18 - 24 inches space right round the bed and another room, off a little corridor entrance, which had the wet-room bathroom off it. This room acted as a little study with a (very welcome to me as I had work to do) desk (and free wifi). Unfortunately, there was no door to the wet-room, so when one of us wanted to shower or use the toilet, the other had to get out of the study part, so not much work got done. Old hotels are quirky, odd-shaped affairs and I have no problem with the layout. The room's combined size was fine, but curtains on the windows and a door to the bathroom are all they need to do to make Thrum a pleasant room to stay in. Oh and whether it is generators, extractor fans, or water pumps, whatever thrummed (I think I just worked out why the room was called Thrum) what seemed to be all night and certainly was from about 06:00 onwards, should either be surrounded by sound proofing, or turned off overnight, because we both had a disturbed night's sleep.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

It was a Sunday night in February, but I think those weren't the only reasons the hotel was virtually empty.

Room Tip: if you are happy with no curtains (just blinds) and no bathroom door, then Thrum was fine. The surr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

We booked Woodlands Hotel for our wedding venue as we loved the style and decor of the hotel and that we had heard that the food was excellent. Well we weren't disappointed.

Our experience started off with myself and my bridesmaids staying the night before the wedding in the penthouse suite. The Penthouse itself it fabulous. Extremely spacious and beautiful decor. The jacuzzi bath tub was excellent. All 4 of us managed to fit in with our champagne in hand.

The big day itself went without a hitch. ALL the staff provided an outstanding service all day and night. The food was amazing. As the bride I even managed to eat my 3 course wedding breakfast. All our guests commented on the food and service.

We had the wedding breakfast and evening do in the marquee. What a beautiful room. During our evening meal as the sun set the marquee gradually was lit with fairy lights and beautiful romantic uplighters. Our guests were actually saying WOW!!!

For the evening reception we opted for old favourite bacon and sausgae butties, garlic bread and chunky chips. Apparently they were wonderful and just what everyone needed but I was too busy on the dance floor!!

The Honeymoon suite was nice but I prefered the penthouse but I'd also rented this for my new inlaws who were looking after our 3 children over night.

All in all I have thee most perfect day and wouldn't of changed a thing.

Thank you to Rachel and all the staff for making our day so magical.

Becky and Jamie xxx

The flow of the day was perfect. They were all so organised and someone was always checking if we were happy with everything.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Becky F
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We went to the hotel for a meal, the service, staff and quality of food were excellent, the hotel bar area is relaxing, very well decorated and stylish. The manager was helpful and available to talk, all in all an excellent evening, the food was lovely, we had no complaints at all. Thankyou for a great evening.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IanIngamells
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

went here on a Groupon voucher for a 2 course meal for two as it is really close to where I live. The place is lovely and very picturesque. when you enter the grounds there is a barrir, and a sign at the side saying "automatic barrier" so you just drive straight up to it and it opens. It isn't well signposted inside to the restaurant,b ut I managed to find the bar and was led to the Restaurant. We were the only people in there but it was laid out beautifully and they lit a fire for us. I ordered whitby haddock. It came out black, overcooked and VERY bland. I didn't eat it all and when the waitress asked if everything was ok I explained it had been overcooked and was bland. She apologised and said she would let the chef know. I thought as we had already pre paid, they would offer us a free coffee or dessert, but no...... I never saw the waitress again!!!!!
I walked out to my car and got in and drove to the barrier, it was snowing quite heavy by this time. I waited for the barrier to automatically open, but nothing! then I noticed a sign saying I needed to get an exit code to leave the grounds!!! so much for the automatic barrier. I had to drive back to the Hotel reception and get a code. I wouldn't bother going again, very disappointing.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LeedsTravel-Queen
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Everything about this hotel was perfect apart from the size of our room. All the rooms are named and ours was called Baize. Both the bedroom and the en suite were unacceptably small. We would not return to this hotel if we had to stay in the same room again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sarah b
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Property: Woodlands Hotel Leeds
Address: 79 Gelderd Road, Gildersome, Leeds LS27 7LY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > West Yorkshire > Leeds > Gildersome
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Gildersome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:4 star — Woodlands Hotel Leeds 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Woodlands is a stylish contemporary hotel and restaurant set in beautiful landscaped grounds. Consisting of 23 individually designed bedrooms, alongside a popular restaurant and bar and a range of beautiful bespoke meeting rooms and private dining rooms. The hotel is only 3 miles from the vibrant cosmopolitan city centre of Leeds with its superb nightlife, unrivaled shopping and easy access to all motorway links. The entire building can be hired for exclusive use parties and celebrations and whether you visit with friends and colleagues or arrive alone you will enjoy the chic yet comfortable atmosphere of this excellent luxury hotel. Woodlands also offer Free WiFi Internet in all bedrooms and public areas with no restrictions. ... more   less 
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