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.
- 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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