Having had a fun day in Manchester and an amazing dinner, we left for Leeds via coach the day after. The journey did not take long and we arrived after about an hour on the coach.
We made our way to our hotel which was easy enough to find. We booked a room at the Leeds Marriott Hotel as the rate of that night was very reasonable. We walked into an elegant lobby and checked-in smoothly. The hotel staff were very helpful in providing a map of the city along with information on where some good restaurants were in Leeds.
Our room was nicely laid out. While smaller than the previous room in Manchester, it was not any less comfortable. We were very happy with it and it was definitely a bargain.
We checked out the hotel’s facilities as well. The gym was very well equipped and the indoor pool was rather big. In the same area, one will find a sauna, steam room and whirlpool bathtub. We utilised all the facilities during our time there and enjoyed it very much.
After helping ourselves to the excellent facilities, we were hungry as it was late and we did not have dinner that night. We browse through the room service menu and decided to order a Kashmiri Lamb curry. It was priced at £13.50 in the menu and it was supposed to come with rice, poppadums, mango chutney and naan bread. However, due to a mistake during the ordering process, we mistakenly put the order in to the hotel’s Indian restaurant as opposed to the room service kitchen. As a result, we got a bowl of Kasimiri Lamb curry with rice for £14.95. The curry itself was rather sweet and did not taste great. The food was the only tarnish on an enjoyable stay at the Leeds Marriott Hotel.
The morning after, we woke up early and decided to have a walk around the city before the football match. As expected on a Saturday, the city was lively and busy. Shops were a-plenty, ranging from high street brands to the higher end brands. Leeds’ Victoria Quarter was not just nice to look at, but provided a pleasant shopping experience.
We now come to our main purpose of making this short trip: to watch Leeds United in action! We got to Elland Road, the football stadium of Leeds United, early so as to beat the crowd. This provided us with an opportunity to take pictures as no photography was allowed during the match itself. We got tickets for the John Charles Stand on the west side of the stadium and were fairly close to the pitch.
Eventually, players from both teams came out to warm up on the pitch. The match that day was between Leeds and Middlesbrough in the Football League Championship. It was exciting to see the players in the flesh!
With the formalities prior to kick-off done, the match went under way. No photographs were allowed from this point on, but we were too busy watching the match to even take pictures. Unfortunately, this was not Leeds’ best day and we lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough. A win would’ve been best, but the experience of watching the players live was still top notch!
That concludes our short time in Manchester and Leeds. More information on the hotel can be found at the Marriott website.
4 Trevelyan Square
Leeds LS1 6ET
Tel: 113 2366366