Accor Mercure Leeds Centre
Following Splendid Hospitality Group’s acquisition in January 2016 of the New Ellington Hotel in the heart of Leeds’ financial district, the property has relaunched as the Mercure Leeds Centre. With design inspired by the city’s tailoring heritage, 59 bedrooms and a restaurant called The Loom, the hotel promises a new experience for business and leisure guests.
The hotel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Leeds train station and a short stroll from key areas of interest including the magnificent Victoria Quarter and the Leeds First Direct Arena.
Matthews Mee, Yorkshire based interior designers, took strands from Leeds’ cloth manufacturing history and built upon the area’s roots as a site for wool warehouses in the late 1800s to create a property which fuses regional heritage with contemporary style. Yorkshire textiles and products have been used throughout the hotel including furniture upholstered with suit jackets including collars, pockets and buttons, and collectibles reminiscent of a traditional tailor shop with changing room curtains, mannequins, tape measures and toilets like a fitting room.
The Loom restaurant offers locally-sourced modern British cuisine with menu items including Craft Burgers, Pork and Apple Bangers and Traditional Caesar Salad. Guests can also enjoy a unique selection of wine, beer and expertly crafted cocktails.
The Mercure Leeds Centre is Splendid Hospitality’s third Accor property and further cements the group’s franchise partnership with the brand. Splendid Hospitality is one of the UK’s fastest growing privately-owned hotel groups, comprising of independent properties and major brands including Accor, Hilton and IHG. Reflecting the Splendid Hospitality way, the Mercure Leeds Centre puts its people at the heart of the business to provide genuine care and excellent service.
Stuart Bailey, CEO of Splendid Hospitality, said: “With the launch of the Mercure Leeds Centre, we aim to fulfil the growing demand for quality and good-value accommodation that people will remember and return to.”
Ruslana Yarmolyuk, General Manager at Mercure Leeds Centre, said: “I will be very happy to build my team who will support me in the creation of a hotel whose atmosphere and ethos reflects my own values: the importance of discussion, laughter, celebration, introducing like-minded people, enjoying quality locally-sourced food and rejoicing in the creation of a sophisticated but excellent value city-centre hub.”
AccorHotels SVP Franchise Operations Cristina De Oliveira Frewen said: “We’re delighted to add this latest hotel from Splendid to the Mercure network which is set to reach 80 hotels in the UK by the end of 2018. The excellent refurbishment plays perfectly to the Mercure brand’s reputation for locally inspired hotels which provide guests with memorable experiences.”