Suite on the street! Park Plaza Leeds brings new suites to Leeds’ public in City Square

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    To celebrate the launch of an extensive refurbishment project on the 19 July, Park Plaza Leeds took a suite to the street last week, creating a replica of one of its new hotel suites, showcasing their new and excellent standards to people passing through Leeds’ City Square. The Park Plaza Hotel team recreated the suite down to the smallest detail; from the carpeted floor, bed with headboard, flat screen TV, telephone, side tables, lounge chairs, coffee table, crisp linen, plump pillows, scatter cushions and the new and original art work displayed on easels by Leeds College of Art Students, who won a competition earlier this year to have their work displayed in the hotel.Park Plaza Leeds will officially unveil the suites and guest rooms to invited guests and local businesses on Thursday 19 July at the tallest hotel in Leeds situated on the corner of Boar Lane. The hotel’s full refurbishment includes a redesign of all 185 guest rooms, two new bedrooms increasing the total number of rooms to 187 and the creation of the Penthouse suite, situated on the top 20th floor, featuring two en-suite bedrooms, two lounges, private kitchenette, dining area and Leeds’ first hotel waterproof televisions built into the end of the deep baths within the 2 bathrooms. The two top floor suites also come complete with music docking stations, 46inch flat screen TV’s and telescopes for those looking to make the most of the incredible views over Leeds and beyond!

    One of 17 contemporary Park Plaza hotels throughout the UK and Europe, the refurbishment has used over a tonne of paint, 748 tubes of silicone, 7,676sqm of carpet (that’s almost enough to cover the Leeds United pitch at Elland Road!) and 3000 linear metres of feature wallpaper situated behind 187 new beds. The work represents the first major investment since the hotel’s opening in 2003.

    The project, which has been ongoing since September 2011, will have taken 24 workmen 2166 hours to complete, and includes the refurbishment of over 1500 items of furniture and the purchase of new Italian designed white leather desk chairs.

    Park Plaza Leeds’ newly designed guest rooms and suites will incorporate a distinctive jewel-tone colour palette featuring deep amethyst and crimson. Each room will also feature artwork produced from the winning photographs taken by Leeds College of Art Students who entered Park Plaza Leeds’ recent photography competition.

    Paul Rogers, General Manager of Park Plaza Leeds, said:

    “So much hard work and effort has gone into this project since we began September last year. I’ve seen the hotel transformed, all twenty floors of it, and we are very excited to finally be able to reveal the results of our hard work to the general public. This is an exciting time for Leeds with the Trinity development as well as the new Leeds arena both scheduled for completion by 2013. We are committed to not just delivering a great product and experience to our guests but also in delivering a great service to our customers that exceeds their expectations when visiting Park Plaza Leeds. This is why since our refurbishment has started we have also invested in staff training in developing and delivering exceptional service and have seen a substantial improvement in guests’ feedback both in regards to the new product as well as service levels.
    This refurbishment will bring the Park Plaza Leeds Hotel back to the fore in terms of facilities and design, and we hope that in turn will attract new business from the leisure and business markets.”

    Updates to the hotel’s public spaces will include the addition of a ground-floor executive lounge and a refurbished lobby, check-in area and Scene Coffee Bar, which overlooks City Square.

    Daniel Fountain / 17.07.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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