Luxury Leeds property to reopen after a year of troubles
UK hotel operator Bespoke Hotels is set to reopen the luxury boutique hotel in Leeds that was previously managed by Pantin Hotels.
The 35-room Ellington originally opened in September 2008 as the first of several planned properties by Pantin Hotels, under former managing director of Rocco Forte hotels, David Pantin.
But after only five months of business the hotel went into administration, after owner City Retreats Group went bust.
In March 2009 the Ellington went up for sale at £3 million. One year on, Bespoke Hotels is relaunching the property, with doors opening to the public in February. (Reports suggest that the hotel was sold to West Register Realisations of Edinburgh in the summer.)
The hotel is located close to the train station and in the heart of Leeds' financial district.
Judging by information and photos on bespokehotels.com, the hotel will not have changed much since it opened under Pantin Hotels, so guests can expect the same art deco-style interiors, lots of crushed velvet, and its trademark jazz theme. (The property is named after composer, pianist and big band leader Duke Ellington.)
There will again be free wired and wifi access throughout, and flatscreen TVs in the bedrooms. Guests will also be able to borrow iPods with pre-downloaded classic, jazz, rock/pop and chill-out music, and games consoles such as Wii and Xbox 360.
As well as two meeting rooms there is a basement restaurant, although details of this are yet to be revealed. (It was previously overseen by Albert Roux.)