Ellington hotel in Leeds to reopen

31 Dec 2009 by Tom Otley

The 35-room Ellington in Leeds, which was managed by Pantin Hotels, originally opened in September 2008, but after only five months of business 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, UK hotel operator 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.)

This is good news for business travellers, as the hotel is in a good location, close to the train station and in the heart of Leed’s financial district.

Judging by information and photos on, 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.)

For a full review of the Ellington in its previous incarnation, click here.

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Story by Jenny Southan

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