Dakota Deluxe is Leeds’s most luxurious hotel, situated in the commercial heart of the city.
It’s already a celebrity hotspot-Katherine Ryan, Richard Ashcroft, stars from Strictly and the MOBOs having all checked in. As I entered the contemporary building one Wednesday afternoon, I began to understand why.
Dim lighting, private alcoves and prudent staff set an atmosphere of discretion that those in the public eye might appreciate. My friend and I decided to grab a light lunch in
the champagne room. For the voluptuaries amongst you; this place is the epitome of comfort and sumptuosity. We relaxed
on plump, velvet cushions below double magnums and framed Hollywood movie stars. Our heels sank into plush carpets
and our Pinot Noir (£12/£45) and Grüner Veltliner (£10/£36) sat on polished marble.
I noticed that large groups seem to be discouraged, most tables being for two or four- ideal if you’re looking for some peace. Our chicken sandwich with tarragon mayonnaise and honey roast ham sandwich with grain mustard arrived promptly. At £7.50 each, both came with a salad and vegetable crisps which were a little too… healthy for me. Besides that, this was an appropriate introduction to Dakota’s food philosophy; fresh, local produce assembled with simple elegance.
Our rooms were fairly spacious and maintained the hotel’s neutral colour scheme of greys, browns and muted purples. A board of confectioneries awaited me, alongside a handwritten welcome note. Getting ready for dinner was a pleasure. All en suites have rainfall showers that really pack some power and hair dryers are provided, along with ironing facilities and
In the stylish restaurant downstairs, our mojitos arrived with a dash of angostura bitters; 10/10 – will be ordering again. While
we browsed the pleasingly unpretentious menu, our waiter brought over a complimentary Venetian dip- I died and went
to heaven. After stuffing my face with fresh bread (schoolboy error), I thought it wise to skip appetisers. My more tactical friend enjoyed the ham hock terrine with piccalilli on toasted sourdough (£7). I had a nibble and agreed that it was a very well composed starter in terms of taste and texture.
For mains, salmon curry (£18), which came with al dente rice; slowly soaking up the riata around it. With this, crab linguini (£16) and a bowl of simply perfect, thrice-cooked, thick-cut, Golden Wonder chips (£3.50). Belly-full but determined, I had a caramel chocolate slice (£8) sent to my room and tried to walk off the chips on the way there. Dessert unfortunately lacked ‘wow factor’ in comparison, its best element being the
Soon, I found myself tucked in crisp cotton sheets, watching sky movies and browsing the high-speed wifi. I slept incredibly well, thanks to black-out curtains and decent sound proofing. Staying here is all about these generous touches. A stay at Dakota Deluxe is a must for treat seeking couples and seasoned sybarites alike.
8 Russell Street,
Leeds LS1 5RN
Tel: 0113 322 6261