Opening date for city centre hotel

A new city centre hotel has announced it will open its doors next month.
The new Dakota Deluxe in LeedsThe new Dakota Deluxe in Leeds
The new Dakota Deluxe in Leeds

Dakota Deluxe Leeds is described as the jewel in the crown of Evans Property Group’s £25m investment into rejuvenating the Bond Court area of Leeds city centre. It will open on May 1.

The boutique 84-bedroom hotel, which is situated between Russell Street and Greek Street, is the fourth for the independently-owned Dakota Group, led by Ken McCulloch, who founded Malmaison Hotels.

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There are two hotels in and near Glasgow and another in Edinburgh.

Mr McCulloch said: “It is great being back in Leeds and it’s time that Leeds had a luxury hotel because the city deserves it”.

Mr McCulloch gave his creative team, headed by international award winning interior designer Amanda Rosa, the remit of designing a hotel which oozes luxurious elegance.

He added. “The majority of time spent working away from home is always grudged and so we wanted to create a very special experience.” Dakota Deluxe introduces old-world hospitality to the discerning business and leisure guest.

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The hotel includes the Bar & Grill restaurant, featuring a classically-inspired menu with an emphasis on fresh quality produce in a brasserie-style destination.

It will also feature Salon Privé, a cocktail bar with a first-floor terrace overlooking Greek Street.

Additionally, about £1m of public realm and landscaping works have been undertaken in the Bond Court area, working closely with Leeds City Council.

Mr McCulloch said the Dakota Deluxe will play a positive role in the city centre.

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Roderick Evans, managing director of Evans Property Group, added: “Having worked with Dakota for over a decade now, we have formed a strong relationship and we are incredibly excited to be launching this destination hotel in our home city.”

The Bond Court redevelopment also includes upgrading two office buildings, Minerva and Capitol.

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