42 The Calls, Leeds: Review

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42 The Calls deluxe suite

A converted 18th Century flour mill, 42 the Calls is now one of the most outstanding boutique hotels in Leeds.

The hotel study desk: it’s something many business travellers ignore in lieu of hauling their laptop to the nearest coffee shop. Very rarely, however, are they as atmospheric as the ‘study alcove’ which Director sampled in 42 The Calls’ aptly named Director room.

Jutting above the River Aire, its view of the flowing waters was weirdly work-conducive, while the buildings opposite – those ‘dark satanic mills’ as described by William Blake now housing luxury apartments and design agencies – reflect Leeds’ current status as a 21st-century boom town.

The riverside rooms also boast fishing rods (although municipal by-laws mean you’ll have to cross the river before casting off) while wooden beams, exposed brickwork and industrial levers, castiron wheels and pulleys in various areas evoke 42 The Calls’ corn mill past

The rooms are well-appointed and feature handmade furniture and original artworks, while the attic-based Fletland Suite (boardroom capacity: 30) has a brilliant ‘break-out’ balcony, also hanging over the Aire, while awayday staffers will appreciate the gratis glass of wine on reception. Make sure you stay for breakfast with its 12 varieties of Yorkshire sausage, too.

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Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Alongside his work for Director, Christian has written features for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Independent, Q, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList and Glamour in an eclectic career which has seen him interview everybody from Mariah Carey to Michael Douglas through to Richard Branson with newspaper assignments including reporting on the Japanese tsunami and living with an Italian cult.

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