Luxury Leeds hotel opens in May
The eagerly awaited opening of Dakota Deluxe Leeds has been announced it will be open from May. This new hotel is the jewel in the crown of Evans Property Group’s £25 million investment into rejuvenating the Bond Court area of Leeds City Centre.
Leeds’ newest luxury boutique hotel is the fourth for the independently owned Dakota Group spearheaded by Ken McCulloch, who founded Malmaison Hotels, and delivered in partnership with Leeds-based Evans Property Group.
Ken McCulloch said: “It is great being back in Leeds and it’s time that Leeds had a luxury hotel because the city deserves it.”
Situated between Russell and Greek Streets, 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 says that “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.
The heart and soul of Dakota is the Bar & Grill, which dispels the usual preconception that hotel restaurants lack style, substance and finesse. The classically inspired menu is a collection of simple dishes prepared brilliantly with an emphasis on fresh quality produce in a vibrant brasserie-style destination.
The hotel opening will also see the first unveiling of Salon Privé, an exclusive cocktail bar with an imposing first-floor terrace overlooking Greek Street. This will be the place to be seen.
Additionally, extensive public realm and landscaping works amounting to circa £1m have been undertaken in the Bond Court area, working closely with Leeds City Council to create a vibrant and stylish destination.
Ken McCulloch has always believed that all great cities need great hotels and Leeds is no exception and he is confident that Dakota Deluxe will play a positive role in the resurgence of the city centre.
Roderick Evans, Managing Director of Evans Property Group, said: “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.”