Happy birthday to The Queens, Leeds

Since 1937  The Queens grand façade has dominated the heart of Leeds. When it opened its doors it cost 10 shillings and 6 pence a night to stay, which was just under £18 in today's money. Now, The Queens is celebrating its 80th year.

Over the years Hollywood legends like Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, countless Prime Ministers and members of the Royal Family have passed through the doors. The original Queens Hotel was opened by The Midland Railway Company in 1863 at a total cost of £50,000.  When the firm was taken over by London, Midland and Scottish Railway they demolished the hotel and erected a new one in its place. 

The hotel was built by William Airey and Sons of Leeds, and officially opened on November 12, 1937 by the Princess Royal and the 6th Earl of Harewood.
The building itself was a state-of-the-art construction which made headlines for its innovative design. It was among one of the few hotels in the country to have en-suite bathrooms and the only one in the UK to have a completely regulated ventilation system. A huge bath in the basement was filled with ice to help cool the rooms, a device that has since been replaced with air conditioning in the bedrooms.
Today  The Queens is the most prestigious hotel in Leeds. With 16 conference and meetings rooms for up to 500 people, the 8th floor QClub, excellent dining and award-winning service, the hotel is the perfect meeting venue.
Take a few minutes to see for yourself and view our  video here.


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