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42 The Calls

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I stayed with my partner on Friday night so I could enjoy a night out in Leeds with friends. On checking in I was told that it was the first day under new ownership. The hotel had been in receivership. Hopefully the new owners will give this hotel the TLC it deserves. We have been staying here on and off over 20 years, and it has some unique features that we love :- the privacy hatches for serving meals in your room, the glass of wine on arrival (perfect after a long day at work!), the location on the riverside (close to town, but in a fabulous historic setting), the charming original features (beams, window shutters, pulley gears etc that show the building's industrial past). The staff are always helpful and we have always enjoyed our stay. It is currently excellent value too. The rooms are a little "care-worn" and could do with some TLC, but with a little investment this could be a really special boutique hotel once again. But don't put the prices up too much!!

14 of us had afternoon tea in the River Room for my birthday. This is the 3rd time I have had afternoon tea there, and many times I have stayed over. When my friends came downstairs to the River Room, they were amazed! The table, view, cakes, sandwiches and much Prosecco......perfect. The staff were so attentive. The Directors Room our favourite. White Company toiletries. Robes. Sofa. Beams. Privacy Hatch. Then off for a short walk to town and cocktails! Breakfast is the best! Delicious menu. Thankyou all. See you soon. This is one place to stay!

Stayed here for couple of nights. Lovely comfortable room and bathroom. Very lovely original features & decor. Staff friendly & helpful. Good location for both centre and Calls area. Didn't get chance to try public rooms, but would happily stay again when in Leeds.

Good location near to city centre and on the edge of River Aire. Nice heritage building. Breakfast ok but cooked to order so not fast. Rooms ok but very 1990s style and need refurbishment. The toilet had standing urine in it when I first opened the lid. The home made biscuits in the rooms would be a nice touch if they weren't several days past the date scribbled on them. Doesn't just ask for credit card details but actively puts a change on the card - £50 my case. This is despite the fact my room and breakfast had been paid in advance through my company - apparently guests can't be trusted. In 6 months of staying weekly in hotels of all types across York, Manchester and Leeds this was the only hotel to do this. When I questioned this at check in I was told the charge could be cancelled on check out. When I asked on check out I was told this could not be cancelled manually, it was automatic. It was only when I persisted the huffy receptionist made efforts to do this. Given the number of alternative hotels in Leeds I would go elsewhere every time.

Well the hotel although slightly dated and now in administration it is still open and I wish them good luck. Arrived to one set of staff who were lovely and engaging who were helpful and as we left our bags and went out for a drink to return later. Arrived back to a new member of staff who was not friendly and slightly rude. Felt unwelcome and awkward. Rooms although tired are comfortable and warm. Toilet didn't flush so back down to the unfriendly receptionist to tell her. Works never carried out so I was ignored. No surprise there then. Slept well apart from the screams and noise outside and this is not the hotels fault and not that much of a problem. Got up in the morning to the original reception team who were friendly and smiling. No breakfast there as we fancied a walk so can't comment. Overall would probably stay again but maybe bring garlic to fend off the afternoon receptionist.

If you like your bedding seasoned with pubic hair, chewing gum and other bodily fluids then 42 The Calls is for you. I changed rooms three times and all the rooms were filthy. I checked out of the hotel at 11pm and into the Hilton down the road.

Been recommended by friends and didn’t disappoint. Quiet, friendly hotel with lovely well equipped rooms. Lots of choice for breakfast. Welcoming from the beginning. Spacious bedroom with decent bathroom- white company soaps etc. Restaurant for breakfast overlooking the river Aire

42 The Calls was booked for us by a friend who had stayed there three times before. I can see why. Fantastic welcome, great rooms and the breakfast was amazing. Brilliantly located as well. The honesty bar was a nice touch too. G&T's please ;)

We stayed here for two nights and were delighted with our riverside room on the third floor. It was comfortable, clean and well-appointed with a warm ambience. All the members of staff were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the extensive breakfast menu which set us up perfectly for a great day in Leeds!

I stayed at ‘42 The Calls’ for a quick business trip in February with two colleagues. The hotel is in a fantastic old brick wharf building with lots of history with old black and white photographs in the lobby of the dilapidated state the building was in before it was renovated. I think the building is heading back in that direction sadly. I found the staff to be abrupt upon check-in and with an ‘attitude’. Taking a £100 deposit for extras which would be returned “in a couple of days” was maybe a clue as to the kind of clientele this hotel attracts. I stay in hotels all over the world and I have never experienced this. The room (202) was disgusting. Filthy baggy carpet, collapsed mattress, cracked sink in the bathroom, bath panel chewed at the side presumably from maintenance people jimmying it off to get to the pipe work underneath, water than ran cold for a full 10 minutes before eventually warming up and then scolding hot, noise from drunks outside the room (which overlooks the canal) at 3am... appalling. There’s no bar, apart from a fridge and countertop area in the lobby and a characterless seating area up a few steps. If I wasn’t with my colleagues, I would have checked out and found a Premier Inn, a Travelodge or an Ibis. At least they’re clean, have good mattresses and hot showers. When will hoteliers with more characterful boutique assets realise that some people would rather stay in a beautiful old building in the centre of town rather than a modern budget hotel off a motorway junction and apply the same rigorous standards of cleanliness, comfort and customer service?

42 The Calls Leeds England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Royal Armouries
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Royal Armouries is a short stroll from 42 The Calls, and other popular attractions like First Direct Arena are within a mile (2 km). This 41-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. Located in central Leeds, the hotel is also near University of Leeds and Thackray Medical Museum.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite brasserie, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning off right with full breakfast served for a fee.


All of 42 The Calls's 41 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of 42 The Calls enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a fireplace in the lobby. Self parking is available for GBP 19.95 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. This hotel also has a porter/bellhop.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 880 reviews