If there’s one city that’s pretty damn popular at the moment, it’s got to be Leicester. With the triumphant win of the premier League a few weeks back, Leicester is sure to be visited by lots of fans coming from near and far! Leicester is around 40 minutes away from us so it’s not too far but it’s just a little too far for it to be classed as our ‘local’ city, so when we took a little over night stay, I thought I’d share with what you where we stayed and how it can work for you if you’re thinking of planning a trip!
We stayed at the Leicester Marriott Hotel which is around 10/15 minutes out of the main city centre but is directly opposite Fosse park - an ever-growing shopping complex that also has a selection of great restaurants too! The location of the hotel is perfect if you don’t like to be around the hustle and bustle of the city centre - a little like us as we took Millie with us and we like to know that the hotel is going to be quiet. Arriving at the hotel, the car park is secure which is reassuring when you’re leaving your car in a carpark overnight or for the weekend.
Check in was simple and straight forward, no long winded questions, no forms to fill out, simply give them your name, sign the sheet and get your keys! There is also a mobile check in option but we decided to speak to humans and not to the robot! The lobby is HUGE, with a concierge desk, an in-house Starbucks, a Bar and a restaurant with lifts and stairs leading to the rooms and also the Leisure facilities off to the back of the hotel. We were in a Business King room which also had a pull out bed in for Millie (looking at around £119 a night for a Friday night stay Room only). The room was perfect, a good size so Millie had space to play, the bed could fit us all with room to spare, the bathroom was a really good size and there were tea/coffee making facilities too!
We went into the city for dinner on Friday night and headed to Las Iguanas to try their new menu out (blog post to come soon!) and it took us around 15 minutes to get there as we hit a bit of Friday night traffic but it was simple to follow the signs into the city centre from the hotel and simply come off the ring road, past the Football and Rugby ground and into the centre. Saying this, if you wanted to visit the Football ground, it’s about a 10 minute drive from the hotel!
Saturday morning we woke after a sound night sleep and I headed down to the gym. I had a super quick work out using the Treadmill and Cross trainer and then jumped on a couple of resistance machines working on my arms as I’m desperately trying to get rid of my bingo wings! The gym and pool are available to guests during their stay with early opening and late closing times and it was nice and quiet too! You get a towel for both the gym and pool (including a sauna and steam room) and there are lockers for your belongings. All of the facilities were clean and tidy - the family changing room was a good shout as we were both able to get dressed and get Millie dressed with plenty of room!
We’d definitely return if we ever had any functions or events to attend in Leicester with super comfy rooms and beds and being so convenient to the city centre - it beats driving back so late at night and also means that we haven’t got to debate about who is driving and who can have a cheeky drink! You can look at availability for the hotel here or call and book a room.
(Thank you to Marriott Hotel for allowing us to stay with them and use their facilities)