Leeds: 42 The Calls & Gaucho

16th April 2011



I’ve always wanting to do hotel reviews as I have been travelling quite a lot recently for work and press trips, which included over night stays but due to time issue it didn’t allow me to spend time taking pictures and admire it’s room feature.

A while ago I was given an opportunity (thank you Mango PR) to visit Leeds in Yorkshire with an overnight stay at the 42 The Calls, a complimentary dinner at the Gaucho and a guided tour of the city’s fashion gems, all courtesy of Leeds Marketing, Gaucho and the East Coast line.  My travel companions were Laetitia of Mademoiselle Robot and Cait of Wayward Daughter.

42 The Calls.

Normally, when I enter a hotel room I would drop all my belongings by the door and inspect the main room, the lighting, the bed, the wardrobe, mini bar, work station, the window, the bathroom and lastly WIFI.  I was quite astonished to find a bath mat provided in the bathroom which is a plus point, all the hotels I’d stayed in the past they weren’t provided unless you call the concierge and charge you £3 for added service – like being charge extra for a mini salad as side order with an organic steak in a way.




A hosted dinner at the Gaucho restaurant known for their interior features – signature crystal chandelier designs, luxurious cocktail lounge, cowhide seating (they’re stroke friendly), attention to detail in food presentation and their impeccable customer service.




After a hectic night with dozens of work and blog related emails to reply I had an amazing undisturbed sleep in a comfortable soft bed cuddled with fluffy soft pillows, maybe because the bed felt so right for my knackered hard-working soul in desperate need of rest.  I ordered breakfast for room service for 08:30am the following morning, a tray of basic breakfast with tea and Cumberland sausage and egg muffin arrived in the room’s private hatch next to the main door (another bonus point).  With the glorious sunshine beaming through the window I had my breakfast by the windowsill, peering through watching a family of ducks and a lonely swan swim pass-by this is what I need in life – Laetitia described her exact morning episode as mentioned on her MCM blog.

Stay tuned for endless Leeds visual diaries and another hotel review over the next coming weeks.

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  • Diana 17th April 2011 at 02:18

    You’re so lucky to get invited and sleep for free, love the review.

  • Purple Chiffon 17th April 2011 at 02:21

    ‘like being charge extra for a mini salad as side order with an organic steak in a way’

    This makes me laugh.

  • Kate 17th April 2011 at 02:47

    Wow a breakfast deliver through a private hatch is a genius idea.

  • fantastic style 17th April 2011 at 02:49

    Can’t wait for your visual diary.

  • Louise 17th April 2011 at 02:50

    Mixing fashion and travel is another niche to your blog, I like :)

  • Yulia Muratovich 17th April 2011 at 02:51

    Your review is hilarious. Good job they chose you to do the review.

  • Shini 17th April 2011 at 03:06

    This post makes me happy, the shot with you in the bed, the breakfast shot, the dinner shot….GARH pure GOOD. I love that private hatch idea, no greeting hotel staff with buggy eye and toxic morning breath.

    • Kit @ Style Slicker 17th April 2011 at 12:57

      @Shini – The private hatch was such a good idea, I slept so well and I looked a tad mess with a dried drool mark on my face.
      @Sakai – It was from a starter section…something scollops.

  • Sakai 17th April 2011 at 03:07

    Mmmmmm the food looks yummy, what was it?

  • january 17th April 2011 at 09:20

    awww it looks lovely, all the decor and gorgeous food mmmm!!!

    january, x

  • Jeannette 17th April 2011 at 10:08

    I’ve been to Leeds to visit friends last Christmas, the city was magical when it snowed.

  • Dave Hodgkinson 17th April 2011 at 10:59

    Lush :)

  • Eugenie 17th April 2011 at 11:59

    You’re funny.

  • BB 17th April 2011 at 12:39

    Nice blog :)

  • Viva Yang 17th April 2011 at 13:10

    So nice to sit by the window and watch the ducks/swans goes by the river, a cup of tea in one hand is a total bliss.

  • Cotton Bud 17th April 2011 at 13:11

    Wow a free stay at a hotel.

  • Molly 17th April 2011 at 13:12


  • KPT 17th April 2011 at 15:27

    The bed looks soft and comfy, mmm the food and awww the window. Erm that tea looks white :S

    • Kit @ Style Slicker 17th April 2011 at 15:36

      @KPT – Yeah I didn’t brew the tea long enough hence the white tea 😀
      @Shortie – Yes it was nice to get away and explore the north.

  • Shortie 17th April 2011 at 15:28

    It’s nice to get away from the city.

  • The Black Box 18th April 2011 at 01:18

    Love reading your personal (and funny) review, I can’t wait to see and hear more.

  • Onyxsta 18th April 2011 at 20:37

    oooh how posh :)

  • Aja 19th April 2011 at 21:56

    That hotel bed looks massively cozy.

  • Helen 20th April 2011 at 23:58

    you make the place look so pretty.
    Nice to hear of something so hi high fash happening outside of London.

    Helen, X

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