It's a 1920s themed hotel with a mysterious, exotic oasis.
Travelling from the outskirts of Leicester, travel time by car took roughly two hours, with an 8-minute walk from the nearest car park. If you’d prefer to take alternate travel route, The Queens hotel is closely located by a train station.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by incredibly welcoming staff who made us feel right at home in and instant. It's a 1920s themed hotel inside with Chesterfield sofas, wooden wall panels, extravagant light fittings, dark furniture, and gold detail throughout.
We were shown to our room which was accompanied by city views and an immaculate 1920s Gatsby style decor. With more muted tones than the rest of the hotel, the room was relaxing while still oozing with luxury and sophistication. The king-sized bed ticked all the boxes for comfort, making it harder to leave the following morning.
Dinner at the in-house restaurant, The Grand Pacific speaks for itself. They quote themselves on being “a mysterious exotic oasis splashed with eastern excitement and seasoned with echoes of empire” and the atmosphere on the night reflected this perfectly.
Our Vegetable Spring Roll and Duck Gyoza staters hinted at the eastern excitement the GP restaurant promises, and our hamburger and fillet steak mains put a refreshing exotic twist on the pub classics. Washed down with an ice cream dessert and a few cocktails, we couldn’t fault the menu one bit.
The staff were unbelievably helpful and super friendly throughout the evening, catering for an allergy in our party without hesitation, making us feel even more comfortable. It’s safe to say the service was served with a genuine smile. This same dining experience continued down at The Grill for breakfast the following morning, albeit a little more casual.
I was nervous before arriving when it came to the food element of our visit after experiencing the phantom taste symptoms of long Covid. For the last few months, savoury foods have been quite unpleasant for me but luckily, the flavour of all the dishes we chose showed Covid who’s boss!
The general atmosphere at The Queen was amicable from arrival to departure and I would highly recommend paying them a visit if you fancy a night fit for a queen.
Written by Becci Houlston
Becci is Head of Digital at Cross Productions and is currently studying Level 6 CIM Marketing Manager apprenticeship. Becci’s creative writing style produces effective marketing campaigns for local businesses and helps her enjoy her hobby of blog writing for self-titled lifestyle blog B.Houlston, and TV and movie reviews for Focus Film.