Clean, contemporary and convenient – the Ramada Encore hotel in Leicester ticks plenty of boxes. If you’re planning a trip to the city to discover the story of Richard III, the king who was found in a car park, then it would make an excellent base.
Many of the sights associated with Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, are in the centre of Leicester, so you’re sure to want to join a walking tour of the city. The Ramada Encore Leicester (84-90 Charles St, T: 0116 366 0150) is well placed – it’s no more than 5 minutes’ walk from the railway station, which has fast links to London – and is about 10 minutes’ walk from Leicester Cathedral, where the medieval monarch is due to be ceremonially re-buried in 2014 and starting point for tours.
Clean and Spacious
The Ramada Encore Leicester is a modern hotel, only built in 2011 and well set-up for travellers taking a short break. The rooms are surprisingly spacious and decorated in pared-down, inoffensive fashion: white walls, wooden floors and white sheets. The look is enlivened with abstract prints on the walls and splashes of colour provided by maroon curtains and a matching sofa. Mine had a desk, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making equipment and thankfully a bed that was both large and comfy. And – big cheer – reading lights you could angle and that actually worked. There’s internet access in the room and free Wi-Fi in reception.
They’ve made good use of space in the bathroom: mine didn’t have a bath but a large, walk-in shower, tiled floors and a contemporary glass sink. All very clean. The Ramada Encore cut down on fripperies (so no little packs of shoeshine or nail files, which is really no loss), but there are large dispensers of Gilchrist and Soames soap and shower wash (a shower cap would have been handy though).
Breakfast is no-frills self service, and there’s plenty of choice – you can go for the full cooked option or pastries, fruit and coffee. Their Hub restaurant also serves evening meals with a menu featuring pizzas and burgers, as well as classics such as steak and kidney pudding. They even offer two vegetarian choices, including a hearty sounding Stilton, mushroom and onion pudding which would certainly set you up for a day exploring the Bosworth Field battle site. It’s not the place to come if you’re expecting a turn-down service and a chocolate on your pillow – but then the price is from £58.65 per room per night, leaving you with more money to spend exploring Leicester and discovering the story of the king in the car park.