Hailing from Hull, East Yorkshire in the North East of England we are both familiar with the city – the top attractions to see, the places to grab the best bites and the bars that serve killer cocktails. One thing, it appears we were not up on were the places to stay! Hull has a number of big, faceless, chain hotels, which of course serve their purpose but do not have character or personality. However, we were brought up to speed with a great alternative Hull has to offer when we visited the newly opened and very contemporary boutique HIDEOUT Hotel located in the Old Town area of the city.Hull, or Kingston Upon Hull, to give it it’s full name, was the UK City of Culture 2017 which saw the city centre updated and renovated. Therefore, a great choice if you are looking for a UK city to visit especially as the legacy is living on strong proving the true old saying ‘it’s never dull in Hull‘ and this is a great hotel to book yourself into whilst you explore the local area and everything that is has to offer.
Entrance & Reception
The independent, family-run aparthotel contains fifteen quality self-catering apartments which are located in a prime spot in the city, perfect for exploring as mentioned above or simply chilling out like we did. As with many aparthotels, there isn’t a reception area. You simply create a 4 digit code when you book your apartment and that is then used to initially enter the building and then to get into your apartment. There is, of course, a 24-hour contact number should you have any problems at all during your stay. We are pleased to report we didn’t, therefore did not need to call the number.
There are parking spaces available, they must be reserved in advance and only cost £8 per day, which for a city centre is pretty good going. As we didn’t arrive until after work at 6.30pm and had to be up and out to get back to work by 8.00am the next morning, we actually just parked on the street nearby for nothing, as on-street parking is free between 6.00pm and 8.30am each day – perfect for a flying overnight visit.
We knew we were going to love our stay from the second we walked through the main door, into a clean crisp white corridor complete with a beautiful old school record player. We headed up to our room, number 12, a deluxe one bedroom apartment located on the second floor. Walking into our apartment felt like we were walking into a friend’s apartment, a very stylish friend with a great eye for design and a love of technology of course and we felt at home straight away.
Our initial plan had been to drop off our bags, get showered and changed and head out to a local restaurant for a couple of drinks and dinner. However, as soon as we saw the apartment we scraped the plan and decided to grab a take away from Nandos (yes, Nandos) and cosy up watching Netflix. Granted, that is something that we could have done at home but it always feels different when staying somewhere else. Plus we wanted the chance to relax and enjoy our surroundings.
Living Area at the Hideout Hotel
The main open plan living area in Apartment 12 is huge, there is so much room, especially for just two people. With luxury designer furniture including a comfortable sofa, large flat screen TV, artwork, added extras like a DAB radio and a floor very similar to the parquet flooring that we have at home, we found it to be very welcoming and decorated to our taste.
However, the cutest thing in the room was definitely the easel in the corner where we could draw a picture or leave a message. As neither of us is particularly arty, we decided not to waste the paper or embarrass ourselves due to our lack of skills, but a great extra, especially if travelling with children. My favourite part of the room was the lovely window seat, which was a great place for me to jump up on and reply to a few emails whilst looking out on to the street below and the Hull Minster directly opposite, but more about that later.
Kitchen at the Hideout Hotel
We love having a kitchen when we travel, it’s a great way to save some money when travelling long term, however, as we were only staying one night at the HIDEOUT we really didn’t get the opportunity to use the one in our apartment because of the aforementioned Nandos takeaway. It did have everything we would need should we have used it including an oven, ceramic induction hob, fridge, microwave and even dishwasher.
We found fresh milk in the fridge (no horrible UHT – bonus) together with a range of tea bags, including our faves – Yorkshire tea, some delicious sounding filter coffee, which we didn’t sample as I don’t like coffee and it seemed wasteful making a full pot just for Mr ESLT to have one cup. We were also spoilt with locally produced chocolates and a lovely and personalised handwritten welcome note.
Bedroom at the Hideout Hotel
Our bedroom had everything we needed for a very relaxing night’s sleep complete with deluxe super king size bed (which can be made up as twin beds if visiting with a friend or family member), with open wardrobe complete with plenty of coathangers, meaning Mr ESLT and I did not have to fight for the right to hang our clothes up like we have done at other hotels and yet another large smart TV, which meant we could watch a couple of cheeky episodes of our current favourite Netflix show before we went to sleep.
Remember I mentioned that the hotel is directly opposite the Hull Minster, the largest parish church in England? Therefore, the bells do ring frequently and are very loud, even with the window closed. Luckily for us, we love the sound of them and personally, I can sleep through anything. However, if you are a light sleeper, not to worry, as earplugs are provided. These might come in useful during weekend visits too, as the hotel is right in the city centre close to a lot of bars and restaurants, which could result in some noise. We stayed on a Monday evening and had a very pleasant and undisturbed sleep.
Bathroom at the Hideout Hotel
The bathroom in apartment 12 is über contemporary and perfection itself, seriously! With a large freestanding bath and separate massive shower cubicle, it was a tough decision which one to use first. The added luxury of a double basin also meant we could both get ready at the same time in the morning as we both had work to get to. Even though we had, of course, taken our own toiletries, the complimentary British handmade organic ones provided in the bathroom at the HIDEOUT where too divine smelling not to use, I even used the shampoo and I NEVER use hotel shampoo.
We had a great stay at the HIDEOUT Hotel and would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone visiting Hull. It has everything going for it – it is modern and contemporary without being cold and unwelcoming and the location is second to none. It is a stone’s throw from a number of bars and restaurants making it perfect for a night out. All the major museums, art galleries and theatres are also in walking distance making it the perfect place to base yourself if you are interested in the city’s art scene, history and culture. It is also great for families and groups as two bedroomed apartments are also available and with prices starting at around the £75 mark per night for a one bedroomed apartment, it is definitely value for money.
Maybe you are actually from Hull and are looking to take a staycation? Again, this is the place, you could cook a romantic meal or get a take away like we did and simply kick back and relax. Even though we were less than 10 miles from home, we left feeling refreshed and like we’d had a great break.
- We were invited to stay at the HIDEOUT Hotel on a complimentary basis.