If you’re attending a VIP event at the Leeds Arena, you have to pair it with a luxury hotel stay. Here are four of the best options for hotels near the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The Leeds First Direct Arena is set to put on a number of brilliant shows across 2023, including Elton John and George Ezra.

If you have VIP tickets to a show at the ‘super theater’, then you will most definitely want a premium stay to accompany.

Here, we have listed four hotels within walking distance of Leeds' iconic venue, the First Direct Arena.

The hotels chosen will provide you with a night (or nights) of luxury, with top-class amenities and homely rooms to make your stay in the city the best it can possibly be.

Dakota Leeds

Dakota hotels is a small UK-based hotel brand, but small is not meant to mean the hotels themselves, but in the fact that there are only five locations (the one in Manchester featured in our best hotels near the Etihad Stadium post).

Each of their hotels come with a brasserie grill to dine at, which offers an interesting, fresh and sophisticated menu, and a cocktail bar to enjoy with an outdoor terrace so you can enjoy the extensive cocktail menu while overlooking Leeds’ bustling Greek Street strip.

As for the rooms themselves, there are 84 luxury bedrooms that come with the everything you need to have a quality stay - smart TV and media hub with full Sky HD package, complimentary high speed internet, and contemporary ensuite bathrooms.

The hotel is just 0.5 miles from the arena, which is a short 10 minute walk. It is also just five minutes away from the train station, and has plenty of eateries and bars that you would be able to view from your room.

Maison Parfaite LS1 - Luxury Apartments

This one may be cheating a bit, as the Maison Parfait LS1 is a luxury apart-hotel rather than your standard hotel, but its offerings are far too good not to mention.

The Maison Parfaite LS1 offers six luxurious one and two bed apartments in the heart of the city that will ensure an exquisite stay in Leeds.

Every unit comes with a seating area that features a sofa and a flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchen with a dining area, dishwasher, microwave, oven, stove and fridge (not a mini one).

The rooms feature a pleasant and comfortable king bed and a private bathroom - essentially an en-suite in the one bed units. And speaking of the bathrooms, each one is gorgeously designed with elegant styling and decorated to perfection.

Location is of course most important here, and the Maison Parfaite is great here, too. It is situated on a quiet back street yet is still just steps away from the action in the city.

Better yet, it is just 900 yards from the arena, another short 10 minute walk.

Quebecs Hotel

A classic and charming hotel, the main aim set by the Quebecs hotel themselves is to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

Your “home away from home” hotel room offers all the finest amenities, including complimentary wifi, a flat-screen HDTV and, as with every hotel room, a mini bar.

But what sets the Quebecs hotel apart from the rest is the fact that it is not just any ordinary building in Leeds. It is a Grade 2 listed 4 star luxury hotel located in the heart of Leeds on Quebec Street.

The stunning building was built in 1891 and is the only independently owned hotel in central Leeds. It is handpicked by the Britain’s Finest website as one of the very best accommodations in the UK.

As described on their website, “you can expect to find rooms which offer a classic, contemporary and exceptionally comfortable guest experience complimented by a professional yet relaxed team of staff who like to offer an attention to detail that you will not experience elsewhere in the city”.

At 0.6 miles from the arena, it is a 13 minute walk from door to door, with a walk that takes you through the city and its most iconic features.

Malmaison Leeds

Near to the city’s vibrant nightlife is the Malmaison Leeds, a trendy hotel housed within a stunning Victorian building that was once the Leeds City Tramways Office.

The hotel offers 100 rooms and suites, each featuring big comfortable beds and all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury city centre hotel.

Within the hotel is the fabulous Chez Mal restaurant, which offers contemporary dining full of flavour. It also comes with the Chez Mal bar, a stylish setting for a range of fine cocktails.

When you’re ready to leave the comfort of the hotel, the city is right there on your doorstep, ready to be explored.

And when it's time to head to the arena for your event, you can stroll down through the city centre, with the hotel situated roughly 15 minutes from the venue. Outrageous by the standards on this list, but still incredibly accessible.

At the end of the day, there is no wrong answer from this list when it comes to staying in the unique city of Leeds. If you want the best time in the city, each hotel comes with its benefits to give you just that.

Of course, all this depends on if you are attending an event at the Leeds First Direct Arena. If you would like some help on finding the perfect event for yourself, we have listed the best upcoming events at the Arena in 2023.

Leeds First Direct Arena events

If you’re a sports fan, you could also attend a Leeds United or Leeds Rhinos match while on your visit, again making it an unforgettable experience with premium matchday hospitality.