Hotel Apartments Leicester – The Top Two

If you are looking for apartments, with hotel or hotel like facilities, then we think these are the two options to consider when staying in Leicester. 

Both have an LE1 postcode, making them within the city centre. Both have front desks, or concierge. Both offer apartments, rather than smaller hotel rooms. Here we compare them: Charles Hope Leicester City (LE1 4AX) and The Gresham Aparthotel (LE1 6DP).  

Comparing apartment sizes 

The Gresham Aparthotel has eight categories of apartment, or room, whereas Charles Hope Leicester City has three. Both hotel apartments Leicester have studios, one beds and two beds. 

Studios at the Gresham Aparthotel are 161 square feet. At Charles Hope Leicester City, studios are 430 square feet, which is about 2.7 times the size. That’s a lot of extra space!  

One-bedroom apartments at the Gresham Aparthotel are 181 square feet. At Charles Hope Leicester City, the one bedroom apartments are 511 square feet, which is around 2.8 times the size. 

Two-bedroom apartments at the Gresham Aparthotel are 377 square feet. At Charles Hope Leicester City, the two bedroom apartments are 470 square feet. 

Comparing bed sizes 

Charles Hope Leicester City offers king-size double beds with quality cotton linen in all apartments. The Gresham Aparthotel bed sizes vary depending on the apartment. They are listed as large beds, on which can be queen or king-size. Neither property offers standard double sized beds, so guests are always getting more bed space, than at some other hotels. 

Comparing kitchens 

Kitchens are an important difference between a hotel room and an apartment. When searching for which hotel apartments Leicester have the best kitchens, our comparison is as follows. 

Charles Hope Leicester has fully equipped large kitchens at all apartments. They contain dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, counter space and sink, microwave, oven and hobs, kettle, toaster, coffee machine and cutlery, crockery, cups and glasses. Plus, an essential tea and coffee starter pack, essential dishwasher liquid and tablets pack, ideal for short stay guests. 

The Gresham Aparthotel has kitchenettes, which are compact kitchens, which has usually two instead of four hobs. They have microwave, kettle, two hob stovetop, fridge and kitchenware.  

Comparing lounges / dining 

Apartments at both offer sofas, and seated dining. The only difference, besides style, however, both are tastefully designed and modern, is that Charles Hope Leicester City apartments are larger, meaning more living space. 

Comparing in-apartment amenities 

Both have bathrooms with toiletries, towels and bed linen included. Both, have flat-screen TVs, free wifi, wardrobe space and are non-smoking. 

Charles Hope Leicester City apartment have hardwood flooring throughout, vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies, iron and ironing board, contactless check-in / arrivals and are pet friendly, so you can bring a small to medium dog by arrangement for a fee. They come with weekly cleaning. Check-in from 15:00, and check-out by 11:00. 

The Gresham Aparthotel has safety deposit boxes and air conditioning. Check-in is also from 15:00. 

Comparing locations 

Both locations are in the city centre. They are just a 10-minute walk apart, which is 0.5 miles, or 0.8 kilometres. They are both equidistant from the Castle Gardens and the River Soar. Pubs, restaurants, bars, shopping and De Montford University are close to both. Charles Hope Leicester City is also located by Europe’s largest outdoor market, which is worth having a wander around and great for sourcing local ingredients and items. 

Comparing parking 

There is no on-site parking at either of these hotel apartments Leicester. There are local parking options such as NCP Lee Circle Car Park which is very affordable per day and around a 12-minute walk from both. Charles Hope Leicester City is right by a large John Lewis parking called Highcross with 2,000 spaces.  

There is also the NCP Leicester Abbey Street, a 9-minute walk from Charles Hope Leicester City and a 12-minute walk from The Gresham Aparthotel. 

Comparing facilities 

Charles Hope Leicester City offers a reception, 24-hour security, 24-hour helpline, lift access to all floors, free public space wifi, roof terrace, meeting rooms and communal living areas, with a kitchen, dining and lounge with fireplace. There is no gym onsite, but The Gym Group Highcross is a 3-minute walk, 0.2 miles / 0.3 kilometres and offers very affordable 1-day, 3-day and 5-day passes, or month membership. It is a very large gym and fitness centre, with classes as well. 

The Gresham Aparthotel, has a 24-hour front-desk, a smaller fitness centre, but it is at the property. Free wifi throughout the property and a bar. 


Our comparison shows us that the Gresham Aparthotel has smaller apartments, but does have a more hotel-like experience. Charles Hope Leicester City has a lot of on-site facilities, business grade wifi, better equipped kitchen, guaranteed king-size beds in every apartment and is also pet friendly. For both properties the price per night varies depending on dates, so it is worth doing a check on the exact dates you are seeking. You can check and Charles Hope Leicester City Centre here and The Gresham Aparthotel here. 


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