Sheffield Park Hotel is situated about 5 miles South of the city centre on the A61and I imagine most custom is business/conference related. It might not be first choice if you're heading for a night out in Sheffield, but as a place to base yourself for exploring the wider area, or if you're after a bit of relaxation, it is spot on. We had booked a two night stay which included an evening meal on one night of our choosing; plus we also got a complementary upgrade, which is always appreciated. We arrived mid-afternoon and were checked in without fuss by a friendly member of staff and headed up to our room.
The room consisted of a king-size bed, bedside cabinets & lamps, two chairs, a small table, a writing table (which had a hidden hairdryer), TV, mini-safe, wardrobe, tea & coffee making facilities and a fridge. A fair bit in there, but it certainly wasn't cramped. Nice touch in the fridge was fresh milk which is always much better than the sachets; it's only a small thing, but it makes a difference. There was also complementary bathrobes and slippers for the stay as part of the upgrade.
Bed was comfy enough and I slept well the second night (the first I'd had a fair bit to drink, so can't give fair comment) and it was noticeable how little noise there was compared to a city centre hotel. Bathroom consisted of a bath & shower; of which the latter came out at an acceptable (and adjustable) temperature and with decent power. Maybe not a big point, but I've been to enough places where one or both are not regular occurrences.
As mentioned, we had an evening meal included in the cost and we choose to have this on the first night. Most of our service was by Patrick who deserves a mention as his service was spot on. My personal opinion on service is that it should be tailored to the individual, I really cannot abide the whole 'Sir/Madam' charade which sadly still persists and to me is eminently outdated & insincere, but is still upheld by many senior staff within business as the 'correct' way. I'm sure some people disagree, but as I say service should be tailored, so those who want it can have it. I don't - rant over by the way! - and both myself and my wife were impressed by how Patrick dealt with us. Good work from the Vernon Kay look-alike; he loves it when people point the likeness out.
The food was generally pretty good as well. Starters were a ham & rabbit terrine which was delicious and a duck leg confit which was tasty, albeit it could have done with an additional flavour to contrast with. For main I had game pie which was absolutely delicious. The house red was reasonably priced and I really liked it.
That's not to say the whole meal experience was perfect as there were a couple of niggles. Not in a submit a complaint way, but there were a few things lacking. The first was the massive wait we had between main course and dessert, it was getting to the point where we were regretting having ordered, and the second issue was with a dessert once it came. I'd ordered cheese and biscuits which were generally very nice (can't recall what the white cheese was but it didn't taste of much, the other two were lovely though) and as a rule I would have been very happy with it. In fact I was happy with it until it came to breakfast the next day and found exactly the same cheese choice available… I can't say it was great to see my chosen dessert there as a free for all dish when I'd had to pay to have a limited amount of it the night before!
Talking of breakfast, aside from cheese there was also cold meats, fruit, yoghurts, pastries, juice and a hot selection of eggs (scrambled & fried), beans, sausages, bacon, mushrooms and, er, cooked potatoes. Sure I will have missed a few things, but overall it was a good choice and everything was replenished once finished, or immediately if someone asked. You had the choice of tea or coffee to be bought to you along with some toast as well whilst sat at your table.
During our stay we also made use of the bar which wasn't too bad pricewise for a hotel; a glass of wine could be had for around £4.50 and a pint of Kronenburg was £3.90. We also used the heath club which included a small pool, jacuzzi spa, steam room and sauna. Quite compact, but enjoyed it while in there. There was also a gym, but gave that a miss. If you use the gym on a relaxation break, then you need to reconsider what you find relaxing!
If you're looking for some time out of the hotel then Graves Park is only 5-10 minutes walk away (right from the entrance, head straight on) which I really liked. Lots of green space, horticulture, ponds, quiet areas & farm animals. On the road heading up there you will also see a pub (we chose the hotel bar instead, it's much nicer), ATM, Spar & various takeaways which may be of use if you don't fancy eating at the hotel or heading further afield.
At the end of our stay check-out was quick and painless and again the staff were really helpful. In fact all staff we spoke to during our stay (all listed previously, plus the cleaners) were spot on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park is a contemporary hotel with top-quality 4-star facilities. Situated on the outskirts of Sheffield, yet with superb travel links, this DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is the perfect base for South Yorkshire, The Peak District and North Derbyshire. This is one of the few hotels in Sheffield able to offer complimentary car parking, fully air-conditioned bedrooms, 11 meeting rooms, an award-winning restaurant and revive Health Club making it the best place for your next stay in Sheffield. The Hotel holds a Four Star AA rating and an AA Rosette. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- House Moat Sheffield