We stayed overnight at the Garrison- it was extremely busy as apparently they had a convention using the hotel. Check in was easy and there was free parking at the side of the hotel covered by CCTV.
Our room was large and well equipped, with a TV, hairdryer and kettle, though the decoration was too chintzy for my taste! There were lots of towels and complimentary shower gel/soaps in the shower/bath, which was warm and didn't flood the bathroom for once, which made a change from some rooms I've been in. It was clean and tidy and the bed was firm and comfortable. We had been given a triple room for some reason, so I can't comment on the size of smaller double rooms.
I found it too warm, but as there was a freestanding oil heater wired in, obviously some folks find it too cold (!) Arriving at 7pm, I ordered a steak sandwich from room service, which arrived quickly with no fuss, despite the waitress ringing me back, saying there was a wait for food because of the aforementioned convention. This was served with a salad and chunky chips and was very tasty- little did we know what lay ahead!
Our room was at the end of the block and I found the noise from the busy road off the retail park tended to intrude quite a bit, but this isn't really something the hotel can sort, as most of my irritation stemmed from 'boy racers' doing donuts, burnouts and wheel spins at 1 in the morning.
Coupled with the subtle but intrusive noise of the music from what I presumed was the restaurant or bar, up to 1am, didn't put me in a restful mood, despite the lovely warm room.
The music droned on and on- perhaps the management didn't realize how loud it was or maybe the DJ just wasn't considerate.
Come the morning- suitably bleary eyed we ventured to the dining room for breakfast, which was included in the price of the room. Now, I'm not a food snob at all and I'm quite happy with 3* all inclusive fayre on holiday and having eaten a fair few buffet breakfasts the continental buffet was basic but OK, not that I was expecting a gourmet delight- fruit, juice, cereal, toast, but the cooked English really was trying to save a few pennies to many.
The tomatoes were out of a catering can whilst the beans were inferior to even ' value' branded types from the supermarket. My sausage was very greasy, cheap and nasty- how hard would it be to buy in some quality meat and cook fresh tomatoes- given recent events in the food industry? This was the only low point of our stay and surprising given the quality of the room service food. I have had some great buffet breakfasts in UK hotels before, so I know what is possible and this is the only negative thing I found during my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Garrison Hotel Sheffield Here at the Garrison Hotel Sheffield, we pride ourselves on our distinctively unique historical character and award winning grounds and gardens, one of the only independently owned Sheffield Hotels. The Garrison Hotel Sheffield is Grade II Listed, situated within Hillsborough Barracks and is a former military guardhouse, ammunition base completed in 1854. An ideal hotel for anyone wanting a relaxing, short stay or weekend break, come and experience the ambience of our Guardhouse Bar and Restaurant. Boasting 43 spacious cosy en-suite bedrooms complete with 26 inch Flat screen LED Televisions, freeview and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms. A complimentary fast and reliable private internet line powers the Wifi access in all Hotel bedrooms and public areas. Our special atmosphere is combined with a superb convenience and service from our friendly staff to ensure your stay is enjoyable. ... more less
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