I had been intending to stay at this hotel for sometime having heard good reports about it and finally got around to it recently for a weekend stay. It is in a very central location in the city centre which means a bit of a walk from the car park that they have an arrangement with but this is too be expected. The building itself is impressive, being a former Technical College and has retained a lot of original features which is very nice and makes a pleasant change from the usual identikit chain hotels.
The check-in was efficient and the staff were welcoming and friendly. Our bedroom was on the 4th floor and was a good size, nicely decorated with high ceilings. For some reason though the TV was mounted on the wall so high up you could only watch it by laying on the bed!! This seemed odd given that there was sufficient wall space elsewhere in the room where it could have gone at a more sensible height. The bed was comfortable and double glazing kept out the traffic noise. There was a strange chemical smell present in the room when you first entered which was odd and which I couldn't quite identify but didn't give a great first impression.
The bathroom was good but the shower was poor - in such a newly renovated room I would expect a power or rain shower and shower curtains are always unpleasant - a screen is a much better idea.
When we returned from an evening out we were surprised to be told that we were unable to pay with cash for drinks at the bar and that they had to be charged to our room. I have never encountered this before in any hotel and thought it most odd!
Breakfast was served in the small restaurant on the lower ground floor. I was glad the hotel wasn't too busy as I suspect it would be problematical if it was given the small entrance door and the staff had to go past the buffet to get to and from the kitchen. The continental selection was OK, nothing special and not really what I expected - poor fruit selection (skin left on kiwi fruit slices, unripe melon) and slightly unpleasant yoghurts. I would expect a 'luxury' hotel to do something a bit more special. The hot food was much better - cooked to order and all of good quality (apart from the baked beans). Similarly toast was also made to order which is a vast improvement on the "toast it yourself" approach most hotels use these days. Another annoyance was that when the tea was brought the waiter poured it straight into my cup so without any consideration as to how strong I like my tea or whether or not I wanted milk in first!!
On checkout the hotel had charged me a £7 "reduced fee" for car parking overnight. However, when I reached the car park I discovered that as it was a Sunday I could have parked overnight for £3!!
This hotel is marketed as part of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World' and whilst it is a cut above the usual chain hotel it falls down on a number of small areas which don't make it quite 'luxury' and so, on balance, I was a bit disappointed with my stay given the price I paid compared to other hotels in Sheffield city centre.
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