Lodging in and Around Sheffield
Sheffield has taken many steps over the past few decades to attract tourism from the UK and around the world. Many of the city's most popular attractions have been built or refurbished in the last 20 years following the decline of the steel market. The number of dining and lodging places in the city has had to grow at about the same rate as tourist attractions to keep pace in housing the city's guests.
People coming to see the various attractions, take in a sporting event, or doing business in town have a range of accommodation options, particularly in the city centre. Several four star hotels in the area, like the Macdonald St. Paul's hotel or the Sheffield Park Hotel contain everything you would need in luxury lodging. Multiple restaurants with fine cuisine, bars, spa and workout facilities, business centers and in room Jacuzzis are the norm. The Holiday Inn is also a four star hotel with 100 rooms in a grade II listed building constructed in 1862.
Three star hotels are more common in the city. Most have similar amenities to the four star hotels, but are slightly less luxurious, with restaurants not quite as renowned. Still, they are very comfortable places to relax or work from, and if you're in town to see the sites, you won't want to eat in the hotel anyway. Plenty of the trendiest pubs and restaurants are within a few minutes of these hotels so you may want to stay at the Novotel Sheffield for example. In the heart of the city centre, and close to the train station, shops, nightclubs, and theatres, these hotels will save you a little money that can be better spent eating and drinking. The Hotel Bristol or Grosvenor House Hotel are other good three star hotels in the area. The Cutlers Hotel is a two star hotel in the commercial center of the city. Theatres and shops are located nearby, and the bar and restaurant are quite comfortable.
The Leopold Hotel will be providing four star stays with a target opening date of May 1, 2007. The 50,000 square foot former boys school is undergoing the transformation to a boutique hotel in a Grade I listed building. The Leopold will not be accepting stag, hen, or same sex groups without prior arrangement. They do however claim to be gay friendly like many of the other hotels in the area. Other four star hotels around Sheffield are Hellaby Hall Hotel, Tankersley Manor, and the Sheffield Marriott.
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, Houseboat Hotels has two floating apartments where you can stay for not much more than a hotel. The forty foot long Ruby, and the fifty foot long Lily-May are available for holiday or business travel. The owners have worked out a deal with the Hilton Hotel so their guests can use the health club and swimming pool. Special Occasion Stays cost a little more, but include Chilled Spanish Champagne, Hand Made Chocolates, fresh flowers, Port Aperitif and breakfast. The Houseboat Hotels Web site is flooded with rave reviews from people who were just thrilled to stay somewhere different.
If you're looking for something away from the city centre, The Aston Hall Hotel sits in 55 acres a minute from the M1 motorway, but has the look and feel of being in the country. The hotel is quite popular for weddings and conferences and banqueting facilities are available for between 10 and 320 people. They also do parties and corporate events. The Fountain Inn & Rooms near Penistone are also a 'back to nature' destination. It is close to the Peak District National Park, and is outfitted luxuriously with four poster beds in the deluxe rooms. Two of the rooms are suites with the largest appointed with newly weds in mind. The staff likes to interact with the guests and the quiz night at 9pm on Sunday offers a first prize of a free night's stay. Other prizes include free drink vouchers. Other events are mystery nights, race nights, casino nights, and tribute nights.
If you want to really get back to nature, areas of the Peak District National Park have holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts. They will soon have their own unusual lodging as a barn conversion called Hall Farm Mews will be set to open in December 2006. The owners have converted a barn into luxury lodging for up to 10 guests in the three bed and three bath accommodation. Other Bunk Barns are available, without as much luxury, such as Bushey Heath in Derbyshire. Here you can choose your comfort level and price, from the bunk house to a campsite. The farm sells fresh free range eggs, and a few other products for your convenience.
The area in and around Sheffield is full of places to see and things to do if you do your homework you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for in lodging, food, drink, and entertainment venues.