Holiday Inn Sheffield
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Sheffield
This hotel was the original railway station for Sheffield, and has a gorgeous ballroom with the original ceiling moldings. And steam heat!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Sheffield
Nice hotel, good location.
Stayed at the Holiday Inn, December 10th 2005, location is pretty good although it can be a bit difficult to locate, we managed to drive straight past it going from Meadowhall but it was easy going back the other way.
Location is OK within easy walking distance of the town centre. If you like a curry there's some good curry houses close by.
The standard rooms are a bit small on the small side, but they are clean and have obviously been refurbished in the recent past.
Second time lucky!
Stayed for a weekend in October 2005 - booked an executive room. The first room we were given reminded us of a long dark hall with a window at the far end - however, we asked reception to change our room which they did without question. New room was lovely - two large windows and a very comfy bed.
My only complaint would be that there was no towel rail in the bathroom! - towels were stowed underneath the beautiful modern bowl-like sink but once you had used them there was nowhere to put them!! As there isn't a turn-down service when towels could have been replaced for the morning the alternative to a cold wet towel for our morning shower was to dry them on the radiator in our room!
We had breakfast both mornings which was excellent- the service was faultless.
The bar area is a bit atmosphereless but if you don't intend to spend a lot of time there I suppose its OK.
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria - Far better than most would think..
We had an overnight leisure stay at the Royal Victoria Saturday 01st October. Having not stayed in Sheffield before, we were unsure where to stay and having looked at both the Holiday Inn and the Hilton just across the road, we opted for the Holiday Inn.
Having previously stayed at many other Holiday Inn's on business, I wasn't expecting too much. That is not to say I have been disappointed on other occassions, just that I am realistic in my expectations knowing that Holiday Inns are usually reliable if unspectacular 2/3/4 * accommodation.
Upon arrival, we were surprised to find the imposing facade of a former Victorian railway house rather than the usual modern building(s). After parking up in the secure car park we proceeded to check in where we were welcomed by a very efficient front of house staff team who greeted us by name as Priority club members.
The hotel was almost full, and after finding a small problem with our initial room, we were seemlessly checked into another Executive Spa room (234) with jacuzzi bath in addition to the usual facilities. The room itself was of a good size in good condition with lots of natural light through the 2 large sash windows. Our only criticism being the room was quite dusty, although this may partly be due to the speed in which they had to prepare the room in light of the problem with our initial allocation.
As the age and type of the building may suggest, the public areas are very 'olde worlde' with lots of dark woods, leather and ornate ceilings. Not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure, but character in abundance as far as we were concerned. The hotel does have a newer extension with a small modern gym and separate sauna in both male and female changing rooms.
The hotel has its own restaurant and bar. We did not eat in the restaurant, but had drinks in the bar where the prices were reasonable and the service was excellent.
A continental style breakfast was included in our rate but we payed a little extra to have a full English in our room. This was delivered on time and was of high quality with more than enough food to go at.
In short, this is a comfortable 4* hotel that we wholeheartedly recommend to others. Most facilities you would expect to find in this price bracket and rating, however what set this hotel above the similar others we have stayed at was the exceptional service. Of particular note were Beth and Chris in the front of house team, who both provided the level of service you would expect at a good 5* hotel.
Building with Character
No air condtioning
Stayed several days here, had to have the room changed because of a plumbing problem but staff was very helpful and accommodating. Second room was much nicer so we lucked out. Very nice and updated bathrooms with nice amenities. Rooms were nice and roomy, beds comfortable, room was clean and well stocked. Nice breakfast, and had a nice dinner one night. All in all, a good stay and didn't really see another hotel in the area that looked nicer.
I have stayed at this hotel a number of times, when my partner is visiting Sheffield on business. The hotel has real Victorian charm - particularly the lounge and the grand staircases. The rooms we've stayed in have been spacious with high ceilings, big windows etc. Until recently some of the bathrooms seemed a bit dated, but the last few times we've stayed we've had plush bathroom suites with bowl shaped sinks (those modern ones that sit above the counter).
We stayed at the holiday inn "royal Victoria" over new years eve 2004/2005. We got the hotel as part of a club package at Gatecrasher club so I really wasn't expecting it to be all that great,and was suprised by how nice it was. It had alot of charm especially in the reception where there was even a little library/sitting room. Great big staircase and rooms were lovely. Ok so the window did have peeling paint and there was a definate crack between windon and sill to let the cold air creep in....bbut shut the curtains but the beer bottles to chill on the sill....crank up the heat and you wouldn't know.
Beds were nice and comfy,sky tv and gorgeous bathrooms with "modern victorain style" sinks.
Really had an olde world charm but with all the modern conveniences.
Buffet breakfast nest day was so so......seemed some of the breakfast foods were the night befores left overs. But the place was packed...it was new yrs day and still tasted ok.
Don't allow the word 'Royal' to fool you into believing that you will be treated as such; I have stayed at this hotel on numerous occasions and every trip seems to further expose the shortcomings of this ramshackle hotel. Avoid the room service at all costs, the food is of horrifically poor quality and is likely to induce a serious episode of vomiting. The beds are old and in desperate need of replacement before they bring about permanent damage to some unfortunate visitor's spine. Some of the rooms are so small as to cause residents of HMP Belmarsh to positively extol the spaciousness of their surroundings.
Nice enough, great high ceilings, but watch out for rooms on the side by the train tracks.
Tired and listless
We stayed for less than 30 minutes! Paint is chipped, paper is peeling and the previous occupants dirty dishes were still in the room. we saw three rooms and each was WORSE than the previous one. The management have offered a complimentary upgrade if we visit again - to what? We were shown the 'executive' and 'spa' rooms.
avoid at all cost - free would be too much.
Two of us stayed for one night in the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria on a room only basis. We had booked a twin room and were given a large family room containing two double beds. The room was traditionally decorated and was exceptionally well kept and spotlessly clean. The beds were comfortable with nice crisp, clean white linen with good pillows and duvets. The bathroom was extremely nice and looked like it had been recently refurbished to a very high standard with very tastefully chosen fixtures and fittings and an excellent shower. The fitness room, though small, is well equipped and nice to use. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful.
The rest of the hotel is beautifully decorated, full of character, very well maintained and within easy walking distance to the city centre. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
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