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Shude Hill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England S1 2AR
44 114 241 9600
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Not a bad budget hotel
October 25, 2010
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This particular Ibis hotel is classed as central rather than south Sheffield and it is situated on Shude Hill in a good spot because it isn't too far away from the railway station, coach station, tram stop and within walking distance to the Crucible ...
This particular Ibis hotel is classed as central rather than south Sheffield and it is situated on Shude Hill in a good spot because it isn't too far away from the railway station, coach station, tram stop and within walking distance to the Crucible and Lyceum theatres, the City Hall, city swimming pool or Pond's Forge International Sports Centre and the main shopping streets. To look at from the outside the building looks quite small with a red brick façade and the usual Ibis neon light flashing away. It does look smart compared with the older buildings like the Post Office sorting office which are engrained with layers of pollution.
After arriving at Doncaster (Robin Hood) airport a little bit tired and grumpy due to the fact that we left Warsaw at midnight and hadn't had any sleep for god knows how many hours, we decided to take a chance and go straight to the hotel to see if a room was available or at least if we could off load our luggage. I think check in time is 2pm but we were at the hotel at around 10.30.
The manager who is very smiley, French and quite charming was indeed helpful. He checked his computer and said that one of the rooms was free and that we could all use it to leave the luggage and have a rest. The other room would be ready later. A sigh of relief all round because the bags we were carting around were heavy, plus a pram and a lively child.
We didn't at first spend too much time in reception but my first impression was that the lighting was good - very mellow and I liked the pale yellow ( I think it was pale yellow) walls and pictures of which there were many. There was a real buzz in this area as it is the lounge/café/bar area and I can only assume that people were still eating their breakfasts. Overall the area seemed very nice if a bit too cramped.
My room which was the one allocated was on the fourth floor and there is a lift in working order. The connecting corridor to each floor of the hotel was thickly carpeted in a jazzy design that looked like it had seen better days and the doors of each rooms were painted turquoise. The doors were very heavy and the entrance into the room was enabled by using a swipe card.
The room space was ample with a large double bed covered with an off white duvet/bedspread and two large pillows. I was happy enough with the décor although it was very bland; cream walls with bits of teak panels here and there. There was a small built in wardrobe with several shelves and a rack for hanging clothes. One brand new pillow in a polythene carrying case was placed on one of the shelves and at either side of the bed was a small bedside cabinet with a plastic - non-descript wall light above. Not very attractive but when the main light was switched off the effect was soothing enough. The window was covered with three blinds in rusty, amber colours and when opened, the view in front of my eyes was an interesting industrial landscape - the new walk over bridge with Park Hill flats behind it. The room was quite stuffy because it was a hot day but unfortunately the window didn't open to its full capacity. In the evening the room seemed quite cool on entering but once under the covers it was warm enough.
The bed was very comfortable and all of us took our shoes off and sat on it while we got our breath back. Facing the bed was a teak sort of structure with a shelf underneath. A flat screen TV was perched on the top with a keyboard and there was a notice stating about the TV package which cost £9.99. My son did turn the TV on and it seemed that regular channels were available without the package and only my granddaughter used the keyboard thinking it was a toy. None of us had brought our laptops but I think if we had we would have been able to get Internet access free. Mobile phone coverage was good and none of us had any problems.
Underneath the TV was a tray with a kettle, 2 white mugs and sachets of Nescafe coffee (2), decaffeinated coffee (2) and tea (2). Also sugar sachets and little cartons of milk. No biscuits!
The bathroom was larger than I expected as I thought it would be similar to the bathrooms in Formula 1 hotels. The shower area seemed quite large and the wash basin was a jade colour. A large mirror was placed over the wash basin which steamed up immediately the shower was turned on. No complaints about the hot water - piping hot. Two small glasses were placed near the taps and a small bar of soap with the Ibis emblem on. I was happy with the bathroom and pleased that I had three soft white towels. Plenty of loo roll too - well you never know when you need it!
So there you have it - not the Ritz but not bad for a budget hotel. After we had taken a small rest we were up and about and didn't return until much later when the other room was ready to be occupied. The room was situated on a different floor but looked exactly the same as mine.
Because the whole family had had such a busy day and no sleep the night before we said our Goodbyes at 8pm and I fell asleep on the bed at 8.30pm. This is when the trouble started.
At first I could smell smoke and I thought - where the heck is that coming from - knowing that the hotel had a no smoking policy. It was actually coming into my room from a door that had been covered with a panel. It states on the web site that there are smoke alarms - obviously on this occasion they weren't working. Behind the hidden door was another room and inside were two rather drunk and aggressive football supporters. Sheffield United had been playing Portsmouth. The language I could hear from behind the panel was not the sweetest - every word a swear word. I was a bit taken aback and a bit scared because they did sound just a little crazy. I didn't want to phone my son as I knew he would be asleep and I didn't want to confront these people myself so I just sat on the bed trying to block the noise out by having the TV on. I was worried that I would get no sleep but after about 20 minutes the swearing and noise stopped and everything went silent. I never heard a door bang so I can only guess that they fell into a drunken stupor. With great relief - I hid under the bed clothes and fell asleep until 6.30 in the morning when a huge bang on the next door and more swearing started up again. I should have gone down to reception to report them in retrospect but only two young girls were at the desk and I really don't see what they could have done - I suppose call the Police.
My view was that the management aren't responsible for their guests - they can't vet every person. I have stayed in some posh hotels and encountered noisy and rude guests. It's just one of those things that sometimes happens and I didn't let it bother me too much. I certainly didn't let it spoil the rest of my trip.
Once packed I took the lift which actually did smell slightly of urine and went to my son's room. They had all slept like babies and heard no nose at all so I was just unlucky on this occasion.
To sum up - I think the Ibis Hotel in central Sheffield is okay. You get what you pay for. Both of our rooms were clean and adequate for an overnight stay. The manager was very helpful in letting us check in early and the hotel's situation for visitors to the city is perfect - everything is at hand and even Meadowhall, the big shopping complex is only about a 15 minute tram ride.
I paid £50 for the room without breakfast which I think is a reasonable price. If I had booked 30 days in advance I would have been able to have a reduction of £20 as there was a special offer on at the time. So remember to always look out for special offers and book straight away.
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