on February 16, 2013
After discovering no great offers in Sheffield Travelodge for our one night flying visit, we cast our net a little wider and found a deal at the City Centre Best Western at £50 for a small room or £55 for a larger one. We opted to splash out the extra fiver and was a little disappointed that our room didn't seem particularly spacious although the larger than king sized bed would probably take up a fair chunk of any room. The Cutlers Hotel is in the middle of Sheffield and the site used to be a very grand building but was unfortunately blown apart by a German bomb in the war. What replaced it is a less than glamorous a 1950s concrete ugly building. The entrance and lobby is very unprepossessing; just a small entrance corridor with reception to one side. Check in and out however was quick and simple, and rather than have our credit card checked we simply prepaid the hotel bill. The hotel offered us breakfast but at £8.50 a pop and no guarantee our breakfast would be cooked to order we thought we would do better elsewhere (and indeed found a pub in town with 2 freshly cooked breakfasts costing a mere £7 for the two of us). The hotel is right in the centre of the action near the Cruicible Theatre and within walking distances of plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Our room was along a very dark and dingy corridor and thankfully things were much nicer through the door. As mentioned, our room wasn't huge but it had a large floor to ceiling window looking out over the brick wall of the warehouse just the other side of the narrow street. The large window was a nice thought I guess although failed in execution. The TV was a flat screen hung to the wall with free view channels. A nice touch was the large office desk which could be lowered to create a workspace but normally stored upright to maximise the available space. The tea and coffee offerings were a little disappointing with only one hot chocolate, no herbal teas and just bog standard tea and coffee. There was also rather meanly just one biscuit pack with two biscuits. I think I'd rather they didn't bother rather than give us just one. The room was quite nicely furnished overall with a green wall and 3 white ones and a bright picture on the wall. The furniture was modern MDF type but the wardrobe looked sturdy and big enough for a couple of weeks clothing if needed. The bathroom had been refurbished and rather bizarrely they hadn't removed the skirting board when retiling which meant they had to do another layer of tiles at the bottom, missing out a bit behind the door to allow it to open properly. It looked a cheap botch job. The shower itself was pleasant with a good flow, although I was a little disappointed that the advertised free bathroom smellies consisted of a small bar of soap and a wall fixed shower gel dispenser.I had a nightcap in the hotel bar and found it very quiet, but with a reasonable range of drinks (although no real ale). The barman was quite friendly and chatted a little as he laid the breakfast tables (only 4 tables so they obviously didn't expect a rush). Summing upOverall we had a clean, convenient and comfortable stay at the Cutlers Hotel. The place didn't particularly wow me, but I guess it was cheap enough for a city Saturday night. I would return if the price is right.
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