Sheffield is fast becoming one of England’s must-visit northern cities, giving rivals Manchester and Newcastle a run for their money thanks to its love of art, friendly locals and the stunning nearby Peak District National Park. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels from which to spend a weekend exploring.
Leopold Hotel | Courtesy of Leopold Hotel / Hotels.com
Now one of Sheffield’s most renowned boutique hotels, the Leopold used to be a boys’ school. Located right in the heart of the city, it’s a great base for exploring. Decor can look a little dated to the trained eye, but sweet touches – such as photos from ex-pupils and memorabilia from the school days – add plenty of personality to the interior.
Located slightly outside the city, this stunning guest house is where people believe Picasso stayed in 1950 while attending the Peace Conference. Today, it’s owned by Scandinavian designer Tiina Carr, whose flair is noticeable throughout. With just eight rooms, each one decorated in its own, simplistic and stylish way, it feels cosy and homely. They’re named after different birds (Dovecote, Robin’s Hollow, etc) and have the kind of stunning roll-top bathtubs you’ll want to hop in and never leave. The café is friendly and serves a range of treats to suit all taste buds.
This period mansion-turned-boutique hotel is the kind of luxury weekend escape that couples will particularly enjoy, thanks to the romantic vibe and nearby Sheffield Botanical Gardens. The extremely comfortable beds make up for the simple decor, as does the satisfying breakfast which offers plenty of options. Sheffield city centre is accessible by train or bus, or head to the nearby Peak District if you want to enjoy a walk with stunning views.
The traditional pub here has been built upon to add more guest rooms, and the result is a cosy hotel that feels authentic. Located just at the edge of the Peak District, it’s a prime spot for ramblers and nature enthusiasts – but those who just want some rest and relaxation will benefit, too. A spa treatment room is an added perk of the accommodation, while more active types can enjoy kayaking and clay pigeon shooting. Food in the bistro is delightful, thanks to a varied menu and plenty of local ingredients. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, and even have air conditioning for the warmer summer months.
The Copthorne hotel brand is well known, and the Sheffield offering is a favourite thanks to its cracking location on Bramall Lane, close to the city centre. Rooms are extremely spacious, with touches that help make it feel separate from a generic hotel chain brand – such as cosy sofas and quirky wallpaper. The restaurant can be overpriced, so it’s worth checking the vast offerings nearby instead. Beware, it’s close to Sheffield United’s football ground, so it can book up in advance on weekends.