So much more for your money
When booking a budget hotel, what do you usually expect for your money?
Somewhere to sleep, a bathroom, a machine selling drinks and snacks and, well, that’s about it really.
You’ve paid for cheap and cheerful, somewhere to rest your head, no more, no less, and that’s what you generally get.
And that’s what I genuinely expected when my wife and I went for a two-night stay at the new Ibis Budget Sheffield Centre – St Mary’s Gate Hotel.
We weren’t particularly fussed about the accommodation but, instead, were looking forward to spending a couple of days away in a city we’re both fond of.
So, when we arrived at the hotel it was a total – and really lovely – surprise to be greeted with a sight that didn’t look ‘budget’ at all.
As you book in, your eyes go straight away to the funky, modern rest area, with its comfy sofas and colourful cushions.
There are cool pictures on the walls, board games for all on the modern shelving, and quirky tables and stools.
Next to it is the Chill #10A Artisan Café & Bar, which again has a cool, modern and contemporary feel.
Designed by Whittam Cox Architects, it’s this open, communal area that really sets Ibis apart from your normal budget hotel.
In fact, we were so impressed by this welcomingarea that we actually stayed in on our first evening, enjoying a couple of the lovely pizzas available, while reading, chatting and enjoying a couple of beers.
The bedrooms are different too.They are small, but the space has been utilised amazingly well, so that, beside the double bed, there’s room for a table and stool, and there’s a big window looking out onto the city.
The cleverly designed ‘Nest’ bedrooms can be adapted for single occupants or families, including the dog!
One thing I particularly liked was the bendy bed lights, which can be positioned exactly how you want for reading. Brilliant.
There’s a decent size bathroom with a lovely, warm shower too.
When you book in at The Ibis, you can also pay for a continental breakfast,and the croissant, fruit, coffee and orange juice was just the job.
The staff made our stay special too. They were polite, attentive, warm and friendly at all times.
The new build city centre hotel was originally due to launch at the end of March, but was set back by COVID-19 lockdown and finally opened on July 27.
General manager Dave Amans said: “We have been planning this launch for a long time.
“Like Sleeping Beauty, the hotel went into lockdown and was put to rest until now. Finally, after much anticipation, we are excited to bring this new concept to Sheffield and share what has been our secret for many months.
“We believe that our Chill #10A Artisan Café & Bar will become a favourite with locals and guests alike.
“The space has a relaxed and quirky vibe, and we have a great selection of fresh food and drinks available all day long.
“We hope everyone will want to hang out here (while observing social distancing measures) and soak up the style and ambience of a great new city haunt.”
As well as visitors enjoying a great value and convenient stay in the heart of Sheffield, it is hoped City dwellers will use the facilities too.
It’s close to all the city’s most popular attractions and, as part of the Velocity Tower, the hotel makes up part of the city’s spectacular skyline.
The cafe serves Climpson & Sons coffee and a selection of sweet and savory snacks and drinks throughout the day, with the option of in-house dining or grab-and-go from 6am.Opening prices start from just £30 per night.