I've been a frequent visitor to Sheffield for many years, but somehow had been completely unaware of The Garrison. I booked online direct using the hotel website. Room rate £49 incl breakfast.
This hotel is not right in the city centre, just off one of the main roads (A61) leading into it from the North. The City Centre is probably a bit too far to walk, but would be just a short taxi ride, I don’t know about public transport.
Car parking is quite an issue with most Sheffield hotels. Very few have free and convenient parking and some have none at all. The Garrison has parking which is both free and convenient, a big plus for me.
As the name suggests, the hotel is part of what used to be an old army barracks, another large part across the road is now a supermarket. This is NOT a WWII prefabricated type barracks, but much older, built from sturdy stone and almost like a large castle. The layout is unconventional with a garden courtyard with rooms around the perimeter, there are also rooms inside the main building.
The rooms themselves are unremarkable but perfectly adequate, kettle & tea & coffee, decent TV, toilet/bath/shower, good bed, comfy chair, desk, (see pictures). Entry to room is direct from the courtyard using a electronic or magnetic key which also activates the power inside the room, many hotels have a similar system, but it's a problem if you want to charge your phone or laptop while you are in the bar or restaurant. I was a bit concerned about the use of an extension cable for the kettle instead of a proper wall socket, not a problem but certainly not how things should be. My room (112) had very squeaky floorboards.
Eating & drinking. There is a bar and restaurant up some steps from the courtyard. The restaurant is a rather stark looking place, and the bar seems to be a pub that is much used by locals. The menu is simple but quite extensive with everything from snacks up to big meals, most people seem to eat in the bar, as I did. They have a daily "special" for £5.95 including a drink (pint of beer or glass of wine) which was very good value. They also have an excellent selection of local real ales, very unusual and a big plus point ! But do not expect some exquisite dining experience, you will need to stay at one of the big expensive hotels for that. Breakfast was included and was no more than adequate. Fruit cereals etc, and table service cooked food was a bit sparse with one egg, one sausage, one rasher of bacon and . . tinned tomatoes ! However it was included in the room rate and kept me going all day.
Summary. A good value decent hotel for a short stay. Pleasant staff, good location if driving unless you need to be right in the city centre. But don’t expect too much. Could be greatly improved with some investment and attention to details, but this would probably increase the price.
Would I stay again ? Absolutely yes.
Go for a courtyard room ground floor
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