Arriving late afternoon at the end of a hectic day and a three hour drive, the Reception was busy with wedding guests checking in so we popped into the bar for a pint and a bite to eat.
Beer and food were good, if not exceptional. The pub side of the business seems quite well organised and the staff helpful. The decor is 'Tired' and to be honest, could do with renovation.
Suitably refreshed, we checked in and made our way to our room on the second floor. This is actually the roofspace and although a reasonable size, had only roof windows, so the 'Lake View' we were promised had to be taken in whist standing on a chair!
The decor is very dated, the first impression was that the tired, dark wood furniture had actuall been retreived from a skip or a house clearance, whilst the Avacado and Aubergine Bathroom was straight out of the 1970's. And not in good repair. However, I could live with that had it not been so hot and noisy. The room had no ventilation except the windows, which were difficult to open and close, and with the windows open the constant traffic noise from the busy road made sleep impossible. It also allowed the smoke from the outside areas to permiate the rooms, giving a very stale atmosphere.
Reading other reviews, it would seem that the hotel must have better rooms, but sadly, the rooms on the second floor are really not fit for purpose and should be withdrawn from service until refurbished, including a quiet AC system.
Free Wi-FI was very intermittent and could not be relied on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitwell Arms is less than one mile from J30 off the M1 motorway and is near both Sheffield and Chesterfield train station making an ideal location for both business and pleasure. Set in six acres of beautiful gardens and with over 100 free off road secure car parking spaces, the hotel is ideal for large group gatherings. The surroundings and gardens of this Sheffield and Chesterfield based hotel puts an emphasis on its countryside location and its Derbyshire and Peak District connections. Local Peak District attractions include Bolsover Castle, Chatsworth House and Renishaw Hall, which form part of The Sitwell Arms Hotel's historic surroundings. Meadowhall Shopping Complex and Sheffield Arena are only 10 miles away. ... more less
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