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Hilton Sheffield hotel to close in December

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Anyone travelling to South Yorkshire in 2020 should note that the Hilton Sheffield hotel is closing for good on 15th December.

According to The Star, the operator has surrendered the lease on the building.  It is possible that the owner decides to re-lease it to another hotel operator, although it could be turned into offices or apartments.

Hilton Sheffield closing

I stayed here once a couple of years ago and it was totally acceptable.  The location is pleasant but competition has been increasing – a Holiday Inn Express opened immediately behind it, and the downtrodden Holiday Inn – also directly behind it – has been reborn this Summer as Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria Sheffield.

There are two other Hilton options in Sheffield but neither is great for the business traveller.  The DoubleTree is out of town whilst the Hampton Sheffield is in a weird location and, whilst nominally central, is likely to still need a bus, tram or taxi to get you to where you need to be.

The Hilton Sheffield website is here.


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Comments (122)

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  • NigelthePensioner says:

    O/T
    Which HfP subscriber won the 1,000,000 Monese Avios?? Initials only obviously!

    • Rob says:

      They won’t tell us.

      • David D says:

        Part of the T’s and C’s of the comp should allow anyone to request details of the winner to ensure a fair contest. If anyone does have those and is desperate to find out out could follow the process and be aware of some basic details of the winner.

  • Tariq says:

    I stayed in the Hilton Sheffield last year and found it quite outdated (even more so than most provincial Hiltons, which have had some decent refurb work over the last few years). I would imagine this hotel would need gutting in order to bring it up to modern standards.

    • TokyoFan says:

      Quite – if you’re not a fan of bizarre orange melamine, it’s not for you.

  • SG says:

    Still within the 8 weeks t&c (transfer made 5 weeks ago) and a Hilton chat service team supervisor was clueless about the curent Amex>Hilton current transfer offer and kept referring to the previous year expired offer even after I have provided a screenshot of the transfer invite email!Hmm..doesn’t smell good!They asked me to go back to Amex from where in fairness the email came.Now that I cancelled the MR card,could I ask Amex for the points back to a different account if this is gonna go nowhere?

    • John O'Sullivan says:

      I’ve rung Amex twice about said offer having screenshot the email transfer page. Amex know nothing up front about the e-mail despite my uploading and sending said screenshot. Had no reply to document transfer so will ring again today.

      • Roberto says:

        Dont think that its worth speaking to Hilton about this as the points come from Amex.

    • Chris says:

      I’m in the same boat. Transferred a large chunk of points over to Hilton and still waiting for the additional bonus points. Will give them a few more weeks until I ring AMEX.

  • TripRep says:

    Doubletree Sheffield is decent value for Golds, was there in June. Got drinks vouchers. It’s restaurant has also been refurbished.

  • HAM76 says:

    That’s so German. He could have talked about how this is connecting people from all over the world to the cultural city of Bristol and how this will also attract additional business travelers to Bristol. Great to see this service, nonetheless.

    • The Original David says:

      Doesn’t “plus facilitate ease of onward travel” cover that?

  • Cat says:

    Hey, O/T, sorry, looking for advice for my sister. She’s flying long haul for the first time with my 10 month old niece (sadly in cattle class), who currently has 4 teeth arriving at the same time. Also, she just started crawling 2 days ago, she appears to have major objections to having her new-found-freedom-to-move restricted for more than a nanosecond, and she does not like sleep.
    Any advice gratefully received!
    Thanks all!

    • The Original David says:

      I’m sure a generous serving of Calpol would help, plus a whisky miniature from the first WT bar run.

    • NigelthePensioner says:

      Is this a wind up?? 🤣🤣🤣
      Sedation would be my answer……of the other passengers!

      • Cat says:

        Not a wind up, sometimes mums have to travel with infants.
        I realise that the most popular bit of advice would be to not travel in economy, but I’m aware that there are many very well travelled parents on this site, and was hoping for some sage advice from those who have done this many times before.
        The suggestion of sedation has been noted though!
        She has a priority pass, courtesy of my AMEX Plat and is flying from Heathrow T3, BTW.
        Thanks all!

        • Tom H says:

          As per others we travel pretty regularly with two kids the youngest has just turned two, and she has flown over 20 times as we were living in Canada and coming back and forth. Our advice is take it in turns and try and stick to it as otherwise you fall out! (If you can, not sure if this is single parent) Teetha is awesome otherwise known as baby crack, will help them out. My wife got a Tommy tippy type pot with a ‘non spill lid for berries’ that the baby would play for hours putting coloured Cotton pompoms in and out of, and a daily pill box which the baby could also put the pompoms in and out of and shut the kids. And then we got a fabric square type thing with buckles on that she could clip and Unclip from amazon (they could use robs link) not to mention endless walking and peppa pig on an ipad

          • Cat says:

            Tom – this is absolutely brilliant! So many excellent ideas here, I’ve taken screenshots and passed it all on.
            Thanks so much!

    • Dean says:

      We’ve flown many times with infants in economy, club and even once in first.

      First time we travelled we were worried about night flights and sleeping but actually found the day flights more of a challenge as you need to be an entertainer offering distractions for 10 hours, on the overnight flight the kids just slept and we had no issues. As long as you can take it in turns on entertainment / distraction between you then you’ll be fine. We have had some minor instances of crying and dirty looks from other travellers but anyone who has kids will be understanding that they have little outbursts now and again

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        They should not worry. Having traveled with kids I’m very sympathetic to those who have to do the same and when I did it I found the majority to be likewise. As long as you are seen to be trying no one complains. Some even offer to help.

        • Bagoly says:

          Agree – trying is all that can be expected.
          Success in keeping them quiet is a bonus!

        • Lady London says:

          Exactly. Seen to be trying is the key.
          Everyone knows that sometimes nothing will work and is sorry for thé parents. If at least the parent is trying.

          • Cat says:

            Thanks Lady London, Mrs Entitled and Bagoly, I’m passing this on to my sister too – this will reassure her!

      • Cat says:

        Thanks Dean! Sadly it’s just her and the tiddler, so she’s the sole entertainment!
        I hope she doesn’t have to deal with too many dirty looks!

    • Anna says:

      Hi Cat, we had a few nightmare years when our son didn’t want to stay put but couldn’t understand that he needed to! When he got to 4 he developed a fixation with planes, however, and was an absolute dream when we went to Oz and NZ! Entertainment and distraction are key – so as many age appropriate toys and books as will fit in the hand luggage (in a few years Lego will be your sister’s friend), and plenty of snacks and drinks – give the baby her milk feed on take off and landing to avoid the painful ear pressure.
      Also hopefully the baby will have a nap or two which will pass some time. Regular walks around the cabin are useful as well as most people do actually like interacting with babies!

      • Anna says:

        I’m not sure what the security regulations around baby food and milk are like now but you can buy pre-made formula and baby jars in Boots airside and pack a few bananas and rusks if the baby likes them. There won’t be anything for babies on the plane IME so having enough F & B is a must.

        • Cat says:

          Anna, this advice is gold dust – thanks so much! My sister will massively appreciate all of this!
          The HfP community really is amazing at times like this!

    • Claire H says:

      We travelled with my 9 month old to Orlando earlier in the year, she had been crawling for a while and I was worried that was all she would want to do but the plane is really fascinating for them at that age. We have a little titch so she could still fit in the sky cot, we had it down for the flight out for her to sit in but on the way back we didn’t bother getting it down. If you request the sky cot you get the bulkhead seats which at least gives a bit more room and you don’t need to worry about any people in front of you.

      Before I went I read in a lot of places that take off and landing will hurt their ears so have milk or a dummy at the ready, this was the only time Edie slept! For the flight home I bought a pillow with me to rest her on, it meant we both didn’t get too hot and it was more comfortable for her. Cabin Crew were really friendly and couldn’t do enough to help, we flew with Virgin. I bought a few new toys and brightly coloured things for her to play with, including a buckle board which is literally a felt board with buckles, zips and laces, that was the thing that kept her entertained the longest!

      A baby carrier is a must for waiting in line for immigration and if she is taking a seat buy a car seat bag, you can also fit the isofix as well as wipes, nappies, towels and bedding to protect it and to give you a bit more luggage allowance.

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      This is the point at which you can stop trying to be a great interactive educative parent….. and if they want to watch 10 hours of Peppa Pig nonstop then let them go for it. Plus enough Calpol to get them off their face (always follow the label blah blah blah).

      • Cat says:

        I. Hate. Peppa. Pig.
        But other than that, this is brilliant advice! I might edit this to “10 hours of the Gruffalo and Stick Man nonstop”!
        Thanks Savage Squirrel, this is very helpful!

    • Princess says:

      Hi! I think you’ve got already most of the advice I also personally used.
      My boys when at that age where not great sleeper out of their usual cot so we preferred daily flight to avoid to have them overtired for lack of sleep that usually meant desperate crying.
      If your sister is flying BA make sure she ask for the bulkhead seat. Most of BA planes carry not only sky or but also a different seat (a sort of baby bouncer) than they can fix on the bulkhead shelf instead of the cot. For us was super useful because they liked to seat there and they also had a nap there. Make sure she board first and immediately ask for it because they only have a 2 or 3 usually.
      Also: buy that sticky gel pad to keep phone or iPad attached to the seat or the bulk head wall (if you are planning to use it for video)

      • Cat says:

        Brilliant, thanks so much Princess! This is all very helpful! I’m passing it all on!

    • Shoestring says:

      We took our 2 then 3 kids out to NZ and back 3 times (over 2 years) when they were tots, the last journey back the eldest was 5 so you can see that was 12 longish LH flights with the connection (maybe more, actually, as we stopped in Thailand for 3 weeks twice on the way back) with a lot of kids and many times there would have been one tot about 10 months or so!

      All the advice here sounds good – all I can add is to tell your sis that it probably won’t be anything like as bad as she might fear, our kids slept a lot without any Calpol or Scotch 🙂 and most people are pretty pleasant if you try to be dutiful well-prepared parents and don’t just ignore crying etc. Easy enough to ignore the unpleasant ones.

      Definitely helps to have gorgeous smiley blondies lol

      • Cat says:

        Thanks Shoestring! That’s all very reassuring. She is a stunner, she’s very friendly and she has a delightful smile, so fingers crossed that helps keep the neighbours on side, at least until its time to go to sleep!
        I’ve screenshotted all of this, sent it on to my sister, and said it’s the combined advice of some of the most well-travelled parents in the world! This was definitely the right place to come to for advice!
        I’m definitely in credit with the brownie points right now!
        Thanks so much everyone, you guys are amazing!

    • Lyn says:

      Cat, apologies for stating the obvious but presumably your sister already knows she can prebook her bulkhead seat on BA even without status or pre-paying? Good luck for her flight. As others have said, most people will be helpful or at least understanding.

  • Anna says:

    OT but points – I bought some Bonvoy points a couple of weeks ago in the promotion but they haven’t posted and now I’ve got an email saying the transaction couldn’t be completed. Can’t decide whether to chase it up as the promo is now over or just wait for the next one as I won’t need the points for a while.

    • BlueLabel says:

      Hi Anna, I bought 3k Bonvoy points on 21/9 to top-up for a redemption. I was charged but no points. I complained to Points.com who told me to take it up with Marriott. They were very good and comped the points to my account straight away, saying they would take them back if my purchased ones appeared. Well they did arrive a month later, and they haven’t taken the free ones back yet!

      • Anna says:

        Interesting! I need to trawl back through my Amex transactions to check whether the payment actually went out.

  • Tom H says:

    I use the AL credit every month, a month or so ago on the 28th credited with our issue on 4th the following month

    • n_g says:

      Excellent. That’s what I was hoping to hear. I’ve already got credited, I’m just assuming I will get another £10 credit this month.

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