Sheffield is a city with plenty to do, but deciding where to stay in Sheffield depends on a lot of factors. The city is fairly big, and you need to find a holiday rental that works for you.
What are you planning to do in Sheffield and how are you getting there?
If arriving by plane or train, make sure your holiday let is near Sheffield station, as there are good links to London and airports. If taking a car, then it is also a good idea to be in the city centre so you don’t have to worry about driving every day.
Those looking for shopping in Sheffield should head to the high street, which has all the big brands you’d expect from a big city. Culture vultures may want to know that there are two very popular theatres (The Crucible and The Lyceum), the Peace Gardens, galleries and the O2 Academy for them to enjoy. Whatever you want, most holiday rentals in the city centre will be serviced apartments - a great option.
There are practical and emotional considerations. From security, to making the most of the sun in summer, we outline some things to think about below.
Holiday rentals in the past
What have you liked or disliked about your holiday rentals previously?
Enjoy the local knowledge of staying with a host, but had concerns about the security?
Loved the hotel but hated that it wasn’t homely?
Use these past holidays to create a checklist for what you want in your next Sheffield holiday let. Ring or email the provider and ask them questions, it’s better to find out everything you need before booking, than have a stressful journey hoping that everything will work out.
Safety vs comfort
A tough question, but the good news is, you don’t have to compromise when staying in Sheffield! While the city is generally safe, find an apartment offering that gives you the best of both worlds.
Does the building have a porter?
Is the apartment homely, but also professionally maintained?
Sheffield has many great apartments which will give you a worry free experience. Look for somewhere that gives you the luxury and convenience of a hotel, but the comfort of staying with friends. There are plenty other measures put in place by different building and property owners to ensure maximum comfort and convenience.
A dilemma for many people is the trade-off between the cost of hotels and the ease of service. Likewise, if you’re using something like Airbnb you may worry about the safety and quality of the booking you’ve made. Instead, look for a serviced apartment in Sheffield that balances this, and provides a personal touch. This could include free WiFi, or a hair dryer and iron, but also reassurances such as knowing that if something goes wrong, someone is there to help.
Unique buildings or luxury living?
At the heart of the industrial revolution, Sheffield’s buildings therefore have a long history and cultural significance. If that’s the experience you want, there are many holiday lets situated in converted buildings and former warehouses. These will typically be at the heart of the city, arounds landmarks like Sheffield Cathedral.
However, if staying in a building built over 200 years ago fills you with dread, there are plenty of modern apartments around, in high rise developments and new builds. The great advantage of these lets is that you get the luxury of Sheffield hotels without the cost!
Time of year
When the sun is shining, the gardens and parks fill with people, and you want to make the most of your time in the sun. Luckily, Sheffield has plenty of greenspace to go around. Look for holiday rentals in Sheffield close to the Peace Gardens if you love parks and city life, or near the train station if you want easy access to the fantastic Peak District National Park for days out.
Thankfully, all Sheffield holiday rentals will be within walking distance of the big attractions and parks – and if you’re feeling too tired from a day in the sun there are good bus routes to get you back to your accommodation. <