This review of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park is courtesy of a complimentary stay in return for an honest review.
I’ve stayed in quite a few DoubleTree hotels over the years and have always had an enjoyable stay. The accessible rooms have also been good at meeting my needs. So when I came across DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park [AD] while searching for a wheelchair accessible hotel for our trip to Sheffield to see The 1975, I had a good feeling about it.
Booking a Room
You can make your reservations through the DoubleTree website. There will be a range of room types available for your selected dates, but be sure to tick the box “Show Accessible Rooms” on the left-hand side of the page. This will then show you the accessible rooms available, which you can then select and book.
There are two accessible room types available; 1 x Standard Accessible Room with a lowered bath and 3 x King Deluxe Accessible Rooms with en-suite wet room. Our room was the wheelchair accessible king deluxe. Room rates for the nights we stayed which was a Thursday and Friday were £72 per night or £69 with the Honors discount. Depending on when you would like to stay and if you have some flexibility in your dates or an Honors members, you may even find cheaper room rates by booking directly on their website.
Location & Parking
We arrived at the hotel around 7.30pm so we were keen to get parked up and checked-in so we could get some dinner. The hotel’s car park offers complimentary parking and disabled parking bays, which we parked in near the hotel’s reception entrance.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park is located within 15 minutes drive to Sheffield city centre and 5 miles from the Peak District National Park. There is a range of shops, restaurants and even a retail park nearby.
Entrance & Reception
As soon as we arrived I spotted there was a lowered section at the reception desk so I made my way over to it. We got checked in quickly and because there was the lowered desk I went ahead and signed the paperwork for checking in. With our welcome cookies and door keys in hand, we headed for our room.
Wheelchair Accessible Hotel Room #050
Our wheelchair accessible king deluxe room was located on the ground floor in a new extension to the building. There are three accessible rooms in this brand new extension which is great. There were a few sets of doors from the reception area to our room (#050). Allan held the first set of doors open while I went through and the other set of doors was already propped open, which was easy to drive through. However, if you are on your own, the staff would be more than happy to help if needed.
A spacious hotel room is a wheelchair users best friend. So it was great when the door opened to reveal a large spacious room that was also stylish and comfortable.
The king bed was comfortable, and although I used my travel mat [AD], I think I could have managed without it. The bed was nice and roomy with soft bed covers. Bedside tables with lamps, power sockets with USB slots, telephone and alarm clock were within easy reach. I loved the bold red statement headboard against the dark brown wood.
One of the first things I noticed about the bed was the clearance underneath which was more than enough for portable hoists. There was also space on each side of the bed for my power wheelchair. I choose the side of the bed closest to the bathroom, which so happened to be the same side I sleep on at home.
Next to the bed was a stylish armchair and coffee table. We love Mid-century furniture and have a few pieces in our home, so it’s nice when hotels have similar styles, just like the armchair and coffee table. The carpet was really cool too – we loved the black and white geometric pattern.
The lovely dark brown furniture continued throughout the room to the desk and cabinet across from the bed. There was lots of space at the desk and I was able to roll underneath easily with enough space for Allan to sit beside me. This is where we ate breakfast and dinner. I also did my makeup at the desk in the mornings and did some work on my laptop.
A flat-screen TV was mounted on the wall above the desk and cabinet. The TV was adjustable so we were able to position it depending on where we were sat in the room. Inside the cabinet is where the tea/coffee, kettle, mugs and glasses were kept. If I was to pick one negative about the desk area, it would be that there is no mirror, but that isn’t anything major. I always take my own travel mirror with LED lights [AD] with me just in case I can’t reach the mirrors.
Now we all know how much I love a big bathroom with plenty of space for moving around in my power wheelchair. Well, I’m happy to report that our bathroom at DoubleTree Sheffield Park was massive. It was amazing to be able to drive in and do 360 degree turns without any problems. It was great!
Just like the room, the bathroom was also stylishly decorated with grey slate wall and floor tiles. The ceiling was high which made the bathroom feel airy and even more spacious.
The toilet was in the corner and was accessible for left-hand wheelchair transfers. Grabs bars were on each side of the toilet; one pull-down bar and two fixed to the wall. There was also an emergency cord and toilet roll holder with easy reach.
Next to the toilet was a small wash hand basin with a large mirror above and two wall-mounted grab bars on each side.
The roll-in shower was accessible with grab bars, shower head and controls within easy reaching distance. I usually find hotel shower seats incredibly uncomfortable, unsafe and unsupportive. This shower seat was one of the better ones I’ve seen in a while. The seat was a good size and much more supportive due to the backrest. I often struggle to sit up straight in hotel shower seats, but this gave me more back support.
I was able to roll underneath the main sink without banging my knees which is always a good thing. There was a mixer tap and rather than being located at the back of the sink, it was placed at the side for easier reach. There was a selection of toiletries and a wall-mounted volume control panel for the TV in the room. Ideal if you want to listen to the TV while in the shower or getting ready in the bathroom.
There was a large mirror above the sink with a hidden strip light underneath. The light created a nice effect on the tiles, but it would have been good if the mirror was positioned a little lower as I wasn’t able to see in it. There was also a small shaving mirror attached to the wall.
Food – Room Service
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park has a lovely restaurant, the Piano Restaurant where you can order from the à la carte menu as well as light lunches in the Lounge Bar. We were tired when we arrived so we went for the lazy option and ordered room service, which was delicious.
As with most of our hotel stays, making it down in time for breakfast can be a bit of struggle for us. That’s why it’s great when breakfast can be brought to the room as it gives us more time to get ready without feeling too rushed.
I opted for a light breakfast of toast and fruit while Allan went for the veggie breakfast of sausages, beans, toast and hash browns. Dinner and breakfast both mornings was lovely and the room service staff were great.
Amenities & Features
In The Room
- Air Conditioning
- Accessible wet room
- Work desk
- Mini-refrigerator with bottled water
- 40-inch LCD TV
- Laptop safe
- Cotton bathrobe and slippers
- Complimentary mineral water
- Tea and coffee making facilities
In The Hotel
- Lounge Bar
- The Piano Restaurant
- Beauty Salon
- Laundry/Valet Service
- Fitness Room
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park [AD] is a lovely accessible hotel. We loved our king deluxe accessible room with a huge bathroom as it worked great for our needs. Not to mention how comfortable and stylish it was. The location was also ideal for us as it was close to the FlyDSA Arena Sheffield and the city centre. We thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay at this hotel and will definitely keep it in mind for future trips to Sheffield. There will be a vlog from our trip coming very soon so stayed tuned for that!
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Big thanks to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park was hosting our stay. My opinions, as always, are entirely my own.
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