The other week I was invited to head north to one of my favourite cities for a weekend. I’m already a huge fan of Sheffield as Dr W was at uni there. But I was quite excited to experience it from a more touristy side and stay at the wonderful Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel.
As I have just so much to talk about when it comes to my stay in Sheffield. I have decided to split the visit into three posts! This is the first instalment and all about the wonderful Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel. I took Dr C along with me, any excuse to catch up right?! And I’m so glad I did, we had an incredible time.
When we arrived we found out we’d been given a Privilege Room. For an upgrade fee you get lots of extras. Like bathrobes (perfect for visiting the pool or lazing round your room in). A Nespresso machine (great if you like fancy teeny coffees). Drinks in the fridge. All great fun! Dr C and I felt very fancy wandering about in our robes. It was also a perfect room, easy to control the temperature and super comfy beds. We had a lovely view of the Sheffield Winter Garden as well. I was not wanting to check out when it was time too.
Gin! …and Dinner
Our night away started the correct way… with gin. Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s has a cracking gin collection at the bar. They also serve it the proper way. Everyone knows that gin served in a balloon glass tastes better. I jumped for the Sheffield Dry Gin (a new gin for me and thanks to Mercure now sits proudly on my gin shelf). Dr C went for a Caorunn gin, not my favourite, but a favourite for her!
We then were treated to a three course dinner. This was enjoyable, but I didn’t like how they set up the table, it made it very difficult to get to know the other bloggers invited. The stand out dish was definitely dessert. I don’t usually like polenta cake, but this Rhubarb and Polenta Cake with Rhubarb Jelly and Raspberry Ice Cream was delicious!
I think I was the only blogger who didn’t go for the breakfast in bed option. I’m just not a fan to be honest. It doesn’t do it for me. Also what if I change my mind from my pre-order before bed time?! Also the breakfast area is in a very pretty part of the hotel that overlooks the winter garden, so I wanted to enjoy that! The breakfast buffet at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel was extensive. From Continental to the Full English, it was all available. I enjoyed my unlimited tea and several trips up to the buffet table to ensure I was perfectly fuelled for the day ahead. We were off on a walking tour of Sheffield, so we needed that fuel.
After walking off our breakfast seeing the sights of Sheffield, we headed back to the hotel. This was the bit I had been looking forward to the most. I am a HUGE fan of afternoon tea so I was excited for this. It was incredibly served on a giant platter for ultimate sharing. At first I thought there may not be enough, but the food kept on coming! I really enjoyed the wonderful cakes, the Mille-feuille had the most delicious creme pat in the middle. I could’ve eaten so much more but I was still fairly full from breakfast!
Overall we had the most incredible stay at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel. I would highly recommend a stay there. I’ve already raved so much to Dr W about it that we’re contemplating returning for a weekend together!
Stay tuned for next week’s Sheffield instalment, I’ll be sharing everything we discovered on our walking tour of the city! Have you stayed in Sheffield before? Would you check out the Mercure Sheffield? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Our stay at Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s was complementary. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.