Thanks to its central location, Mercure St Paul’s is surrounded by everything you need, especially if you;re visiting with groups of friends. It’s really modern and next to one of the oldest buildings in Sheffield which provides a lovely contrast as you walk in.
The whole place made me feel like I was on holiday. It’s contemporary and all the rooms have been done up with photos of the area which makes it really interesting to walk around. They have rooms at the top of the building, from which you can see a lot of the city, so it’s definitely worth the upgrade. The sheer amount of space is what makes it a totally unexpected gem, perfect for group getaways.
For a city centre spa, it is unusually big. In fact, it’s massive, which makes it unique and great for groups. They can organise studio classes for visiting groups and hen parties, as well as cocktail making before you go out in the evening. They have a swimming pool, which again is unusual in a city spa, and it’s a great length for proper swimming. They also have a separate thermal area with a sauna, steam room and an ice fountain, as well as seven treatment rooms including two duals and two relaxation areas. There are also lots of other areas where you can chat and have tea and coffee, which means groups can separate themselves into one of the rooms without disturbing everyone else.
The restaurant is a lovely space to be in. It’s long rather than sectioned off from the rest of the hotel and there aren’t any doors or separate areas, so you get the buzz from the hotel and cocktail bar, which really brings it to life in the evening. The new cocktail bar has a really good vibe to it, which adds to the holiday feeling and it overlooks an indoor garden, as does the restaurant. The garden is not actually part of the hotel, but you can walk in and out of it from the bar. There is lots of artwork in it that’s sponsored by local galleries and there are trees everywhere – it’s like a jungle inside! Depending on which side of the hotel you’re in, you can look down on it as you wander around.
The location is perfect all round if you’re looking to go out and explore Sheffield a bit more. There’s a massive shopping centre about 20 minutes away, and lots of places to go out and eat. It’s easy to find and there’s lots of parking; they have valet parking at the hotel but it is limited, so there’s also a QPark which is £20 for overnight stays, and an NCP car park. It’s also not far from the train station so you could walk but you might prefer a taxi with your bags – after all, you’re on holiday!
It’s a brilliant hotel and spa to go to for a hen party or if you’re celebrating a birthday with groups of friends because of the amount of space and the spa’s ability to organise additional bits and pieces, like the aforementioned cocktail making class.
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