Coming soon to Sheffield: a hotel ‘in pretty good nick’

New Hotel Manger Peter Hendry

New Hotel Manger Peter Hendry

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It was a police station for 45 years - with a five-storey tower that dominated a corner of Sheffield city centre.

Now the old West Bar ‘nick’ is being redeveloped as a hotel and restaurant, with an opening planned for the autumn. Up to 50 staff will work there.

The Hampton by Hilton will have 142 bedrooms, with prices from £50 to £100 a night, including breakfast and WIFI.

“We steer away from the term budget,” said general manager Peter Hendry. “When you see the finishes, it is not a budget hotel. It is a good quality hotel.”

The £9m hotel is due to open at the beginning of October, to be followed a couple of weeks later by a “celebrity endorsed” restaurant. They will be operated as separate ventures, both under the wing of Mr Hendry and Interstate Hotels UK.

“Sheffield is a great city and a green city,” he said. “There is a lot of potential and we are coming in at the right time. Hopefully we can add a bit of interest and quirkiness.”

West Bar was closed two years ago, with the police saying it was “past its sell-by date”. Elements of the old station, including the opening plaque, are being incorporated into the hotel, which will join the Hilton at Victoria Quays and the DoubleTree by Hilton at Meadowhead.

“We are trying to retain as much of the history as possible, although we are limited because of the physical layout,” said Mr Hendry.

Times are tough for local hotels, especially for midweek corporate business, said Ian Slater, chairman of Hospitality Sheffield.

But Hilton was a strong brand and a sign of confidence in the city. “I am sure that the people behind this aren’t looking at this year or next, but five years down the line.”