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Reviewed December 8, 2015

Wow fantastic was going to a concert at Sheffield Arena and decided to stay over, after looking what was available on the internet came across the houseboats. Booked it for 2 nights as an experience for my partner who loves boats. Absolutely brilliant, everything that we needed, very clean, just like home from home. 2 nights are not enough did not want to go home. Ordered a breakfast from the café across from the boat which was delivered exactly on time, hot, filling and delicious with a cup of tea. 5 minutes from the town centre that we took full advantage of especially due to the competitive drink prices. We will certainly be returning.

Date of stay: December 2015
Thank tracyab65
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Reviewed December 2, 2015

We stayed for one night to save travelling back home after a concert at the City Hall. I only decided to book a couple days before hand and on searching for accomodation this popped up and I was drawn in by the novel alternative to a standard hotel in the city centre. We were not disappointed. It was great. Plenty of room for the two of us, would be OK for 4 also as the second bed can be made from the dinette and the living area is closed off from the the actual bedroom. I was a little unsure what would be provided in the 'self catering' but there was tea,coffee milk and sugar washing up liquid teatowel etc plenty of mugs plates etc, and basic cooking pans. Not that we intended to cook, but thought this may be helpful if staying couple of nights.
The boat was clean and homely and yes the bed is smaller than you are probably likely to get in an hotel but it was cosy and we found it comfortable.
It is very close to the city centre and only took us about 10 mins to walk into the centre. The walkways are well lit. The canal basin was very quiet, it was a 'school' night though. The little cafe almost directly opposite the boat does a very good breakfast as noted on the website.
If you want a night away from home somewhere different then we would recommend this lovely houseboat.

Date of stay: December 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank scattybirdanni
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Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

I am slightly biased as I live on a narrow boat on the Thames when I am working away from home. You always get a good nights sleep on a boat and the Sheffield hotel boat was no exception. In fact it's wider than a narrow boat being a broad beam and that provides extra space. It cost about £95 through hotels.com. The pros.....a convenient location in Sheffield city centre with relatively secure parking for a car next to the boat. Cutlery, plates etc and a gas oven for cooking. Comfortable beds and crisp linen. About a 10 min walk from the central station. The cons...difficulty in controlling the temperature with the sole source of heating ..a fan heater set within the front step. No toaster or microwave. As with all canal boats....need to be patient with loo flushing as it can take a while (they also charge extra apparently if you block up the loo system). The shower depended on a pump which for some reason pumped soapy water directly into the canal basin from an over flow. Not suited to disabled people. There is also free pedestrian access for the public across the canal basin bridge and alongside the boat...so make sure you close the curtains. Overall a great novelty. There is a greasy joe cafe under the arches if you are desperate for a fry up!

Date of stay: September 2015
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank andrewbr2
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Reviewed September 3, 2015

We booked Lily May for 2 nights over the Bank Holiday. I was a bit dubious after reading previous reviews but loved the houseboat from the minute we climbed on board. Clean, comfortable and warm - 5 minute walk across the bridge to trams, buses and town centre. Buy a combined bus and train ticket for £4.50 for unlimited travel for a day. We used it to get to Botanical Gardens and Meadowhall. A real find and a novel idea - would recommend.

Room tip: Make use of the fridge and take your own milk for tea/coffee
Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank E8195OLjanew
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

We spent 2 nights in Lila Mae one of the 2 houseboat hotels in Victorian Quay in Sheffield. The boat is nicely finished and well equipped. We asked Houseboat Hotel to provide breakfast ingredients. A massive amount of excellent food was supplied and refreshed for our second breakfast and the boat has everything you need to cook breakfast.

We took advantage of being able to use the Gym and Spa at nearby Hilton Hotel.

All in all a very nice unusual place to stay

Date of stay: July 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rubymanor
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