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Reviewed February 21, 2016

Another tick on my list of different places to stay.Lovely Mark the proprietor had to guide us through the one way system being strangers we got stuck on the James Dooley Way.I punched in the code which lifted the barrier we drive over the cobbles and could park right by the boat we were on Lillae Mae and moored next to her was Millie Mae.We unzipped the plastic cover there was a tables and chairs on deck had the weather been warmer this would have been a great place to enjoy breakfast.Into the cabin a wow from me and an ouch from hubby as he hit his head .The light and heating. were on giving us a warm welcome.Tea and coffee facilities lovely biscuits.quite a few folks strolled past and three ducks swam up to greet us.The double cabin bed already made up,a further double could be made up in the dining area and also two bunk beds.Self contained hooked up to electricity water in the on board tanks we had lovely hot showers. Both continental and full English breakfast could be ordered would have to cook the full English hell I am on holiday too.Good nearby cafe opened at 7.30am and the Hilton hotel nearby with discounted use of health centre.We had walked to the Crucible sauntering back with a KFC followed by an excellant nights sleep and were sad to leave.The houseboat is moored and cannot be sailed down the canal,Ah that's another to be ticked off my list, presumably then have to be powered by a noisy generator.We will definitely stay again when we return to explore Sheffield or visit the theatre again.

Room Tip: Choose which boat this is more than room , it's all the boat.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kathy j
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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.

Stayed: 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.

  • Stayed: December 2015, 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!

Stayed: September 2015, 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
  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank E8195OLjanew
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