This is a bit of late review as we actually stopped there on on the 21st & 22nd of December. We had 6 rooms booked for our annual Christmas family meet up with 7 members of our family travelling down from near Newcastle and 8 family members travelling up from near London so Barnsley was worked out as around halfway between us all.
The only problem we had was that the rooms weren't booked as a group so my parents visited the place a few weeks previous to our stay to request all the rooms were put together. Despite there being a note next to our booking about the request, the rooms were spread between upstairs & downstairs with quite a few rooms between each one.
This problem was solved by the lovely girl on the desk who not only arranged all of our rooms to be next to each other, but also went to the trouble of rearranging the bed set ups in a couple of the rooms and making the beds up that weren't made up (after changing a room that just had a double bed made up into a family room) and even apologised for not been able to make the beds up to the standard they usually are! She did it all with a lovely friendly, relaxed attitude and didn't make any of it seem like a problem. She also talked to us all after a night out bowling asking us how we enjoyed it, who won etc which made us feel very welcome.
All of the staff were friendly and cheerful and the rooms were clean and well looked after.
Some of our rooms were facing the front of the building and some were facing the rear but we had no noise disturbance in any of them.
The rooms all have a temperature control in them which is good and of course the much mentioned 32" flatscreen TVs on the wall where you can actually get all of the usual freeview channels instead of just a few like many other places have. The curtains are very thick and dark which blocks out about 99% of daylight (only get a bit shining above the curtain rail) which is ideal for anyone needing to sleep during the day or when it is light from very early until late in the summer.
The bed was a bit hard for my liking and I felt a bit achey when I woke up each morning, but everyone has their own preference so I'm sure some will love it.
The spare beds in the family room are quite good. They are either set up as a settee which you remove the back cushions off for a bed, or as a single bed. They have folding legs and are made in a way so when they are folded down they can be slid under the double bed making the rooms easy to adapt from double to family and you can put them out of the way until you need them if you want a bit of extra space.
The bathrooms have soap dispensers next to the sinks and a shower gel dispenser on the wall next to the bath/shower. The showers are not hugely powerful but are still good and maintain the water temperature no problem.
ADAPTED ROOM REVIEW:
The only 'problem' as such, which isn't to do with this particular hotel - it's just to do with Premier Inn and most other hotels to be honest, is that the only disabled rooms they ever have only ever contain a double bed so they must think that all disabled people are adults with no children!
We have a 15 year old daughter who is a wheelchair user with no standing ability so we either have to have a non-adapted family room and struggle to get her in and out of the bathroom which is too small for a wheelchair to get through the door of, or go to the extra expense of getting 2 rooms and one of us having to share the bed with her while the other is alone in a room. The same would apply to anyone who is a parent who relies on a wheelchair and needs an adapted room but has children. If they were a single/travelling alone parent with children I don't know how they'd manage!
We 'sort' of got around it on this occasion by my parents taking the adapted room and us having a family room straight opposite them so we could use their room to toilet & wash my daughter and use our room to sleep in.
The adapted bathroom itself was fairly good with a sliding door to get into it, rails next to the toilet, sink and around the bath, and a low level sink. It also had the soap dispenser next to the sink and in the shower as the other rooms have. However, there isn't enough space to get a wheelchair alongside the toilet for transferring from one to the other.
We would personally prefer it if they had made the bathroom a wetroom with a shower and shower chair in during their refurbishment as my daughter can't use the baths because she is too heavy to lift into them and does not have enough sitting balance once in there. This would also have given more room to get her wheelchair alongside the toilet instead of it only getting to in front of it meaning we had to lift her and turn her at the same time. So really it's more of a room for people with mobility issues rather than a room for a wheelchair user with little or no standing ability.
The bed is a low level bed - again, this ill be good for some people with mobility issues, but others will find it harder to lower onto or get up off alone or even with help.
The wardrobe is at a low level so things an be put in/taken out from a wheelchair sitting level.
The rest of the room has enough room to get around even with a wheelchair.
One point to note that could do with changing is the door to the room itself has the same heavy hinge on it that makes it close when you let go of it. Someone in a wheelchair, with difficulty walking, or with any sort of weakness in their arms will struggle to open this and get through it. The same goes for the door from reception into the corridor.
So some problems with the adapted room depending on the person's nature and level of disability.
Taybarns is good value for money with a range of different dishes and is only separated from the hotel by a covered walkway. I can't say anything was especially outstanding about the staff, in fact there was only one who seemed anywhere near friendly, but the used plates are cleared away quickly and the place was kept tidy. The food is freshly cooked in front of you and put into serving dishes and is overall very nice - better than you would usually get in a pub restaurant, but not as good as a 'proper' restaurant is about how I would describe it.
Obviously being a buffet means you have to serve yourself which some people don't like doing, but we love it because we can get as much or little as we want of anything and take our time without feeling we're being hassled to eat up and leave. Great if you're indecisive and always wished you had ordered what someone else had when your food arrives somewhere where you have to choose off a menu or are a slow eater!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located within easy reach of the M1. For shops and local amenities Sheffield city centre is 8 miles away; closer still Barnsley town centre is just 5 miles away. Conveniently situated 3 miles from Chapeltown train station. Our Sheffield / Barnsley Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite Taybarns restaurant offering amazing choice at amazing value. M1(J35a), northbound exit only. Then A616 for 2 miles, or from (J36) take A61 to Sheffield. Hotel is 1 mile along, on next roundabout. Next to Taybarns, the Ultimate Eatery; opposite McDonalds and Shell filling station. Food served from 11:30am-21:30 Everyday (table bookings reccomended) Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30am Sat-Sun 7-11am ... more less
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