Part of Adam’s birthday present in February was tickets to see the Kell Brook vs Sergey Rabchenko fight at the FlyDSA arena in Sheffield. Due to lots of snow and many train cancellations, we very nearly couldn’t make it but after travelling to Northallerton on the Saturday morning our last minute train detour seemed to go pretty smoothly. I booked an apartment for the night using Booking.com now called Sycamore Suites (it was Eskrine Apartments when we visited) which is located in the city centre of Sheffield, a short tram ride away from our venue for the evening. The booking offered great flexibility, allowing us to cancel up to two weeks before our arrival and we didn’t have to pay until a week before our arrival date. Prior to our arrival we were given instructions for the self check in process as we were planning to arrive outside of the designated check in hours of 10-3pm. We walked from the train station which took us just short of 15 minutes and the apartment block was fairly easy to find. Set just off one of two main central strips that the trams run down, the area was cobbled and quaint.
The apartments are underground so once we were through the door, we walked down a staircase into a sitting area with a fire flickering away on a TV screen to create a warm and welcoming arrival. I was particularly drawn to booking an apartment here because of their cool basement location, exposed bricks and modern features.
Our apartment was really cold when we arrived so we put the heating on which took a while to warm the room up as there was only one small radiator in the room with a heated towel rail in the bathroom. The under-floor heating was a lovely bonus which made up for the cold room!
Together with a double bed and a TV, we also had ample wardrobe space and modern catering facilities neatly hidden between some sliding wardrobes. The apartment was complete with kitchenware and a hairdryer which is always a bonus especially if you’re staying for a few nights.
The bathroom was modern, spacious and well equipped with everything we needed for the night. I loved the surprise of heated flooring which was lovely after coming in from a cold evening. The roof was made up of exposed red brick which created a great contrast with the contemporary features in the bathroom. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the shower to warm up during our stay which was a let down but it didn’t bother us too much as we were only staying one night.
I had read some negative reviews about Eskrine Apartments/Sycamore Suites prior to our arrival about the poor communication and attitude of the owners, the photos not portraying the rooms properly and the noise on a night which worried me slightly. However we really enjoyed our stay and didn’t encounter any of those negative aspects, we just wish we had booked to stay another night to make full use of the apartment and explore Sheffield some more.
During our short 24 hour trip to Sheffield, we stumbled across a really cool coffee shop where we enjoyed some food and drink before the fight called Couch Campo Lane. The coffee shop had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, serving up an array of beers, homemade cakes and food to cater for all dietary requirements. Adam ordered the smoked tempeh rasher sandwich with salt and pepper wedges which was a vegetarian option (he was unaware at the time of ordering) and really enjoyed it. I got the lemon and thyme chicken burger with rosemary fries which I loved too. My fries were ‘seasoned to perfection’ according to Adam!
Sycamore Suites | 6 St Peter’s Close | Sheffield | S1 2EN