“ Address: Carter Lane East / South Normanton / Derby / England „
The Derbyshire Hotel was until recently called The Renaissance, it was sold by Marriott to a chain called Principal Hayley Group.
It is just off Junction 28 of the M1, it has conference facilities so is usually used by business people or companies needing a meeting room. Across the road is a touchbase (a building to hire meeting rooms), a premier inn and the attached Brewers Fayre. So cheaper competition close by (check my hotel reviews to see my thoughts on the premier inn).
When staying you can use the heated indoor pool & a small gym for free. I've never used these so can't comment but it's good to have the facilities available.
I've stayed a few times both before and after the switch of ownership. The very first time I stayed I did feel it was a little tired looking, a little old fashioned and in need of a refurb.
Having said that it was clean and comfortable, the staff were pretty good and the food was good (if not the most exiting).
So when I checked in under the new name I was keen to see if the new owners were going to spruce it up some what. Nothing seemed to change apart from the bed covers went from Marriott red to black.
However I've stayed several times now and I've been surprised to see the general standard slip in a few areas. The restaurant is less busy than in the past, and it's easy to see why. While the food is sometimes very good it is not consistent, depending on the night you stay and the dish you order the quality of food can vary a fair bit.
Other little things that you would only notice if you had stayed before and after are:
The rooms have generally gone down hill, furniture a little more battered and worn. Things don't seem to get fixed as they did before.
Breakfasts are not a good, less choice and poorer quality (bacon getting greasier). They have stopped offering those little fruity yogurt drinks at breakfast (I liked those)
And the classic sign of cost cutting the toilet paper is thinner and less soft.
Although nothing to do with the change of ownership when I was last there a car was broken into, by having the side window smashed. The staff were good and help the owner, let him park it right outside the entrance until the police and repair people came along. PARK NEAR THE HOTEL, not in a dark corner.
While on the subject of cars, you can hear the M1 if you have the window open but the rooms are nice and quiet when shut.
Despite all of this the hotel is comfortable, the beds are very comfortable, the bathrooms are clean and you should sleep well, eat reasonably well and have a nice drink in the bar.
The Derbyshire Hotel,
Carter Lane East,
Derby, DE55 2EH,
Tel: 01773 812000
Fax: 01773 580032
Standard twin / double £89 a night
(for the most part also on ciao)