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The Derbyshire

4.0 out of 5.0

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We arrived a little early for our 2 night stay but were unable to check in until 2 o'clock. As it was lunch time we decided to have a bar lunch. However, there was no-one in sight in the bar area. I had to ask at reception for someone to serve us. We were told he was probably in the kitchen. After about a 15 minute wait, we eventually ordered our food. We then waited a further 20 minutes for our (very average) sandwiches to arrive. The bar area was very understaffed. Our bedroom was pleasant and clean and nicely close to the spa. The spa itself is very small and was very busy, although clean.The evening meal was very average with a very limited veggie option. There was no veggie starter but the waitress was very helpful and a veggie starter was prepared for me. We decided to eat out on the second night. Breakfast was a very busy affair. The room was full. We had to queue to get into the restaurant and again to get our hot food. We also had to queue to use the toaster - the bread had to be put through twice to get anything like toast. There was a decent choice on the breakfast menu. We were out until mid afternoon on the second day. When we got back, our room had not been made or the tea facilities replenished. We had to ring reception for tea bags before we could have a cuppa. The bed was comfy and we did have two good nights sleep. Overall it was OK. The staff were all pleasant and helpful. I would not be in a rush to stay again though.

Easy to find, large car park and nice reception area. We were three friends staying and we were able to check in early into our closely located rooms, thank you! Bar area is pleasant though the wine is very expensive. Didn't get to the spa but it looked lovely when we had a peek. Room was comfortable, clean and large. Some reviews say rooms are dated but we found them pretty modern with air con and flat screen TVs. Tea and coffee with decent sized mugs also a plus. Breakfast was tasty, mainly buffet style though the kitchen produced veggie sausages on request. All staff were pleasant but big thank you to Sam on reception for tracking us down a cab (we fancied a curry in the village) on a very busy Saturday night!

Paid £66 in midweek for a double room inc breakfast via and found this place, which was built in the early 1980s, reasonable value for money. I had a spacious, quiet, well equipped (inc iron & ironing board), spotlessley clean room in which everything worked. Ample parking & polite staff added to my enjoyment of my short stay. I'd guess the hotel's main income stream is business users/ corporate "away day" events but it is also a stone's throw from the East Midlands Designer Outlet and M1/A38, so is probably popular with those visiting Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire on weekend breaks too. Breakfast was OK: typical 4* hotel fare. Some areas of the building were showing signs of wear & tear. I've given it a "4 out of 5" rating, but it was more a "3.7", as it was better than "average" but not quite "very good". In summary it offers the sort of facilities one would expect from a typical 4* Hilton/Holiday Inn style hotel that is slightly past its best.

Stayed here for 2 nights whilst attending a conference. Spacious rooms and good conference facilities. Food was only average though. Buffet stle had very limited options and was rather dried up. Breakfast was ok. Gala dinner arrived cold for most people, and even given that 100 plus people were being served at once it was slow. I ate mine, as chicken is acceptable cold, but this was not the case for those served up with fish covered in solid cold sauce!

I've stayed here twice recently (the second trip having already been booked in advance of taking the first trip). Having reviewed the Derbyshire Hotel online it looked like a really nice hotel to stay in. The photos made it look fancy, with a spa, pool and gym. I thought I'd got a good deal on the room, as it was cheaper than the Premier Inn over the road. The first room was right next to the motorway but it wasn't as loud as I expected as it was triple glazed. It was a particularly cold day and as it got late I got cold but the radiator obviously hadn't been used in so long, it had seized and I couldn't turn the knob. I was already in my PJs, so I just informed reception the next morning and hoped I'd be warm enough under the covers (I wasn't). The room was very old fashioned and was quite dusty. I used the gym (which is free to those staying). I didn't expect it to be so small and I hadn't realised they also had a membership for local residents, so I had to wait to use some of the equipment. It does have a variety of equipment, however. During the second stay, I was in a room next to the double doors of an adjoining corridor. They banged every time someone went through. The room generally seemed cleaner than the one previous; however the radiator had been pulled out of the wall (at least I didn't need it on that visit). During the second visit, I decided to have dinner in the main restaurant. I went for the pasta and meatballs, which was on the specials menu. It wasn't special. In fact it was pretty tasteless. The meatballs had very little spice and the sauce was just a plain tomato sauce. It was pretty bland and for £15, I expected more. The staff were very friendly on check-in the first time, check-out both times and in the restaurant. However, during check-in the second time, the man who served me didn't mention half the things the lady had the first time and didn't really seem like he wanted to be there. Overall, I had a pleasant stay both times but I did expect it to be more modern and better presented. I would probably stay there again, if in the area, because it's in a good location.

We had a couple of nights here on a super value deal at £79 per night DB&B. The rooms are pretty straightforward, nothing special. The spa is nice with a decent pool and steam room, free to use. Breakfast is very good, self service and dinner was pleasant but not outstanding, good considering the price. Unfortunately the wine list is ridiculously overpriced with a £6.50 bottle of shiraz at £25.50 and a decent £12 bottle of malbec on the list at £47, thus we didn't have wine with dinner, I think a 4x mark up is excessive. Didn't see many other people having wine with dinner either, shame really, spoils it. All the staff were absolutely delightful, pleasant and keen to help. Top marks. Some areas of the hotel (carpets in particular) are looking a bit worn but at these prices I'm not going to complain about that. It's clean and the friendly staff make up for the shortcomings.

Good and spotlessly clean room. Pleasant staff. Great venue if you wish to visit the East Midlands Outlet Centre. Food - average Our suitcase broke and having bought a new one the staff kindly offered to dispose of the broken one!

Room was spotlessly clean but as for the food well !I stayed at this hotel this weekend and the quality of food was very disappointing. Sticky rice was sticky ,could have used it as polyfiller. Food at lunchtime and evening was cold. Food at breakfast was also cold. Only 1 choice of cheese and panacotta seemed to be the pudding of the weekend.

I remember this hotel being built several decades ago - then it was the only 'business' hotel in the area. It's changed hands probably several times and while the room style is a little dated they're clean comfortable and still of a good standard. Meals were excellent, the staff both at dinner and breakfast were efficient helpful and polite even at the busiest times. All in all great value and somewhere to return to.

Recently spent two day break at the Derbyshire Hotel. Had an enjoyable time with comfortable bed, nice room and delicious food This was my second visit to this hotel and will look forward to returning again in the future

Carter Lane East Alfreton England

Hotel highlights

  • Free in-room WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Indoor pool

Located in South Normanton, The Derbyshire is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from East Midlands Designer Outlet. This 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 157 rooms and conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Cathedral are also within a 30-minute drive of this Alfreton hotel.


In addition to a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with breakfast, served for a fee from 7:30 AM to 9 AM.


The 157 rooms have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and safes. Guests can expect to find wired Internet, free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers. Ironing boards and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Guests staying at The Derbyshire enjoy an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Free parking is available if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a sauna, WiFi in public areas, and 14 meeting rooms.

Room options

Guest Room Double

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room (3 people)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room (4 people)

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

65% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1643 reviews