Sun goes down on Hallam Tower...

One of Sheffield's landmark hotels will close its doors this weekend.

The Holiday Inn at Fulwood – known to most people as Hallam Tower – will check in its final guests on Saturday.

They will leave Sunday morning and the hotel, along with the attached Spirit health club, will close on Sunday teatime.

In the past the hotel has welcomed top names in showbiz including Elton John, Cilla Black, Bob Geldof and Gloria Estefan.

But now its future is uncertain – it has been up for sale and owner InterContinental is coy about the new buyer.

Sheffield Council planning officers say they had early discussions with developers about converting the hotel into apartments.

But they have not received any formal planning applications and are keeping an open mind.

Head of Planning Les Sturch said: "Some time ago officers had a very brief discussion about the options but we have not had any discussion with the new owners.

"They could reuse it as a hotel. It's in a conservation area but it would be absolutely fine to keep it as a hotel. We have been asked about converting it into apartments and, in principle, that would be something we might be happy with.

"They may also consider redeveloping the whole site but it's fairly small so it's hard to see how you could get any more on there.

"It may be that something less tall would fit in better with the Victorian surroundings, but other people think it's a really good landmark. We have an open mind."

The white hotel, which has flashing Christmas tree lights on its facade each year, can be seen from across the city.

The hotel opened in 1965 with 136 bedrooms, the same year as the Grosvenor House Hotel in the city centre.

Back then it cost 1 million to build. It covered a three and a half acre site, employed 140 people and was 11 storeys high. It was the first hotel of its kind to be built in the city for 50 years and at its peak 500 people a day passed through the doors.

In 1969 it charged 5 a night for a single room, with lunch for an extra 1. Guests in the penthouse suite could enjoy plastic grass on their balcony!

The restaurant appeared several times in the Egon Ronay guide and the hotel received a four star rating in the AA's hotel guide in the 1960s.

In 1978 the hotel closed its doors to some of the country's biggest rock bands in an attempt to move away from what management dubbed "the sweatshirt and jeans brigade". It would still take bookings from rock stars – as long as they dressed appropriately and didn't swear in the restaurant. The gym opened in 1987 as part of a 750,000 refurbishment and boasted top sporting members including Sheffield Wednesday players, the then-manager Howard Wilkinson and boxer Herol 'Bomber' Graham.

But by the mid-1990s recession had hit and the hotel moved away from luxury to the family-friendly market.