“ Address: Coombe Fields Road / Ansty / Coventry CV7 9JP / Tel: 0871 527 8274 „
We stayed at The Premier Inn Coventry East, Ansty for one night during July 2011, shortly after the school holidays had commenced.
I have become quite a regular guest of the Premier Inn chain of late and booked our room via the Premier Inn website as usual.
The website is easy to navigate, even more so if you choose to register - this enables your details to be stored for future visits, speeding up an already speedy process.
For our party of four I booked a family room. A total cost of £29. Although I provided my credit card details at the time of booking, payment is not taken until arrival. We were paying in part with leisure vouchers, so the amount debited upon arrival was a mere £4.
This particular Premier Inn is a little off the beaten track. I had chosen it because it was located '1/2 a mile from the M6', it was to be a stop over on our journey from Lego Land Windsor to our home in Blackpool.
We could indeed see the motorway in the distance although did not experience any disturbance with traffic noise. Unfortunately, what I didn't check out was the Premier Inn's proximity to the junction of the M6. This was approximately 20 minutes away. I'll know better next time!
We arrived fairly late at around 9.30pm. My son had hoped to take advantage of the outdoor play area although it was far too late for that. Our main concern was being able to get something to eat.
The young man on reception was extremely efficient and checked us in quickly and advised that the adjacent Brewers Fayre served meals until 10pm.
We grabbed our belongings and took then across the car park to our room which was access via an external door. Rooms can not be accessed directly from the reception area. Two door keys were provided, one for the external door and one for the room itself.
I would describe this Premier Inn as motel style. It isn't one of the newer Premier Inns, this is evident from the corridors/door style/bathrooms etc.
Once inside the room storage is situated immediately to the left, ample for the short time we were staying - the bathroom is then situated on the right. A little dated but extremely clean, with a shower over the bath, toilet and sink.
The main bedroom area comprised of a kingsize bad, there were also two pull out beds and a travel cot, The pull out beds were very comfortable - we had only asked for one but my 7 year old enjoyed the choice!
The cot and both beds were already made up.
Tea and coffee making facilities are provided as well as a flat screen tv with freeview channels.
The room was decorated in the trademark Premier Inn purple colours and had obviously been well taken care of and recently decorated.
Although the room appeared smaller than some of the newer Premier Inn's I put this down to the age of the building. It was certainly large enough for a family of four to maneuver about in!
In fact my son had a good few bounces from the king size bed to his pull out.
We had an excellent meal in The Sparrow next door, superb food, friendly staff, lovely surroundings and reasonably priced (for those interested I have already documented our visit to The Sparrow in full in a separate review). We were also able to take any remaining drinks back to the room - so I being the none driver was able to sneak in a cheeky extra pint :-)
We opted for breakfast upon arrival, this can be pre-booked but already having had a week of cooked breakfasts (Shoreline Hotel Butlins, Bognor Regis) we were unsure as to whether we could face another.
Breakfast was served in The Sparrow at a cost of £7.99 for an all you can eat continental and cooked breakfast (continental option available for £5.25).
Under 16's eat free, so another added bonus, particularly as my 8 month old only manages a little cereal and a handful (squashed) of toast and my 7 year old perhaps some Coco Pops and a sausage! It really wouldn't be worth paying for!
We were greeted upon arrival by a friendly waitress who showed us to a table large enough for our needs - a high chair and the ability to be able to move cutlery etc away to out of easy reach of little hands.
It was explained to us that we could help ourselves to the continental breakfast and then orders for our cooked breakfast would be taken at our table.
The continental affair comprised of various cereals, various breads, croissants, muffins and toast that you could toast yourself via a bizarre safety toaster. Fruit and yogurt were in plentiful supply as were various fruit juices, teas and coffees.
True to her word the waitress returned to take our orders. I chose poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, sausage, bacon and beans whilst my partner had the same although without the meat (veggie) and the addition of vegetarian sausages.
Our food arrived quickly and tasted great, a far better system than the buffet style in many other Premier Inns.
We were asked if we would like any more hot food but we declined, we had already consumed too much and out youngest was having a whale of a time in the outdoor play area - all within sight!
It would be a struggle to find criticism with this Premier Inn - comfortable beds, lovely peaceful location, friendly staff and great food within easy reach.
My only issue occurred during the night when I found I had to close the bedroom window due to a couple of inconsiderate smokers outside. Our window was directly next to the external door and instead of moving away, the couple chose to smoke outside. Closing the window resulted in the room becoming somewhat stuffy.
It was 1am and I was far too tired to make complaint and had completely forgotten about it in the morning.
I did however email Premier Inn to advise them of the issue so that they could look into it. A few days later I was contacted by phone by a lady from The Premier Inn, Ansty - she was very apologetic and said that they would look into alternative arrangements for smokers.
She also refunded the cost of out room! Most generous.
I would certainly stay here again but would request a room that is not adjacent to an access door. Whatever alternative arrangements are made, there are still some inconsiderate people around and Premier Inn cannot be held responsible for their actions.