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A very decent hotel
Premier Inn (Glasgow City Centre)
Member Name: milliesmum123
Premier Inn (Glasgow City Centre)
Advantages: Very practical, we slept well
Disadvantages: ugly building
If you have stayed in a chain hotel before you will know what I mean when I say you get a kind of expectation about what you expect and that that expectation isn't very high really. We booked this because our expectation would be that it would be decent but nothing special. We simply didn't have the money to go for something more expensive and we were a bit wary of trying another cheaper hotel which wasn't part of a chain. We knew what we would get with The Premier Inn.
Where it's at
Upon visiting Glasgow for a weekend with a young child our main priority was that where we stayed had to be central to everything. We travelled up on the train so we didn't want to have to get a taxi or worry about public transport. This hotel came up perfect as it is in the heart of the city and not far from the train station. It made it easy to get to when we first arrived and was so close to the shops and restaurants that we didn't have a problem at all getting to and from our accommodation. There was a car park and apparently it wasn't free, I don't know how much it was as we didn't have our car with us but I would think that it would be difficult to find parking elsewhere which would be free anywhere near here seeing as it is so close to all the city attractions! There were lots of things to look at in Glasgow, we mainly went to explore the shops but I think we could have spent longer here taking in more of the history.
First impressions were not very great as this hotel doesn't look attractive. It's a tall, concrete building which rises up into the sky in a very ugly manner! It is not a beautiful looking hotel at all! But like I said at first I don't think you really expect an inner city Premier Inn to be anything special. Once we were inside the hotel it was much nicer, the staff were so friendly! They chatted to us about our journey and it looked like they actually had time and interest in us! Unlike other hotels where they just rush you to your room and that's it. It was nice to be welcomed warmly after a long journey. The room we were in was nice enough. It wasn't amazing but it had a lot of space. We had a large king size bed and a single bed for our daughter and it all looked as though it belonged, not as thouh the single bed had been wheeled in just for us! There was space for our luggage and a dresser, little wardrobe, a flat screen television, a rather rubbishy hair dryer and plenty of towels and pillows! We were spoilt for choice and even offered to change our pillows if we wanted! The ensuite was quite small and wasn't very modern at all, it did look like it was a bit sad and needed updating really.
A good night's sleep
Premier Inn are supposed to grant you a good night's sleep or your money back. We didn't have any trouble sleeping. I was thinking maybe we would as we were so lcose to the city centre but we were not disturbed by traffic or night life. The only disturbance we had was the odd hotel resident walking up teh corridor talking as the wall smust be quite thin but it wasn't too bad and the bed was very comfortable! It was nice to have a choice of pillows so you could be as comfortable as possible and the mattress was nice and firm. We all slept well here and I now love king size beds and want one of my own! It did feel a bit of a luxury actually and I wasn't expecting that from Premier Inn so thank you!
The restaurant inside this hotel is actually within the building. I know with some other Premier Inns you have to go outside and walk across a car park but not here! So it made it nicer not having to face the cold first thing in the morning for breakfast. It was a buffet style continental breakfast. You could have a cooked breakfast too but we chose not to. The continetal breakfast included cereals, croissants, toast, crumpets, fruit which was nice. No cooked meats or anything which is what I thought a continental breakfast included too but we were nicely full after our breakfast and the staff that served us were very friendly. The restaurant also offered evening meals but we never ate here, it looked like it got quite busy too so if you want to eat maybe best to book. There are lifts, WiFi and conference rooms so this is a practical hotel for businesses.
I was pleased with this hotel. It was actually more expensive than I had expected. I always thought these hotels were very cheap but we paid £79 per night and that didn't include breakfast, breakfast was £5.99 each on top. But actually I have thought about it and think it is worth it as it's so central to the city centre and you get a very decent room for that. It was very clean and the staff were lovely so you did feel like you were being looked after. I didn't really like the look of the building it was just so big and ugly and the ensuite was tired and dated which was not all that nice. I don't like how breakfast is £6, yes you can eat what you like but it would have been nice tohave had a cheaper option or something if you booked it in advance. I think I will give it 4 stars as it was nice enough, very useful, friendly, warm and we did have very good sleeps!
Summary: We slept well