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Member Name: abercrombie92
Premier Inn in General
Have you ever been in the situation where you're expected to be somewhere at a ridiculous time in the morning so you and your best friend decide to go the night before and chill out (also known as get lost then go to a party with lots of random people) in a hotel? No? Just me? Oh....
We booked in for one night in the Dundee North Premier Inn (right next to Camperdown Park), and while I say 'we', I mean my mum booked it for us as we were both strapped for cash. My mum is a wonderful person!
We arrived at the hotel which looked fairly big from the outside, not something you'd find in a city like London, but for a small place like Dundee, it was pretty big. There was a restaurant attached to one side of it which we later found out was where we would be eating breakfast the next morning.
After walking through the doors of the hotel and into the reception, we gathered that it wasn't going to be a huge hotel, but that didn't matter as we hadn't planned on staying inside and we had been given a good deal anyway. The receptionist greeted us with a friendly smile, but after asking us questions like "what is your car registration number?" - we arrived by train/taxi, "how are you paying, cash or card?" - my mum paid the day before over the phone and then telling us that we couldn't check in without a credit card or registration number, her mood quickly changed. She soon became snappy and rude, but this soon stopped after she called through her supervisor to try and prove myself and my best friend wrong, when in actual fact, she was in the wrong.
After that, she had her friendly smile and attitude back, which we found to be fairly fake and then asked us, "would you like me to move you to a room upstairs instead of on the ground floor? it's probably safer..".
Great. I guess she meant well but really? 'Its probably safer'? Why would you say that to someone who hasn't even checked in yet?
Anyway, we were moved from room 5 to room 113 and told to head upstairs where we would find our room.
We took the lift up to the first floor (we're not lazy, we just had alot of heavy bags and sore feet), to which we found some signs helping us to our room. Well, they would have helped if the paint hadn't been scratched off and left to say "rooms (large space) this way". Not the easiest sign to follow, but we found our room within a few minutes nonetheless.
The corridors were dull and were hard to walk through without making a noise - by noise I mean similar to that of an elephant stampede.
The room doors were all scratched up and needed a good lick of paint. But again it was a cheap deal, so we didn't care too much.
Inside our room was a double bed and a large single sofa/sofabed. There was an en suite bathroom, a small tv, a bin, a hairdryer and some refreshments. On the bedside tables were the menus for the restaurant and room service. You had to call down to reception to order it, but you had to pay for this call as it had to be made on your own phone as the hotel had no room phone.
My only criticism about the room is that the bathroom fan went on every single time you switched the light on, so if you went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the other person would wake up due to the noise coming from the fan.
The bed was soft and comfortable and the area around was quiet so the whole "it's probably safer" thing really was a waste of breath, but it was nice of her to offer us the precaution.
In the morning, we headed down to the restaurant for breakfast. There was a good selection of croissants, cereals, fruits, muffins, cold meat, juice, water, milk, porridge and could even order a cooked breakfast if you wanted to. The restaurant itself was nice inside, it was dark and old looking, but in a good way. There was a tree/river thing on the back wall in which you throw money into for a nature charity which I thought was a sweet thing to do. As we were finishing off our croissants, the receptionist came through to the restaurant and over to our table to let us know that our taxi was here - I'm glad she did this as we expected to just have to find the taxi on our own.
Overall, the hotel was good for an overnight stay, but only if you don't mind not having hotel amenities.
For the overnight stay and two premier breakfasts it only cost £64, so that's a damn good deal, but I don't think I'll be staying there again if I have to stay in Dundee again.
Camperdown Leisure Park
T: 0870 990 6420
F: 0870 990 6421
*I just want to make this known that all Premier Inn hotels are not like this. I have stayed in around 9 different Premier Inns, 7 of which were wonderful and full of amenities, friendly staff, secure rooms, safe area.*
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