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Premier Inn in General
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Premier Inn in General
Advantages: Convenient location, good room rates.
Disadvantages: Nothing major
I recently had to attend a training course in the Midlands and as I really didn't fancy tackling the M6 first thing in the morning I investigated local hotel options. The Premier Inn in Redditch was less than 5 miles from where I needed to be so I booked a 2 night stay.
Premier Inn are a chain of budget hotels, they have over 500 properties across the UK. I found the booking process very easy - you can search Premier Inn's website by town, by postcode or by searching for hotels near a particular motorway or A road. The site will then check what is available on your selected dates and take your credit card details to confirm the booking, although your card won't be charged till you arrive. Double, twin or family rooms or available, babies can be accommodated in an extra cot and all hotels have rooms with access for disabled guests. My room cost £58 per night which was the standard midweek rate. The weekend rate was £49 and special offers are sometimes available - currently there are rooms available at some locations for £19 a night. The website itself was sensibly laid out and easy to use. Once the room was booked I was sent an email to confirm the booking and given a reference number.
I drove down after work and finally arrived around 9.30pm. The hotel was conveniently located by the A448 - however the directions on the premier inn website were not easy to follow - I recommend using satnav or getting a decent map. Having been on the go since 8am I was very pleased that the check in process was very quick and easy, the receptionist was very pleasant and helpful. They were also very helpful the following morning telling me the simplest way to get to my destination and would always smile and say hello when I was passing reception.
I had a twin room which was a good size and decorated in a clean modern style using the brands signature purple colour - this may sound overwhelming but was actually done very tastefully. There was a TV with channels 1 -5, Radio 2 and local BBC radio, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer in the room. The temperature was controlled by an in room thermostat - unfortunately this couldn't cool the room though and it was a bit hotter than I would have liked. The bathroom was ensuite, Dove shower gel was provided and there were hand and bath towels - these were clean and adequate but looked a little thread bare. Wifi was available - I paid £10 for 24 hours access. The bed was very comfortable, extra pillows and blankets were available if needed. There was also a hanging rail though not an actual wardrobe and a reasonably large desk.
There was no noise at night from either within the hotel or outside - my room looked out over the car park. My room was next door to the housekeeping store room so there was some noise in the morning but it was after 8am so didn't disturb me. Premier Inn offer the Good Night Guarantee so if your stay is disturbed they will offer your money back.
Each hotel has a restaurant either within the hotel or next door, in this case a Brewers Fayre. Breakfast was available for £7.50, there was a continental buffet and a cooked breakfast with veggie options - this seemed like pretty good value compared to most hotel breakfasts though I didn't eat here. I did eat dinner one night, the menu was quite extensive and the food was very tasty, it was quite reasonably priced at £17 for 2 courses and a glass of wine.
Overall my stay was very pleasant, if I was looking for a budget hotel in the future I would definitely consider a Premier Inn. The hotels don't have as much character as some independent hotels but they are convenient and well priced - especially if you get a special offer rate.
Summary: Everything is premier but the price! (TM Lenny)
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