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Premier Inn in General
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Premier Inn in General
Advantages: Good for business trips, not too expensive.
Disadvantages: Very basic, but that's the idea.
I stayed at the Premier Inn at South Mimms in Hertfordshire. I was there for a conference, and this hotel is probably a good choice for keeping you focused because there is nothing else in the area to distract you! It's quite obvious that this particular hotel is used primarily for business. Rooms were £59 per night in the week and £29 per night at weekends (you would not want to spend a romantic weekend in South Mimms), and the hotel is located within the grounds of a motorway service station at the junction of the A1 and M25.
During my stay I did not leave the hotel. One member of our party ventured out to the truck stop for some paracetamol the morning after we arrived and hit the bar, but that's as far as we got. We were there for two nights, and most of our time was spent in the seminar rooms, which were neat and clean, and had ample coffee and tea provision. The only criticism of these facilities was that there were not enough seats and tables for all of our group, despite this being booked in advance. However, staff were happy to help us find extra chairs from unused conference rooms.
Lunch was provided for all people at the conference by the hotel, as part of the delegate fee (for the conference, not part of the room price). It was pretty bog-standard fare, sandwiches one day, jacket potatoes the next. It was self-service, in the normal restaurant / bar area. Breakfast and dinner were not included in the room price, and were ordered from the restaurant area. Breakfast was self-service, with a large range of items, including full English breakfast, yogurts, cereal, fruit and tea and coffee.
Dinner was chosen from the restaurant menu, which was varied but limited to about a dozen dishes. The food was good quality, but not top gourmet grub. That having been said, the price was fair, about £10 a head. Following dinner we adjourned to the hotel bar, which had a good selection of beers, wines, lagers and spirits. The atmosphere was good, and it has comfy armchairs and large TVs. The bar wasn't quite big enough to cater for all of the people in our party, and closed at just 12 o'clock (probably a good thing else we would have had very sore heads in the morning!).
My room had a double bed, TV, and en-suite bathroom. It was clean and tidy, and this hotel has a policy of locating single female guests in rooms at first floor level rather than ground floor. The room was quiet despite the proximity to the motorway, and overlooked the secure car park (not the best view, but a reassuring one at least).
This particular hotel had a small gym and internet access, which you paid for as an extra on top of the room price.
My stay at Premier Inn was pleasant, no-frills, worth the money, and was ideal for its purpose (short business trip). I probably wouldn't choose a Premier Inn for a holiday hotel, except perhaps for a city break. The hotels are very generic, with obvious branded items throughout the building. It can seem a little character-less, but that's not the reason I chose to stay there. As a simple, functional hotel chain, it works very well.
Summary: A good chain of simple hotels, no frills yet good quality.