“ Lancaster Business Park, Caton Road, Lancaster, LA1 3PE. Tel:08701 977 290 „
Golden weddings are a time to celebrate and in October we were invited to the second of my sister-in-laws celebrations, so as it was over 275 miles away we needed somewhere to stay overnight, in fact we needed 2 places to stay as we were leaving home at dinner time so could only travel a few hours down the M6. My husband searched on the internet and decided to try the Premier Inn website as they had places close to the motorway and close to where we were going for the party.
My sister-in-laws comment when we said were we were staying was "You know what to expect when you stay there!" This worried me, but she said you'll see what I mean.
We booked online very easily and no money was exchanged, but paperwork came via email which we printed off and presented at check in.
The Inn is just off Junction 34 on the M6, follow the A683 towards Lancaster for about¼ mile and it is in a Business park. Instructions were clear and we found the Inn and a place to park and went into a small reception area. Two staff were attending to guests but they were quickly cleared and it was our turn to give details and pay. We were presented with old fashioned metal keys and given directions to our rooms, and told about the "Good Night Guarantee" as we hadn't stayed with them before. Breakfast was served just a short walk across the car park at Cottam Fields which is a Brewers Fayre restaurant, and had we wanted a meal then we could have reserved a table.
We used the lift to the next floor and found our rooms. There was a lot of purple in the corridors, and after entering the rooms and the other one the following night in a different town I realised what she meant! The rooms were identical as was the corridor carpet etc!
Our room had a king size bed and a single bed/settee. Two adults and two children can sleep in a room, cots I believe were available if booked beforehand. There was a lovely clean white duvet cover with a purple throw on a very comfortable bed. The wardrobe was open but sufficient for staying overnight, there was a kettle, mugs, glasses, tea coffee milk etc and a television and fan. A hair drier and mirror near the kettle meant you had to stand to dry your hair, but not to in convenient. There was a table for business people needing to work and a chair. Bedside tables and small lights were adequate. We had a canvas with some lavender on which was modern and very easy on the eye.
The bathroom was small but very clean and had a shower over the bath which had Lux shower gel and liquid soap beside the wash basin. Towels were small but clean and reasonably soft.
The windows are insulated to reduce noise as there is a busy road nearby. WiFi was available but only in some parts of the hotel and it was advised to say at time of booking, there was a small fee for use. There were some rooms suitable for disabled use.
Cost was £59 per room for Monday to Thursday and £57 for Friday to Sunday, although sometimes offers seem to be available.
Overall, I have to say we had a comfortable night and although quite basic we had everything we needed. It was certainly a lot cheaper than other hotels we had stayed at in the area, although perhaps not as luxurious. You certainly get what you pay for and the staff we saw were very helpful, for instance we were told if anything else was needed like extra bedding, more coffee to ask at reception. Only niggle was that there wasn't a phone in the room for us to contact our family in another room, or if someone was taken ill and needed a doctor, contacting reception meant a trip downstairs as we had no reception on our mobiles. The Good night guarantee really matters to Premier and if you have any problems that they can't sort out you to ensure a good nights sleep you will get your money back.
Breakfast was excellent, it cost £7.50 for a full breakfast and we could help ourselves to fruit, cereals and juices, plus great coffee. The orders were taken for cooked breakfast and cooked to order, which meant a slight wait but your breakfast was freshly cooked and hot. I think there was an option for a grab and go breakfast of coffee and croissant. Under 16's eat free!
My first stay at Premier inn was a pleasant surprise and as to my sister-in-laws comment? Well, we knew what to expect at our next nights stay at a Premier Inn!