“ Address: Newhey Road / Milnrow / Rochdale OL16 4JF / England „
A few weeks ago my family had a small get together in our northern hometown. My two sisters and I were tasked with cooking one course each of a dinner to be feasted upon in the old family home, but a shortage of beds meant that some local accommodation was required. As I had left it until the last minute and knew one sister had booked the Premier Inn in Milnrow (Rochdale), I skipped the research and booked myself in as well.
I booked through the hotel chain's own website and found the process to be very straight forward, I had a confirmed reservation within minutes. I did double check I had the right hotel before I confirmed as this inn is officially called the Rochdale Premier Inn but I personally tend to think of Milnrow and Rochdale separately and thought there could be two hotels (there isn't).
On the day, we arrived at about 2pm. The hotel is easy to find being visible as you leave junction 21 of the M62. I have to confess, I was not particularly looking forward to this stay and usually avoid this type of chain hotel but as we pulled into the car park, I thought the buildings looked new and in good order and everything was tidy outside.
There were no other customers waiting at the reception desk so we were attended to straight away and received efficient and very friendly service. It is practice to pay for the room in advance so we stumped up our £53 for the night and were certainly not complaining about missing those Sunday morning check out queues. We were asked if we wanted breakfast, which would have been an additional £7.50 per person but we decided to defer that decision until the morning and this was no problem.
We were allocated room 59 which was up one flight of stairs and along two corridors, in fact we appeared to be in the furthermost room in the hotel from reception which we were pleased about as it meant that there would not be people tramping up and down the corridor past our room during the night. With trepidation I opened the door...
And was pleasantly surprised. The room was a very good size and other than an overall purple glow to it, felt bright and fresh. The bed was a good size and was covered in white cotton bed linen, with a purple throw over the end. There were only two pillows on the bed but there were two spares in the cupboard, which I was pleased about as I like two to myself. There were no armchairs in the room but rather underneath the window there was a very large chaise longue. Purple I think. We also had a large wooden cabinet which provided hanging space for clothes as well as housing the TV and tea / coffee making facilities. The TV was a rather old 14 inch portable and had just the five channels but it was adequate, we were going to be out most of the time and were not expecting a 50 inch flat screen. I was pleased that there were some tea / coffee facilities but there were only two tea bags and two coffee sachets and I would have liked more generous stocks.
The bathroom was average size, everything was white, clean and still looked new although I don't believe it would have been. We had a bath with a shower over and the shower temperature and pressure were easy to control. After a quick look round, we decided to head out. The windows had been left open and the room was just a touch chilly, so we shut the windows and turned up the heating before we went.
Some hours later we returned to the hotel and decided to have a quick nightcap in the hotel bar. Sadly the wine was utterly dreadful and after two sips we abandoned the drinks and went to bed in our now nicely warmed room. Earlier in the evening, my 16 year old niece who had stayed the night before as well, had reported being disturbed by people thumping around outside her room at night, but we closed our door and didn't hear a peep.
I had decided that in the interests of research I should try breakfast in the morning, unfortunately middle sister had decided to poison me at dinner the night before and I spent the night being rather ill and could not face breakfast. I do know that the hotel breakfast offering was the usual selection of hot and cold buffet, but the standard does vary and I can only report that my sister's partner breakfasted both days and was very pleased with the spread.
I do not usually consider budget chain hotels when I am looking for accommodation, but I did so this time out of convenience. I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with the £53 cost, I am sure that the standard can vary across the chain, but I would nevertheless be very happy to try Premier Inn again based upon this experience..