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Premier Inn (Swansea Waterfront)
Member Name: karenuk
Premier Inn (Swansea Waterfront)
Advantages: Clean, good service, good location, Beefeater Grill on the ground floor .
Disadvantages: Paying for parking, slippery bath .
Premier Inn, Swansea Waterfront
My fiancé and I spent last weekend in Swansea, arriving on the Friday and leaving on the Monday. We stayed at the Premier Inn on Swansea Waterfront, which is an area of several developments and places to stay. There is an Ibis nearby, which seems to get quite a bit of trouble, and the Village which seems good, but overpriced, so we chose the Premier Inn instead.
We booked online about six weeks before. Initially we just booked to stay for two nights in a non-smoking family room, two adults for £103 total. A couple of weeks later, we decided to book a third night, which cost us another £29.
It is right near the Marina and situated a five minute walk from the city centre and two miles from the Swansea Central railway station. The Premier Inn is behind a Tesco Express, which is very useful for buying cheap food and drink. We drove there and found it very easily, although we were rather disappointed to discover the car park had to be paid for (£5.50 a day), instead of being included in the price we paid.
We could check in on the Friday after 2pm and we arrived about 7pm, as we had to drive down from Leicestershire. We went into the Reception, which had two members of staff on and three self-service machines to check in. One of the women explained how we checked in using the machines and this was straight-forward and easy to do. The staff were friendly and helpful and it didn't take too long before we had our room keys sorted and paperwork printed out.
We explained to the woman that we had booked two nights followed by another night and would prefer it if we didn't have to change rooms. She said that would be fine, we would just need to check in and out again on the Sunday, which we did at the machine, quickly and easily.
The hotel apparently has 132 bedrooms which are spread across five floors. Our bedroom was on the fifth floor and being as I am pregnant, I didn't use the stairs, but used the lift instead. Thankfully the lift was speedy, clean and worked well without any problems over the three days.
The room was certainly big enough for the two of us. The bed was spacious and quite high up, as well as being comfortable. We had a small bedside shelf each, a wardrobe and drawers, plus a dressing table unit. There was also a sofa which could be pulled out into a bed, if we'd had any children with us.
The television worked well and I also used the hairdryer supplied, which is handily situated under a well-lit mirror. There was also a full-length mirror on the wall outside the bathroom. The kettle worked well, although the cups were small and the portions of tea, coffee, milk and sugar were rather minimal, so we ended up buying our own teabags from Tesco Express!
The bathroom had a toilet, sink and bath with shower, as well as bars to keep the towels on. It was all clean and large enough, although we found the bath rather slippery. Being pregnant, I really did not want to slip in the bath, so was particularly careful, but my fiancé fell over twice - and was perfectly sober both times! We were only given one hand towel and a bath towel first of all, but we asked for more and were given twice as many the next morning.
The rooms were cleaned each day and this was done carefully and thoroughly, so our personal items were replaced and the room looked very tidy.
Our room was very high up and there was nothing between our hotel and the high hills across the way, so one night when it was stormy, we were both woken up by the wind and the rain. Our room stayed warm though, which was good.
Breakfast was served in the Beefeater on the ground floor of the hotel and it could be ordered in advance or on the day. We ate there on two mornings, my fiancé having the Premium Breakfast for £7.95 while I had the Continental Breakfast for £5.95. Both options included a lot of variety and my fiancé chose a cooked breakfast, cereal, fruit juice and coffee both mornings. I had porridge, croissants and coffee one morning, then the other one, I ate fruit yoghurt, croissant and a natural yoghurt with various dried fruit and seeds, washed down with a cup of tea.
They also had a good variety of cereals, white and brown bread for toasting and muffins. Most of the food was self-service though you had to ask for porridge. I was pleased to see all the yoghurts were suitable for vegetarians.
As the Beefeater Grill is situated within the hotel, it made sense to eat there, so we had two evening meals there. (Other eating options within walkable distance include a McDonald's, Frankie & Benny's plus a chip shop.) We were very impressed with the meals, especially on the evening we ate there before 6:30pm, as we then got a starter and main course for £8.99, which is usually the price of a main course by itself.
One evening meal, there were six of us eating a three-course meal with drinks and our total bill was under £110. The starters were huge; I had a cream of broccoli soup which was delicious and it came with a huge chunk of bread, while my fiancé had a big plate of Nachos which were very filling.
There were a few vegetarian options, tasty enough but nothing particularly inspiring. There is also some ambiguity in the menu, as some dishes are listed as being approved by the Vegetarian Society, while others are just 'vegetarian'.
Desserts were good too, tasty and generous portions for a good price. Not the best meal I have ever eaten, but filling and good value for money, so we were pleased it was there and especially being so convenient. The staff were excellent too; we had very good service across the hotel and restaurant throughout the three days.
We were impressed with the Premier Inn, Swansea Waterfront and felt it was well worth the money. We had no real problems during our stay, just little niggles about the slippery bath and the cost of parking. The hotel was quite full, but there was very little noise so we didn't get disturbed at all (unlike our friends staying at the Ibis, who had their room raided twice in the hunt for two missing teenage girls!). The service was very good and it is really handy having the Beefeater Grill and Tesco Express on site. We would definitely consider staying in the Premier Inn again in the future and would recommend it to anyone looking for good value accommodation in that area.
You can find out more about the hotel and see photos and directions at the website -
The Waterfront Development,
TEL: 0871 527 9212
Summary: A good place to stay in Swansea.
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