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Premier Travel Inn (Ashford North, Kent)

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      23.03.2007 18:09
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      One of the better PTI's in this area

      This Premier Travel Inn (PTI) hotel is on the northern outskirts of Ashford just off the A20 to Lenham and is only 2 1/2 miles from junction 9 of the M20. This hotel has two storeys high with a good sized outside car park for 128 vehicles. The outside lighting is good and the shrubbery around the hotel is well maintained. The entrance is at ground level and as I recall there is a ramped entrance.

      Bookings for this hotel can be via the Internet or over the telephone. The web site is www.premiertravelinn.com and the central reservations telephone number is 0870 242 8000. For this hotel the direct line is 0870 977 018 and the fax line is 01233 713945. As I use my companies business account I have to get the cardholder (my boss) to fax a confirmation to them before I arrive so they can process my reservation quickly when I get there. You will normally be asked for a time of arrival, which in my case is always after 6pm. If you wish to cancel you room you can ring up the hotel directly, no later than 1pm on the day of your first night. I do this occasionally and can get away without paying any charges for the cancellation.

      The reception desk is always manned whenever I have arrived, but that has never been later than 8pm. The check in as long as my boss has sent the fax takes a few minutes to get a key and go to my room. You can expect a longer check in around 5 to 6pm on Mondays when reps and other travelling workers such as myself come crashing through the door. There are 61 rooms with rooms 1 to 30 on the ground floor and the rest upstairs. To get to your room there are some stairs on both floors as the block steps downwards away from reception. The hotel seem to know me and for some reason always give me room no. 61, which means I go upstairs and the down and couple of steps to get to my room at the very back of the hotel. There are 3 disabled rooms and I assume that these are on the ground floor before the ground floor section steps down.

      The décor in the rooms is bland, with cream walls, red speckled carpets and gaudy red checked curtains. The rooms are large, with a double an easy chair, a wardrobe to hang clothes, a desk, a wooden chair, a T.V., a kettle, a hairdryer and beyond another door a bathroom. The bathrooms have a sink, W.C, and a bath with a separate shower nozzle, so you can have a bath or shower as you wish.
      The rooms are always clean and tidy even during a stay of several nights, the beds are well made and clean. The bathroom is just as clean as the room and there is a soap dispenser and a shower gel dispenser that is very handy if you forget to pack yours. The TV only has the terrestrial channels, but I don't tend to watch it preferring to sit at the desk and write.

      The only things in the room that are not really to my satisfaction are the mattress on the bed which I feel is too soft and the heating. The rooms do not have air-conditioning, but they do have a rudimentary heater control mounted on a wall. The heater is an electric wall heater which takes a while to produce enough heat to warm your room. As such the rooms can be cold in the winter and too hot in the summer as there is no way to cool the room down. The window does open, but it is restricted and will not open far enough to let in air. Sometimes in the summer you will find a fan in your room to cool you down, but for the money I'd rather prefer air-conditioning.

      This PTI doesn't have a bar or restaurant located on the premises. What it does have though is a 'Beefeaters' pub right alongside. 'The Woolpack' is a quaint old style country pub with wooden beams. It is sectioned off into bar/restaurant areas, with the former a smoke filled den and the later nice place to have an evening meal. Main meals on offer consist of meats, fish and pastas, with prices ranging from £7.75 for a gammon steak through to £19.99 for a fillet steak and lobster. You can also eat your breakfast in the Woolpack if you wish. For breakfast you can have a full 'chubby' breakfast for £7.50 or a lighter continental breakfast for £5.25. Unfortunately I have never tried the breakfast in this particular PTI as I can normally find a 'chubby' breakfast for under a £5 in a local café and I have to be out and about before 6.30am which is when breakfast is first served.

      Room prices are variable depending on what day you stay, with £52 for a week night or £48 at the weekend, these are current rates and do change on a regular basis. This hotel is better than some of the PTI's I have stayed in and is certainly better than the Ashford Central PTI for two reasons. Firstly 'The Woolpack' pub serves better food, with a nicer selection than the restaurant at the Ashford Central location. Also despite being alongside the A20 it is in a quieter location than its local rival and as such I get a better night's sleep. The rooms are large, spacious, they are maintained and clean. The size of the room is okay and would be plenty for two people sharing although the bed is too soft. The bathroom is a decent size and everything works as it should. The hotel is good for a night or two's stay, but anymore than that and I sometimes feel like I'm getting cabin fever. Even though I don't really like staying in PTI's hotels generally this one is one of my pet favourites and has made working away from home that little bit more bearable.

      (c)2007 buzzard_cad
      This review may be found at other websites under the same username and is written by me.

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