Newest Review: ... £2.00 credit card fee (no fee for debit card - grumble) it cost us £52.50 which I actually didn't think was too bad. The hotel We came to... more
A very good budget stay
Premier Travel Inn (Basingstoke)
Member Name: cerys82
Premier Travel Inn (Basingstoke)
Advantages: comfortable stay, good value
Disadvantages: In the middle of nowhere/by a busy road
We booked the hotel online via the Premier Inn website 2 months ahead of our stay in April. I am not sure how much it would cost normally as with all hotels it tends to vary depending on time of year/day of the week etc but I am quite savvy with this type of thing and had previously registered to receive Premier Inn e-newsletters which give me first notice of special offer, as such we got a double room for £39, which I was very happy with. We went for the cheaper Premier saver option which meant that we paid ahead of time but would not be entitled to any refunds or be able to make any amends which suited us fine as it was unlikely that this would be the type of event that would be cancelled or rescheduled. If your stay is not quite as certain as this, you can go for the Premier Flexible which can be up to £10 more expensive and will allow you to make amends up until 1pm on the day of arrival.
We were then given the option of ordering breakfast as there was a Chef & Brewer chain pub onsite. I went for the Continental Breakfast option which cost £5.25 and my husband had the most expensive Premier Breakfast option which cost £8.25. (More detail on this later)
In total, when including a £2.00 credit card fee (no fee for debit card - grumble) it cost us £52.50 which I actually didn't think was too bad.
We came to the hotel just after 2pm (which was the earliest you could check-in) having spent most of the morning in Winchester. The hotel was very visible from the A3 being prett The hotel was very visible from the A3 being pretty much on the road with a large car park. It is very much in the middle of nowhere so if you are planning to have a drink then you will need to get a taxi. It is approximately 7 miles from actual Basingstoke.
Check in was quick and easy and the staff were very friendly, even picking up that somehow we had been overcharged on our breakfasts between placing the reservation and the order going through to the hotel. We also witnessed them being very polite and patient to some rude people in front of us who were insisting that their key wasn't working and complaining that the staff weren't helping them enough, when actually it transpired that they had gone to the wrong room!
I was a little apprehensive as to what the room would be like with it being a budget hotel and also because I last stayed in a Premier Inn about 10 years ago (before the major rebrand) and wasn't massively impressed.
As it turned out I needn't have worried. The room far exceeded my expectations. It was a really good size, much larger than I expected and consistent with the now familiar purple and white branding which gave it a clean, modern, slightly minimalist feel. On the left as we came in was a decent sized bathroom with a bath which seemed quite newly done and was very clean. There was a shower gel dispenser attached to the wall. Also there were handles in the bath if you have trouble getting in and out of baths. The bath had a shower curtain rather than a screen and the room also had a large mirro.
The bed itself was equivalent to a king size and really large - I think it was 2 queen beds put together and had a headboard. Each side of the bed had a wall lamp and a bedside table. To the left was a decent sized desk and chair which had on it a folder with some information about the hotel and the food available in the pub attached. At the end of the bed was a large wooden unit which had open shelving on both sides and a wardrobe in the middle. On one side of the shelving there was a flat screen TV showing Freeview channels, a couple of cups and glasses with a few teabags and coffee sachets and a bin in the bottom shelf. On the other side of the shelving there was a hairdryer attached to the unit and a mirror.
There is a large radiator which we did not use as it was warm enough as it was. In addition there was also a full-length mirror on another wall which I was pleased with because it annoys me when hotel rooms don't have them.
We returned to our room after the party at about 11:30 and fell asleep very easily, finding the bed very comfortable and were very happily not at all disturbed by the road noise which we were pleasantly surprised by given how closely we were located to an A road.
We went down to our breakfast at about 8am and were the first ones there. My husband, who had purchased the more expensive breakfast option went for the Full English, however there were also options for your other standard cooked breakfasts such as a vegetarian cooked breakfast or scrambled eggs etc. I went for the cheaper continental breakfast which meant I could help myself to the quite substantial buffet that was available. This included croissants and toast both of which could be warmed, bread rolls, butter, jams, yoghurt, fresh fruit, fruit juices, fresh coffee and a variety of standard and herbal teas. We were both very pleased with our breakfasts which we felt were good value for money.
Finally we went to check out where once again the staff were friendly and polite.
As you can probably tell from the information given above I was very impressed with this hotel. I was under the impression that Premier Inns were a bit dingy and was very pleasantly surprised. The hotel was fresh and clean throughout and actually the room was a darn sight bigger and more pleasant looking than I expected. The rebranding to the purple and white furnishings works particularly well and makes the rooms more light. I was very impressed with the staff as they had a very friendly and helpful demeanour.
Would I stay there again? I cannot foresee a time in the near future where I would need to but yes, if I need to I definitely would. The price was very good and I had a far better standard of room than I expected and a very comfortable night.
Summary: A recommended budget stay