Why I use Premier Inn
July 2, 2011
I often choose to stay in Premier Inn hotels. Some advantages:
- I know exactly what I’m going to get, including comfy beds with clean bedding.
- The staff are usually friendly and helpful.
- I can book a family room with a double bed and pull-out beds and I can also book a travel cot, all for the same price as a standard room.
- Nice breakfast – and I can ask for soya milk.
- When you book an adult breakfast you can also book free breakfasts for up to two kids (under 16).
- The locations of some of the hotels are really convenient for city centres and public transport.
- The online booking system is easy to use and you can receive booking confirmations by e-mail and text.
- It is usually possible to cancel the booking up to the day of the booking (unless you opt for a special offer price which doesn’t allow cancellations).
And a couple of disadvantages:
- Some of the city centre hotels (e.g. Bristol City Centre (Haymarket), Manchester City Centre (MEN Arena/Printworks)) were built in the 1960s when it was fashionable to have the reception on a different floor to the carpark. This means you end up faffing around with luggage when checking in and out. Exactly what you don’t need when you’re grappling with a toddler and a pushchair.
- Lots of people have now cottoned on to Premier Inn and this means you have to book well in advance for some of the more popular locations, especially if you want a family room.
I suppose that going for a Premier Inn, instead of a luxury hotel with posh products in the bathroom and a swimming pool, is a classic example of how my priorities have changed since I became a mum. But I also use Premier Inn when staying overnight for work. And we’ve sometimes used them for ‘escaped mums’ weekends as well.
What do you think? Do you like Premier Inn or do you prefer other chains or do you avoid chain hotels altogether?