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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?
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2011 5:31 pm

    Part of the problem is that the Bristol, Haymarket Premier Inn is not a purpose built hotel, rather it was converted a few years ago. If recollection serves it was an office block which was empty for a few years before being converted as part of the bus station development. Very convenient location though….

    I am a fan of Premier Inn and it tends to be my hotel of choice, especially at airports where the dinner, bed and breakfast deals they do are great value. The food is not wildly imaginative or anything but for a bite to eat and an early night before a flight it is ideal!

  2. July 2, 2011 6:31 pm

    Thanks for the info on the Bristol Haymarket hotel. In spite of the weird layout, we’ve stayed there a couple of times because it is so convenient.

    And you’re right, the Premier Inn airport hotels are very handy as well.

  3. July 17, 2011 10:35 am

    Posh hotels with nice toiletries and funky decor are lovely for a special break but also cost the earth in the UK…
    I rate Premier Inns too, for same reasons as you mention.
    I’ve stayed at many hotels that have charged more for much less – broken mattress springs, badly worn furniture, shitty bathroom with trickle showers…
    There’s a lot to be said for knowing what you’re getting and it being reasonably priced.

  4. January 23, 2012 6:23 am

    Definitely somewhere to bear in mind! Thanks for entering this weeks Loveallblogs Weekly Travel Showcase! Emma 🙂 .

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