The Premier Inn Hotel Review
A short trip to Bristol, U.K, was on the agenda for work purposes. I had really been looking forward to this break away from London. Premier Inn was the selected hotel due to convenience of where our meetings were to take place. As I arrived in Bristol and looked around, I noticeably realised it looked a lot like London.
I spent an hour or so wandering around the shopping centre for a bit of retail therapy, before popping in to Superdrug to purchase some cleaning products for my night at the hotel. (I do a spot of cleaning in all hotels I usually stay in!)
Bearing in mind, the Premier Inn is a budget hotel, so my expectations was of course not high. However, I was expecting cleanliness to be at the top of the list for this hotel as it is widely promoted across the country.
Everything was within a good walking distance of each other, as to the location of the hotel. They were a few places to eat on the high street, as well as a few good landmarks to see while sightseeing.
A Dissapointing Stay
I checked in to my hotel and I was immediately asked for payment. Bearing in mind I had not even seen my room yet. Upon payment, I was issued with a receipt.
On the receipt, I was asked to write my ethnicity and my signature. This procedure is something I have never come across. After signing, I just wanted to go upstairs and wash my hands, after a two hour journey. It was the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and my anxiety was running high. I had packed a sheet and pillowcase of my own as usual.
I got upstairs and checked out the room. It was O.K at this point. I went into the bathroom to wash my hands, and there was no hand-wash, no soap, Nothing. I went downstairs to ask the staff at reception for some hand-wash and they said they would bring some upstairs. I waited for 15 minutes and no one had showed up. At this time, I decided to go for a walk around the local town centre.
Staff we O.K. A smile and a warm welcome could really go along way. It is always a pleasure to receive a warm welcome whenever you go anywhere because first impressions really do matter. Unfortunately, there weren't any members of staff who were impressionable to me, at all. Welcoming? Not really. Polite? At it's bare minimum.
When I arrived back from my short walk, the hand-wash had been placed. There was no shower gel or shampoo, but luckily I had brought my own. I had a hot shower before bed, and changed the hotel pillowcases to my own.
The next morning, I decided to arise for breakfast, as I had an 8.15 AM meeting. Breakfast was extremely disappointing. I had paid £9.50 for what I thought would have been a premier English Breakfast.
I received cold scrambled eggs, hard baked beans, ice cold pancakes which were out next to small packets of syrup. No one said they weren't heated! As a person who does not eat pork, I was happy the menu offered a selection of both Quorn as well as the usual pork sausages.
There were pork sausages available and there were no other sausages on site. So breakfast, had just got that extra bit more disappointing. The luke warm hash browns were the only thing that saved me from starvation, as I had a long and busy day ahead. I had two cappuccinos from a machine which maybe had a bit to much cream- because that seemed quite cold too. I just couldn't wait to go home.
All in all, my experience at the Premier Inn was dreadful. A solid 2/10, and that was only because of the size of my room. Nothing more, nothing less. Premier Inn is a bargain, something affordable for most, but I assure you can find a better quality hotel for the same price or cheaper.
This wasn't my first time at Premier Inn. I had stayed a night at Premier Inn in Blackpool, U.K a few years back, and it was awesome. Breakfast was good, and everyone that knows me, knows that I'm a great big foodie!! There are three different Premier Inn hotels in Bristol, so this is an honest review from experience at the 'Lewins Mead' location. You may be lucky with the others if you dare to give them a try.
If you're on a budget, Premier Inn is a choice you could consider. The Premier Inn is such a big chain, with hundreds of locations across the U.K. I wouldn't completely rule it out because I have stayed at the Premier Inn, in different locations and have had a completely different experience.
At best, they sometimes have really good deals on, depending on any national holidays or upcoming events.
My Overall rating for my stay: 2.5/10
Have you ever stayed at the Premier Inn Hotel? Let me know your thoughts!
With love and pink skies
Siobhan- Patrina xoxox