Having never stayed in a Premier Inn before, we didn’t quite know what to expect in terms of quality. But this hotel was really very impressive, with a room as nice as some previous four star hotels we’ve stayed in.
We got an incredible rate, especially for London, and paid just 107 GBP total for three nights in mid-December. We arrived on a Friday and left on the Monday, which gave us a nice full weekend in the capital in the lead up to Christmas. Having looked frequently at the Premier Inn website, I can see that they operate a very changeable charging policy, and the price of individual nights can change quickly and can differ quite widely from one night to the next. I saw an offer for just 29 GBP for the Friday and Sunday nights, with 49 GBP for the Saturday in between and grabbed it quickly. These prices did indeed increase some days later, so the lesson might be grab a good price as soon as you see it.
We arrived by car around 7.15pm on the Friday evening, and found loads of spaces in the car park immediately behind and underneath the hotel. I understand there are 70 car park spaces and whilst it could feasibly fill up, it is quite rare for there not to be spaces available. The car park is secure, and monitored by cameras, so we felt very safe leaving the car parked there for our three days. A door from the car park leads directly into the hotel’s ground floor reception area.
We checked in immediately, assisted by a helpful staff member, at the machines in the lobby. You pay at that point for extras such as car parking and meals (although you can also pay separately for meals at a later time if you don’t have firm plans up front).
We were assigned room 328, on the third floor of four. The room was spotlessly clean, and quite a decent size. It was decorated in white with a blue carpet and pine furniture. There was a ‘wardrobe’ unit with six hangers, one drawer, and various shelves above and to the sides. On a couple of these were the flatscreen TV, which included Freeview, so there were plenty of decent channels to watch. There was a kettle, with free coffee, teas and creamers, a hairdryer, mirror, waste bin, bottle opener and two glasses.
A separate desk with chair, lamp and telephone allowed you to sit and write/work. The room also had one other easy chair. It was air conditioned, so you could control the temperature to your satisfaction.
The double bed had a duvet rather than blankets, so was nice and cozy. It was firm, but really quite comfortable. We both got three good nights’ sleep. The bed had two pillows (one each side) but there were two more on one of the shelves. The bed has two side tables, with lights.
The bathroom was a good size, with a full bath and overhead shower, all in white, and spotlessly clean with no sign of mildew anywhere. There were four towels and a bathmat provided. The only toiletries were a dispenser with Carex handwash at the sink, and a dispenser with Imperial Leather hair and body wash in the bath. These were adequate for our stay. The shower was powerful, and the water temperature was easily controllable and always hot when you wanted it. Like everything else, the toilet was spotless, and my only slight niggle was that the toilet paper was filled with rather thin single sheets instead of a proper roll of toilet paper.
We ate at the hotel for one dinner and two breakfasts. For 22 GBP you can have a three course dinner, including a drink, one evening followed by the full hot buffet breakfast the next morning. This was a great deal, which we enjoyed on our first evening and morning. The dinner offered a choice from a special menu of around 6 starters, 8 mains and 6 desserts plus various drinks. We found the meal to be more than acceptable, and very good value.
The buffet breakfast was excellent. There were about 8 different types of cereal on offer, with full-fat, semi and skimmed milks to choose from. There was also water and apple and orange juice. A coffee making machine allowed you to choose various kinds of coffee (normal, cappuccino, mocha, etc) and tea. The buffet included toast and crumpets to toast at the machines, plus croissants that you could request warmed. The hot food included mushrooms, plum and fried tomatoes, baked beans, sausages, back bacon, fried and scrambled eggs. You could also order omelettes, boiled eggs, vegetarian options and porridge. There were also various preserves and dried fruits. If you didn’t get the breakfast as part of the £22 deal, you could also pay for it separately at just 7.99 – good value.
As well as the restaurant, there is a small bar area on the ground floor, which we didn’t use. There are also a couple of vending machines by the lifts for things like drinks, crisps, chocolates and other sweets.
The location is great if you’re prepared to stay out of the immediate city centre – especially if you’re arriving by car since it is immediately off the Hanger Lane roundabout on the A40. The front door of the hotel is just a few steps from an underpass that takes you down to Hanger Lane tube station, and a 2 minute ride directly into the city on the Central line. There’s also a handy convenience store/newsagents about four doors away that was useful for grabbing a few drinks and snacks to take back to our room after a long day in London.
All in all, we were delighted with the hotel, the room and the location. The exceptional price we paid made it all the better, although we would pay more – say up to 80 GBP per night – and still feel we were getting good value for London. (We’d like to come and stay here for the Olympic Games, but the current price of 189 GBP per room per night is really too high, so hopefully they will drop their charges between now and then).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Handy for Heathrow Airport, Wembley Stadium and Arena, and Oxford Circus on the Central line ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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