How exciting can it be staying in a Premier Inn, right? Wrong.
I’ve stayed in a few over the years – for business, for family weddings, en route to Disneyland and during an Easter break to Legoland – but this was my favourite hotel in the chain by far.
They are NOT all the same – perhaps contrary to the company’s marketing strategy.
I’ve had mixed experiences of Premier Inn before but, this time, I really enjoyed my stay. It made business a pleasure and I felt like I’d had a break away (even if I only live in Fife).
The sub-heading kind of gives it away, but my room was on the 18th floor – overlooking the city skyline, John Lewis and the hustle and bustle of Buchanan Street below. The view was stunning. I’m afraid of heights and couldn’t have wished for a better room.
From check in to check out, the staff couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful, from the front of house concierge who called me a taxi to the bartender who gave me the okay to eat my late-night takeaway in the bar after they stopped serving bar snacks at 10pm.
The in-house Thyme restaurant certainly looked tempting, but I already had a prior engagement at Brian Maule’s Le Chardon D’Or so I had to give that one a miss.
Security-wise, the hotel was like Fort Knox. You need your plastic keycard to use the toilets on the first floor, get into most doors and to even get to the right floor in the lift. Sadly, the magnetic swipe strip can prove a bit hit and miss (especially if you hold it in the same hand as your mobile phone) and, after a few glasses of red wine in Le Chardon D’Or, I spent at least 30 minutes going up and down in the lift trying to get to the 18th floor.
On the plus side, many a friendly conversation was had in said lift – with many a happy Premier Inn customer. And I finally settled for the 12th floor (which looked as close as I was going to get) and walked the extra six flights to my room.
That wasn’t the only thing that didn’t work, however – neither did the free Wi-Fi, yet the Ultimate Wi-Fi service, whose connection is at least eight times faster, seemed to be operating well enough to take my money.
I did indeed have a good night’s sleep – in line with Premier Inn’s ‘good night’s sleep’ guarantee – and have no complaints about the room or the service. The cleaners were a bit eager on the day of check out and descended on my room 20 minutes early but I think I can forgive them for that.
Breakfast, which includes both full cooked and continental for £8.99, is everything you might expect and, all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I’d have no hesitation booking again for business or pleasure.
Let’s face it, once you’ve had a few glasses of house red, no one minds taking the scenic route in the lift.