Between the train station and the city centre, the hotel is convenient for both. Late at night I’d avoid the subways that connect the hotel to the city – there are overground alternatives.
The Premier Inn standard – crisp white linen with a purple bedspread, purple wall art and a purple headboard, can you spot the theme? Half the rooms offer a bath and shower, half shower only – express your preference. There are open wardrobes, full-length mirrors, a small hospitality tray and flat-screen televisions, and some rooms can accommodate up to two children. Buildings, roads and the internal walls of the hotel greet guests looking out of the bedroom windows, but this is a good place to base yourself, rather than luxuriate in your room.
Eating and drinking
There’s a Costa Coffee concession within the restaurant/bar/reception area. An all you can eat buffet breakfast costs £7.95 – though children under 15 eat for free.
Pleasant, if purely functional.
Who stays there
A mix of business visitors during the week and leisure visitors on a budget at all other times.
Book very early to take advantage of extremely low rates. All rates are room only.
Pros & Cons
- Rates can be very cheap
- Can be good value for families
- No character
- Located on a busy road