Time for another hotel check – this time focusing on the Premier Inn. This one is located on the outskirts of Worcester.
I paid £39 for a room-only rate, with the paid in advance a few days before staying on the cheapest possible rate (Cancellable, with ability to rebook). A flexible rate that was refundable was available for £10 more.
Where is it located?
This Premier Inn is located a minute away from the M5, Junction 6 (the junction for South/Central Worcester), near Six Ways Stadium in the back of an industrial estate.
Convenient for the road warrior – whilst Worcester itself is a three-mile drive.
Parking was offered at the hotel. This was an Automatic Number plate recognition scheme, with Free parking for guests, 3 hours of free parking for the Beefeater “pub” users and paid parking for anyone else. Registration for free parking was at the reception – a case of tap the registration code and job done.
With the hotel prepaid, all that was needed to check in to my hotel was my name. Upon check-in, I was asked to sign a check-in docket and confirm my nationality.
With that was issued a key card, to access the hotel. The key card is used to access the room, as well as the main entryway.
The room was located on the second floor – a short walk away from the elevator.
For this room, I requested a standard double room… and that’s what I got.
As well as the double bed, there was a chaise (which in other circumstances can be used as a third bed).
The room was adequately spaced to move around and keep items in.
The main bed was reasonably firm enough and comfortable – enough for me to get more than a reasonable night’s sleep on.
There were tea and coffee making facilities, along with a kettle to keep us watered, with water from the tap as needed.
The TV was relatively modern and was good for some minor entertainment, with multiple inputs offered too – a welcome thing to see.
As for the bathroom, it was clean, with built-in amenities for shower gel and hand wash gel. It’s nice to see a full bath in the room.
Even the carpet was in good condition. Which is nice.
Heating was controlled via a digital interface, allowing comfort levels to be set. There was a stand-fan for additional cooling.
Power outlets were minimal in the room sadly – with none near the bed – although plenty on the wall where the TV was. This can be filed as “Bring a power strip with you”, seemingly something hotels just get wrong these days.
A free Wi-Fi option was offered, which offered a measly 1.02Mb down and 0.20 up. 4G connectivity with Three UK wasn’t too hot in the hotel too.
A paid option for £5 existed. If I needed to do any major work or was staying for two days or more, I would have paid up to 1Mb, which is hardly sustainable these days for any serious work.
Dinner and Breakfast
This Premier Inn offered a Beefeater restaurant attached to the hotel.
. Although the times I passed it, I counted zero people in there during my time there.
Dinner and breakfast were £24.99 f booked in advance, or £9.50 if you just wanted for breakfast. There were additional options that could be picked up and taken to the room.
I skipped these options, choosing a local chip shop for dinner instead.
There was a vending machine available within the hotel as well.
Check out was simple, with reception manned. My key and room number were noted as I deposited by key, and I was thanked for staying.
With that, I was able to pootle off into the day in some rested comfort.
Not bad at all and more than serviceable would be my key takeaway from this stay. For £39, a bargain. I’ve noticed the hotel price does vary (at the time of writing, some days it was closing in on £100 for a night)
I needed a crash pad and a place to stay for a night (and a night away from home sometimes is highly underrated). For £39, there’s not a lot to complain about – a clean room, plenty of space, tea and coffee and so on.
If there was a sore point, it would be the Wi-Fi. 1Mb download speed is not acceptable these days for just anything – and it didn’t help the mobile phone coverage was poor, so I couldn’t fall back on that for mobile data.
Considering how much it costs to put in the infrastructure for high-speed networking and maintain it, even doubling the free bandwidth would be an improvement for all sides.
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