“ Address: Flagstaff Island / Flagstaff Park / Ashby De La Zouch / Leicestershire / LE65 1DS / Tel: 0871 527 8026 „
When my brother in law confirmed the date for his wedding we knew we would need a hotel located close to the venue and the Premier Inn was the closest at just 5 minutes driveaway. *~*Location*~* Located just off the M42 at Flagstaff Park this hotel is 1 mile from Ashby town centre and 1 mile from the wedding venue. Free car parking is available at the hotel and joined to the hotel is a Brewers Fayre Pub and restaurant and a 5 minute walk is a Mcdonalds Restaurant, which at the time was ideal for me as I was preganant and constantly craved McDonalds!! *~*Reception & Check-In*~* As we arrived at the hotel just after the check in time of 2pm, we entered the small reception area that contained a tourist information leaflet section, two small bucket chairs with table and then the main reception which is manned 24 hours a day. To the right of the reception was a vending machine offering a small selection of confectionery and soft drinks. The receptionist was very bright and bubbly when we arrived at the hotel to check in, taking my name to locate my reservation and then confirming the duration of our stay which was 3 nights. We were advised of the good night guarantee which basically means that if we do not get a good night's sleep at the Premier Inn then the price of our room would be refunded. We were also advised to book for breakfast and evening meal, but this was not required as we would be dining out. We were advised of our room number and after signing the registration form and confirming our car registration number a key was provided and we were directed to our room. Our room was located on the first floor so we had to take the stairs located next to reception up to the first floor and our room was located halfway down the corridor. *~*The Room~* As we entered the room our bathroom was located to the right and contained a basic bath with overhead shower and shower curtain, toilet and sink. Complementary imperial leather foam handwash and shower gel were attached to the walls for our use. There was also a handy storage area directly above the toilet for towels and toiletries. I was disappointed to discover that there was no slip proof shower mat and as someone who was heavily pregnant found this of some concern and my husband had to help me in and out of the shower, even though there was a hand rail to the side of the bath to assist in getting in and out of the bath tub. Opposite the bathroom is an open storage area offering plenty of hanging space, and some storage shelves where you found an extra two pillows and another hand and bath towel. Tea and coffee making facilities are also present in the room offering complementary twinnings tea bags and nescafe coffee. A large desk/dressing table area is located adjacent to the foot of the bed and a television complete with digital tv channels and radio channels was available for use, a hairdryer and large overhead mirror. Our room contained a king size bed which I was not too impressed with as the mattress was a little too soft for what I am used to and hubby was not very impressed either, but for the price we paid for the 3 nights this was more than acceptable. A sofa bed was also in our room should we have any smaller guests with us, but this was not required and we used it to store our suitcase on to save me bending! There was one small window in the room which we could open for ventilation and we did find that the room got very stuffy and were glad that when housekeeping came, midmorning that they opened it up to freshen the room. Due to the warm weather we had been experiencing there was also a fan in our room but we did not make use of this. I found the room to be spacious and ideal for our purpose of the visit as we were out all day and literally just used the room as a place for us to sleep. The staff were all friendly and helpful and made sure that if we needed anything just to let them know. The decor to me in the room was that similar to that I have always experienced, magnolia walls and white plain hotel bed linen with the purple premier inn colours and beech coloured furniture, nothing different to when I last stayed in a Premier in several years ago! We paid £146 for 3 nights at the premier inn, the most expensive night being £61 on the Thursday, why this was I have no idea as the hotel was full on Friday and Saturday night when we stayed, yet it was cheaper than the price on Thursday! I found that despite being located just off a motorway the noise did not disturb us when the windows were shut and at night we were not disturbed at all, the only time we were disturbed was when guests in the adjoining rooms were getting ready in the morning and we could hear distant banging noises from within the bathroom. I have to admit working in the travel trade I am well used to luxurious hotel rooms at prices I paid for our stay at the Premier Inn but this stay was all about the location. The location was ideal and free parking a real bonus. My parents also stayed at this hotel but took advantage of the adjoining restaurant on 3 occasions and each time they said the food was disappointing from personal experience however I am unable to comment on this as we did not eat out at the adjoining restaurant for our entire stay. The rooms offer a basic and comfortable place for a short break but if you like luxury you won't find it at premier inn, all the premier inn hotel is, is a step up from a Travelodge and in my opinion suits its purpose. I booked the hotel online 4 months before we were due to stay and the hotel prices seemed to remain the same until a few weeks before our stay were the price increased slightly. We secured our room with a debit card and paid in full when we checked in to the hotel with a debit card. I have to say that I cannot fault the service received from the staff it was excellent in every aspect but I do think that the Premier Inn are boasting a little too much about their hotel being Premier, it has a lot of catching up to do!