“ Address: Builyeon Road / South Queensferry / Edinburgh / EH30 9YJ „
We recently visited Edinburgh for a concert and to meet up with friends. I had secured a room at a Premier Inn we had stayed at before, situated just outside the centre of Edinburgh for just £45 which is an excellent price for a Saturday night. However, when our plans changed a little slightly and we realised it would be better to spend the Friday night in Edinburgh too, we needed to book another room. Unfortunately by this time the Premier Inn (Edinburgh East) where we had booked to spend Saturday night was full and so I began looking to see if there was a reasonably priced alternative. Whilst still on the Premier Inn website, I noticed this South Queensferry Premier Inn was available for the Friday night at just £29! I took at quick look at the location and checked there was a car park and then I booked it. Premier Inn have regular sales and offers and by booking early via their website www.premierinn.com you can often secure rooms from as little as £25. Indeed we have taken advantage of many of these offers as they are excellent value for money. Premier Inn South Queensferry is situated on Builyeon Road, just off the A90 and not far from the Forth Road Bridge. We found it very easily by car although it has excellent transport links. The train station is just over the road and a couple of stops takes you right into Edinburgh centre. As we drove into the car park we passed a petrol station and McDonald's, but there is also the Queen's Crossing Brewer's Fayre pub/restaurant adjoining the Premier Inn. The car park is spacious and the outside of the hotel was attractive with some rooms having Juliet balconies. The hotel overall has a modern, fresh feel about it. Check-in was quick and easy, you can check-in from 2pm and we arrived around 2.30pm. Our room was ready for us and we were greeted warmly and given a room on the top floor. I was glad to see there was a lift available at this hotel as we had a suitcase with us and a heavy bag. The room was very clean and very spacious and despite only having a small window, it was quite light. The usual purple Premier Inn theme applies which I personally like and we settled in right away. A bargain at £29! The room consisted of a large and very comfy bed made up with crisp white linen and duvet and with both firm and soft pillows. I personally love Premier Inn beds they are always very comfortable. There was plenty of space in the room to move around too. There was open hanging space and workspace area with chair, flatscreen TV, as well as a kettle with tea/coffee/milk/sugar sachets. A bucket style chair sat in the corner of the room and a full length mirror was on the wall. The bathroom was very clean too with a power shower over the bath and thick white towels. A bath towel and hand towel is provided for each guest and shower and hand gel are the only toiletries provided via wall dispensers in the bathroom, but I always prefer to take my own toiletries with me. They do have toiletry packs available from vending machines at Reception should you forget anything. I didn't have a bath but enjoyed the shower and there was always plenty of hot water. We could hear a little noise from the road outside but it wasn't enough to disturb us or keep us awake and overall we spent a very quiet and comfortable night at this hotel. Premier Inn also provide free wi-fi for guests for 30mins which we took advantage of. After this you need to pay a fee for wi-fi but we didn't bother with this. We enjoyed a meal at the adjacent Brewer's Fayre restaurant and it was very nice and reasonably priced too. The bar and reaturant was very cosy and had a nice atmosphere and so I am more than happy to recommend this too. If you book breakfast at the Premier Inn (we didn't) then this is also where your breakfast is served. The staff we encountered at the hotel were all very friendly. We spent a little time chatting to the man on duty when we returned to the hotel that evening and he told us how to get down to the Forth Road rail bridge by car, so we could take a couple of photographs the next day. Checkout was at noon the next day and we enjoyed a Costa Coffee in the bar before heading off. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Premier Inn South Queensferry again. You could save a lot of money staying on the outskirts of Edinburgh and using the good transport links into the city centre, rather than forking out a lot more money to stay right in the centre itself. You can also use a visit here as an opportunity to visit the Forth Road bridges which never fail to impress me. Overall, a great stay and we will return to stay here again. Premier Inn South Queensferry Builyeon Road, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9YJ Tel: 0871 527 8364 or visit www.premierinn.com for booking or more information.