“ Address: Crowwood Roundabout / Cumbernauld Road / Stepps / Glasgow G33 6FB / Ireland „
Premier Inn Glasgow North East (Stepps) I had to travel up to Glasgow last week (Sunday) for a conference on Monday morning that I was speaking at. I generally stay at Premier Inns these days as I have found them to be well worth that bit extra that is paid over Travelodge, which are really going downhill in my opinion. I have reviewed Premier Inn here before (Thurrock) so one might wonder, why bother when they are all the same? Well they are not. Yes there is a corporate image, and similarity in layout, rooms etc, but not exactly the same, for a start there are different staff, as well as adjoining restaurants etc. ~~~~~Location practicalities~~~~~ Easy enough, TomTom finds the road, but then it is always advisable to take a paper print out of the actual site from the Premier Inn website, as, with many, this particular site and postcode do not match exactly, this site is right at the other end of the road than one would expect. Though in truth it is not hard to find, despite the freezing fog that greeted me, welcome to Glasgow!! There is plenty of parking which extends in front of the hotel and restaurant, and beyond and the car park is very well lit. If I am being picky I would say that the spaces are a bit on the small side, but there are plenty of them. The location itself is far enough outside of Glasgow Central to be easy to get to, and away from the Motorway networks but near enough that it is only 10 minutes into town. ~~~~~The hotel~~~~~ Three storey, very modern, red brick, 24 hour staffed reception. The hotel has it's 'eatery' next door in the guise of a 'Brewers Fare' pub. Breakfast is also served there. The lobby is staffed (24 hours), quiet, very clean and modern looking. The receptionist was knowledgeable and friendly, offering alarm calls, morning paper etc. There are the usual chocolate, pop and crisp machines, a sandwich machine would be more welcome. ~~~~~Food~~~~~ Whilst the food is not strictly Premier Inn as it is served in the adjoining Brewers Fare, it is clearly a part of Premier Inn, or a partnership, or something!! I had a meal on the Sunday evening of 'Surf, Turf and Chicken' for £9.99. The meal was very nice, freshly cooked and with a good portion of salad to accompany it, not to mention the nice cold Guinness. The staff were helpful and friendly, and though simply pub grub, there were a few 'specials' as well. Breakfast was a steal at £7.50 (as much as you can eat). Fresh cooked meal, to order. Poached eggs, pork sausages, bacon, beans, and toast for me. There was a good range of breads, croissants, yoghurts, cereals and a good range of fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices. Being Scotland they also offered a bowl of porridge, which I had, lovely. Of course there was tea, coffee and a range of herbal teas. ~~~~~The room~~~~~ I was not surprised at the standard here as I have been to several Premier Inns; as usual everything was clean and tidy. I love it when extra pillows are supplied. I also like the fact that the furniture was nice and sturdy, thick wood, rather than the flimsy MDF that graces many hotels. ~Satellite TV (not LCD as I had experienced in other Premier Inns) ~Hairdryer ~Decent kettle (though small) and hospitality tray (though no sweeteners) ~Phone (never used it) ~Plenty of hangers for clothes (no drawers) ~Sofa, though not that comfy ~Good clean linen ~Nice decor including pictures ~Good curtains and double glazing ensured a dark and quiet room for sleep. There was an adaquate shower and good bath, in fact the bath was really deep and had lashings of hot water (I nearly fell asleep), the bath soap in the container was a bit cheap. If I am being picky, there were not enough towels, and the bath towel was a little small and jaded. Premier Inns have a 'good night' guarantee, and if something disturbs you and they cannot sort it out you can get a refund, never used it before and never used it her, I had a lovely, quiet nights sleep. ~~~~~Cost~~~~~ £61.50 for one night, but that included breakfast, which I think is an absolute bargain. ~~~~~Final thoughts~~~~~ Before anyone tells me that this is similar to my review on the Thurrock Premier Inn, of course it is, they are part of the same chain. But unlike Travelodge which are very hit and miss in terms of quality, I have now stayed in three Premier Inns in different parts of the country and they are all of a similar, high standard. My hat is doffed to Premier Inn Glasgow, the friendly staff and the good nights sleep.