“ Address: Lostock Lane / Bamber Bridge / Preston / Lancashire PR56BA / United Kingdom / Tel: 0870 990 6462 „
~~~~Lenny Henry got it spot on... ~~~~
Not far from Lenny's birth place of Dudley (well about 1½hrs depending on whose driving!) - is Preston and several places to rest a weary head.
After working a full day and driving for several hours Preston was our destination for an overnight stop whilst travelling to a family wedding in Gretna. We didn't book in advance simply because we weren't sure how far we would be able to travel up the country from Somerset on a Friday night. We had seen stacks of adverts for Premier Inn and noticed many of these sleeping places on route. I had checked out several of the Inn's accommodation availability beforehand and had no reason for concern that we would end up sleeping in the car.
The Premier Inn web-site is easy to navigate and finding several around the M6 was straightforward - with contact details of individual places printed off quickly & ready to use when required.
~~~ Our haven from the Motorway ~~~
Preston South (Cuerden Way)
Tele: 0870 990 6462
Fax : 0870 900 6463
Website - www.premierinn.com
~~~~ Location and transport options ~~~~
This Inn was just off the M6 and M65,(Junction 1) it literally took us 10 mins to find it after leaving the M6 Northbound from junction 29. It is situated next to the roundabout of the A582 and A6.
We also discovered it was only 3 miles from the city centre, however there was a 24hr Sainsbury & petrol station opposite and a pub / restaurant actually on the premises so we didn't need to 'walk' far to get fed and watered for the evening.
There is also a train station half a mile away called Bamber Bridge Station.
Having driven for nearly 5 hours the location of this pub/restaurant was a god-send offering lovely wines and good foods that are part of the Inn's facilities.
My first impression was the great location and large very well lit car-park that leads directly to the reception area. The outside of the building is rather characterless - just a basic rectangular building that blends into the same of buildings.
~~~~ Entering the Inn ~~~~
When entering the reception area my partner and I received a warm greeting from a smart lady with a calm and welcoming presence, who was position behind a wooden-fronted reception desk. The foyer was very clean and looked newly furbished. Beside the desk was a vending machine offering an assortment of sweets, crisps and small snacks. Another machine offered a variety of cold drinks. There was a carpeted staircase that led up to the first floor rooms and another door that led to ground floor rooms and restaurant area. We didn't visit this area as there wasn't any need but the impression I first got from what I could see is that it would probably be very clean and offer some good deals.
~~~~ Staff and checking in ~~~~
On asking if there was a room available for the night and what price it would be we were asked if we required double, twins or singles. Hmm - a member of staff that didn't assume our requirements!! Oh go on then I suppose a double would be ok!! I've been listening to his snoring for over 6 years now so getting use to it.
We were then asked if we would like to take up the offer of any of the meal deals (breakfast for an extra £7.50 each which is a hot buffet eat as much as you like and under 16's eat free- great if you have a teenager with the appetite of a horse) or (two meals for £10). Breakfast is served between 8 - 10am. We didn't take up the offer but did find the menus in our room and we both pretty impressed with the food available on both menus.
The Inn also offered a Grab n Go breakfast bag so there's another option for those who just want to get off to an early start.
My partner and I booked in and decided to go straight to the adjoining bar as it was getting late and we both needed refreshments before retiring - so took our door key, left the suitcases in the car and headed for the bar.
~~~~ Bedrooms ~~~~
Our room was a standard double with ensuite and situated on the 1st floor. (We were originally booked into a room on the ground floor, however on returning to the Inn after a few drinks & bar snack, we were informed we had been into one of the rooms specially designed for wheelchairs users. The woman apologised and asked if it would be ok to move us. This wasn't a problem for us as our bags were still sat in the boot of the car (yes for those of you that read my C1 review - I got my hands on his car again!!!) This room was situated just off the reception area with easy access to the breakfast room and reception facilities).
On entering the room felt warm and cosy without being too hot.
The temperature could be controlled by you via a digital temperature panel on the wall. This easy to use panel allowed you to rise or lower the room temperature by press up and down arrows that change the digital display until the temperature required was reached. This controlled the convector heater positioned to the left of the windows.
The curtains were made from a wipe clean fabric and were fully lined. They did a good job of blocking out the street lights and were easy to draw. The pattern matched the colours of the room well and worked well with the bright colours of the large picture hanging on the wall over the TV.
The lighting comprised of bedside wall lamps -one each side of the very large bed, that could be controlled independently and 1 main light that could be controlled from switches by the front door and one by the bed. There are also 2 downlights positioned above the large desk .
The bed-side cabinets were a one-shelf & small cupboard unit of a pine wood effect that matched the head-board and desk situated opposite the bed. The headboard also had 4 large black leather pads inserted into the pine wood. The large pine wood desk supported a small but adequate tv that had freeview channels available to view. On this long desk there are also tea and coffee making facilities with UHT milk and a packet containing 2 plain biscuits.
There is a free Wi-fii facility available - I didn't use this so can't comment on this service, however knowing its there is great for business people who would use it.
A wardrobe with a combination of shelving and hanger space was clean and well stocked with good quality hangers there was also a trouser press that could be easy pulled out and plugged into one of the several sockets positioned around the room. There were also 2 spare pillows here.
One aspect I was impressed with was the position of the hairdryer. When staying in the Strand Copenhagen the dryer was situated in the bathroom above the basin, however in the Premier Inn it was fixed to the wall next to the full length pine framed mirror. This was great for my partner and I because he could use the bathroom while I dried my hair in the bedroom area.
The floor was covered in a dark, speckled grey and blue carpet that felt soft and warm on your bare feet. Its colour matched the whole style of the room well and looked good quality and hard wearing carpet without losing the comfortable ambience of our little haven.
Picture / other décor - the canvas picture showed modern abstract scene of images looking similar to trees standing next to each other. Its colours of purple, orange and touches of blues & reds reminded me of a calming sunset. The purple colour coordinated with the bed's 'runner' (is that what the strip of cloth that lies pointlessly across a bed is called?).
This bed is so impressive it deserves a whole paragraph all by itself. The bed was one of the largest double beds I have ever slept in. I have a wonderful memory king-size at home so do expect a certain degree of comfort when staying in other accommodation. The height of the bed was higher than average which made getting in and out a lot easier - especially if you suffer from any back conditions. The mattress was very thick and extremely comfortable. Compared to my memory foam at home it had the same comfort status in my opinion and didn't give way to any 'roll together' problems that my partner and I have experienced before. This mattress is perfect for couples who vary a lot in size and weight (if you get my drift - I did comment that the hippo & chick advert that my partner often likens us to applied here). The bedding was a crisp, clean white sheets, pillow cases & duvet cover with the purple 'runner', bearing the PremierInn stamp, completing a wonderful bedding set. The duvet was thick without being too heavy and very cosy.
Premier Inn do give a 'Good night guarantee or your money back' and I can imagine that with a bed like that no-one would be asking for there money back.
~~~~ Our Ensuite Bathroom~~~~
Those of you that have read my Strand Copenhagen review will know how impressed I was with the hotel's environmental ethos. Well I was just as impressed to read the same 'Care for the Environment' sticker hanging on the mirror in this bathroom. Although in a slightly different format the message was the same and again both my partner and I were impressed with the message it gives to its visitors.
For those of you that haven't read my previous review here is the advice (for those you have you can skim on down folks.
***** Dear Guest... every day tons of detergent and millions of gallons of water are used to wash towels that have been used daily. Please decide for yourself - A TOWEL ON THE RACK MEANS "I'LL USE IT AGAIN", A TOWEL ON THE FLOOR MEANS "PLEASE EXCHANGE".
A great thought provoker.
The bathroom was a good size and very clean. The pine wood effect panels and stylish white tiles covered the room that was warm and inviting after a long journey. A large mirror hung above the white sink, which was a basic style. There was a soap dispenser positioned to the left of the sink that contained a lightly fragranced liquid that didn't irritate my slightly sensitive skin.
The shower was lovely - an easy to use T -bar with on / off on the left and temperature control on the right. It had a powerful jet that gave a great feel to a weary back, very similar to the one in the Strand although not quite as powerful. The soft curtain pulled completely around the bath so no spillages or leaks.
Towels included were of a good quality that absorbed well and considered I had forgotten to pack any I was very grateful of.
So would I recommend this rest hole just off the cement journeys of the North West? Yes I would for a good quality room at a reasonable price it was defiantly worth stopping for. I enjoyed staying here more than the Travelodge mainly due to the comfort and quality of the bed. Next time I book into a Premier Inn I am going to take up the offer of the breakfast as the menu did look lovely.
As Lenny says 'Premier rooms without the Premier price' - well done Lenny it was spot on!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this review and have found it informative.
X hev (also on ciao)