“ Address: Blackpool Rd / Preston, Lancashire / United Kingdom „
A few weeks ago we were visiting a friend in Blackpool and staying at her house overnight. We decided due to being off work for a few days, to maybe extend our little break away in the Lancashire area by booking a night in a hotel somewhere for another night, if there was anywhere decent available at a cheap price. I first looked on the Premier Inn website as I know you can often book a Sunday night for as little as £29, an offer I have taken advantage of a number of times now. Unfortunately due to the date I wanted being just over a week away at the time, there didn't appear to be any £29 rates available (booking early is usually the best way to secure these) but it was possible however, to secure a Sunday night room for £39 at a couple of hotels and I decided to book one of these rooms at Preston West Premier Inn, which wasn't too far to drive to from my friend's home in Blackpool where we had spent the previous night. Situated on Blackpool Road at Lea, Preston, this Premier Inn is described as being within easy reach of Blackpool and its attractions. For shops and local amenities it states that Preston city centre is only 5 miles away and the hotel is conveniently located for Preston train station. However, when pointing out further on exactly how far the hotel is from certain places, it states that the train station is actually 3 miles away, so don't go expecting it to be on the doorstep. Maybe 'conveniently located' should be simply replaced with "Preston Station is 3 miles away" to stop any confusion about this. As we were travelling by car, this wasn't something which mattered to us personally, but this reminds you that it is worth bearing in mind to always read everything carefully when choosing a hotel, so that it meets your needs. We found the hotel fairly easily after around a thirty minute drive from Blackpool, following directions from Google maps. The hotel is situated on a main road but is set back, which minimises any noise from passing traffic. Adjacent to the hotel is 'The Lea Gate' - a Hungry Horse pub/restaurant. There are plenty car parking spaces in front of the hotel. Check in was quick and easy. We were greeted by a friendly and very helpful man on Reception who explained about breakast times, should we want breakfast and the hotel's good night guarantee policy. It was a very hot summer day and he informed us there was a fan in our bedroom and if we required extra sheets to use instead of the quilt on the bed, just to let him know and he would get them for us. The hotel has two floors and we were located up on the first floor. There didn't appear to be a lift that we could see, so we bumped our suitcase up the stairs. Our room was just a little way along the corridor and looked out onto the front of hotel and some outdoor seating from the pub restaurant next door. The hotel appeared to be one of the older-style hotels, but has been refurbished and therefore looked much the same as many other Premier Inn rooms, which I personally like with their purple theme. There was a large and very comfortable double bed, with a mixture of soft and firm pillows and it was made up with crisp white linen and a soft duvet. Open hanging space also housed the kettle and tea/coffee sachets, whilst a flat screen TV was on the workspace area. A large mirror also hung over the workspace area and a hairdryer was attached to the wall here too. There was plenty of space to move around and as well as a chair in front of the workspace area, there was a bucket-style chair and small table in the corner of the room. The bathroom was small but adequate for our needs, with a decent power shower over the bath and large fluffy white towels. Hand soap and shower gel were provided via wall dispensers but I always prefer to take my own toiletries with me. Everything was spotlessly clean throughout and we had no complaints. The fan provided was a godsend as there was no air conditioning. It was a floor standing tower-type fan which we turned on right away as it was a very hot day and it did the job helping us to keep as cool as possible. We actually spent a very comfortable night, despite the high tempartures outside and we replaced the duvet with a sheet which was duly provided from reception as promised. The Hungry Horse pub restaurant 'The Lea Gate' next door was a very nice place to visit and also very cool inside, but also had outdoor seating and a small children's playpark. We enjoyed a meal there and a couple of drinks and can recommend the food and the service which was very friendly. On returning to the hotel, we did have a problem getting the TV to work as the reception was very poor, which may have been due to the weather I am not sure, but we eventually found that by sitting in a certain position near the TV, caused the picture quality to improve and so we were able to catch the highlights of Andy Murray winning Wimbledon without losing reception by not moving an inch, which to be honest we found more amusing than annoying at the time! Apart from the slight niggle with the TV, we encountered no other problems and spent a quiet and comfortable night. We checked out at 12 noon the following day and asked if everything had been okay with our stay and then wished a safe journey home. I am happy to recommend Preston West Premier Inn and would definitely stay here again if in the area, don't forget by booking early and by booking online at PremierInn.com you can secure the best available prices. Premier Inn Preston West, Blackpool Road, Lea, Preston, Lancashire PR4 0XB Tel: 0871 527 8918 or visit www.premierinn.com for more details.