“ Donnington Wood Way, Donnington, Telford, Shropshire,TF2 8LE. Tel:0870 423 6488 „
Premier Inn's tend to be my preferred choice when we are having a night or two away as I like to know what I'm getting and I find that they are very consistent in terms of quality. If I am looking for luxury and something unique then I wouldn't look at Premier Inn but for somewhere which is comfortable, practical and very accommodating then premier Inn is just fine. I have stayed in many and have not had a poor experience in any of them. Before I stayed in Premier Inns I had thought they were like Travel Lodges so low quality and very much geared towards people looking for a bargain but actually Premier Inn are above this and a nice surprise indeed! Booking When booking Premier Inns you can do it online although there are telephone numbers that you can ring if you have any specific queries or would rather talk to somebody. I never used to like booking online but I Have become used to it now and find the Premier Inn website to be very easy to navigate around making it almost too easy to book! Because I am a registered member it saves my information which means it takes even less time to book it and the page is secure so I've never had any problems with credit card information being entered and falling into the wrong hands. To book you search for the location which you desire. I typed in Telford and it came up with a few Premier Inns that are situated nearby. It clearly shows you what they have to offer- how much they would cost for the time you require, how far from the location you entered they are and what facilities they have (lifts, disabled access etc). It is extremely clear so it was easy to pick the one we wanted. We chose Telford North which is about five miles away from Telford. Although it was more expensive than the one which was nearer it was more convinient location wise for us. The booking form is easy to fill in you don't need to fill in lots of pointless boxes, all questions are relevant and straight forward such as how many nights, party members, if you require a cot. We had our granddaughter with us so we had to book a cot and this wasn't a problem. It was easy to enter all information and then once I had submitted it I got a booking confirmation sent to my emails straight away for my reference. You can choose whether you would like breakfast or not whilst booking which adds extra to your cost or you can just decide once you arrive so if you don't select breakfast you don't have to worry that you've missed your chance. Location This hotel is north of Telford, about 5 miles from it so it's not very far away but we did find Taxis into the centre were quite pricy so if you are on a budget you would be better looking at the one which is just a mile out of the centre. It is in a place called Donnington and unlike many Premier Inns it isn't located on a motorway roundabout which they tend to be so this was nice. It was easy to get to by car- the postcode was recognised by our Tom Tom and there was parking available outside. It is 7 miles from the nearest train station. There was lots of greenery outside with nicely mowed lawns so it looked more attractive than some of the Premier Inns we have stayed in before. It has a Table Table restaurant on site but even in the evenings when this was quite busy the car park still had spaces so I don't think that parking would be a problem. Inside The Premier Inn yet again didn't disappoint us with it's interior and comfort inside. The reception area was nice and airy with two very friendly members of staff behind the desk. They were very attentive and friendly, they made nice small talk with us about how far we had travelled and made a fuss of our granddaughter. Our room was on the first floor and there was a cot set up ready for us. It was a standard travel cot so perfectly fine for our granddaughter. They had provided sheets too although we had to take our own blanket for her which we had known about so this was absolutely fine. Because it was a family room it had two king size beds in and a sofa too so it was really rather large! Despite having so much furniture in the room- a wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables and the beds/sofa/cot there was still ample room to swing a cat! I find that with Premier Inns the rooms do tend to be generous which is very nice, it does make a change. The ensuite had everything we could need- a bath with shower, toilet, vanity station with sink. It was very bright and very clean. The whole room was clean with double glazing, flatscreen television and hairdryer. There was nothing particularly personalised or unique about the room but this is fine, we knew what to expect and it didn't let us down. There were plenty of pillows and extra blankets in the wardrobe too should we need them. We all slept well, the curtains were quite thick so cut out a lot of light which was good with my granddaughter being with us. She wasn't disturbed by the sun in the morning and we didn't hear any traffic noise or disturbances from the pub or other guests so it was a nice place to spend a few nights and quite a luxury having a king size bed! Eating This Premier Inn doesn't have a restaurant within the same building, instead you eat at Table Table which is next door. I don't mind this but it did rain one morning so it was quite annoying having to get wet before we'd even had breakfast! Table Table was a very lovely family pub. It was very tastefully decorated with modern seating and looked as though it had been decorated recently as it was spotless! The breakfast wasn't anything outstanding but it was perfectly fine and filled us up for the day. We did have our evening meal here one night and that was lovely. The food tasted extremely fresh and the menu choice was great, there really was something for everyone without you feeling as though you're overwhelmed with too many options. The staff here were lovely, they were more than helpful with getting us a high chair and changing one of the meals slightly to suit my husband's requirements. It was a lovely atmosphere, there was a little fire which was lit that made it very cosy. Definitely a very impressive pub and the only reason we didn't eat here for the second night was because we met up with friends else we would have been eating here again. Conclusion This Premier Inn did not let us down. We are very impressed by what we have seen from this company. I like how you know you are going to get a certain standard and you aren't disappointed. There may be nothing fancy or personal about this place but that is what you expect from a chain hotel. The location was fine for us, we like to be away from the hustle and bustle and there was plenty of parking which always is a relief. The staff were as friendly as usual and the room very large and extremely clean with everything that we needed. I liked how the on site restaurant was very cosy and relaxed, it wasn't fine dining but that wasn't what we had come to expect. I couldn't fault the service or the quality of the food here and prices were very reasonable. It cost us £72 a night which is quite expensive for a Premier Inn but this is because we booked last minute and the prices are always higher if it's last minute. If you book in advance you can get it cheaper usually. I enjoyed our stay here so do not mind having spent more than usual.
"You know what to expect when you stay at a Premier Inn" my sister-in-law said when we told her where we staying when we travelled south recently for a Golden wedding celebration. As we had never stayed in one we really didn't know, but when we booked into our second premier inn on the journey south it certainly wasn't a surprise. Apart from the fact the reception was smaller, and there were less rooms it was decorated the same and the bedroom was identical, even down to the same picture on the walls! As with our first stop we had booked online and paid when we checked in at the Telford North Premier Inn. We arrived just after 5.00pm after a lovely lunch party that went on all afternoon. There were several others of our family booking in at the same time, in fact there were another 7 rooms so we filled the reception area, but the lady on duty all by herself never got flustered and was polite and helpful, and told us all the information we needed to know. This time we were given key cards rather than old fashioned keys and when I commented she said she wished they still used them as sometimes the key cards give problems, as they can be blanked if stored near a mobile phone. I was sharing a room with my daughter and when the receptionist realised this she changed the rooms so we were upstairs and my husband and son downstairs as they take security of females very seriously and someone might knock on the window and frighten a female! There was no lift upstairs but we managed to carry our small cases upstairs, disabled guests would need to be downstairs. The paintwork and carpets in the corridor were identical to the previous Inn we had stayed in. Our room had a king size bed and a single bed/settee. Two adults and two children can sleep in a room, cots I believe were available if booked beforehand. The white duvet cover had a purple throw at the bottom of the very comfortable bed. The wardrobe was open but sufficient for staying overnight, there was a kettle, mugs, glasses, tea coffee milk etc and a television and fan. A hair drier and mirror near the kettle meant you had to stand to dry your hair, but not to in convenient. There was a table for business people needing to work and a chair. Bedside tables and small lights were adequate. We had a canvas with some lavender on which was modern and very easy on the eye. The bathroom was small but very clean and had a shower over the bath which had Lux shower gel and liquid soap beside the wash basin. Towels were small but clean and reasonably soft. Just like at the Lancaster hotel. Cost was £59 per room for Monday to Thursday and £57 for Friday to Sunday, although sometimes offers seem to be available. We had a comfortable night once again and we had everything we needed. You certainly get what you pay for and the staff we saw were very helpful, for instance we were told if anything else was needed like extra bedding or more coffee to ask at reception. We did ask how safe the car park was as my sister arrived with Christmas presents and expected me to carry them all in. The receptionist asked where we were parked and suggested we moved the car nearer the door as there was space then and it would be covered by the security camera. In fact at her insistence we parked at first in disabled space as they had no disabled guests booked in and were fully booked so it was free. The Good night guarantee really matters to Premier and if you have any problems that they can't sort out you to ensure a good nights sleep you will get your money back. Breakfast was excellent, it cost £7.50 for a full breakfast and we could help ourselves to fruit, cereals and juices, plus great coffee. The orders were taken for cooked breakfast and cooked to order, which meant a slight wait but your breakfast was freshly cooked and hot. I think there was an option for a grab and go breakfast of coffee and croissant. Under 16's eat free! This was just across the car park at a restaurant called Table Table. Premier Inn Telford North is 5 miles from Telford town centre, in Shropshire. Check in is from 2.00pm and check out by 12.00. There was also a nearby McDonalds for those who wanted a snack or different food than served at the restaurant. We had dinner at Table Table and there was plenty of room to sit and enjoy a drink in comfortable surroundings. There was wireless internet for a small charge. I believe somewhere I saw there were 20 rooms which makes it quite a small inn but it still made the breakfast area quite busy the next morning! My first stay at Premier inn was a pleasant surprise, my second I knew what to expect and who knows one day I may try another if I just need accommodation when travelling south. Would I recommend it? Yes for the odd night, but not somewhere to stay for a holiday as there is no lounge and you might get tired of the four walls!