“ Address: Fleming Road / Unicorn Estate / Chafford Hundred / Grays / Essex RM16 6YJ „
I have stayed in the Premier Inn at Thurrock east on a few occasions whilst I was down visiting my then boyfriend. It is a really lovely little hotel. It looks modern as you approach it which to me is always a good sign. There is plenty of car parking, which is free, right next to the hotel. There is also a Bannatynes gym in very close proximity and a very large Sainsburys store a couple of minutes walk away- they do amazing lemon tarts but that is a diferrent review isn't it?! The staff were very friendly and chatty. On one occasion I arrived down earlier than check in time and they still allowed me to check in, and were very accommodating. The gentleman behind the counter made every effort to chat to myself and my boyfriend and my son-he did however call my boyfriend Mr Hackett as he presumed we were married which was certainly a "cringe" moment! We managed to laugh it off though. The rooms are clean and spacious as far as i am concerned. I stayed in both a family room which consisted of a double bed and a single bed which was under the window and i also stayed in just a double room and where the other single bed would have been there was a small table and a couple of chairs. There is a flat screen TV in the rooms with a good variety of freeview channels on and you will get good reception. You also have a bathroom with a bath, toilet etc in your room and are provided with towels. They give you shower gel which is attached to the wall in a dispenser. There is a hairdryer in the rooms along with a big mirror and dressing table type area but i find hotel dryers are useless and would recommend that you take your own! They also provide you with a selection of teas and coffees which are always wasted on me as i don't "do" brews but it is a nice touch. Breakfast is £7.50 per person if you choose to have it...but it is prepared for you freshly in the brewers fayre pub right next door. Kids eat free if you buy a breakfast which is nice. It is more expensive than Travelodge but also more comfortable. They also stick to their "good nights sleep or your money back" promise as on one visit the room was unbearably hot. I told them this and they apologised and refunded my money which I wasn't expecting at all to be truthful.
I went to a school reunion last weekend in East London, this coincided with my best friend coming over from New Zealand, she actually organised the reunion from there. Anyway, she was staying with her sister in Thurrock and we decided we have had enough of dodgy Travelodge, so would try out a Premier Inn. There are two in Thurrock and as one was next to the motorway, we avoided that one. ~~~~~To Find and park~~~~~ Not as easy as the address states, it is not in fact Fleming Road, it is Howard Road, though the postcode is correct, good old TomTom. Once there it is easy to spot and there is a huge Bannatynes gymm over the road as a landmark. There is plenty of parking and the carpark is well lit and right next to the hotel which is very handy. ~~~~~The hotel itself~~~~~ Two storey, very modern, 24 hour staffed reception. The hotel has no restaurant, this is located immediately next door in a 'Brewers Fare' pub. Breakfast is served there. The front door closes at 10.30 pm, but you only need buzz and someone is there in seconds. Nice and quiet as a hotel, very clean, this always makes a good impression on me. ~~~~~Breakfast~~~~~ Breakfast was absolutely great for £7.50 each. Fresh cooked meal, not left lying in grease, they cook to order. There is a choice of eggs; poached (yes please), boiled, scrambled or fried, award winning prk suasages, lovely, lean bacon, done just right, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms (in water, yuk), choice of breads, croissants. Plus the usual range of cereals and a good range of fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices, including pomegranate. ~~~~~The room~~~~~ Clean, tidy, extra pillows, always a good sign. Much more spacious that I had thought it would be. Plenty of towels. I always look around the seals on the sinks and baths as these do not often get cleaned, this place was sparkling, top marks. ~Satellite LCD TV (which actually worked well) ~Hairdryer ~Decent kettle and hospitality tray ~Phone ~Internet point ~Plenty of hangers for clothes ~Good shower and bath ~Comfy chairs in room ~Good clean linen ~Nice decor ~Plenty of lighting options and mirrors. ~Good thick curtains ensured a good dark room for sleeping. All windows were well double glazed and the front door was very thick which meant a good nights sleep, in fact they have a 'good night' guarantee, and if something disturbs you and they cannot sort it out you can get a refund, I like that, it is going the extra mile. ~~~~~The staff~~~~~ Could not be more different from most Travelodges, friendly, knowledgable and helpful. They actually seemed to like being there, really refreshing to see. ~~~~~Cost~~~~~ Slightly more expensive than Travelodge, worked out at £65 per room per night, but actually well worth it. the breakfast, as I have mentioned is £7.50 per person for as much as you can eat, kids under 15 eat free. I would rather pay £20 more for a room and have no complaints, so to me itwas very cost effective. ~~~~~Final thoughts~~~~~ I have to say, I will never, ever stay in a Travelodge again if there is a Premier Inn nearby, it was absolutely faultless, I am converted. The whole Lenny Henry advertising thing is well worth paying attention to. Well done Premier Inn. Also posted on Ciao, same member name.