“ Address: Broad Gauge Way / Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0BA / United Kingdom „
As I was going to see one of my favourite American bands (Matchbox Twenty) at the Wolverhampton Civic in April, I decided I'd stop in a hotel for the night. The drive home from Wolverhampton would be around an hour and a half on a good night and the trains don't go our way much past 8pm. Having previously stayed in the Travelodge at Wolverhampton (and not had a particularly great experience), I decided to go with Premier Inn. Booking through the Premier Inn website is quick and simple. I booked via the Pre-payment option as this is often the cheapest method (but means that you can't cancel the room - well, you can, but they won't refund you). It cost me £39 for a twin room, which I thought was a decent price. The Premier Inn is directly behind the train station in Wolverhampton, so if you arrive by train simply exit the train station and turn right. There's a well-lit tunnel which leads underneath the train station and out the other side. If you're arriving by car, there's ample car park spaces. The reception was quiet when we checked-in and we were served in what must have been record time! Before I knew it, we'd been checked-in, armed with breakfast information etc and were on our way up to the room. I really don't think I've been checked-in that swiftly before! The receptionist was very nice and made sure we knew we could go to him should we need anything. The room was average size for a Premier Inn room. As it turned out, it wasn't a twin room we were given, but rather a family room with a double bed and a single bed. As I'd booked the room (and suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so like to be as comfortable as possible... that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!), I grabbed the double bed! The room was clean and tidy, and there was plenty of room for luggage (not that we had much as we were only stopping one night). What impressed me the most was the massive TV on the wall opposite the beds! It really was massive for a hotel room. Normally, you only get a small TV, but this was at least 32" or even bigger. We didn't spend much time watching TV, but what we did watch was crystal clear with excellent sound. The bathroom was a nice size... Not big, but not cramped either. Premier Inn supply both soap and shower gel (which can also be used as shampoo), so there's not too much to worry about there. There wasn't a bath, but the shower was easy to use (some can be a right nightmare) and the water was lovely and hot. One thing I did worry about was noise. With the hotel being right next to Wolverhampton train station (a fairly busy station), I worried if we'd be hearing trains rumbling through the station late at night or early in the morning. As if happened, I didn't need to worry at all. We barely knew the train station was there and couldn't hear the trains, so the hotel is obviously well sound-proofed. I also wondered what the tunnel beneath the train station would be like when we were on our way back from the concert at gone 11pm. There were two of us, so it didn't worry me too much, but you just never know what those kind of places are like and who is hanging around in them at night. Again, I didn't have anything to worry about as quite a few people from the concert at the Civic were staying at the Premier Inn too, so we weren't the only people walking through the tunnel at that time of night and it is well lit. A good night's sleep was had by both of us (especially me with a lovely, comfy double bed all to myself!), so Premier Inn had kept their "Good Night Guarantee". If you haven't heard of Premier Inn's Good Night Guarantee, basically if you haven't had a good night's sleep for various reasons then they'll refund you the price of the room for that night. They do make good on their promise too, as I didn't sleep well once at a Premier Inn in Bristol last summer due to some party revellers at around 3am and we got the refund. We didn't have breakfast there, but the Premier Inn at Wolverhampton City Centre has a Table Table restaurant on-site which serves breakfast (cooked and continental) and there was plenty to choose from on the dinner menu (there were menus in the room, so I had to have a look!). Checking-out was even quicker than checking-in (as you'd expect) and once again it's just a short walk through the tunnel to the train station and the shops just a 5-10 minute walk away. I'd definitely stay at this Premier Inn again as it's so convenient when going to the Civic or the Grand in Wolverhampton. Recommended if you're stopping in the area!