“ Address: Wainwright Rd / Worcester / Worcestershire WR4 / United Kingdom „
Last weekend we visited Truckfest in Malvern and as it was located almost 3 hours away from home and we were travelling with 4 year old Little Man we decided to try and find a cheap hotel and make a weekend of it.
Searching and Booking
Many moons ago when I used to have a real job Premier Inn were the company contracted to supply our hotel rooms so I have stayed in a few and have generally found them clean and comfortable. I logged onto their website www.premierinn.com and put the postcode for Truckfest, the date and how many people into the search box and the closest hotel was the Worcester M5 J6 Hotel (not to be confused with the Worcester city centre one). The hotel was £60 for the night for a family room paid in advanced (this was about 3 weeks before the event) or £75 for a flexible booking which can be cancelled up until 1pm on the day. As we were definitely going on this dated I plumped to book in advance as the £15 saving would almost cover breakfast at the onsite Beefeater.
I already have an account with Premier Inn so by logging in with my email address and password, which already had all my address details. As I had opted for advance booking I had to enter my card details for payment immediately. However, if I had wanted to book a flexible room I would have had to enter my card details for security against a no show. You also have the option off adding breakfast, dinner or wifi at this time but as the price of these would be the same whenever I opted to pay I decided to wait and pay on the day for any extras.
Arrival & Check In
The Hotel is set literally a minutes' drive away from Junction 6 of the M5 as the name implys, on an industrial looking estate. It has a large car park with 8 blue badge spaces so we had no trouble getting one outside the hotel doors. It is free parking at the weekend, although I do not know what the charges are at other times. It also offers match day parking for the nearby rugby club so may get busy at these times. The hotel has a Beefeater restaurant (The Three Pears) directly opposite across a small zebra crossing.
I was greeted warmly at the check in desk. My booking was found quickly and I was given my room key and directions. I decided to book breakfast for the morning which was £8.25 per adult and Little Man could eat free. I also booked wifi which was a very reasonable £3 for 24 hours for up to 2 devices. The girl on the desk explained about the good night sleep guarantee, and that the desk was manned 24 hours and to contact them if there were any problems. All the communal areas were clean and tidy.
We booked a family room which comprised of a double bed and a sofa bed for Little Man. The room was large enough for Little Man to move around safely in both his wheelchair (we don't really require a disabled room while he is so small) and with his crutches. There was a desk with a folder explaining all about Premier Inn, and the food options including a main menu for the Beefeater. There was a large shelf unit with hanging space, extra pillows and the TV enclosed in it. The TV had built in freeview, which is great as that means I can get kiddie programs for Little Man if necessary. There was also a kettle with tea, coffee, uht milk and sugar plus 3 mugs and 2 glasses. There was a basket of extra tea and coffee in reception if you needed more. There was also a full length mirror and a hairdryer.
The bathroom had a bath with wall mounted shower over it, plus sink and toilet. There were wall mounted dispensers for soap and shower gel, and a selection of bath and hand towels which were of a decent quality. The only downside was the toilet roll was of the single sheet at a time variety whereas I would prefer a good old fashioned loo roll!
A good night sleep?
I am always concerned when Hubs and I have to share a double bed as we have a king size at home, but the bed was surprisingly spacious. It was a medium divan, not too hard or soft, and there was enough pillows in the room for us to have 2 each. There was a small reading light on each side which was bright enough to read, but not enough to disturb the other. There was also a proper duvet. Little Man's bed was a converted single sofa bed, but you would not have known by laying on it as it was really comfortable, and once he had got over the excitement of being away from home, he slept really well.
The only downside was the lack of air conditioning in the room on the hottest weekend of the year so far. There was a heater on the wall but no way to call the room apart from by opening the windows, which only opened about 10 cms.
The hotel was almost fully booked, and located next to a motorway so we expected a bit of noise but it was very quiet and we were not disturbed at all by traffic or neighbours, even with the windows open.
Breakfast was held at the Beefeater. The order for the cooked breakfast is taken at the table, but all the continental bits are served as a buffet. You can order cooked food and visit the buffet as many times as you liked. The continental buffet was very good, with soft chocolate chip muffins and crispy croissants. We found the cooked breakfast to be average. It took quite a while to come and the bacon was very salty, and the sausages were quite bland. It was okay but I'm not sure I would book it again. However the service in the restaurant was excellent.
There was a key drop at the check out desk but as it was manned the gentleman there took the key and asked how our stay had been. As there was nothing to pay, check out took less than a minute.
I was very impressed with our stay at the Premier Inn Worcester. It was well priced, comfortable and local to where we wanted to be. We would definitely stay again and are looking at returning to visit the Severn Valley Railways in the school holidays. I would recommend the hotel for anyone looking to visit this part of the Midlands. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 but will rate it 5 stars as I feel 4 would be harsh for such a good value hotel!