“ 20 Blossom Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1AJ. Tel: 0870 990 6594 „
In March of this year (2013) my wife and I spent 3 nights in York staying at the Blossom St South Premier Inn.
On our arrival we were greeted by a friendly receptionist. She provided a quick check in service. We had asked for a map of the city so that we could find our way. The receptionist asked if we would like her to point out some places of interest and she was very helpful and enthusiastic with regards to the attractions of the city. She had given us a very good first impression of both York and Premier Inn.
There is very limited parking which the hotel shares with the Blossom St North Premier Inn, which is next door. The two Premier Inn's are separated by a pub. However, there is a NCP car park which is situated 5 minutes away which has a reasonable rate of £9 per day.
The rooms and the hotel itself was very clean and tidy. The rooms were off a good size, more than big enough for my wife and I. There were tea and coffee facilities in the room and there was an iron and ironing board available from a service cupboard on each floor. There was also a TV in our room.
The bathroom was also clean and modern. There was always plenty of hot water available too.
The hotel is well located. We seemed to be no more than 15 minutes from any of the main attractions and certainly no more than 15 minutes to the town center. There was somewhere to grab some food and a drink in the hotel too, but we did not eat or drink in the hotel so I am unable to pass comment on the standard of quality and service. However, the area did look clean and tidy.
I have always found Premier Inn offers a very good standard of accommodation for a reasonable price and this is exactly what we found in Blossom St South. Affordable, friendly and in a good location close to the old city walls.
It cost us approximately £40 per night which was very competitive for a city centre location. As with most Premier Inn's there is 30 minutes free Wifi per day. You just have to give a few details and you are good to go. Unlike a lot of hotel I have stayed in lately, the Premier Inn rates for Wifi are actually pretty reasonable. You can have unlimited access for £3 per day.
My partner and I have just enjoyed a couple of days in the beautiful city of York, having decided to have one last break away before the scrimping for Christmas begins. We stayed in a Premier Inn in York City Centre, and although there are actually two Premier Inns in the centre of York, they are next door to each other on the same street so there's not much difference location wise. The one we stayed at was Premier Inn on Blossom Street North (the other one is Blossom Street South).
The location of the hotel is ideal for visitors to York City Centre. It's about 5 minutes walk from the centre of everything, which means you don't have the stress of driving round the city centre, but you're close enough to be able to walk into the centre without having to drive. This means you can park the car and not worry about it for the rest of your stay. The hotel is also right by the train station, making it very accessible for public transport.
There is onsite parking at the hotel which costs £8.50 per day. The payment machine allows you to pay by card, so you can just pay for the duration of your visit rather than having to go back and add money to the meter every 24 hours (which sounds simple but is something I have had to do in other places!). The car park is fairly small and is based on a first-come first-served basis, but there are plenty of other car parks in the vicinity. I couldn't tell you how much they cost in comparison though.
==The Hotel & Reception==
The hotel surprised me a little because I was expecting a rather sterile bog standard chain, but the building was fairly quaint and had a nice courtyard at the back for people to enjoy the weather and eat and drink from the hotel bar. Apart from the bright purple signs and Premier Inn trademark purple carpet and bed runner, you wouldn't necessarily know it was a chain because it was quite charming with cottage-style brick and fairy lights in the trees outside. The general feel of this hotel is very pleasant.
The reception area is small but the receptionists were efficient and managed to check everyone in quickly. We were asked if we needed any maps of the area, and were given our key fobs and told how to get to our room. The room was based on the ground floor, but I noticed there was a lift and the reception area had ramp style entrances for disabled visitors.
We paid around £70 per night for this room, which is very reasonable compared to all the other hotels we looked at. York is very popular so isn't really somewhere you can expect to get discounted rooms unless it's at a very random time of year. The breakfast was £10 each so we decided not to bother, and luckily when we got there we saw there was a Wetherspoons directly across the road from the Premier Inn - breakfast was sorted for a fraction of the price!
I noticed there were computers in reception with internet connections, you just had to ask at reception if you wanted to use these. There was a Costa Coffee shop in reception, as well as the restaurant, and a couple of vending machines with snacks and Ben & Jerrys ice cream.
As mentioned before, there is a lift, and I also noticed the rooms which must be designed for disabled guests had two spy-holes, one at eye level and a lower one as well for the use of people in wheelchairs. They must have certain rooms which are modified for this purpose, because to access a lot of the rooms you have to go down a couple of steps which wouldn't be practical. According to their website they also have meeting rooms for conferences etc, but I didn't see these and wasn't really interested enough to go looking! (sorry Dooyoo, I'm committed but not THAT committed!)
The room was basic but had everything we needed. There was enough room to store our belongings without tripping over anything, and the bed was huge. There was a spare pillow each but no extra sheets - luckily we were experiencing a mini heat wave so this wasn't a problem, but if it had been winter we might have had to ask for more sheets.
The lights are operated by putting your key fob into the box on the wall.
There was an air conditioning unit which we had to put on when we got in one night because it was quite hot. It soon cooled the room down so we only had it on briefly. There was the usual hanging space for clothes, with four shelves next to it. The table across from the bed was very long but with no drawers, this wasn't a problem for us but if you were staying there for a while (i.e. on business) you might prefer a bit more in the way of storage options.
I didn't see a trouser press in the room, this wasn't a problem but could be for business travellers. There was a hairdryer but I ended up using my own because you had to keep your finger down on the button constantly to work it, which isn't really practical if you have thick hair like mine that takes ages to dry.
There was a TV on the unit across from the bed, but we weren't really in the room long enough to use it. I noticed they had a menu for the bar which did light lunches, full dinners and childrens meals. We had a leaflet telling us about the Premier Inn and the usual information on saving the environment by re-using towels and so on. There was no information on check-out time which was a bit annoying because we didn't notice until the morning we were due to check out. Luckily we had to leave early to get back home for something, otherwise we would have had to ask reception. There were no leaflets or information on York itself in the room, but I noticed there were plenty of leaflets in reception.
We were provided with a kettle, tea and coffee (Twinings tea and Kenco coffee) and semi-skimmed UHT milk which came in tubes, along with the usual sugar and brown sugar. There were no biscuits but we ate so much during our stay I can forgive them for this!
We had an en-suite bathroom which was perfectly adequate in size and had everything we needed. Instead of the usual individual soaps that get used once, go all gooey and then get thrown out they had a Carex soap dispenser by the sink, and an Imperial Leather body and hair one by the shower.
The shower was over the bath, and was excellent temperature and pressure. The bath was quite high to get in and out of, meaning you had to be very careful, especially when you're the second person to use the bathroom because the room gets quite wet as the fan isn't quite strong enough to deal with the moisture. This also meant you couldn't use the mirror after having a shower which was annoying for my fiancé who had to bring his shaving gel into the main room. The fan is quite noisy and keeps going for ages after you've used the bathroom, which is a bit annoying late at night when you're trying to sleep. The only way to stop it is to remove the fob from the light switch box.
On a positive note, I noticed the shower curtain rail was slightly curved away from the bath, which meant I wasn't fighting with it like I usually end up doing in these situations.
I had a couple of excellent nights sleep in this hotel, although admittedly I had a few drinks both nights so this may have contributed! The mattress on the bed was very firm and much like my mattress at home, so this made it very comfy. There were the usual noises you expect in a hotel, people getting in late and talking loudly for example, but I think you expect this when staying away. You couldn't really hear much of the traffic considering it's so close to the centre, we heard the odd ambulance siren but that was about it.
This is a quality hotel which provides everything you need for a couple of nights stay. The tariff is reasonable compared to lots of other hotels in the area, and the location is excellent. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the hotel is quaint and very pleasant. I would say this is more aimed at people travelling for leisure than business purposes, but if you were only staying for a couple of nights whilst on business it would be perfectly adequate. They do offer meals and breakfast but to be honest there are so many cafes and restaurants on your doorstep you may as well go and see what York has to offer. A very enjoyable stay, but just the few niggles that stop it getting five stars.
We booked 2 nights in this hotel in between xmas and new year so we could have a break away with the kids that wasn't too expensive (£29 per night for a family room).
This was by far the cheapest accommodation we could find in York City Centre. The hotel is right in the heart of the city so is great for exploring York and it's many attractions such as York Minster, The Castle Museum and the Jorvik Centre to name but a few. It's less than half a mile from the train station which is good if you are travelling by train.
The hotel has a small bar / restaurant and a Costa Coffee lounge whichis great for sitting having a relax after a days shopping / sightseeing. We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evening but the prices looked reasonable.
The room itself was lovely and spotless with quite a large flat screen television. We stayed in a family room which had an extremely large and comfortable double bed, two single beds and a travel cot and there was still plenty of room left.
We booked for breakfast for my husband and myself in the morning and the kids eat free. It's a cooked buffet breakfast with plenty to choose from. The kids loved the fruit, yoghurt and muffins.
Only downside we had was the parking. There's a small NCP car park adjacent to the hotel but it's a real struggle to get parked there if you don't arrive early enough. We were lucky that we eventually managed to get a space but that was after a 40 minute wait. Parking costs £8.00 for 24 hours.
Overall though I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone and we will be going again the same time this year.
After enjoying our child free weekend away so much, myself, my husband and my "in laws" decided to indulge once more, this side of Christmas at least!
After reviewing the hotel that we stayed in previously in York, I would have quite happily gone back for another stay, but as my husband has now got a newer and somewhat larger car (has gone from a vectra to a zafira!), he was pretty insistent that our accommodation should have ample and secure parking, as once there and parked up we never tend to use the car again until travelling home!
After much perusing on the internet, and this time having a slightly better informed idea of the area we decided to take Lenny Henry's advice.....Premier inn!
I have to be honest, as someone who very rarely stays in hotels and such, I was a little worried. Last year myself and my family stayed in a Travelodge for one night for my husbands cousins wedding, the place was in short a dive, so being the naïve person I am I assumed that the Premier inn would be similar to there.....thankfully I was soooo wrong!
This delightful hotel is based literally just on the wrong side of the "walls of York", though please be warned from the main road it is a little deceptive as it has a hidden entrance for cars round the next turning and almost hidden by a taxi rank!
Once you have negotiated the turn to the car park you are faced with what I can only describe as a simply beautiful carpark and forecourt......I know, I was expecting a pretty generic area, only slightly differing from one hotel to the next, though in my opinion everything in York is beautiful and picturesque!
Parking firstly was pretty easy, though again, due to the size you may struggle to get a space if arriving at or just after booking in time, as this was a child free weekend, and the fact that this was the first time in nearly 9 years that my brother and sister in law have had a weekend away from their three daughters, we got there around 12!
Once parked up and approaching booking in time (2pm), there will be a queue, so we more than happy for the receptionist ( a very nice and polite polish girl, who couldn't do enough for us), to pre book us in when we arrived at, again a painless task as we had booked via the website a few months previous, then she simply handed us our keys when we came back at 2pm, much to some of the people in the queues disgust, but by that time I had already had a few child free drinks so I didn't give a stuff!
Aside from the front door, which is open all day, but then locked around 8pm, all connecting doors to the rooms themselves are card key access only.
We were lucky that our rooms were only a short walk from reception, though we did have to climb a flight of stairs, not a difficult task you might think.....not so easy after being in "Reflex" until 2am, and having to carry/be carried home by sis in law....that girl can drink! Lol!
The rooms themselves were large, well decorated and exceptionally clean. The bed was reasonably firm but very comfy with there being a good supply of extra pillows available.
There was a flat screen television with a selection of freeview channels, tea and coffee facilities, a nice vanity area for make up and such like, a wall mounted hair dryer and even a reclining chair incase you really had an aversion to sitting on the bed to watch the television, though ours was used as a clothes dumping ground!
The bathroom again was spotless and very cleverly decorated, many bathrooms I have seen have tiled walls with white grout, so when they are not cleaned correctly, mildew shows up straight away on these areas. The tiles in this bathroom had black grout so made the plain white tiles look sparkling!
There were no freebies to be had in there, though there was a wall mounted shower gel dispenser, Lux of all things which I of course indulged in! There was a sign however in the bathroom stating that if there was anything that you had forgotten to bring with you, there were small gender specific packs that could be purchased from main reception.
Packs included toothbrushes, paste, cotton buds, cotton balls and condoms....one of the reasons I didn't go and ask how much they were, still get all giggly about things like that, anyway I had enough of my own!
Also as with many of the hotels nowadays there is a an "environmental" drive concerning the towels that are provided, although the hotel do provide a good pie of towels for the guests use, they do try and guilt you into re-using the same towels for the duration of your stay, thankfully I was once a brownie, so I always take my own!
Another thing that surprised me about this particular hotel was the range of food facilities available on site.
When we initially booked the rooms we were told, albeit through a generic web page that covers all Premier in hotels, that breakfast and such like were available from a Weatherspoons pub that always seem to be in close vicinity to the hotels themselves, this hotel had no need for such close proximity, offering everything that you could possibly want.
In the reception itself there was a vending machine just for the purchase of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, I know I nearly wet myself at this fact alone! These of course were extortionately priced, but when in need of a sugar rush after a night out, more than useful!
Alongside this there is a small branch of Costa coffee, that sits snugly in between the reception and the bar, and serves everything that would be served at the larger branches, this includes a vast selection of coffee's, toasted Panini's, freshly made sandwiches and of course a small selection of cakey treats, though my sis in law made me laugh by actually buying a large jam tart as it had been sat on it's own in the display counter since that morning, and she couldn't stand to see it on it's own anymore!
Alongside this is a small bar and restaurant, that doubles as a breakfast room in the mornings, as with all the facilities available they are slightly over priced, but a small price I was willing to pay due to the
Wonderful service from the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel, though 5 minutes after I arrived and sat down with a coffee I did have to complain about how anal the cleaner on duty was being, especially when he started high dusting over my head, now I am all for cleanliness but not when it comes with a layer of dust in my coffee, thankfully the man who runs the coffee counter moved him along!
The bar is well stocked, and you are not rushed along even if you have been sat with the same drink for an hour, which we did after walking around York for 7 hours, we literally couldn't move! As this is open to the public also at night, there is plenty of smoking areas available, there is even a separate pub that backs onto the Premier inn forecourt, with a beautiful heated decking area.
Room service is available all day and night, though the menu is restricted for daytime, so nights there is a small selection of sandwiches available only.
Breakfast again is a superior affair, I have to be honest I love my weekends away for the breakfasts themselves, setting you up for the day, though after the Friday night out with the sis in aw I could only manage a couple of Costa coffee's!
Breakfasts are advertised as a buffet, you simply choose whether you want a continental or full menu breakfast, you can either pre-book and pay when you arrive with the room fee (pricelist coming up!), or turn up downstairs and pay there and then, chip and pin facilities available!
First the continental, for this it will cost you £5.95, and for your money you can have porridge, eggs, unlimited toast and croissants, pus the obligatory juice, tea and coffee's. I did like the fact that you could hep yourself to unlimited Costa coffee's, with there being a machine there from the Costa bar, that was fun in itself trying to work it!
The unlimited menu costs you £7.95 and this, to be fair, is vast! Alongside cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit salads, there is the obligatory full English breakfast, toast, croissants and again juice's, tea and coffees.
I was a compete pig, and have to say I more than had my moneys worth! There were a few other selections on the menu, my favourite being the "grab" items, these were simply grab a croissant and coffee for £1.99 and go, there were quite a few people who did that too.
Checking out was again a simply affair, when you first book a room the hotel do like to take your card details, this of course covers their backs if you don't turn up, cancel last minute and refuse to pay, or just do a bunk, they then have the means to get their money back immediately! Though I have to say their cancellation policy was one f the best I have heard of, being at liberty to cancel up to 1pm the day of arrival without incurring any penalties.
Price wise there are some rather big variations, concerning more the area I think, than what room you book.
There are a selection of rooms available, single, double, twin and family. Now if the adverts are to be believed we should have been able to get a room for £29, after all "everything is Premier but the price" (thanks Lenny!), but after a little perusing of the website booking form I can only conclude that these deals are only available in the middle of nowhere and difficult to find!
For our two night stay in a double room, it cost us £182, which I think is very fair considering the service and quality of the place, though my brother in law has re-booked the two rooms for another jaunt to York in March, same rooms, same time span and he has manage to get the rooms at £30 cheaper a night!
There are many other facilities on offer that we didn't feel the need to use, these being internet access in the lobby, with a few computers to choose from, wi-fi in every room, air conditioning throughout (disguised as pictures, hence the reason I didn't use it!), and many extras perfect for business trips including concessions for a travelling business person.
This is a fantastic hotel that I fully intend on using again and again, clean hotel, helpful staff and may I add at this point so close to York city centre, that it a ten minute walk to the shops and the shambles (shopping area in York), any closer and I would be staying in Bhs!
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