Advantages Low price, very comfortable and clean, 30 mins free WiFi.
Disadvantages Shower could be a little better, positioning of sockets awkward for some plugs.
|Value for Money|
The Premier Inn at Newton Aycliffe is one I stayed at on a couple of occasions a few years back and never experienced any problems, so I was confident when staying there again recently that everything would be ok.
Although Newton Aycliffe is just a half hour drive down the A1 for us, we decided to take advantage of the Premier Saver rate available for the date of our stay and book a room. At just £29 it meant that one of us didn't have to stick to soft drinks and drive home after meeting up for a family occasion recently.
As I already mentioned, we had stayed at this hotel previously but it was a good few years back and it has been upgraded since then. Although there was nothing wrong with it that I can recall from my previous visits, Premier Inn do have really comfortable beds it seems at all their hotels now and this is one of the advantages of choosing Premier Inn. Apart from them being spotlessly clean and comfortable, their customer service has always been good based on my experience and if you can secure one of their Premier Saver rates as I have on a few occasions by booking in advance, then the rooms are a bargain!I booked the room online at the Premier Inn website www.premierinn.com a couple of weeks before the date of my stay and secured the £29 saver rate. The saver rate requires you to pre-pay for your room and you will not be entitled to a refund if you need to cancel or amend your booking, so it is only worth booking if you are definite about your plans. If not, then you can book the flexible rate which allows you to cancel up to 1pm on the day of your stay, but this can cost more than double the saver rate.
Check-in was at 2pm on the day of our arrival which suited us fine and we were checked in by a friendly young man and as I had already paid for the room, the process took less than a minute. He advised us that he was on duty until 11pm if we needed anything at all and wished us an enjoyable stay, as well as informing us that Premier Inn now offer 30 mins of free WiFi at their hotels, which is a welcome addition. You can even stagger your half hour across the day by stopping and starting as often as you need, which is very handy in my opinion and another bonus to staying at Premier Inns. We were given a small card with the WiFi details and password on, along with our room key.
There was a vending machine selling pop, water, crisps and chocolate and we were advised that the adjacent pub served meals until 10pm. If you book a breakfast then the pub is also where your breakfast will be served, but we gave this a miss.
Our room and en-suite bathroom were spotless. Two bath towels and two hand towels were provided, the bath towels especially were large, thick and fluffy. Imperial Leather shower gel and Carex antibacterial handwash are provided in dispensers fixed to the wall, however I prefer to use my own toiletries for the shower or bath. If you forget any items you can purchase small packs from reception.
Although there was plenty of hot water, the shower could have done with being a little more powerful, but this was just a minor niggle as it was adequate and it was just that I have experienced better showers elsewhere in other Premier Inns.
The only fault I had with the room was one that I experienced at another Premier Inn last year and this was that the double electrical sockets available have been placed just above the workspace. Unfortunately the sockets are placed too near the surface area of the workspace and plugging anything in with a sealed plug or an adaptor is virtually impossible. Indeed I could not plug my i-pod speaker dock or my phone charger into these sockets.
It does seem like no thought was given to this when the sockets were fitted, but luckily on this occasion we found the socket where the kettle was plugged in was adequate and so we simply unplugged the kettle and used this socket. At the hotel we stayed at last year there were no other available sockets in the room and so this was a problem for us at that time, but as we were able to unplug the kettle here and use the socket then this too, just like the shower, is only a minor niggle.
We spent a very comfortable and quiet night at this hotel and despite the two minor niggles I had, I would still rate this hotel highly and will stay here again if ever I need to, especially if a saver rate is available as these are indeed a bargain. Overall it doesn't surprise me that Premier Inn are winning the best budget hotel awards as the cleanliness, comfort, service and bargain prices when available, along with 30 mins free WiFi make them excellent value for money.Premier Inn Newton Aycliffe
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