Premier Inn

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by furball, 7 Jan 2018.

  1. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    You lick your tyres clean Colin?

    As I say I'd be happy if they would just plonk it somewhere secure.

    I'd feel a bit uncomfortable taking one of my tourers into a room. And nice of them to just ask me not to ride it down the corridors, but to tell the truth I wouldn't even like to wheel one across carpet.
     
  2. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Location:
    East Devon
    If you stuck mostly to tarmac, your tyres aren't going to be dirtier than the shoes of other guests.
     
  3. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    TBH - I saw that advert and the first thing I thought was "What about dirty bikes?"! :laugh:
     
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  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Aye. I just spray the tyres from a recently-refilled water bottle and that's been good enough for various hotels so far. Stood the bike on paper or a bag when it's been especially wet.
     
  5. Brains

    Brains Guru

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Prose on the website written by an American

    "2. If you have a trunk-mounted bike rack, make sure the bikes don’t obscure registration plates or lights as it’s against the law."

    My "trunk" has 'POSH' written on it!
     
  6. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    Same here, and there would be some practical difficulties in getting a bike into the room at the last two Premier Inns I stayed in.

    One was in a tower block with a small lift, and the other room was reached via a long corridor which included two, or it might have been three, short flights of stairs.

    It's true to say a bike tyre need not be any dirtier than your shoes, but you would need to wipe the full circumference of both tyres.

    And your shoes don't have oily metal bits and bits that stick out which could scrape paintwork.
     
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  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I used both Aberdeen Dyce and Birmingham longbridge for taking my bike to a Premier Inn. In Aberdeen I cycled some of the Formartine & Buchanan Way which included a number of mucky diversions because of the work on the bypass, and in Birmingham I cycled the few miles to work using the canal paths then explored the route to Stratford at night. In both places I was able to get the bike to my room without causing damage or offence which is more than some guest's without bike's could say.

    https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/pa...routes/formartine-and-buchan-way-route-cards/
     
  8. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Forgot about Dartford as well, which is a shame because they were particularly helpful.
     
  9. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    Premier Inn have been bike-friendly as long as I can remember - and I've been an occasional but regular punter of theirs for 5 or 6 years - and ran a bike-based marketing campaign at least a couple of years back.; I remember getting sent a link to it by the mate of mine who (several years ago) used to work in their marketing department and who therefore maintained a professional interest in their campaigns even after leaving. The Cubs and I usually have a Premier Inn mini-break (sans vélo) at least once a year (favourites include the Gate at Newcastle, the Cathdral in Birmingham and Lauriston Place in E'boro) and I've shared a PI room with a bike in whilst on Silly Gigging Adventures in Edinburgh, Newcastle (at least two different hotels there) and Aberdeen, that I remember - there may have been others. A couple of places have offered secure storage if it was wanted and everywhere has been happy for the bike to go in the room.
     
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  10. Sixmile

    Sixmile Über Member

    Location:
    N Ireland
    I've used Premier Inn for a few family cycling holidays last year. Their hotel in Lisburn is at the end of a traffic free 20 mile ride from the Jordanstown, through Belfast, along the Lagan river and is fantastic for family riding. They let us store our bikes and trailer in the downstairs meeting room as they said they had no other storage. The Premier Inn we used in Chester let us store trailer and bikes in our room. I've yet though to arrive at any hotel or b&b which didn't accommodate bike storage.
     
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  11. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    It's a business model that is doing no favours to Youth Hostels. The very definitely last three times I stayed in a hostel I came away each time with a humdinger of a cold. The idea of sharing bedrooms, which this particular hostel specialises in, with up to 8 to a dormitory, means I'll never use another.
     
  12. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    Youth Hostals are a lost cause in England these days, the days when you could just turn up and get a cheap bed for the night are over in most cases, only seem to be interested in school parties or groups. On I two occasions I was turned away from hostels because they had a school party using the Hostel which was in one case only 6 children and two teachers, I have resigned myself to Travel Lodge or premuim Inn or B&B which are becoming more expensive than travel lodge or Premuim inn.
     
  13. oldwheels

    oldwheels Über Member

    I mostly use Dumbarton and Aberdeen North Anderson Drive Premier Inn. Not cheap especially when I am there during the week. Anything from £50 to £90 per night but then I am not paying out of my own pocket. This does not include food and the menu in Aberdeen has gone downhill. Carvery and lump it tho' the staff are friendly. If I have my bike I ask for a ground floor room but have managed to get one up in the lift. Too many fire doors to negotiate can be a problem. I have never found anything less than £49.00 per night. Makes sense for at least 2 people but I am on my own always. While they are friendly enough at reception negotiating the various obstacles can be awkward.
     
  14. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Location:
    Ayrshire.
    What we need is some cheap and cheerful chains of budget hotels similar to those in France. If I thought I could get a warm but basic, clean room without having to book weeks in advance, then I would probably be a much more frequent cycle tourist. I love going to France where I have never had a problem turning up in any reasonable sized town and finding a room at Ibis Budget (formerly Etap), Formule 1, Premiere Classe, Campanile, etc.. All of them have been cycle friendly in that they allow bikes in rooms. All reasonably priced too, normally in the region of 40 to 60 Euros per room per night.
    I have had the odd bad experience in some of the more industrial areas where budget hotels are used as workies hostels and they are a bit worse for wear.
     
  15. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    The workies are the bread and butter of some of these places Monday to Friday and can generate a right few quid between food and the bar. It's not their fault if that cash is not fed back in to the business and can sometimes be a sign of deeper issues.:okay:
     
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