Premier Inn

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

  1. 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.
     
  2. 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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  3. Mort

    Mort Guest

    Unless I'm misunderstanding, I think most people know that's what happens with premier in the UK.

    Brandane's after an even cheaper long distance option like you get in a
    France, which are great for motorway and touring slogs.
     
  4. Brandane

    Brandane Fair weather cyclist.

    Location:
    Ayrshire.
    That's about the sum of it - but they are also more widely available in France so you can usually go touring "on spec". Not the case in the UK - I wouldn't take a chance on being able to find a reasonably priced place to stay in the UK when you only start looking in the late afternoon!
     
  5. ColinJ

    ColinJ A big clot!

    @Littgull got stung like that last year when riding back oop north on his new touring bike!
     
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  6. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    Location:
    Leytonstone

    The Etap and the formule 1 in Barking were used for “ sleeping” by the hour ... not all the rooms but several ... I had a few friends who used it when visiting excel and were horrified ...
     
  7. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    Some years now since they binned the Jobs, and no need for the Sheet sleeping bags these days. More like a hotel with small rooms for just a few people. Some even have a bar. And few and far apart now. Some how a few old ones have clung onkile Tanners hatch etc
     
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  8. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    Having spent too many nights in both Premier Inn and Travelodge I avoid them like the plague. I never found either to be especially comfortable or to give me a good night’s sleep. As for the food? Over priced, usually over cooked and very limited in choice.

    Saying that when we went Travelodge Bethnal Green for Ride London 2017 it was rammed with cyclists and reception didn’t bat an eyelid. Price wise they’ve caught on and for the same weekend a two night stay has risen by +£100.
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    The food is to be avoided, yes. Usually there's somewhere better nearby, even if only a chain pub also reheating Brakes or similar but more competently.

    They've used demand-reactive pricing for years, haven't they? One the draw is made, RideLondon weekend prices may drop a bit as early flexible bookers cancel after not winning a place.
     
  10. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    Re: food in premier inn / trsvelodge. Breakfasts are excellent in both. Travelodge food in the evening is edible, and premier inn somewhat better, but I'd be going out for curry or whatever either way. Premier in is quite a lot nicer to stay in and sit in the bar in - the bars often being reasonably pub like. Whether the extra niceness is worth the premium depends on the rate on any particular day. Usually in london on a weekend I'm not willing to pay the extra as it'll cover a meal out and I'm not spending much time in the room. In the week, when I'm there to work, then I'll pay the extra within reason - though it does help that I'm not paying !
     
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  11. RealLeeHimself

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    Take some black bin bags and ‘bag’ each wheel (either on or off the bike) then carry the bike in. This may be problematic when touring solo as your bike will be loaded up - unless you’re like Geoff Capes. If there’s two of you it’s easier, one stays with luggage while other carries their stuff in and vice versa. :okay:
     
  12. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    I once spent a long weekend at Holmbury St Mary youth hostel (with a singing group, nothing to do with cycling). I believe it was the first purpose-built youth hostel, in the 1930s, and I think it is listed. The main communal room has a classic 1930s painted frieze depicting earnest ramblers and cyclists, including a tandem - unfortunately it has been clumsily painted around at some point. There were lots of old games hanging on the wall, including a Cycle Touring Bagatelle board. The building looks like a prison block, and as I remember it was low on creature comforts, but it is in a very beautiful setting in the woods. Lots of good mtb routes from the front door.

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  13. Hedgemonkey

    Hedgemonkey Upright and forwards, just.

    Location:
    NE Derbyshire
    Tbh, if it was a choice between YHA and a motel type accommodation, I'd still do the YHA, as they tend not to be on an intersection of 2 or 3 major roads, more seem to be a nice rural location and still have a little of that quirky 1950's CTC thing which I kind of like . If you are touring alone, there is normally some like minded soul to have a matter with too.
    Also if I've been out mtbing anywhere in the UK I very much doubt most Premier inns would even be happy with the mud monster being in the car park never mind the room.;-)
    But it's all a step in the right direction.
     
    Last edited: 27 Jan 2018
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  14. BalkanExpress

    BalkanExpress Veteran

    Location:
    Balkans
    Those pictures bring back memories! I was in the scouts in Morden and so spent many a wet winter Saturday night in either Holmbury or Tanners.
     
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  15. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Maybe not quite as keen to stay at the PI after the dispatches programme the other night.:eek:
     
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