Premier Inn – Sunderland A19 / A1231

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Jul, 2014

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This Premier Inn is a small two storey (ground and first floor) hotel on the northern outskirts of Sunderland. We spent one night (two days) there on our way home from visiting relatives.

With a free car park (owned by Premier Inn) immediately outside the hotel, we parked in the disabled blue badge parking bay close to the entrance and went inside. Reception was well signposted.

The small, but tidy entrance area contains the Reception Desk and information leaflets. We were greeted by a pleasant receptionist who confirmed our room was ready. He also explained about the Premier Inn Good night's sleep guarantee, the hotel and meal times.

There are rooms on the ground floor which those with mobility problems should select in advance. There is no lift to the first floor although the staircase is not steep and there are not a large amount of steps.

Our bedroom was clean and tidy as was the bathroom. The Bathroom had a fixed shower over the bath, thus providing both showering and bath facilities Soap dispensers were on the wall.

There was a good supply of linen – fluffy towels, an extra sheet in case we wanted to use a sheet instead of a duvet – as the weather was very humid. There was a good supply of pillows, some firm support others soft support. The room contained a large fan which was welcome. Tea and Coffee making facilities were in the room with a supply of tea coffee and milk additional supplies were available free by asking.

Our room was in a quiet area of the hotel which we appreciated. It did overlook a busy road junction but traffic noise, although we were aware of it, it did not cause us a problem, even though at home we live in a rural very quiet area.

Premier Inn have a good nights sleep guarantee for their beds. Having stayed in a few Premier Inn's I have found that although comfortable, the level of comfort in the beds at each location does vary, some are better than others. I felt this hotel quite possibly had the best comfort level of all I have stayed in, perhaps we had been given a brand new bed/mattress.

There is quite a large Brewers Fayre restaurant attached, to the Hotel It Is also open to non residents. Guests at the Premier Inn have direct access to the restaurant from an inside walkway from the hotel.

We ate at the restaurant in the Evening. We found the meals to be good value for money. As we ate early (I think ordering before 6.30pm) we managed to get two decent meals for £10.

The two meals for £10 came from a menu containing about 5/6meals in this deal. It was simple fayre – I had Gammon with Chips, tomato and Peas. My husband had a chicken tikka masala with rice, it was good quality, freshly cooked to order and for what we wanted at that particular time it represented food value for money. Had we wanted a different type of meal (not in the 2 for £10 deal) then there was a good variety of choice on the menu.

The restaurant is licensed. The service was good considering it was busy. The environment was spacious with plenty of light from the large window area.

Breakfast was served in the Brewers Fayre the next day between 7.30am and 10.30am. A continental breakfast costs about £6.25 a cooked breakfast around £8.75 both are on an all you can eat basis. The cooked breakfast which is the continental breakfast plus a cooked meal is what we selected. The food was cooked to order than being serve yourself . I prefer the cook to order as I could ask for most of my food to be grilled or poached. There was a good selection of different cereals, different fruits and fruit juices, yoghurts, breads, croissants, muffins and cakes as well as unlimited tea and coffee.

Check out was 12pm and I do like Premier Inn for having these later checkouts. I don't always use this facility as often we check out early, but I do like the opportunity to check out late if I wish to do so, we checked out at 11.55 am.

We booked this room in advance online paying in advance , on a non flexible basis at a cost of just £35 for the room. Booking on a non flexible basis meant if we were to cancel we would get no refund, had we wanted flexibility to cancel up to 1pm on arrival day and get a full refund, we could have had this option but paid more.

We think we got excellent value for money and would be happy to stay at this Premier Inn again.

Pamela Walker

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