Stayed for one night with the family on the way to Scotland. We booked two rooms which were both very clean and well prepared.
The hotel is a very modern HIEX and bears no relation to the HI in Preston. Although very busy, there is a big parking lot where one can safely park. Check-in was efficient, all directions and information were given by a courteous young receptionist. As an IHG Rewards member I had the privilege of free Internet, a welcome drink and a welcome letter!
The only 'let down' here is that the welcome drink was only for one person, where in every other IHG hotel it extends at least to my wife. But this was really a minor point.
Otherwise, I understand that there is an HIEX standard for breakfast (a common complaint here about the missing bacon) but I did not find the breakfast offered any poorer than anywhere else, and hey, if you want a richer breakfast you may just as well pay for it!
With regards to finding the hotel, I did not have any problem even if we arrived quite late at night. However, this may be just luck. Perhaps the management could consider a sign in the Bamber Bridge roundabout but again this would be just additional service, it is not really a "must".
A note to the traveller: Apparently, for safety reasons all plug switches are turned off when the rooms are cleaned. So if you try to turn on your TV, kettle or hair dryer and they do not respond, check the plug switches! Although some may find this annoying, it makes sense both from safety and environmental (energy saving) point of view.
Overall: A nice modern hotel very appropriate for any type of traveller.
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