On A30 about 2 miles from J7 of the M3 - seemingly in the middle of nowhere - between Basingstoke and Winchester. A small hotel, 19th Century building, with under 30 rooms but if you can't climb stairs, make sure you have one of the half dozen ground floor rooms as there is no lift.Standard Premier Inn fittings (including a fan for the hot weather), tea and coffee making facilities and 30 minutes free wi-fi per day, although this room (No 8) had complete Freeview TV with radio - and a shaver point in the bathroom, but no telephone.
The website says to book in after 2, but when I arrived about 3, the manager said he could book me in - but that the bed had not been made - as the laundry, due at 8.30 had still not been delivered, despite several promises. He said that. 30 minutes before, Sunlight Laundry had promised him delivery - without fail - within an hour. The lorry finally drew into the car park (outside of my room, so I saw it arrive). just before 5 ! After this, the house-keeping staff were dashing from room to room making beds, still cheeful even though they said they should have finished work hours before - the jewels in the Premier Inn crown. All for £19 the night !
I hope that the staff are well compensated for their extra time - and that Sunlight Laundry loses their contract !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premier Inn Basingstoke South is conveniently positioned within easy reach of Junction 7 M3. For shops and local amenities, Basingstoke town centre is 7 miles away and is easy to reach the Festival Leisure Park and Festival Shopping Centre. Our Basingstoke South Premier Inn has everything you'd expect - incredibly comfy beds in every room, flatscreen TVs with Freeview, WIFI and free parking. We also have the Wheatsheaf Chef & Brewer onsite. The Chef & Brewer pub is part of a collection of charming, traditional pub restaurants with a modern service style and ethos, spread throughout the UK. Offering freshly prepared food and high quality drink at great value, traditional pub values are at the heart of Chef & Brewer. The pub is reassuringly genuine with old beams, nooks and crannies, roaring log fires in the winter and cooling gardens in the summer. With a proper bar area perfect to prop yourself up against while enjoying a pint of real ale or a chilled glass of wine and comfortable and relaxing dining areas, Chef & Brewer is right for every time of day or day of the week. ... more less
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