I travel regulary for work reasons and am allowed to book rooms upto a value of £125 per night. Needless to say when booking a hotel i always look to spend as close as i can to the higher limit because it makes sense that the more money spent, the better the hotel and the better the hotel the better the nights sleep and comfort. This is correct right?? Well that is how i have always felt, but not any more.
I booked into the Premier Inn after a recommendation and also because it was about a 30 drive from where i had to work the following morning.
The cost of the room was £67.
I have stayed in Travelodge hotels before (when paying from my own pocket :) ) and have never been too impressed. So en route to this hotel i was expecting nothing more than another Travelodge type hotel.
I must admit i was impressed with everything from arrival to departure. I rate rooms not on the things like size of the flat screen TV or if they give free soap, but i have 4-5 points that either make or break a night.
Bed 5 out of 5.
Obviously when travelling alone on business a good nights sleep is the most important thing to get from a room. This hotel not only had a comfy bed, which should come as standard, but they offered a choice of firmer pillows!! I have not had such good pillows before. I have had many many nights sleep ruined by poor ultra soft pillows. With soft pillows sleep is not a problem but regular waking causes a rubbish nights sleep. With these pilows i had probably the best nights sleep in a hotel for years!
Quiet 5 out of 5.
The chain has a Ssshhh campaign running where they guarantee a night hotel. I thought i'd get some noise, especially as this was a Friday night, but i heard nothing. The room was well soundproofed and there was no noise in the corridors. It was almost like i was the only guest, which i know for a fact i wasn't as the hotel was veery busy when passing through the reception area.
Shower 4 out of 5.
A nice hot powerful shower is a must to be ready for a busy day or business. This shower was very good. Feel a bit mean for not giving 5/5 but i can't give top marks in every dept, so although i have given 4/5 it was still a great shower!
Breakfast 5 out of 5.
After a decent shower all that is needed to set you up for the day is a good hearty breakfast. The restaurant attached to the hotel served an excellent breakfast.
All was self service, along with Costa coffee! And the cooked items were all fresh and didn't seem that they were sitting there for hours.
I did have to pay extra for the breakfast (£8.25) but the quality and the fact you could eat as much as you wanted didn't make this an expensive option.
Location 4 out of 5.
For me this was an ideal location as my working the following day was within sight and just a 30 second drive. However it is not in the centre of the town (High Street) but is good and easy to find after driving from London.
I also had to pay extra for the wi-fi (£3). It was cheap and i had no problems with it, but would be good to be free as i do hate booking rooms and then finding extra costs associated. Even if the hotel added £1.50 per room and made the wi-fi free, i'm sure they'd not lose out.
I would definatley recommend this hotel, and other Premier Inn Hotels if this was anything to go by. I will look for them now when booking UK based rooms for business, or personal use, come to that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms and bathrooms have undergone a full refurbishment completed beginning November 2016. All rooms are air conditioned, have free wi-fi and tea and coffee making facilities. We offer double, twin, disabled and family rooms All rooms are non smoking Welcome to the Naval heartland of Great Britain. Premier Inn Hotel Portsmouth North Harbour immerses you in a maritime history, with the Historic Dockyard just a short journey and the International Ferry Port just 2 miles away. Port Solent marina is a 5 minute drive away with cinema, bars and restaurants overlooking the yacht marina Nearest supermarket is Tesco which is a 5 minute walk away which also has a petrol station attached ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Portsmouth (Port Solent East) Hotel Portsmouth