Given the favorable reviews of Tripadvisor contributors about Premier Inns throughout the UK, we booked a room at this hotel on the ring road in a business park for our first night after arriving from the US. Arriving from Manchester airport around noon we were told the room would not be ready until after 2PM, however the receptionist was kind enough and drew us a map showing the way to a nearby shopping center. She was equally accommodating in explaining sights to see in York and how to get to Park and Ride, park the car, and ride the bus into the medieval town center.
We asked for a quiet room in the back yet were told that the front rooms facing the busy ring road would be the quieter ones, inasmuch as a battery of exhaust fan motors at a Chinese restaurant next door roars like a jet winding up for take-off. Our somewhat spacious upstairs room with a very comfortable queen size mattress and a second single bed could sleep three people but only had one chair for someone to sit down, had no luggage stand and the suitcase needed to lie on the floor, had no A/C and the window opened onto busy ring road, had no fridge, no safe, and the sink in the bathroom had no mixing valve, one needed to use a stopper to plug the drain and collect water in the sink bowl, had no wash cloth, no towel rack, and the toilet flusher did not quite get the job done. Yet it was clean as were linnens and towels.
Despite all and being jet lagged we had a night of good sleep with the double pane window keeping road noise muffled with the exception for the occasional motorbike. On the plus side was the adjacent Beefeater Grill where we enjoyed an excellent Tandoori Chicken meal and a decent breakfast, both served by friendly, accommodating staff.
All in all, while the resident manager explained that this location was an older property awaiting some upgrading, the experience did not lead us to stay at another Premier Inn during our subsequent 16 day road trip through the UK. For what is offered, this hotel at a rate of close to US$130 is not exactly a budget hotel and as we subsequently found out, one can find better for the same price or less.
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- Delve into some of York's major annual festivals and events from our great city location ... more less
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