My partner and I stopped off at the Spitfire Premier Inn a few days ago. It was all you'd want or need on a north to south (or visa versa) overnighter.
The reception staff are helpful and friendly. The entire building from reception area to hallways to rooms feels solid, restful and as though a lot of effort has been put into making you feel welcome and able to relax.
The room itself was a decent size. Not too big, but by no means small either. It was all fresh and clean, with nice soft carpets and comfy but solid furniture. The bed was reasonably comfortable and the shower was both easy to use and powerful.
The place was quite quiet. I could hear some traffic sounds but not often, and it wasn't loud. The biggest sound problem was in the morning when other guests were shutting their doors; the doors shut with quite a loud click/bang, which woke me several times, but then I am quite a light sleeper.
Breakfast initially felt slightly expensive, particularly for the cooked option, but this is somewhat mitigated by the fact that it's all you can eat/drink. Also they allow children under 16 to eat free, which although no use to me, I thought was good for families.
The food itself was okay: nothing special but set me up for a day of driving.
If you do go for the hot breakfast option, be aware that if you arrive towards the latter end of the breakfast period the cooked food may have been taken off the buffet hot plates and so won't be self service. This does not mean you can't get hot food: it means it will be cooked from scratch (and to order) for you when you arrive, and likewise if you want seconds etc. This has the benefit of it being fresh when you eat it rather than the food having sat out for hours, but it does mean there will be a bit of a wait while it's cooked.
Overall, I'm quite happy with our stay. The only problem I had was that I didn't drink the cup of tea I made before bed, as I found it had an incredible amount of limescale in it. I don't know if that was a problem with the kettle in the room or the local water (I live in Edinburgh where the water is generally softer and less prone to limescale-y kettles).
It was my first stay at Spitfire. I have stayed at its twin just over the road, Hurricane, twice before. I think I slightly prefer Hurricane as I remember the bed being a bit more comfortable, but there's really not much in it. I would perfectly happily stay at Spitfire again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A short drive to the town centre and the Staffordshire County Showground, or 40 minutes to Alton Towers ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Stafford North (Spitfire) Hotel Staffordshire