By booking in advance I've just stayed in a twin room at the Premier Inn Norman Cross for £34 a night - the cheapest hotel price I've ever paid. The room was clean with every facility one might need for an overnight. The furniture was practical, there was a good range of lighting and the beds were comfortable with good duvets. There was a desk, adequate seating, well positioned mirrors, mini bedside tables and a hair drier. The bathroom was excellent with both a bath and shower and I was mightily impressed by the whole experience. The staff were friendly on arrival, keen to stress the good night's sleep promise (they will move you or refund if you don't get a good night's sleep!). On departure they enquired as to whether we'd had a good stay.
We simply needed to bed down after an all day wedding so we wanted an easily reached hotel with no frills. If you want somewhere clean and comfortable that is good value, look no further. Functionality and practicality are the key drivers of chains like these. Forget them if you are looking for a hotel experience, character, fine dining and a charming location. But as stopovers, Norman Cross was excellent. The traffic noise was all but blocked out by the double glazing and the air conditioning very effective.
A couple of minor gripes for the staff/management to note. The slow door shutting mechanism fixed to the back of the bedroom door smashes into the right hand wardrobe door when you open it (Room 107). Breakfast is surprisingly expensive (at nearly £9 for the all you can eat menu) when compared with the room rate. I cannot evaluate the bar or dining since we chose not to buy into these. More power to hotel groups like premier who are very effectively plugging niche gaps in the market. If you're 'on the road' or looking for a very acceptable short term stopover, do give this hotel some consideration. If I'd booked at the last minute, the rate would almost have doubled for a room that one could cancel at the last minute - do be warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fantastic, 99 bedroom hotel with full en-suite bathrooms, air-con & flatscreen Freeview TV in all rooms. Large relaxing lounge area. Fully licensed restaurant & bar serving a fine selection of classic dishes, pizzas, grills & pastas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Peterborough (a1(m) Jct 16) Hotel Peterborough