We spent six nights at this Premier Inn, staying in the area for a family wedding. Two adults and two children (11 and 7) in one ensuite room for six days wasn't something we'd tried before and we were a bit cautious - but it was just fine. The room was big enough to accommodate 1 double + 2 singles (converted sofa bed and under-bed pullout, but they felt like 'real' beds) with enough floor space still for movement, for the kids to play and for our clutter. The wardrobe-substitute (a sort of tall bookcase/dresser unit with hanging space) seemed odd at first, but provided plenty of storage without doors opening to block the way.
We visited on some of the hottest days of the year, but the big, powerful fan in the room did make some difference and stayed on for the whole six days and nights.
We'd worried about the sound levels, but barely heard anyone else in the hotel, and nothing from the supermarket. We'd asked for a room at the back, which saved us from the supermarket noise, but did mean we got the bin lorries reversing past the ground floor window (beep beep beep) early every morning. Two planes from the airport between 6.30 and 7 every morning, but hardly noticed anything after that.
We never bothered with breakfast - Tesco across the road and hospitable relatives nearby!
One big plus for us was the staff who always greeted us on our way through reception, and dealt with our queries promptly. Even the cleaning staff said hi in the corridor.
Our only suggestion would be that if two adults are in the room then two key cards are provided . Removing the card from the room slot switches the lights off an it's ridiculous to leave one person in - say - the bath in the pitch dark while the other nips back to the car for something urgent. The alternative is to trail after them dripping wet! In fairness, we didn't ask for a second card, but I would feel it should be offered as a sensible option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catch a flight, head to Adventure Island or grab an ice-cream in Southend-on-Sea, just 15 minutes away ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Southend Airport Hotel Southend-On-Sea, Essex
- Hotel Southend