Posted by Chalky on Mar 25, 2009 in Review |

Slough Premier Inn MapWhen I first drove up to this Premier Inn, I thought I was coming up to a prison camp. You’re greeted by a great barrier at each end of the complex preventing anyone from getting in or out. There’s CCTV cameras a-plenty and you can’t even get into Reception without a key card or pressing the buzzer and having someone let you in. It was so intimidating that I daren’t take a picture of it for fear of someone jumping out and shooting me on the spot!

After you’ve got over the exterior of the building however, inside, it has to be the nicest Premier Inn that I have stayed in thus far. The reception area was vast compared to any other Travel Inn that I have stayed in, except perhaps one of the Inns near Heathrow Airport. The staff were extremely friendly upon my arrival at stupid o’clock.

There’s quite a few things that were different from the norm in the Premier Inn. Firstly, there is no chain restaurant in the vicinity or attached to the Premier Inn. Instead, the Premier Inn contains its own Bar and Restaurant on the Ground Floor of the building. It wasn’t particularly large and certainly not big enough to house the number of guests the building is capable of. This made me wonder if this was because most guests arrive in the evenings only and don’t dine, or that there was plenty of places to dine nearby. As it was very late when I arrived, I didn’t scope out any restaurants nearby and the bar was already closed. Just as well really because I was too tired to do much of anything.

This Premier Inn uses Key Cards, which are painfully annoying to use when you’re barely awake enough to see let alone wiggle a card in and out of several doors! After going back to Reception and replacing my Key Card (why does the first one never work!?!) I managed to drag myself up to my room on the second floor.

Air Conditioning!The room was somewhat larger than somewhat bigger than some that I have stayed in and the bathroom was also a decent size. The room was equipped with a larger than normal bed, Freeview TV and a Telephone. The most welcome addition to the room that I have never had in any of the Premier Inns that I have stayed in before was an Air Conditioning Unit on the wall! All other Premier Inns that I have stayed in have had a Dimplex Heather attached to the wall near the window with a thermostat unit on the opposite wall. Whilst this is alright in the winter months for most, it’s not very good in the summer or, if you are like me, you can’t sleep when you are too warm. Most other Premier Inns have a desk fan stowed away somewhere but you can’t beat some proper Air Conditioning!

The only fault that I could find with the room was in the bathroom. The sink was built into this rather nice wooden unit. However, the toilet roll was also located inside this unit which may seem nice, but not when it’s built in only 10cm from the ground! I’ll leave you to picture it yourself!

As I had time in the morning, I decided to opt for a Premier Breakfast before I set off. This was held in the Bar/Restaurant bit on the Ground Floor that I mentioned earlier. The breakfast here was all Self Service including the hot food. I tend to like it this way because you can grab exactly what you want, when you want. The breakfast wasn’t bad at all and set me up for the day.

After gaining the Exit Code for the gate to escape from Alcatraz, I did notice that there wasn’t really many eateries around so I think that it was probably the norm to arrive quite late at this Premier Inn and that there wasn’t really a need for a big provision of food and drink and that the Bar/Restaurant was mainly there for Breakfast and maybe a few beverages in the evening before it closes.

Overall, I was very pleased with this Premier Inn, just a bit of a shame about the Prison-like exterior because inside, it’s the best Premier Inn I’ve been in thus far!