- This week, The Inspector stayed at a Premier Inn near Putney Bridge
- Marketed as a budget hotel chain, the room cost nearly £100 a night
- The stay was hassle-free and the food was much better than expected
Never mind the battle between the EU-ins and the EU-outs, the real fight is between Travelodge and Premier Inn.
There are no fewer than 700 Premier Inns in the UK.
This one just north of Putney Bridge in London is one of the most scenic if you nab a room over the Thames. I fail miserably on this front, with views of concrete and air vents.
The Premier Inn near Putney Bridge in London is one of the most scenic if you nab a room over the Thames
But what surprises me most is the price. I thought Premier Inn offered strictly budget accommodation — but I’m paying close to £100 room only.
The rate changes daily, of course, which is infuriating. One day, a hotel chain will come up with a set rate — just as train companies should be forced to.
That said, my stay is hassle-free, comfortable and the food so much better than I had expected.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is especially congenial, with jaunty menus.
We go for the tempura prawns (£5.99), followed by rump steak (£16.20), both delicious.
Pizzas fall under the section ‘Inspired by Passion’ and we notice that the most expensive offerings on the wine list are put first, the cheapest last.
My room has a double and a single bed, so is ideal for families.
There are four coat hangers, two soap dispensers and one Gideon Bible. It’s clean and functional.
Breakfast next morning is some spread, with every kind of croissant, muffin, pancake, fruit, yoghurt — plus the full works from the hot section. Children eat for free.
From my experience there’s little difference between Travelodge and Premier Inn.
Neither will let you down — unless you think that £100 or so is a lot to pay for so-called ‘budget’ accommodation.
3 Putney Bridge Approach
London, SW6 3JD
0871 527 8674, premierinn.com
Doubles from £50
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online