October 3, 2022

Britannia has been named the UK’s worst giant lodge chain by Which? for 9 years operating. This 12 months it scored a miserly 49 per cent in a survey by the buyer champion, far under Premier Inn, which topped the record with a rating of 79 per cent.

However what’s the distinction between the very best and the worst? And is the worst actually that unhealthy? We determined to search out out. With UV torches to brush for stains packed in our luggage, we checked right into a Britannia lodge in London and a Premier Inn in Cambridge to place the 2 chains face to face.

Ailbhe MacMahon checked into the Premier Inn and was impressed by an ‘extraordinarily comfortable’ mattress, ‘actually well mannered’ employees and ‘sensible worth’ breakfast. Ted Thornhill spent the night time within the Britannia and found why the chain has such a poor status – an enormous blue skip marred the doorway, soiled glasses had been ready for him outdoors his room and within the morning soiled plates and cutlery from the night time earlier than tainted the general public areas. Learn on for extra…

BRITANNIA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL – CANARY WHARF. REVIEWER – TED THORNHILL

Ted Thornhill checked into the Britannia Worldwide Lodge (above) in Canary Wharf, London 

Ted reached the Britannia International (brown building above in the centre) by foot from Canary Wharf Tube station

Ted reached the Britannia Worldwide (brown constructing above within the centre) by foot from Canary Wharf Tube station

Ted (above) found the exterior of the Britannia International 'a tad dystopian' - partly because of a huge skip by the entrance

Ted (above) discovered the outside of the Britannia Worldwide ‘a tad dystopian’ – partly due to an enormous skip by the doorway

Exterior – first impressions upon arrival

A tad dystopian.

I reached the Britannia Worldwide Lodge in Canary Wharf by foot from Canary Wharf Tube station. An eye fixed-opening stroll. You cross the dock the lodge sits beside through a putting arched silver footbridge then saunter alongside the water amid gleaming skyscrapers till your path is blocked by the property, which struck me as miserable – a murky block of gloom in want of sprucing up. It left me with a slight sense of foreboding. Every part on the surface is a shade of brown – the stonework, the metallic window frames, the metallic door frames. 

Reaching the principle entrance concerned strolling alongside the aspect of the constructing previous the lodge’s pizzeria, which wasn’t open and was in partial darkness, including to the air of despondency. Plus, I seen a number of the metallic frames on the surface had been eroded and discoloured.

Ted writes: 'Reaching the main entrance involved walking along the side of the building past the hotel's pizzeria (above), which wasn't open and was in partial darkness, adding to the air of despondency'

Ted writes: ‘Reaching the principle entrance concerned strolling alongside the aspect of the constructing previous the lodge’s pizzeria (above), which wasn’t open and was in partial darkness, including to the air of despondency’

The outside of the Britannia struck Ted as 'a murky block of gloom in need of sprucing up'

Some of the exterior was eroded and discoloured, Ted noticed

The surface of the Britannia struck Ted as ‘a murky block of gloom in want of sprucing up’. A few of the exterior was eroded and discoloured

Then the piece de resistance of the dystopian look appeared – an enormous blue skip proper by the principle entrance. 

Not a reassuring omen. 

However transfer previous the skip and also you’re handled to a little bit of glam. Actually, screw your eyes up and you can be at The Savoy. There are shiny polished brass handrails, a few statues, ‘The Worldwide’ is emblazoned in gold lettering on (what appears to be like like) black marble, and also you enter through a golden revolving door.

The skip standing sentinel by the Britannia International entrance, as seen by Ted on the approach from Canary Wharf Tube

The skip standing sentinel by the Britannia Worldwide entrance, as seen by Ted on the strategy from Canary Wharf Tube

Move past the skip, and you're 'treated to a bit of glam', says Ted, with The International emblazoned in gold lettering on (what looks like) black marble

You enter the Britannia International via a golden revolving door

Transfer previous the skip, and also you’re ‘handled to a little bit of glam’, says Ted, including: ‘Actually, screw your eyes up and you can be at The Savoy. There are shiny polished brass handrails, a few statues, “The Worldwide” is emblazoned in gold lettering on (what appears to be like like) black marble, and also you enter through a golden revolving door’

The lobby, pictured, is 'half-way to glamorous', says Ted

The foyer, pictured, is ‘half-way to glamorous’, says Ted

The foyer

Half-way to glamorous. There are chandeliers, extra statues (some metallic, some plastic), mirrors with ornate gold frames, fancy plaster work on the ceilings and plush jade-coloured sofas. 

However the luxurious vibe was marred considerably by garish warnings on the cheap-looking tables that ‘food and drinks’ are forbidden.

Checking in

I queued to examine in between basic pink ropes in entrance of the reception desk. The duty of getting my room keycard was easy sufficient, although I used to be stunned I needed to pay upfront for the room and £13.50 for a night meal at ‘Jenny’s’ restaurant. No clarification, both. The cardboard machine being pushed in direction of me was apparently ‘the reason’. 

The receptionist wasn’t impolite, however wasn’t precisely welcoming both. It felt like she was going by way of the motions. As I used to be signing in, a visitor rushed as much as the desk to declare that water was leaking by way of his bed room ceiling. It felt a bit Fawlty Towers at this level. Maybe the skip outdoors belonged to O’Reilly.

Journey to the room

Ted noted 'some haphazard interior design' on the way to his room (above)

Ted famous ‘some haphazard inside design’ on the best way to his room (above)

Plastic statues mark the entrance to one of the lifts in the Britannia lobby

Plastic statues mark the doorway to one of many lifts within the Britannia foyer

Two dirty glasses (pictured) from previous guests greeted Ted when he arrived at his room - No 844

Two soiled glasses (pictured) from earlier company greeted Ted when he arrived at his room – No 844

My room was No 844 and I took considered one of three lifts to get there. Within the house in entrance of the raise on the bottom flooring I famous some haphazard inside design, with three giant oriental metallic statues positioned between two fireplace extinguishers and a Covid hand-sanitising station.

The hall to my room had a musty odour blended with the whiff of air freshener and cigarettes. It’s a no-smoking lodge, however one of many company had clearly gone rogue and lit up. Dispiriting to see soiled glasses and cups outdoors a number of the rooms – together with mine.

Room

The bed room fashion Britannia appeared to be going for – ‘mildly miserable lodge room… anyplace’. Barely dreary, careworn and unremarkable. I believe the late nice Peter Prepare dinner would have mentioned it crammed him with inertia. There was a desk with drawers, two chairs on both aspect of a desk, two bedside drawer models, a wardrobe with sliding doorways and a toilet in varied shades of brown and gray with a shower and bathe hose connected to the faucets, and Britannia-branded toiletries.

The bed (above) in Ted's room is 'not luxurious, but fine', though his night's sleep was disturbed by a nearby guest slamming a door on and off

The mattress (above) in Ted’s room is ‘not luxurious, however wonderful’, although his night time’s sleep was disturbed by a close-by visitor slamming a door on and off

Furnishings darkish brown wooden. A chandelier supplied some continuity with the (partial) glam of the foyer. Air conditioning environment friendly with a simple-to-use management panel.

Any extras?

A flat-screen TV; a kettle with teabags and low and sachets of milk; a hairdryer; an ironing board.

Mattress comfortable?

Not luxurious, however wonderful.

Ted's bathroom came in 'various shades of brown and grey'

The bath and shower in Ted's room

The toilet got here in ‘varied shades of brown and gray with a shower and bathe hose connected to the faucets’

The Britannia-branded toiletries

The Britannia-branded toiletries

Room clear?

Spotless – aside from some brown stains on the wall by the bin, barely soiled home windows and a paint handprint on the toilet door body. The opposite bits of the room had been meticulously cleaned.

Did the UV torch reveal something?

Nothing sinister.

Something damaged?

Sure. A shoddy previous cellphone. The socket was partially ripped off the wall. 

Plus, the seat covers had been each ripped, a part of the wardrobe body was damaged and there have been a few main scratches on one of many bedside tables.

Britannia was deducted points for a broken phone socket

A handprint on a door frame in Ted's room

Britannia was deducted factors for bed room shoddiness and stains that included a damaged cellphone socket (left) and a handprint (proper)

Ted found unsightly scratches on a bedroom table

The wardrobe was in a state of disrepair

Ted discovered unpleasant scratches on a bed room desk (left) and the wardrobe was in a state of disrepair (proper)

The view from Ted's bedroom was 'not bad'

The room's tea and coffee-making facilities

The view from Ted’s bed room was ‘not unhealthy’ (left). Pictured proper are the room’s tea and coffee-making services

View – any good?

Not unhealthy. Largely of a skyscraper reverse, however I might clearly see the dock and Heron Quays DLR station.

Dinner – the meals and the eating house

Dine o'clock: Ted paid £13.50 for an evening meal at Jenny's Restaurant (pictured above)

Dine o’clock: Ted paid £13.50 for a night meal at Jenny’s Restaurant (pictured above)

Some of the seating at Jenny's had been placed in a 'charmless and pokey space' by the fire escape (above)

A few of the seating at Jenny’s had been positioned in a ‘charmless and pokey house’ by the hearth escape (above)

At Jenny's guests help themselves to a drink from a table by the entrance on the way in (above)

At Jenny’s company assist themselves to a drink from a desk by the doorway on the best way in (above)

The protocol at Jenny’s was easy: you instructed the employees member on the entrance your room quantity, helped your self to a glass of wine, water or juice from a close-by desk – business-function-style – then picked a desk and helped your self to the buffet.

Britannia has put some effort into the decor right here – there have been vivid yellow pillars, vibrant pictures of London and an previous rowing boat full with oars hanging from the ceiling. Nevertheless it wasn’t fairly sufficient to raise the look of the house past ramped-up college canteen. And it was let down by soiled home windows and being too sizzling.

Plus, a number of the tables had been positioned in a charmless, pokey house on the finish of the room by the hearth escape.

Ted describes the food at Jenny's (above) as 'pretty good' considering the price of £13.50

Ted describes the meals at Jenny’s (above) as ‘fairly good’ contemplating the worth of £13.50

Ted's main course of salmon and rice

Ted's apple crumble

Pictured left is Ted’s major course of salmon and rice. Pictured proper is his apple crumble. Each had been ‘pleasing’

Ted gives the crackers and cheese a thumbs up

Ted offers the crackers and cheese a thumbs up

On the upside, for a finances fare of £13.50, the meals was fairly good. I had salmon and rice, and famous that the fish was tasty and recent and the rice good and fluffy. For dessert, apple crumble and custard, which was pleasing. And crackers and cheese. Once more, a thumbs up.

My glass of pink wine, not so good – too heat and sharp. I’d love to call the perpetrator, however Britannia solely lists its wine as ‘home pink’ and ‘home white’.

A great night time’s sleep afterwards?

Not unhealthy, although the hearth alarm briefly went off at round 10pm. A bit disconcerting. And company in a close-by room had been slamming a door on and off till the early hours, which woke me up a few occasions.

Breakfast

Breakfast was served at Jenny's Restaurant. Ted notes that Britannia has 'put some effort into the decor here'

Breakfast was served at Jenny’s Restaurant. Ted notes that Britannia has ‘put some effort into the decor right here’

The breakfast spread was big

Sausages, bacon and beans were on offer in the morning

The breakfast unfold was large, with egg choices, plus sausages, bacon and beans on supply

The Britannia International breakfast liquid refreshments

The toast options at the Britannia

These pictures present the Britannia Worldwide breakfast liquid-refreshment and toast choices

Ted says of his breakfast: 'I was happy with my pain au chocolat; fried egg, beans and sausage (though the sausage tasted processed); orange juice and machine coffee'

Ted says of his breakfast: ‘I used to be proud of my ache au chocolat; fried egg, beans and sausage (although the sausage tasted processed); orange juice and machine espresso’

One of the unhelpful sockets in Ted's bedroom

One of many unhelpful sockets in Ted’s bed room

Good morning, Jenny’s. Nonetheless too heat, however once more, the meals was fairly good. I used to be proud of my ache au chocolat; fried egg, beans and sausage (although the sausage tasted processed); orange juice and machine espresso.

Wi-Fi

Ridiculous Wi-Fi coverage for this point in time. Visitors get two free 20-minute classes or pay £7 for twenty-four hours entry. I paid £7, reluctantly, however as soon as I used to be signed on, it was quick and trouble-free.

Connections within the bed room

Infuriating. The one plug sockets for laptops/telephones by the mattress had been utilized by the lamps, they usually weren’t common plug sockets, however European-style interfaces.

There was a spare one on this fashion in a nook, so additionally ineffective. The TV and the kettle on the wall reverse the mattress used common plugs, so I unplugged the previous to cost my cellphone.

Total look

In the morning Ted discovered that dirty plates, glasses and rubbish had been left in public spaces from the night before

Within the morning Ted found that soiled plates, glasses and garbage had been left in public areas from the night time earlier than

The Britannia is just a few minutes by foot from the DLR (Docklands Light Railway), the Tube and the Elizabeth line

The Britannia is just some minutes by foot from the DLR (Docklands Gentle Railway), the Tube and the Elizabeth line

The surface was gloomy, the skip a monstrosity and whereas the décor was, on the one hand, generally glamorous, Britannia cheapened the impact with garish, typically peeling, notices and warnings.

And soiled plates, glasses and garbage had been left in public areas from the night time earlier than. And never simply within the corridors outdoors rooms. I sauntered across the bar and lobby earlier than and after breakfast at simply previous 7am and noticed an empty vodka bottle on a desk, plus soiled plates and glasses in quite a few spots.

Testing – easy?

Extraordinarily easy. I simply needed to depart my keycard on the desk and skip out to the skip.

Something in regards to the lodge that frightened you?

Nothing, although I did discover the ambiance at night time a bit unnerving, what with the slamming door and the hearth alarm.

Any memorable additional touches?

None.

Clientele – who was in there with you?

American college students and their academics, workmen, a few businessmen, and some others who appeared a bit… edgy.

Workers – pleasant?

All courteous.

Location

Ted paid £101 for a double room with a view, including breakfast. Who was there with him? 'American students and their teachers, workmen, a couple of businessmen, and a few others who seemed a bit... edgy'

Ted paid £101 for a double room with a view, together with breakfast. Who was there with him? ‘American college students and their academics, workmen, a few businessmen, and some others who appeared a bit… edgy’

The lodge is just some minutes by foot from the DLR (Docklands Gentle Railway), the Tube and the Elizabeth line. And there are many choices for leisure and eating in Canary Wharf.

SCORES OUT OF FIVE: Look – 2. Cleanliness – 2. Services – 2. Customer support – 3. Communal areas – 2. Bed room – 3. Eating and drinks – 3. Wi-Fi – 2. Worth for cash – 3. Total rating – 49 per cent. 

Ted paid £101 for a double room with a view, which included breakfast. With dinner, his invoice got here to £114.50. Go to www.britanniahotels.com/resorts/the-international-hotel for extra.

PREMIER INN CAMBRIDGE EAST. REVIEWER – AILBHE MACMAHON

Ailbhe MacMahon checked into Premier Inn Cambridge East, pictured, which lies around a 20-minute walk from the heart of Cambridge

Ailbhe MacMahon checked into Premier Inn Cambridge East, pictured, which lies round a 20-minute stroll from the center of Cambridge

Ailbhe, pictured, stayed in a Premier Plus double room

Ailbhe, pictured, stayed in a Premier Plus double room

Exterior – first impressions upon arrival?

I approached the constructing from the River Cam, so my preliminary sighting of it was from throughout the comparatively busy A1134 ring street. 

The very first thing I seen was that it’s immediately reverse a Travelodge (a lodge chain that got here seventeenth within the Which? survey). The constructing itself is made of sunshine stone and appears trendy.

The foyer

A number of pure gentle, clear and full of Premier Inn’s signature purple branding. 

There was a nod made to the lodge’s setting in Cambridge with a mural of graduates throwing off their hats, with a message saying: ‘Stroll within the footsteps of a number of the biggest minds in historical past earlier than discovering an incredible night time’s sleep.’ Good lounge house with low chairs by the check-in desk.

In the lobby, there was a nod made to the hotel's setting in Cambridge with a mural of graduates throwing off their hats

Within the foyer, there was a nod made to the lodge’s setting in Cambridge with a mural of graduates throwing off their hats 

The view of the closed bar area at the entrance

The lobby was filled with Premier Inn's signature purple branding, Ailbhe reveals

On the left is the view of the closed bar space on the entrance. The foyer was full of Premier Inn’s signature purple branding, Ailbhe reveals

'The staff were pleasant and booked me in for dinner,' Ailbhe says of her check-in process

A  lounge space with low chairs by the check-in desk

‘The employees had been nice and booked me in for dinner,’ Ailbhe says of her check-in course of. On the appropriate is a lounge house with low chairs by the check-in desk

Ailbhe found that the hallways smelled nice - there was a machine installed in the ceiling that was expelling some kind of fragrance

Ailbhe discovered that the hallways smelled good – there was a machine put in within the ceiling that was expelling some type of perfume

Checking in

No issues. The employees had been nice and booked me in for dinner.

Journey to the room

The hallways smelled good – there was a machine put in within the ceiling that was expelling some type of perfume. Noticed some mud balls within the blinds on the very finish of the corridor.

Room

Spacious and fairly trendy. It had a grey-and-blue color scheme with pops of purple. A strip of purple lighting behind the mattress gave the room a pleasant moody impact. There was a vibrant print by the painter Sam Smith on the wall, an armchair with an ottoman, an arrogance desk with a Hollywood-style light-up mirror, a desk, and an enormous flat-screen TV. The ground-to-ceiling home windows crammed the room with gentle. Lavatory was vivid and white with a shower and a rainfall bathe.

Ailbhe's Premier Plus room. A strip of purple lighting behind the bed gave the room a nice moody effect, she says. On the wall was a colourful print by the painter Sam Smith

Ailbhe’s Premier Plus room. A strip of purple lighting behind the mattress gave the room a pleasant moody impact, she says. On the wall was a vibrant print by the painter Sam Smith

Pictured is a view of the desk. The floor-to-ceiling windows filled the room with light, Ailbhe writes

Pictured is a view of the desk. The ground-to-ceiling home windows crammed the room with gentle, Ailbhe writes

'Everything seemed brand new,' Ailbhe says

The vanity table with a Hollywood-style light-up mirror

‘Every part appeared model new,’ Ailbhe says. To the left of the picture on the appropriate is the self-importance desk with a Hollywood-style light-up mirror 

An armchair with an ottoman in the corner of the room

Miniature Green & Black's chocolate bars and a Nespresso machine were among the perks in the room

An armchair with an ottoman within the nook of the room (left). Miniature Inexperienced & Black’s chocolate bars and a Nespresso machine had been among the many perks within the room (proper)

'The bathroom was bright and white with a bath and a rainfall shower,' says Ailbhe

‘The toilet was vivid and white with a shower and a rainfall bathe,’ says Ailbhe 

Ailbhe's 'not great' view of a rival hotel -  Travelodge, which came 17th in the Which? survey

Ailbhe’s ‘not nice’ view of a rival lodge –  Travelodge, which got here seventeenth within the Which? survey

Any extras?

Miniature Inexperienced & Black’s chocolate bars, a Nespresso machine, toiletries by the British model Damana and an ironing board.

Mattress comfortable?

Extraordinarily comfortable. The bedding was prime quality and the mattress was of fine firmness, plus the mattress itself was actually extensive.

And the way clear was the room?

Tremendous clear, although the home windows regarded like they might do with a wash.

Did the UV torch reveal something?

Nothing.

Something damaged?

No – actually, every little thing appeared model new.

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View – any good?

Not nice. A direct view of a rival – Travelodge.

Dinner – the meals and the eating house

The bar and dining space were cosy with lots of hanging lights and patterned wallpaper

The bar and eating house had been cosy with plenty of hanging lights and patterned wallpaper

Framed prints on the walls and a generous scattering of cushions gave the bar and restaurant a cheerful, homely atmosphere

Framed prints on the partitions and a beneficiant scattering of cushions gave the bar and restaurant a cheerful, homely ambiance

Ailbhe's 'filling and flavoursome' vegetarian sweet potato and spinach curry, with a slightly disappointing naan bread under the poppadom

A  'chocolate brownie sundae' dessert. Guests can get a two-course dinner, plus a drink, plus breakfast the following morning for £24.99

Left is Ailbhe’s ‘filling and flavoursome’ vegetarian candy potato and spinach curry, with a barely disappointing naan bread below the poppadom. Pictured proper is a ‘chocolate brownie sundae’ dessert. Visitors can get a two-course dinner, plus a drink, plus breakfast the next morning for £24.99

Prints and mirrors hanging up on the restaurant's wall

Prints and mirrors hanging up on the restaurant’s wall 

The bar and eating house had been cosy with plenty of hanging lights and patterned wallpaper. Framed prints on the partitions and a beneficiant scattering of cushions gave it a cheerful, homely ambiance. Nevertheless, the carpet regarded a bit drained – there was a big darkish stain on it. 

Throughout dinner, the standard chef was on vacation, apparently, so there was a restricted menu, however there was nonetheless a very good breadth of dishes out there for vegetarians, vegans and youngsters. The restaurant appeared understaffed – there was over a 20-minute wait between ordering a drink and it being delivered to my desk. That mentioned, the ready employees had been actually well mannered, checked in on me and apologised for the wait.

I ordered a (large) serving of vegetarian candy potato and spinach curry and a ‘chocolate brownie sundae’ dessert – every little thing was filling and flavoursome, thought the curry was let down a bit by the naan bread, which tasted prefer it was from a packet. No complaints about my drink – a glass of Steammaker Malbec from Argentina.

Total, it was worth for cash. You may get a two-course dinner, plus a drink, plus breakfast the next morning for £24.99.

A great night time’s sleep afterwards?

Slept very soundly. Wakened as soon as to decrease the room temperature utilizing the air con panel on the wall, which was simple to do. The room was very properly sound-proofed too – I didn’t hear a peep from some other company, although the lodge was apparently totally booked.

Breakfast

Premier Inn's breakfast offers a 'good spread of dishes'. Above are hot dishes such as eggs, sausages, rashers, hash brown and tomato

Premier Inn’s breakfast presents a ‘good unfold of dishes’. Above are sizzling dishes corresponding to eggs, sausages, rashers, hash brown and tomato

Bowls of red berries and chopped fruit salad with organic yoghurts

A mix of breakfast cereals to choose from

Left are bowls of pink berries and chopped fruit salad with natural yoghurts. Pictured proper is a mixture of breakfast cereals to select from

Pictured are the baskets of pastries that can be warmed upon request

Ailbhe got a coffee from the machine, pictured

Pictured left are the hampers of pastries that may be warmed upon request. Ailbhe acquired a espresso from the machine, pictured proper 

Ailbhe's breakfast - fried egg with beans, tomato and mushrooms. 'For £9.50 for an unlimited breakfast, you could fill yourself up for the day,' she says

Ailbhe’s breakfast – fried egg with beans, tomato and mushrooms. ‘For £9.50 for an infinite breakfast, you can fill your self up for the day,’ she says

Good worth and a very good unfold of dishes – sizzling dishes corresponding to eggs, sausages, rashers, hash brown and tomato; pastries that may be warmed upon request; recent bagels and a mixture of cereals. There was additionally a bowl of pink berries and chopped fruit salad, natural yoghurts, and dairy-free milk for vegans too.

I had a espresso from the machine, some orange juice and a few Yeo Valley Greek yoghurt, adopted by a fried egg with beans, tomato and mushrooms. The new meals might have been hotter however every little thing tasted completely good. Once more, it was sensible worth – for £9.50 for an infinite breakfast, you can fill your self up for the day.

Wi-Fi

There was free Wi-Fi out there for all company. I used the upgraded ‘Final Wi-Fi’ that was a part of the package deal with Premier Plus rooms and prices £5 for twenty-four hours. It was quick sufficient however not tremendous speedy – it took slightly below a minute to obtain an app (Netflix) onto my cellphone – normally, with a robust connection, it might take me round 15 seconds to obtain the identical app.

Connections

Actually good. Handily, there have been USB ports subsequent to the mattress for charging your cellphone. A number of plug sockets had been put in each subsequent to the mattress and across the room.

Total look

Ailbhe says that the  restaurant carpet looked a bit tired – there was a large dark stain on it

Ailbhe spotted some dust balls in the blinds at the very end of a hallway

Ailbhe says that the restaurant carpet (left) regarded a bit drained – there was a big darkish stain on it. On the appropriate are some mud balls that she noticed within the blinds on the very finish of a hallway

Crumbs left on the floor and on a table at breakfast

Crumbs left on the ground and on a desk at breakfast

Communal areas had been neat and nice. I did spot a large number of crumbs on the ground at breakfast, the stain on the restaurant carpet and the mud within the hallways – however these had been all small housekeeping points that might have been all the way down to understaffing. Premier Inn’s actual energy is within the bedrooms, that are engaging, comfy and regarded.

Testing – easy?

Simply popped my room key right into a plastic field by the door. Very useful.

Something in regards to the lodge that worries you?

Nothing.

Any memorable additional touches?

The waitress at dinner kindly provided recommendations on the place to go in Cambridge, recommending completely different bars for reside music.

Clientele – who was in there with you?

The bulk had been households with younger youngsters, some older {couples}, just a few lone travellers, and one priest.

Workers – pleasant on the entire?

Very pleasant however appeared stretched a bit skinny.

Location

Handy sufficient. It’s round a 20-minute stroll to the center of Cambridge – plus one other 5 minutes in case you take the scenic route by the river – or a 10-minute bus experience.

SCORES OUT OF FIVE: Look – 4. Cleanliness – 4. Services – 5. Customer support – 4. Communal areas – 4. Bed room – 5. Eating and drinks – 4. Wi-Fi – 3. Worth for cash – 4. Rating – 82 per cent. 

Value for a Premier Plus double room – from £35. With breakfast and dinner, from £59.99. To go to, go to www.premierinn.com