Since those days I visit Tenby every year, usually taking a day trip from where i live only a short drive away and occasionally staying in a bed and breakfast. The hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation in Tenby varies a lot, with many places being, dare I say it, old fashioned, and the prices in the Summer season very high. I always thought Tenby needed a modern and fresh hotel that doesn't cost the earth.
So last Friday while chatting to my husband, he let something slip, he had booked us a night away in a hotel in Tenby on Sunday, in the Premier Inn.
The Premier Inn opened in Tenby in January 2015 but we had not had a chance to stay there yet, so I was excited to try out the hotel and stay overnight.
After the hour and a half drive we arrived In Tenby. here is a top tip - there is no parking at the hotel so do as we did and park at the local multi storey car park next to Sainsburys which is only £3 for 24 hours. After a short five minute walk we arrived at the hotel.
Photo credit Premier Inn
The Premier Inn is well situated in Tenby, close to Tenby North Beach and only a 30 second walk from the sea front. Check in was quick and straight forward and the reception manager was pleasant and helpful.
The room itself was in good condition, and decorated in muted tones of beige and purple. Compared to other budget hotels I thought the room was quite spacious and of a good standard. There were a couple of marks on the carpet and walls but not enough to bother us at all.
The bathroom had a bath with an over shower but not a power shower, and modern fixtures and fittings on the bath, sink and toilet. Hand wash and shower gel comes from a dispenser on a wall. This probably keeps costs down but gives it the air of a budget hotel, using individual toiletries would make it feel more luxurious.
The prints on the wall were stylish and modern and in keeping with the colours used in decorating the room.
The bed looked comfy and had a soft headboard in a modern style. There was only one pillow each on the double bed, but there were extra pillows in the room. The chain make a point of having both soft and hard pillows in each bedroom to personalise the experience for the customer.
The room was equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, the cups and glasses were clean, and the kettle new although I think there could have been more tea bags, as there were only two in the room and two coffee sachets.
There was a chaise lounge in the corner, which you could have used to sleep a child as well as using it as a sofa and there was a table and a chair. The room was equipped with an iron and a small open area to hang clothes as well as some drawers.
The media hub on the wall was an excellent idea and this was extremely useful for charging our phones. I've only seen this is hotels of a higher price point before so well done Premier Inn! Also the TV was excellent, being a flat screen TV and also bonus points for giving free Wi-Fi in the rooms too. The Wi-Fi was a little spotty however, and if you needed to stream films or download a lot I would recommend getting the premium Wi-Fi at £5 a day.
We didn't eat in the restaurant but thought the all you can eat breakfast at £8.99 appeared good value for a hotel, whilst a continental breakfast was £6.99. When you consider you can easily spend £4 on a coffee and a croissant in a cafe then the prices were fine. Also as two under 16's can eat free with every adult that orders the full Premier Inn breakfast then you can see why this chain appeals to families. The hotel also serves food in the evening and the menu looked good, serving a selection of pizza, burgers and steaks as well as appetizers and desserts.
That night we both slept well. The window did not open and I thought that maybe an issue but the air conditioning was efficient and the room wasn't too warm. The Hypnos bed was extremely comfortable and the duvet was cosy without being too warm.
The Premier Inn offer a 'Good Night Guarantee' on their website. If you don't have a good night's sleep they will refund your money (terms and conditions do apply).
When we checked out the next day, by leaving our key cards at reception, we both said we would stay again. Whilst it isn't the most luxurious hotel in the world, the room was a decent size, the flat screen TV and media hub most welcome, the decor pleasant and the bed very comfortable. For £87 a night you can't really go wrong with a Premier Inn.
Tenby at last has a modern and convenient hotel, that doesn't cost the earth. Well done Premier Inn, you've done well!