Monday, 4 July 2016

Premier Inn Tenby - Hotel Review

The other day my husband surprised me with an overnight stay in Tenby, West Wales. Tenby is a beautiful beachside town known for its picturesque harbour. Every summer as a child I used to visit Tenby with my family. We were very working class and had little money, so we always stayed in a tent. They were great times, waking up to the smell of my dad cooking bacon on a little camping stove and sitting on a deck chair drinking tea and eating a fried breakfast.


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!
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27 comments

  1. I stayed in a premier inn in London once and thought it was great, albeit a bit noisy! If only ever stayed in travel lodges before, but I'd definitely go for premier inn again x

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  2. Sounds like a great weekend away. I agree go wrong with a Premier Inn.

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    1. I don't think you can really as long as you know what to expect. It's not the Ritz but it's clean, comfortable, modern.

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  3. I've stayed in Premier Inns on a few occasions and have always had a positive experience. Even budget friendly hotels can pull it off with the added extras like free wiFi, it always go down well. Great review ��

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  4. We stayed at the Gatwick North Premiere Inn last month before an early morning flight and I was very happy with our stay. A firm comfortable bed. I actually like the dispenser on the wall with the soap/shampoo because I try to live as zero waste a lifestyle as possible and the amount of those little shampoo and body wash containers that must end up in landfill usually gets me quite cross when I think about it! We have a 16 month old and they set up a lovely little cot for our daughter. Even the restaurant wasn't quite as dire as I'd anticipated it to be (it was Gatwick North and was really our only option) and in fact I'd say it was a nice meal, with friendly staff and they catered to our daughter really well. What a sweet treat for your husband to book a little trip away for the two of you. Its nice to know that romance is alive and well!

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    1. We've stayed there and yes it was totally fine. He can be romantic on times, but I think he was making up for upsetting me the week before! Ha Ha!

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  5. I go to Wales a lot but have never been to Tenby, it looks lovely and it's great they have a Premier Inn as they are such good value for money.

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    1. Tenby is stunning, it's one of my favourite places in the whole world.

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  6. We stayed here with the kids and loved it. Great location. We had the breakfast and it was fantastic x

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    1. I didn't try the breakfast. I think for a budget hotel it's head and shoulders about other ones.

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  7. Every time I look at staying here for a night out or event in Tenby it is fully booked! I am sure there is some parking next to Poundland at a special rate for Premier Inn - I pass it every day, but I might be mistaken. Lovely review. Kaz x

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    1. That's because it's value for money I think.

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  8. Great review! I don't think I've stayed in a Premier Inn before but it looks lovely x

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  9. This looks like a very cozy and nice hotel, I love bed and breakfast! I have never been to Tenby before but it sure sounds lovely x

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  10. I love Tenby, I tend to go for hotels with sea views tho, the Premier does look lovely x

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  11. I've heard lots of good things about Tenby, and I bloody love a premier inn! You just can't go wrong with them. How pretty is the outside as well. Lovely photos and review :) x

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  12. I love Tenby but I'm still not sure about Bluestone so this would be a great alternative for me, Caitlin and Ieuan. I've said I'll take them away whilst Mat is working as he can't take more than a week or so off. It'll be a loooooong 6 weeks otherwise!

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    1. Try the Premier Inn then Linda. I've been to Tenby every year since I was a child.

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  13. I have never stayed in a Premier Inn but would be tempted now - thank you. We tend to stay in a travel lodge if needed so it is great to know the alternative. Tenby looks lovely too :)

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    1. I do prefer a Premier Inn to be honest.

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  14. We love staying in Premier Inns and have stayed in lots up and down the country. We've never had a bad experience and love their newly furnished rooms. Tenby looks so familiar!

    Laura x

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  15. I haven't stayed in a premier inn before but definitely would after reading this. Tenby look lovely! X

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  16. This sounds like a lovely premier inn. We have stayed in a few over the years visiting my sister and would always go back x

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