THEN OPT FOR A SCARBOROUGH PREMIER INN STAYCATION
Over the years I have stayed at literally dozens of Premier Inns both on business and for leisure and pleasure.
Like most hotel chains the location, service and ambience varies – but one thing is always consistent the comfort, spaciousness and cleanliness of their rooms.
The Scarborough South Bay Hotel is no exception and is ideal for a short staycation. There are few Premier Inns where one can come step outside the hotel and come face to face with a magnificent cliff top view of the sea.
Another plus that makes this hotel unique is that it is just so convenient for everything in Scarborough. Within minutes you can walk from the Railway Station, explore the great shopping area, or take a ride on the funicular down to the beach – or if you are feeling energetic walk down the cliff path to the beautiful Victorian Scarborough Spa buildings.
Buses are only minutes away outside the Brunswick Centre and from the shopping area again its only around 10 minutes walk down Eastborough to the harbour. Then you may like to take an open top bus ride to the North Bay with the famous Open Air Theatre or visit The Sea Life Centre.
Car Parking can be difficult at Bank Holidays but normally there’s room in the Palm Court Car Park just opposite or in the Falconers Road Car Park. The Brunswick Centre has a daytime car park – so if you want to move your car around after 6.pm that’s a reasonable option.
We chose the Palm Court Car Park as its undercover and was around £10 for 24 hours, which to big city motorists like us was just so cheap and the price you’d pay for two or three hours in most cities.
The check-in was seamless and quick as our booking had been made on line. One thing I have always liked about Premier Inns, especially when I travel on my own, is the security with access to stairs and lifts by your key card.
Our room was typical of a Premier Inn Room with the most comfortable bed imaginable – yes their T.V. advertising was no lie their beds are sheer bliss – and take this from a travel writer who has slept in over a thousand hotel bedrooms world wide over the years from boutique b and b’s to five star and above.
There was plenty of room for a lap top on the large, long desk and for my makeup – although there is a well lit mirror unit with a shelf for hair straighteners, brushes, hair products and makeup in all the rooms.
The desk also had plenty of space for the room tea and coffee, cups and kettle. A real plus about the room was copious amount of plug sockets, something that sometimes hotels lack.
I loved the digital T.V. which had a good selection of channels and there was free Wi-Fi, which was adequate but because of the nature of our jobs we decided to pay the £5 upgrade for 24 hours which gave us a faster service on our devices.
Storage was good with good hanging space and boxes at the side for things that didn’t need hanging plus a row of coat pegs for heavier coats or jackets.
We had a bath and shower but one thing that was missing as a slip mat for the bath and we were unable to get one at reception – I ended up going to buy one at the shops as the bath really was very slippery.
When I visit a Premier Inn I always buy the meal deal when I book as its such value and often if you don’t know the area it’s the best option. The deal includes breakfast a two course meal – either starter and main or main and sweet and a drink, from selected items on the menu and full breakfast.
The Brewers Fayre Restaurant at the Premier Inn is very popular with non residents and locals so it makes sense at any time to book your table. A plus thing about the restaurant is that hotel residents can get to it without going outside.
There is normally a great and very large selection of meals but after lockdown the menu is now not as comprehensive.
Our evening meal choices were from the Classics menu – a grilled gammon steak and chicken tikka curry. Both were excellent value. The curry my partner said had an excellent flavour and came with a warm nan and a crispy poppadum, rice and mango chutney.
My gammon was tasty, moist and perfectly cooked with my egg as requested well done. It was served with pineapple but unfortunately the chips were rather cold and greasy.
My partner went for the starter of garlic mushrooms, which he said only tasted minimal of garlic and were not very warm, whilst I was over the moon with my sweet course of a chocolate Sundae made with crumbled kit-kat – it was certainly my heaven on a plate.
The restaurant’s wine list fits the establishment well with a good selection of wines, beers and non alcoholic drinks.
Our evening meal was certainly good value and after a good night’s sleep we were looking forward to breakfast.
Breakfast is the one thing that Premier Inn seems to fall down on. Not on the actual food but the service. In fact over the last five years I have only experienced one Premier Inn where the service and house-keeping of the dining room at breakfast time was good.
There never seems to be enough staff and the staff always seem to have excuses, you get the impressions they don’t want to be there it seems and see the guests requests as something of a trouble. There’s always the same excuse everyone comes down at once – even when the restaurant is half empty and its not a busy period.
The number of times I have experienced guests waiting up to 15 minutes whilst crockery and cups for the breakfast bar are brought out, counters that need sprucing up or wiping, dishes that are empty on both hot and cold food, empty juice and milk jugs and so the list goes on. The best one so far was one of the chain’s hotels last January who said there was no bread as they had run out!!!!!!!!!
At breakfast it was not particularly busy but again things could have done with sprucing up on the buffet. But the biggest thing that annoyed some guests was the length of wait time after ordering their breakfast. We waited 35 minutes but other guests were still waiting for breakfast 45 to 50 minutes after ordering and some even left without waiting any longer.
Thankfully when our breakfast arrived it was hot and good and plenty of it.
Premier Inn at Scarborough I think is a great location as its central for just about everything you could want winter or summer. It can be a bit noisy outside in high season but you just don’t notice it as the hotel is well sound-proofed – and after all that is the seaside isn’t it.
If you want to be quiet then perhaps the newly opened North Bay Premier Inn is for you. But take my tip as a professional travel writer – Premier Inns are great value for what they offer and in Scarborough this one is the tops.
Premier Inn, Falconers Road, Scarborough YO11 2EW. Tel: 0333321 9228
Liz Coggins is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers
PLEASE NOTE LIZ COGGINS STAY WAS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE LOCKDOWN. THE CHAIN, SINCE IT OPENED IN JULY, NOW FULLY ABIDES BY THE GOVERNMENT’S AND HYGIENE REGULATIONS FOR COVID 19. THESE INCLUDE FLOOR MARKINGS, SCREENS AT CHECK IN, KEY BOXES, HAND SANITIZERS THROUGHOUT THE HOTEL. THE RESTAURANT NOW OPERATES A SMALLER MENU AND ALL BREAKFAST IS TABLE SERVICE.