I stayed for one night at the Premier Inn Elgin, on the third night of my Summer 2010 Scotland Blog Tour, on a complimentary basis. It’s located a couple of miles from the town centre, just off the main road from Inverness. There’s a restaurant attached to the Premier Inn but apart from a McDonalds close by, you’d have to drive into Elgin for a choice of restaurants. You should try to go into Elgin to see Elgin Cathedral and the Biblical Gardens.
Premier Inn Elgin exterior
I was allocated a room facing the car park at the back of the hotel, a good distance from the road, so didn’t hear any exterior noise. I thought my room was looking a bit tired and the chairs had seen better days, one had a stain on the cushion and both were worn and grubby around the ends of the armrests. The bathroom was showing some signs of wear too around the sink and bath plug holes. In my opinion, Premier Inn really can’t claim they are a superior budget brand on the basis of a room like this.
There are only two sachets of regular coffee, two teabags and four small pots of milk (no biscuits) in a Premier Inn room, which seems a bit skimpy. You’re told at reception that you can ask for more supplies but once you’re settled in your room, you don’t really feel like trailing down to reception again. The bed was very comfy so I did have a good sleep.
My room at Premier Inn Elgin
Breakfast at the Premier Inn Elgin was not an enjoyable affair. Serving hours are 7 – 9am on weekdays and 8 – 10am at weekends, which I don’t think is late enough for leisure travellers. I reckon breakfast should be served until 10am on weekdays and 11am at weekends. Anyway, I turned up at 8.20 and had to wait for about 10 minutes to be shown to a table. I ordered my cooked breakfast and had some cereal and yoghurt from the buffet. Every time I went to the buffet table something was missing e.g. no hot water, no cups or no milk. I didn’t see croissants or fresh fruit salad on any of my visits to the buffet table. I went to the buffet table at 9.15 to get some more toast and tea and everything but everything had been cleared away. I spoke to some other guests who were also a bit bemused by the fact that their breakfast had come to an abrupt end.
Premier Inn quote room only rates, a full breakfast costs Â£7.75 and a continental breakfast is Â£5.25, kids under 16 eat free with accompanying adults. I asked if the restaurant had wifi and was informed it didn’t. Fortunately I have an 02 mobile broadband subscription which costs Â£15 a month for up to 3GB, as Premier Inn charge guests a hefty Â£5 for an hour or Â£12 for 24 hours for internet access.
If you need a bed for the night in the Elgin area and can find a cheap room at Premier Inn (rooms start from Â£29 a night), fair enough, the rooms aren’t that bad, but certainly not really premier. Just make sure that you go for breakfast early.
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