I stayed at the Premier Inn Edinburgh South Queensferry on a Thursday night in early May 2015. I paid £35 on the non-refundable advance booking rate, booked on the Premier Inn website.
I’d stayed at the hotel a couple of years ago, when I thought that it was looking a little tired, but I read that the rooms had since been refurbished.
Now, although technically the town of South Queensferry falls within the City of Edinburgh boundary, it lies 10 miles west of the city centre. It’s a good location if you have an early departure or late return from Edinburgh Airport, as outwith rush hour, it takes around ten minutes to drive from the hotel to the airport.
On arrival at the Premier Inn Edinburgh South Queensferry in the early evening, it was hard to find a space in the car park, which is shared with the adjacent Brewer’s Fayre restaurant.
I was allocated a room on the second (top) floor at the front of the hotel. My room had a good view of the construction of the Queensferry Crossing, as well as the current Forth Road Bridge.
According to the receptionist, Premier Inn spent £13,000 per room on the refurbishment. It was looking great. There was a well padded golden headboard above the bed. The sofa looked brand new and the Hypnos bed was very comfy.
The desk was large and had plenty of electrical sockets in which to charge my netbook and mobile phones.
The orientation of the room worked well. it was sunny in the evening, with a welcome lack of morning sunshine. I tried to open the window, but it seemed to be sealed, I assume that was because the room had air-con.
The bathroom was looking fresh, but still had a shower curtain. I think that Premier Inn should’ve put in a shower screen.
For me, the new and refurbished Premier Inns offer as high a standard of room as I need. Plus, the 2pm check-in and 12 noon check-out times are some of the best in the industry. If you can get a room for around £30 a night, it’s good value for money. But with rooms in most of the Premier Inns in Edinburgh often costing between £70 – £100 a night, even on the non-refundable Saver rate, I wouldn’t classify Premier Inn as a budget hotel chain.