There's a lot to like about the Premier Inn in Kendal. The central location is great and you can walk straight into the town's shopping centre and restaurants, just 5mins away. It's also a brilliant overnight stop for the Southern Lakes - you know what you're getting with Premier Inn and, in our case, we got it for just £29 per room.
The actual site is tight for space - the designers have squeezed the Premier Inn onto a small plot. The car park is too small for everyone but, to be fair, they tell you this on the website and the staff telephoned me a couple of days before arrival to explain it again and offer alternative parking. At the weekend their suggestions were close by and free, so we unloaded our stuff and parked the car nearby. It does feel a tiny bit claustrophobic though, but that's the deal with a central location I guess, so we're cool with that.
The staff were professional, did the usual Premier Inn welcome thing etc. The hotel was very clean and well maintained. But this is a more recent Premier Inn and so has been built to a tighter budget than some of the older ones. Very energy efficient lighting takes a little while to warm up, no standard lamp, LED reading lamps instead of bedside lamps, no couch but just a single chair and very small flat screen tv. It's a bit austere and Premier Inn need to just be careful they don't slip over the fine line of becoming like Travel Lodge. They're getting close to the line but haven't crossed it yet. Back to the positives, at £29 per room, the shower had superb pressure and flow making for a great wake up in the morning!
We booked two rooms for our family which, oddly, were miles apart on different floors - weird and shame as you want the kids close by.
The breakfast was a mixed bag. The layout of the breakfast area was good with no mad scrum. Everything was well stocked so the continental choice is the one to choose. We all chose the cooked option as there were no hot plates and we thought everything would be freshly cooked to order (well, almost everything). But the food, when it came was just warm and the sausages looked undercooked & pink. We explained this to the staff who noted it but didn't go the extra mile to do much more (like apologise). It's a shame because otherwise they all did a good job in a busy breakfast restaurant.
Would I stay again? Yes, this Premier Inn is a decent package offered at a superb price in a great location for South Lakes. I would avoid the cooked breakfasts which, on balance, more often are a disappointment than a success at Premier Inns. I really must learn and pay the smaller charge for the continental which, almost always is lovely.
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- Our Kendal Central Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite Table Table restaurant for a fresh new twist on eating out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Kendal Central Hotel Kendal
- Premier Inn Kendal Central Hotel Lake District