Booked this at the last minute as there was fog forecast on the M40 the following morning so decided to drive up the previous evening. As others have said, not the easiest to find even with satnav (hard to know exactly where you are on the Coventry ring road if you are doing this for the first time).
First impressions - there are acres of parking outside, why no cars? Is anyone at home? Thankfully I had read the reviews so was aware of the short-term parking issues but not the details. I was greeted by a very helpful member of staff who proceeded to introduce me to a machine to check me in. (I can see the day coming when the members of staff are superfluous and you get fined for not using the check-in machines fast enough...). That all worked fine and I managed to find my room, leave my bags and return to my car and move it within the 30 minute allocated timespan so avoided the £100 fine. A bit like playing Monopoly, once you know the rules. Back from the car park, used the wrong ticket machine so paid £5 not £4.50 for my parking (the correct machine is inside the hotel lobby and yes this had been pointed out to me but not easy to get all this right late at night after a 2 hour drive). Thankfully did not oversleep (see some of the one star reviews for this hotel) so also managed to get up in time for breakfast, eat it, and leave within the 12 hour allocated slot thus finally avoiding the £100 fine for the second time.
The hotel is good, the parking is not. I would not choose to stay here again for that simple reason. Sorry Premier Inn. You need to change this.
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