My wife and I have now stayed at the Penny Street Bridge Hotel on four separate occasions. The fact that every time we have a short break in Lancaster we choose the 'PSB' as it is called by staff and regulars alike for me says as much as what I will write below. In short it does the job and it does it acceptably well.
We first stayed in September 2010 and had a wonderful room on the curved corner of the building with one of the best views I have encountered from a hotel bedroom. Situated on the corner of Penny Street and Aldcliffe Road the room overlooked the Lancaster Canal, the old "road to the South", the A6 and across towards the old Lancaster (Greaves) railway station listed building. Our second stay didn't have quite such a good view but the room was just as good although my wife found that the noise coming from the Republic night club on the other side of Penny Street stopped her getting a good sleep on this visit. When we checked out she mentioned this and we were recommended to ask for a room to the rear the next time.
And so the next two stays we have asked for a room to the rear of the hotel and this request being granted my wife has enjoyed a good night's sleep ever since. The two rear rooms we have had were somewhat smaller than those with the great views at the front but nevertheless just as good a standard and the smaller rooms are available now at a less expensive rate. I would say that the air conditioning/heating pods in all the rooms we have stayed in are somewhat troublesome and it might be a good idea to have an aircon engineer give them all a thorough checkup. They do not always respond to commands and then at 2am spring into life for no apparent reason. In our most recent room the remote control handset seemed to have flat batteries. This was not a big enough problem for us to complain about it however and I am sure that if we had it would have been attended to.
On at least two of our stays we have eaten our evening meal at the hotel and also enjoyed bar meals there too. The prices are very reasonable and the staff friendly to say the least. We have also in the past enjoyed breakfast in the hotel and on our first visit it seemed to be mainly businessmen and women who were staying but in the evenings on our last few stays there have been a lot of couples and even what looked like locals at the bar. We now eat elsewhere for breakfast but this is simply to help us relax more on our short breaks and it is purely to allow us a later rise, the full Lancashire breakfast is fully recommended for any lovers of a fulsome hearty start to fuel you up for the day ahead.
We always travel to Lancaster by train and the PSB is only a ten minute walk from the railway station and the bus station is about the same distance if you walk straight down Penny Street and Cheapside. When we first stayed there was no nearby convenience store except a very small newagents down King Street but in the intervening visits a Tesco and now a Sainsbury have both opened, the Sainsbury being only a few yards away on the opposite side of the street.
There is a lot to see and do in Lancaster and the surrounding towns and villages. Being so close to the rail and bus stations the PSB is ideally located as a base when staying in the Lancaster for either business or pleasure. Any gripes that we have ever taken to reception have been dealt with politely and professionally and I would recommend you give the Penny Street Bridge hotel a try if you need somewhere to stay in Lancaster. Preston is only an 18 minute one stop train trip from Lancaster and so the PSB is also an ideal alternative to staying in Preston itself if you are visiting or working in that city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the centre of Lancaster, Toll House Inn is a popular hotel full of character and charm. We've a relaxed and contemporary atmosphere but have maintained many historic features. Each of our rooms are uniquely shaped and unlike the other. All rooms are equipped with all the small details that make it a home away from home. And in the morning you'll awake to a hearty Lancashire breakfast. Downstairs is our popular bar and restaurant which serves locally sourced dishes alongside a fantastic range of cask ales. ... more less
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