Normally, when I visit Halifax, I stay at Travel Lodge in Dean Clough - and am very pleased with the whole set up there (and have recommended it); but the fact that this new hotel is right by the bus station is useful to me, so I thought I'd test it out.
I booked online and got my room at £19 - very good.
I am pleased that I can book in at 2pm - as this generally coincides with my arrival time in Halifax.
On arrival in Halifax, I walked from the station to where the hotel was supposed to be, but had trouble guessing where it was and how to get to it, lugging luggage and sliding about on icy pavements trying to find the access was a nuisance, I eventually found a very insignificant looking entrance on the plaza.
The staff were very polite and helpful and chatty and determined to push the 'guaranteed good nights sleep' - and promised that I wouldn't go back to T.Lodge after staying at Premier Inn.
I was given a room on the third floor with a large corner window that looked out over the plaza and part of the surrounding hills, it had a door onto a small balcony. The door was locked with a notice on it saying that this was Premier Inn policy and - basically - 'tough', you've got air conditioning what more do you want? ...... Well, actually I would have liked to be able to open the window/door for some fresh air (and to gauge the outside temperature - the weather was varying between freezing and 7 degrees, so I would have liked to have been able to judge what to wear out - and it was a long trip down to the exit to find out!). Also I felt a bit uneasy being 'locked' in a room - emergency information said about locating the fire exits, but as a fire could have been the other side of my bedroom door I would have liked an alternative escape route.
There was a notice telling me I could adjust the temperature in my room via the thermostat - but it would only go down to 19 degrees, so I had to switch it off completely to cool the room down - this presumably also turned off the air conditioning.
The room and furniture all looked new (as would be expected in a three month old hotel), but the towels were rather hard and were more akin to what you'd end up with in a more established hotel - so don't know why that was.
I was surprised to find a limited amount of tea/coffee/sugar/milk on offer in the room 2 white sugar (the small paper packs which equate to half a teaspoonful each), 2 demerara and 2 sweeteners, given that I like a full teaspoonful in my tea then I was stuck after the first 'brew', also there was no decaff coffee included - now I admit that all this could be (and was) rectified by a trip down to reception - it is still the hassle of taking a trip all the way down there to get it - why not put a more generous amount in the room to start with (and include decaff as so many people take it these days) and ensure that your guests are happy!
As far as sleep went - the bed was large and the linen a decent quality - note that you will probably have to tug the duvet from under the bottom end of the bed as they tuck it under the mattress for some reason - but the mattress was very hard and I did not have a good nights sleep - I had trouble getting any sleep at all, the noise from the plaza didn't help, but even after that had stopped I still could get comfy. (No one seemed interested the next morning when I said I hadn't slept well).
Breakfast isn't included in the cost, you can get it from the Beefeater next door for about £8 (which is excessive for a breakfast), I just bought milk and cereal and ate it in my room.
One of my regular visits to Halifax is to attend an event in Sowerby Bridge (about 3 miles away), I will stay at the Premier Inn on these occasions as the easy access to the bus station is a boon for this reason, but for other visits (and for other nights - as I sometimes extend my stay in Halifax when I come up for the Sowerby B visit) I will continue to stay at Travel Lodge - UNLESS there is a sudden improvement on all things mentioned above at Premier Inn!!!
So - sorry Premier Inn - you aint very Premier in my opinion!!
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- A Premier Inn located in the heart of Halifax Town Centre and part of a leisure development comprising a nine screen Vue cinema and multiple other leisure outlets. Parking is available nearby in the adjoining multi-story car park*. * Car park post code HX1 1YQ. Please note charges and height restrictions apply (please contact the hotel for further details). ... more less
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