I was taking a short vacation recently, I stayed in the Kidderminster PI as it was equidistant between things I wanted to do, one of which was the excellent Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster.
The hotel is situated in a modern redevelopment of old carpet manufacturing factories, most of which has been converted to shops and a few restaurants (Pizza Hut & similar). The hotel itself is a fabulous redevelopment of one of the original buildings.
The problem though is the parking, which is "buy a ticket from the machine when you arrive" type. The period where you have to have a ticket is 8am to 6.30pm. Costs are reasonable unless you want to park for more than 4 hours, at which point the cost becomes £10, all of which has to be paid for using coins. Start hoarding coins now. The list of rules is long, and includes gems such as no return within 4 hours, and maximum parking 23 hours in every 24.
The consequence of this is that your visit becomes less of a vacation, and more of a Parking Strategy. To be fair to the Premier Inn, their staff were extremely helpful, with lots of useful suggestions/advice, such as
- unused fee at 6.30pm is rolled over to the next day, so you dont need to start feeding the meter first thing
- The Tesco car park next door is free for 2 hours
- The station car park is only £3 for the full day
So there were good things about the hotel - clean rooms, comfy bed, excellent staff, adjacent to a canal which made for nice walks, convenient for shops etc. BUT this was all offset by the problematic parking. My suggestion is you avoid this hotel until the management cut an appropriate deal with the council on car parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is a grade II listed converted mill, with a bar that has an almost New York loft atmosphere. A great base to explore Kidderminster and the Worcestershire countryside - and we're close to West Midlands Safari Park and Severn Valley Railway too. After all the adventure, it's time for some serious relaxing in The Kitchen restaurant then in our extra-comfy beds. ... more less
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