I have an admission to make! When we checked into the premier inn waterways at Stratford-Upon-Avon I had no intention of reviewing it. You see I just thought, well it is a premier inn, and it does what it says on the tin.
The Premier Inn Waterway’s Hotel is a great budget hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the perfect location.
Good clean rooms, great price with no frills. I am eating my words, this little gem deserves every word of its review it was fantastic. In fact we received better service here than we have in some 5 star hotels on our travels.
We have stayed at the odd premier inn before and always been happy with exceptionally clean rooms and a great price, so decided to stay at the premier inn waterways after a stay here last year, on a fleeting visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where I fell in love with this beautiful town. Please forgive me for the lack of photos, fortunately I do have some, but as I said had no intention of reviewing.
I booked about 10 months ago and got the amazing price of £35.00 pounds a night for a family room.
What a bargain! I requested a room overlooking the canal so the boys could watch the barges out of the window. (for the very short time we would be in the room) When we arrived this had not been honoured. However I mentioned this to the man on the reception, who was most apologetic and asked us if we were happy to wait half an hour and he would sort it. We were happy with this so enjoyed a glass of wine whilst they sorted out room. And true to his word in exactly 30 minutes our room overlooking the canal was ready.
The hotel is set on the edge of Stratford-Upon-Avon and is a 5-10 minute walk into town.
You have two options of routes. The first along the main road, this takes you quickly into town. The second along the beautiful scenic canal path, this leads you down to the River Avon, passing pub gardens as you go. We loved the opportunity of taking a short walk, especially along the canal as it really is beautiful. There is a premier inn in the centre of town if you prefer not to walk.
The Premier Inn Waterway’s Stratford-Upon Avon has a bar overlooking the canal and a lock. Perfect to entertain children as the barges go by.
This was wonderful as we sat and enjoyed a glass of wine; we were able to chat with barge owners as they passed through the lock. The boys loved helping with the lock, and the people we met had lots of interesting stories to tell. We have decided we would like to try a barge holiday after talking to all these lovely people. It seems such a great holiday option that the boys would thoroughly enjoy.
The family rooms were spotlessly clean, and all the staff we encountered was very friendly, even the chef at breakfast took the time to ask what our plans were for the day. We asked for an ironing board on the first day, it was at our room with 5 minutes.
One evening as the boys settled down into bed they decide they would like a hot chocolate, last time we visited there was sachets in the room. However there was none, so Jack got dressed and went down to reception to ask for a couple of sachets. There was none, so the staff sent him back with a cup of chocolate powder, then he realised he needed milk so off he went again, this time when he returned the staff had made him two huge hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows. The boys were over the moon, it is amazing how such a small touch like taking the time to make that drink just meant so much to the boys, they were thrilled.
Would I recommend the premier inn waterways in Stratford-Upon-Avon to families?
Absolutely, I am a girl built for luxury, and yes there may not have been a spa or swimming pool here but we all loved staying. The location was great, the service was exceptional, and the staff went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. Thank you premier inn you made our stay in Stratford-Upon-Avon special.
And if you are wondering what to do with kids in Stratford-Upon-Avon check out my top tips for family days out here.