I'm looking at 3 nights in November and will have my mom with me. I would love to try Premier Inn but when I look at the rooms, the options with two beds look like a grown up bed and a child's bed. Has anyone had an experience with PI where two adults were able to each have an adult sized bed? If so, could you please share the location? Going with the photo, I'll want my mom to have larger bed but because I'm taller, she'll insist on the little bed and it'll be a whole thing. Some of you may be able to relate to this quandary. :) TIA
I haven’t stayed in a Premier Inn but looking at the various ones in London I am only seeing the larger bed and the smaller bed options. Could you contact the hotel and ask them the dimensions of the smaller bed? Photos are deceiving. The smaller bed may not be that small - more like a twin. Could you compromise with your mom and take turns sleeping in the larger bed? Yes, I totally get the self-sacrificing mom thing. LOL! Good luck.
We have stayed in this type of room in the Premier Inn. It isn't a grown up bed and child's bed. It is a double or queen bed and a daybed that is twin (single sized) If you fit in a twin bed, you fit on this bed. My sister and I shared such a room without any difficulty and we are both 5'9". We take turns picking the bed when we travel.
I have found Premier Inn to be a good value for me.
To add on to Carol's point, while you can't be certain in a specific case, a standard single mattress in Europe is the same length as other sizes, unlike US mattresses where a single is much shorter than a Queen or a Full. So as long as the width is acceptable, your good. But do think up some good competitions to do during the day to figure out who gets the big bed.
I think the PIs can vary so you could call the ones you're most interested in. We’ve only stayed in one and we had a large bed and a lounge twin sized “seat” in our room. Our 2 granddaughters stayed in a room on the same floor that had 2 twin sized beds. These were not adjoining rooms. It was in one of the terminals at Heathrow. We called to make sure they had the configuration we wanted.
I slept on the small bed in several Premier Inns in 2019. I found those beds comfortable, but I am not picky about mattresses. I'm not saying the mattresses on those day beds were super-luxurious, just that they seemed fine to me. The size was about the same as what I've had often enough in single rooms in Europe. (I'm a budget hotel sort of person.)
We stayed in County Hall Premier Inn and had two regular sized beds-probably double. I had specified two beds because I wanted to make sure we had equivalent to a king sized beds. Room was big too.
Thank you to all who have shared their experiences, it is much appreciated!
BethFL, that is the location in which I’m most interested and in true forum style, the answer I like best and was hoping for. I think a lot of questions get asked with an idea of what we want to hear. :). Thank you!
Definitely document your request for two beds when you make you reservation. Then cross your fingers. In my experience the Premier Inns are well run and a great value (even more so if you book way ahead of time), but communication with guests is not a strong point. Therefore, I'm reluctant to suggest calling to reinforce the request for two beds.
You might also check if the room has a bathtub (with shower over) or just a shower. Many PI rooms, and we have stayed in many throughout the UK, have bathtubs with very high sides. If mobility is an issue, you could ask about an "accessible" room that would have a different bathroom configuration.
The Premier Inn in Hounslow (near Heathrow) had 2 beds that were the same size.
Back in 2019, my wife and I stayed in a couple of Premier Inns. We thought they were good and didn't cost as much as others. We stayed in one for a couple of days. The other one we stayed in was accessible via Heathrow Terminal 4. We stayed there the night before we flew back to the USA.
We're flying there again this September. We're staying in one near Euston Station for a couple of nights before we go on a Trafalgar tour. And again, we'll stay in the T4 Premier Inn the night before we fly back.
I've stayed at least twice at the Heathrow T4 Premier Inn, once with a friend. In the latter case I specifically requested two beds. In both those cases--as in all the other PI rooms I've stayed in alone or as part of a party of two--there was one large bed and one daybed made up as a twin bed. I don't doubt that some PIs have rooms with two beds that are both larger than twins, but I strongly suspect that is unusual. The PI website is not one of the corporate world's best, but I recall reading on the web pages for some PIs a statement/warning that twin-bedded rooms include a daybed. Your choices when making a reservation are usually if not always limited to "double" or "twin".
I do like the T4 PI a lot. In pre-Covid days it was available at a bargain rate, especially if you booked a couple of months or so ahead of time. When I was staying in London for a good while during air-conditioning season, I was very willing to give up a last night in the city by switching to the T4 hotel the night before my flight. The savings were close to US $100, and I didn't have any concern about getting out to the airport the next morning.