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Premier Inn's Premier Plus: Worth It?

While I love the small and quirky hotels of London and the RS tours, for a week's stay I want more space, and the Premier Inn chain seems to fit the bill. A lot of folks on this forum like it.

Is it worth it to upgrade to the Premier Plus level? That seems to include a dedicated floor, a mini-fridge, and a Nespresso machine. The mini-fridge could come in handy.

And has anyone stayed at the Premier Inn Angel Islington? It has good reviews on Trip Advisor. I've been to Islington only once, years ago, for a dance performance. It seems like a good neighborhood to be home base for a week.

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I have not done the Premier Plus room, but I do like the value of Premier Inn. I looked at this hotel online and for the random days that I picked in September, I noticed the price difference per night was 50 pounds. I don't think that rooms are necessarily larger than the regular rooms from the pictures, but they do have the mini-fridge. Is a mini-fridge/ fancier furniture worth 50 pounds per day? Only you can decide.

I usually stay at the Premier Inn Waterloo so I can't comment on this particular hotel.

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I also like the quirky London hotels. I like the mini-closet-like space a lot less after a day or two... I look forward to trying Premier Inns too. Mainly because you can bring bikes into the rooms, and they look like they have room to actually turn around in them.

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I would not trust TA for reviews. Anyone can leave a review there whether they’ve stayed there or not, friends can write good reviews, competitors can write bad reviews. Booking.com and Hotels.com have reviews you can trust b/c only people who’ve actually stayed there can write a review. So, you’ve come to the right place for opinions.
I haven’t stayed at that location, but as Carol said, is a mini-fridge worth an extra £50 per night?

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There are persons on youtube who have done videos on Premier Inn Standard and Plus rooms. There are also videos on the Premier Inn County Hall and Waterloo. I did not look for the location that you are asking about.

I will be honest and tell you that the videos are somewhat discouraging.

I have also come across reviews about the coffee machines and pods. There have been more than one indicating that PI was stingy when it came to the number of pods that you could have. One person has written that he / she went to the front desk to ask for more pods and was told "no, that they had been given all that they were allowed for the day". It was not indicated whether the person wa sin a standard room or the Plus Room.

I put some stock in reviews but I also allow reviews to go in one ear and the other. Some reviewers may be hoping to get some money returned or something free next time they travel if they write a slashing review. Others, even on reputable sites, may be working for competitors and, yes, they stayed at such and such a place but it was so they could later write a negative review.

How does one explain that some people have the best time ever while others write "Worst Hotel Ever"

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We looked at those choices at a different Premier Inn where we stayed in August. The mini frig was tempting but we don’t require cold drinks and had no medication that needed to be kept cold. When we bring leftovers to a room they would normally be something that needed to be reheated for another meal and there’s no microwave. We did not care about a higher floor as our views would be uninspiring regardless. In the end we close the regular room. I too believe both rooms are the same predictable size. I don’t think PI rooms vary in their square footage except for the PI Hubs, which are smaller rooms.

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I've only stayed at a Premiere Inn once, in Lewes and it was a Plus room. I hadn't realized that was what I had booked and wouldn't have known if they hadn't told me when I got there. The fridge was nice to have. Wifi is supposed to be faster as well, but if it was, I'd hate to have used the peasant's wifi. We didn't have a dedicated floor. I don't know what the basic rooms are like, but the Plus room seemed pretty basic.

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No microwave? good grief what's the world coming to. It is a budget hotel with comfy beds and air conditioner and a good shower.

What do you expect?

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Nigel, you may have misunderstood the post above. She was not complaining about no microwave, merely stating that the value of a mini-fridge would be very limited to her without also having a microwave. She was proposing that the regular room was the best value.

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Thank you Carol. That was the intent of my post and the rational we used to select the perfectly fine regular room. For some who need medication chilled for example, the £50 per day may be desired.

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I have the sense that the plus rooms have also been remodeled more recently and thus may have a more aesthetic appearance. For me, that still wouldn't make it worth an extra 50£ a night.

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I stayed at the Kings Cross Premier Inn back some years and it was perfectly serviceable. There was a Costa Coffee right next store for coffee and the rooms themselves were perfectly fine if not posh. I don't think I'll splurge for the Plus rooms. As I recall it seemed to be like more like a Days Inn chain. Perfectly fine but nothing special.

I'd stay there again, if I had to.