Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hotel Review: Premier Inn Barnsley Dearne Valley, Wombwell, South Yorksh...

I stayed at the Premier Inn Barnsley Dearne Valley in August
2016, two of us stayed for one night, which cost £60 for room only, booked with The hotel itself is not on any major public transport routes, so
it is necessary to drive there or take a taxi. The hotel is located South of
Wombwell, near the border with Brampton in the South East of Barnsley. This
hotel is no good for Barnsley town centre, unless you want to drive there. It
is around a 10 minute drive from Barnsley South / Sheffield North on the M1
(Junction 36), followed by a route along the Dearne Valley Parkway (A6195),
which is interrupted by numerous annoying roundabouts.

The hotel offers free parking, and has a car park which
holds approximately 150 cars. Upon entering the hotel, you go straight to
reception. The receptionist was friendly and helpful, and check-in was quick.

We were allocated room 40, which was on the first floor at
the back of the hotel. The room was fairly large with a good sized double bed
(please note, double not King). There was also a second single bed, which had
been set out like a chaise lounge. The room had a desk, open style wardrobe,
tea and coffee making facilities, and some drawers. There was no air
conditioning, but there was a fan. The room was quite warm and stuffy.

Frustratingly, there were no plug sockets next to the bed,
which annoyed me slightly, as this is a brand new hotel. WHY there weren't any
is an oversight on Premier Inn's behalf, and shows that the people who design
these rooms don't stop in enough hotels themselves.

The bathroom was fairly standard, it was a shower over a
bath arrangement (unfortunately as is often the case). There was complimentary
shower gel in the shower.

At night the room was very warm, so I opened the window,
however there was noise from lorries at the retail park behind, which meant
that the window had to be closed, and we had to endure an uncomfortably warm
night in the hotel. Again this is an oversight on behalf of Premier Inn, the
room should have had air conditioning.

The hotel is built next to a Brewer's Fayre pub, which like
Premier Inn is owned by parent company Whitbread. The pub serves as the hotel's
bar and restaurant. We had dinner there off of the menu, but found the prices
expensive and the portions small, in other words they were not good value for
money dishes. There was an evening buffet option, which I'm sure must have
represented better value for money. One thing that was annoying was the amount
of flies in the pub, they really do need to invest in an electronic fly zapper.

Breakfast was served buffet style, continental was £6.99 and
full hot breakfast was £8.99. Both options included unlimited drinks.

The quality of the food was excellent, particularly the
bacon and sausages, but once again the fly problem was evident, and I saw flies
crawling on the cold items of the buffet, which put me completely off of them.
All items on the buffet should have hygienic covers over them.

After going out for the evening, we arrived back at the
hotel for 11:30pm on Saturday night to find the bar had 'closed'. This was
quite disappointing for a hotel. We did notice some of the regulars enjoying a drink
'after hours', which was a little galling to use as hotel guests who had to go
to bed with a cup of tea in the bedroom.

In summary, this hotel served it's purpose, it wasn't
perfect, but overall I enjoyed my stay there. I would possibly consider staying
there again, but not for definite.

Whitbread, this is what you need to do:
1. Put plug sockets next to the beds (probably won't
2. Put air conditioning into the rooms (probably won't
3. Install a fly zapper in the Brewer's Fayre (this could
4. Buy hygienic covers for the buffet items (this should
5. Keep the Brewer's Fayre open until midnight (this should

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