In April I attended the Traverse Conference, it was the first time I’d attended and it was a fantastic experience. For those that don’t know, Traverse is a digital influencers conference held in different locations each year. It is primarily aimed at travel bloggers but most of the sessions centre around social media and growing your blog or channel and are great for all kinds of influencers. This year the conference was held at The Ravensbourne, next to the O2 arena in London. I had recently been invited to review a Premier Inn in London and so I opted to stay at the Premier Inn Docklands whilst I attended the conference and I was incredibly impressed with my stay.
It was the first time I’ve stayed at a Premier Inn in quite a few years and wow they have really changed. Although they are known as a budget hotel chain ( rooms at this particlular one start at just £44.50) they have the quality and consistency that you can expect at hotels that are far more costly. The Docklands hotel is clean, bright and has everything you need for a leisurely stay including a budget friendly restaurant which serves until 10pm. It is close enough to London that you can access everything easily enough via the DLR or connecting tube stations but can I make a confession…I used Uber the whole time I was there as I do on most of my trips to London. I visit London a lot but I’m not really London savvy and I am not the biggest fan of underground travel!
On arrival at the hotel the reception staff were friendly and helpful, I had a minor glitch at check in and they did the very British thing of grabbing me a cup of tea whilst I waited which of course always gets brownie points.
My room was clean and spacious with a super comfy kingsize bed with the softest yet most supportive pillows I have lain my head upon in a long time. In fact they are so famous for their comfort that you can now buy the beds and pillows via the Premier Inn website, a few of my twitter followers have done so and I am sorely tempted myself. I also had a spare single bed in my room which was handy as I had a gatecrasher in the form of my friend Karen from Mini Travellers on the Saturday night which was fun, like a teenage sleepover with sweets and crisps.
Breakfast at the hotel was a delight on both days, in fact it is one of the most decent hotel breakfasts I’ve had and by far the best from a budget hotel. It was mostly self service although you could order omelettes and poached eggs via a member of staff which I did for research purposes of course. There is a wide selection of both hot food as well as yoghurts, pastries, fruit and NUTELLA! I also enjoyed the serve yourself Costa Coffee machine as I am a caffeine addict in the mornings.
My room overlooked the DLR line and I expected it to be noisy but all I can say is that the room must be very well insulated as I am a light sleeper and wasn’t disturbed once. In fact I slept very well which is always a huge relief to me as I suck at sleeping, the beds really are incredibly comfortable and the bedding crisp and cool and I can see why they offer a good nights sleep guarantee! I also enjoyed having a really long soak in the bath..TWICE ok..three times during my stay, I do love a good bath.
I would highly recommend a stay at Premier Inn Docklands on your next trip to London. Have you stayed at a Premier Inn recently? What did you think?
- As stated I was invited to review the hotel and as such my stay including breakfast was complimentary.