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To bloody love budget hotels

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Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 20:44:47

Like premier inn, travelodge, ibis etc.

I have to travel lots for work and have a choice of accommodation booked for me or be given the equivalent in cash and book it myself.

Budget hotels are absolutely brilliant!!! Clean room, often conveniently located and, bonus, some extra left over to put towards a nice holiday.

BUT, I do admit to being a bit embarrassed if colleagues ask me where I'm staying and just mumble something about a little boutique hotel locally and quickly change the subject. blush

AIBU to be embarrassed and should I be out and proud to wave the premier inn flag?!

aurorie11 Sun 17-Jul-16 20:46:39

Love Premier Inn, does what it says on the tin. Not as keen on TLs

aurorie11 Sun 17-Jul-16 20:47:22

Love Premier Inn, does what it says on the tin. Not as keen on TLs

Crunchymum Sun 17-Jul-16 20:47:47

So do you get to keep the difference in cash?

You get an allowance, you go super cheap but keep the excess of the allowance?

CammieKennaway Sun 17-Jul-16 20:47:59

I love Travelodge and won't stay anywhere else.
So long as I have a warm, secure room, a comfy bed, a shower, a toilet and a kettle I'm happy

CremeEggThief Sun 17-Jul-16 20:49:30

Travelodges are great.☺

yougetme Sun 17-Jul-16 20:50:21

I love Premier inns. Cheap if you book in advance.Clean and comfortable with no frills but Im only going to sleep in the room not live in it. If there's a problem they are usually very helpful and the good nights sleep guarantee means what it says and an instant refund is offered if you have to complain.

I would be out and proud about my love for premier . Do you get to pocket the difference in tarrifs? If so even more reason to love them.

MaQueen Sun 17-Jul-16 20:51:33

Love Premier Inns, too.

We often use them when we go away for the weekend with the DDs (as thread counts and pillow menus are wasted on them, at the moment).

They're always very clean, black out curtains, the beds are so comfy, showers are powerful, and haven't yet used one that doesn't seem freshly refurbished.

What's not to like?

If DH and I go away on our own I do like a luxe boutique, though smile

Groovee Sun 17-Jul-16 20:51:34

I love premier inns.

Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 20:51:58

Crunchymum - yes, I get the choice of having a naaaice hotel and have it booked for me (my company gets favourable rates) or an allowance to choose and book myself. The deal is, if I do the work and book, I'm allowed to keep the difference.

Whinyleonard Sun 17-Jul-16 20:52:39

I totally agree! Especially automated check in. What are the zillion mouse clicks in a five star check in for?

CrystalQueen Sun 17-Jul-16 20:53:24

Just spent a nice night at the Travelodge on the M6 Lancaster. Seriously. Had a nice view and everything (luckily facing the other way to the motorway).

Ragwort Sun 17-Jul-16 20:55:10

Who do you work for if you are allowed to keep the difference? hmm

Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 20:56:29

I have found my people! grin

Travelodge and Premier Inn rock!

Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 20:56:47

BTW, I hasten to add that I don't work for either!!!!

Destinysdaughter Sun 17-Jul-16 20:57:50

Stayed at a Premier Inn near Stanstead and was v impressed with it. Nice room, restaurant, bar and great breakfast. So cheap and got a great deal on the parking whilst on hols too!

hidingwithwine Sun 17-Jul-16 20:59:32

I love Premier Inn too! Haven't had as many great experiences in Travelodges but I'd stay there again too.

The kids always eat huge breakfasts in PI too, which set them up for the day.

Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 20:59:35

Ragwort - I work in entertainment. We get a per diem and expenses allowance when we're travelling.

MassiveStrumpet Sun 17-Jul-16 20:59:38

I love Premier Inn and Ibis. Very comfortable mattresses at both.

GnomeDePlume Sun 17-Jul-16 20:59:51

OP I do agree with you, YANBU. I like a hotel where everything just works.

Your post reminded me of a conversation I had with a colleague once:

He had stayed in a particular hotel for work purposes and had absolutely hated it:- the room was quirky so he couldnt find everything straight away, the staff insisted on talking to him, the food in the restaurant was different and interesting rather than comfortable and familiar.

His parents stayed in the same hotel for a short break and absolutely loved it:- the room was quirky so they didnt find everything straight away, the staff talked to them, the food was interesting and different....

You get the picture!

Onesieisthequeensselfie Sun 17-Jul-16 21:01:38

Gnome grin

Yep. Been there...

NervousRider Sun 17-Jul-16 21:04:49

I really don't see what naice hotels do to charge their rates when compared to a TL or PI.

I have stayed in some posh hotels that were shabbier compared to TL/PI.

As long as they are clean, comfy, have ensuite, kettle,TV ...what more is required.

Tanfastic Sun 17-Jul-16 21:10:51

I love Premier Inn. Stayed in a fantastic one in Halifax last weekend. Room was huge, massive floor to ceiling Windows one one side, a balcony (albeit locked), comfy bed, clean, telly etc. All for £42 a room. I've paid three times that and been deeply disappointed.

MrGrumpy01 Sun 17-Jul-16 21:12:27

I like PI too, clean comfy bed and free Wi-Fi. We use them when we visit my parents, we avoid one as it right on the main road and very noisy, but other ones we have stayed at on main roads have been fine. We even got our stay free once, laughed about the fact I had been disturbed by the people upstairs really loud sex, and they just refunded me.

Previously we used holiday inn express, they were always fine too, but the one we used became a premier inn.

BarbaraofSeville Sun 17-Jul-16 21:13:25

YANBU and envy that you get an allowance to spend as you wish. My work uses a crappy outsourced travel company whose speciality appears to be choosing the worst hotel in the worst location charging the highest price for. We would save so much money if we just went back to the old way of people booking their own hotels on the internet and putting receipts in but this is 'better' somehow. confused

Travelodge are in the process of a big refurb programme so are a lot bette than they used to be. I like them because you know what you are getting and that there is no risk of sheets and blankets on the bed, which I simply cannot stand.

Premier Inn and the like are always clean and comfortable and not twee, frilly or old fashioned, which a lot of hotels are.

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