I recently went to Lakeside to visit a blogging friend of mine Alex (Lamb&Bear) We went for lunch and did some browsing. She is due a little bundle this year and so we had a good look in Next at some of the gorgeous clothes that are on display in there.
I was due to leave just after 1.30pm to pick up Archie. However it took me over an hour just to get to the second round about. Basically traffic was at a standstill. To say I was stressed is to put it lightly. I later found out it was due to the bridge been shut due to 90 mile per hour winds and two accidents in West Thurrock.
I was so worried about the children and Sophia was due to finish school soon too. Luckily my mother in law came to the rescue as she always does and was able to leave work early to fetch the children for me.
Once I was relaxed that the children were safe my next mission was to get home. I ended up browsing The Range and having a cup of tea in there for about two hours, hoping the traffic would soon pass! I went back out to try to go home but nothing had moved, the cars I had left two hours ago were still in the same place! I just literally had the worst feeling in my stomach, I knew I was not getting home at all.
Luckily I have my husband who always puts things into perspective for me and manages to calm me down: “Just get a hotel” he reassured me. I went back into the centre to the customer lounge and one of the lovely male staff members at Intu Lakeside organised a very last minute stay at the Premier Inn for me, just a 15 minute walk from the centre.
I was so worried I wouldn’t get a room as I was certain many other people stuck in the centre had the same idea as there was no way out what so ever. It was complete grid lock. It was quite stressful mainly because I just wanted to get home to my little family.
But of course what else can you do when in a situation like this but accept it and make the best out of it.
It was around ten o’clock when I made my way to the Premier Inn and as I expected there were so many people trying to get a room. At this point I felt so extremely lucky to have reserved a room hours beforehand.
I was greeted by a lovely gentleman who gave me my room key and directed me to my room.
The Premier Inn is easy to find, it is a left turn from the station towards Tesco and a straight road then on until you get to a roundabout, and on your left you will see Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn right next door.
I was given a spacious double room which was completely clean, you could tell the room had been cleaned to a very high standard as soon as stepping inside. I put the lights on straight away and put all my bags down. The room had a minimalist feel which was perfect for what I needed, somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep.
I think all the Premier Inn room’s have the same feel and the same look. I quite like this about the Premier Inn as you know what to expect. For me I knew I was going to feel comfortable here. Which is always a great way to feel when you are staying away from home and don’t have your own beloved bed.
The room had everything you would need in my opinion. A wide screen working television, and a tea area, supplied with both glasses for water and cups for tea. I was so impressed that Premier Inn also provided a hair dryer!
As I arrived so late, I didn’t enquire about Wifi, I had a shower and went straight to sleep. The shower was great, powerful and a good temperature, with easy to use taps to adjust the temperature. Soap was provided from a dispenser on the wall. Although this is less personal I can see the idea behind it. It saves money for the hotel and waste, and actually I think looks a lot neater. In my honest opinion I don’t really mind things like this I was just glad they supplied soap as I hadn’t bought any due to the last minute arrangements. I did manage to buy a toothbrush and other toiletries from Boots and a change of clothes and pyjamas from Primark before arriving at the hotel. Thank goodness!
I had a great nights sleep and was super impressed at how comfy the bed was. The pillows were really comfy too and I was warm throughout the night.
The room cost me £84 for a one night stay. I was happy with the price in regards to the cleanliness of the room, the facilities and the staff.
I didn’t stay for breakfast as I had to get home so my husband could go to work. I left at 8.30 am and was greeted by lovely lady downstairs who asked about my stay and if it was comfortable. I loved this as I felt like a valued customer. So really impressed with that.
Full marks to Premier Inn in West Thurrock for having such great staff on hand in the evening and morning after my stay. They were both very friendly and professional. My room was perfect I couldn’t fault it in any way. I had a great nights sleep.
I can definitely recommend the Premier Inn in West Thurrock for all of the above. If I am ever in need of accommodation In West Thurrock again I know where to go.
Thank you to the staff at the West Thurrock Premier Inn for making my stay so comfortable. And of course thank you to the amazing staff at Intu Lakeside for helping me secure a last minute reservation at The Premier Inn.
Did you here about the bridge closure? And have you stayed at a Premier Inn Hotel before?