Premier Inn Cambridge City East: Since my maternity leave finishes this week I have made the decision to create some things to look forward to. One of those is a couple of nights away each month. Since Hubby has his Birthday on the weekend just gone I decided that a trip to Cambridge would be our first. I had lived in Cambridge for a while when I was at university although thats longer ago now than I care to remember! But it did mean that I knew hotels in the city centre could be expensive.
Expensive wasn’t really an option with Kipper’s nursery bill and my salary not kicking in for six weeks once I return. So I opted for the Premier Inn a safe budget family option.
Part of the issue with travelling with young kids is that you need to know what you are going to get. Theres no point turning up to a damp, flea infested room in some dodgy motel… Okay a little extreme but you get the point. The days of making do, laughing about the experience and downing a bottle of red to help get to sleep are long gone – at least for now. So one thing I really like about Premier Inn’s is that they are pretty standard. I know that a family room will be just that, it will fit us all in and there will be enough space for Kipper’s travel cot.
Not only that but it will be clean, warm and comfortable. There will be hot water for baths and showers, there will be coffee making facilities so that I can prepare Kipper’s bottles and there will be kids channels on the TV. Okay so we are not going to be in the room watching TV all the time we are away. But its nice to have something to occupy Monkey when he wakes up at 6am. Hey it may mean we can even have a little lay in?
The Premier Inn Cambridge City East didn’t disappoint. Unlike other city centre hotels there is car parking for a reasonable £6 a day. Although its quite a small car park and you can not reserve a space we didn’t have any problem arriving on a Friday evening.
There was a man on hand to help us check in although they have now introduced these terminals where you can do it yourself. I must admit I don’t like this. But can see it being a lot more convenient for business guests perhaps driving late and leaving early. When we got up to the room they had sent it up for four, this was my fault as I had not requested a travel cot. However very quickly two members of staff came up and dismantled the fourth bed, nothing was too much trouble. In fact all the staff we came into contact with were very helpful.
The first night we were there we opted to eat in the restaurant downstairs. Thyme had a broad pub style menu with something for everyone and the kids meals were very good. Monkey had the choice of a two course meal and drink for £5.50. He was starving (apparently) so we added a third course for £2 extra. They also have the cleanest highchairs I have ever seen. We almost ate there again on our second night.
Premier Inn have an offer where two children can eat free with each paying adult for breakfast. Breakfast costs £8.99 each, and there was quite a spread. Enough for Hubby and I to still feel full at lunchtime! It was an impressive spread of both hot and cold options.
The next morning after a good nights sleep we walked out from the hotel into central Cambridge, with a buggy and scooter it took us about twenty five minutes to reach the museums. Once off the main roads its an easy pleasant walk.
We had a lovely weekend and comfortable stay made less stressful by the later check out time of midday. Theres nothing worse than rushing around after breakfast to get all those last bits packed up. We will definitely be staying with them again in the coming months. Thank you Premier Inn for an enjoyable weekend
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