|Premier Inn, Swansea Waterfront|
When we arrived at Swansea Waterfront there was a lay by outside big enough for three or four cars to unload but unfortunately it was full so we just made our way to the next door car park where there was plenty of space and cost a perfectly reasonable £5.50 for 24 hours. (Having paid up to £15 for 24 hours parking near hotels in the past this was a refreshing change).
We had lovely welcome at reception, the girl on the desk was friendly, helpful and efficient. She explained the “Good Night Guarantee“, confirmed our reservation for dinner that evening and mentioned the times for breakfast before giving us our room key and reminding us to ring reception if we needed anything at all.
Having never stayed in a hotel with the children before I was interested to see what our Family Room would be like. I must admit I wasn’t expecting much more than a standard double room with a couple of fold out beds at best or perhaps a bed settee to set up. I couldn’t have been more wrong. We opened the door to a really spacious room with very inviting double bed, two singles and a travel cot – and still plenty of space to move around (or in the case of Ben and Chloe stomp about like a herd of elephants, they had no concept of the fact there may have been people in the rooms underneath us!)
|Our spacious family room (and three exploring kids!)|
Ben and Chloe were really excited to discover that they had been left a welcome pack, a card addressed to “The Children in Room 208” and a teddy to look after for the weekend. I thought this was a really thoughtful touch (although Jack was a little too big to carry around with us on our adventures they enjoyed telling him what we’d been up to when they got home again of an evening).
|Jack the Premier Inn teddy and the welcome packs|
We had a reservation for dinner in the Beefeater restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. Aside from being incredibly convenient it was also ideal for the children. They were immediately provided with colouring packs, helium balloons and their own menus. All the staff were really welcoming. Anyone who has eaten out with little ones knows how important all the is at making you feel at ease – particularly when you have a tired and shouty Amy to entertain!
The children’s menu offered up a range of main meals and then a choice of two side orders. The girls ordered Macaroni Cheese, garlic bread and peas. Ben chose a burger with sweetcorn and veg sticks (which I must admit surprised me!) We really liked the fact the menu was laid out with pictures to help the children make their own choices.
Dave was drawn straight to the Mixed Grill which came as no surprise! I was trying to make careful choices, bearing in mind #OperationWeddingWeight, and so chose a rare steak with peppercorn sauce and potatoes.
|Ben with his burger, sweet corn and vegetable sticks|
|Children’s Macaroni Cheese|
|Rare Steak for Mummy (Loved that the butter & sauce were served separately)|
|Daddy’s Mixed Grill|
Safe to say we were left with five pretty clean plates and full tummies. The girls really enjoyed their pasta (and having tasted it myself I would say it was a pretty good Macaroni Cheese, nice and cheesy!) My steak was cooked exactly as I had asked and was rare and Dave’s Mixed Grill went down a treat after a full day of travelling!
|Someone enjoyed their dinner!|
Of course we all managed to find a little room for afters! I had a Rocky Road Sundae but soon regretted my choice when I tasted Dave’s immense Black Forest Gateau!
|Seriously. It was every bit as amazing as it looks!|
|Amy enjoyed her ice cream!|
After dinner we made our way back up to our room ready for a bath and bed. All three children were really tired by this point as it was way past their normal bedtime but we wanted to give them a bath for the sake of routine. We were impressed by the water pressure, which I realise might seem an odd thing to say however it meant the bath filled up nice and quick! I’ve been in hotels in the past where the shower is no more than a dribble – certainly not the case in this Premier Inn!
|A nice big bath!|
We were really impressed (and relieved) with how quickly all three of them went to sleep and we were even more impressed when everyone slept through till around 7am! This pays testimony to the comfortable beds and the fabulous curtains – they even over lapped to avoid the light sneaking in. The hotel was lovely and quiet, there was no problem with noise despite the wide variety of guests (in fact I fear any noise may have actually come from Ben and Chloe running around!)
Once we were all dressed and ready we made our way down for breakfast. The kids eat free (two per paying adult) which meant our hotel breakfast for five cost less than £20 – and when you factor in that this is for as much food as you like you’re on to a winner aren’t you!
Dave and I both enjoyed a full cooked breakfast to set us up for the day, Dave also really enjoyed the Costa coffee claiming we needed one of those machines at home! Ben and Chloe were thrilled at the prospect of being able to choose whatever they wanted – Coco Pops?! Cake?! For breakfast?!
|Trying out fresh croissants|
|Breakfast seconds – crumpets for Ben, sausage and beans for Chloe|
|Breakfast pudding for Ben!|
|Breakfast pudding for Bo!|
We really enjoyed our breakfast on both days – on the Sunday we were a little earlier so the hot buffet wasn’t yet open but this just meant our breakfast was cooked to order.
The free Wi-Fi
was much appreciated as it allowed me to get some work done on my laptop while the children were sleeping – the set up was a little confusing initially as the card in the room suggested we only got 30 minutes free but then the website said it was free throughout our stay – on the first night I was really conscious of logging off after 30 minutes for fear of being charged but realised the next day that I needn’t have bothered! Either way – free Wi-Fi in hotels is good and I’ve never understood how they have the nerve to charge for it so nice one Premier Inn!
Overall we were really happy with our stay at the Premier Inn, Swansea Waterfront and will definitely be looking to book a Premier Inn next time we need a hotel stay for the whole family!