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Premier Inn Kidderminster shows the way to hotel perfection

The Kitchen at Premier Inn, Kidderminster

I have repaired to many chain hotels during my lifetime of travel, and more than once to the ubiquitous brand of Premier Inn. I have, I believe, always found those particular establishments to offer a good reliable standard of comfortable, spacious rooms, coupled with a pleasing range of food and drink; in short, one can usually depend upon a Premier Inn to deliver well and readily.

On a precious few occasions, however, in that big blue moon of travel, one can stumble across something quite unique, an establishment that sets itself apart from the daily run of things. Such was my experience of the Kidderminster Premier Inn.

Beset by a handful of retail giants, glitteringly holding hands around a busy, late autumn car park, it takes a few moments and closer inspection for the first marvel of this establishment to strike its target, namely, that the hotel has made its home in the impressively and lovingly restored Slingfield Mill. The second note of excitement sounds in the fact that the reception, adjacent to the establishment’s eatery and bar, is located all topsy-turvy on the top floor; moreover, in the loft!

This cannot fail to put a smile onto the face of any weary traveller, but this is immediately enhanced by a dedicated team – and this includes every last one we had the pleasure to meet – who positively bubble over with enthusiasm to serve you as well as you might possibly be served, always willing to hold discourse with you over pretty much any subject you might want to bring up, and at all times with a warm and genuine smile. Presided over by the very amiable and capable Ross, the whole experience of this delightful hostelry is a happy and welcoming one – it actually feels as though it were privately owned and run by a big, warm, loving family who want you to have the best of times while staying with them; great fun but always tip-top and professional.

‘The Kitchen’ – the name attributed to the excellent loft eatery – is something quite apart from any other chain restaurant I have sampled. The food is simple and delicious, served fresh and with aplomb, and the environment in which it is consumed convivial, chic and relaxing. A perfect combination tied beautifully together by the vivacious team of which mention has already been made.

Add to this propitious brew comfortable, clean rooms and the most convenient of locations, and it occurs to me that many a large and reputable hotel chain, and indeed all the other goodly Premier Inns, could do well to take this shining example as their guide and business model.


Premier Inn Kidderminster
Slingfield Mill
Weavers Wharf
DY10 1AA

Tel.: 0044 (0)871 527 9350

Popularity: 23% [?]

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