A few weeks ago I was asked whether I would be interested in reviewing some of the services available at Stansted Airport - and as I had a business trip planned to Cologne this month I naturally jumped at the chance. The company involved was 'Holiday Extras' and I had no previous experience of them despite travelling a fair amount. They specialise in Airport hotels, lounges and car parks plus holiday insurance and much more. How useful to get everything under one roof as such!
I have stayed at numerous Premier Inn hotels over the last few year - both with my family, and with my husband or on my own for business trips. They are one of the best chain of hotels in my opinion - the beds are always comfortable and the bedding of high quality (one of my pet hates is poor quality bedding). The rooms are always spacious and bigger than your average hotel-sized bedrooms in my experience.
The welcome we received at the door was perfect. We'd had a relative long drive down to Stansted and it was reasonably late in the evening. We were welcomed with a smile and a member of the front desk helped us with the check-in process. He was polite and efficient (and as far as I can tell, he had no idea I was reviewing the hotel). We were directed to our double room via a clean lift and clean corridors....a good start!
The room was booked as a double room and as I have mentioned it was spacious. I can not fault how clean the room was - the bathroom was spotless. It contained all the amenities and more that you would expect from a 'budget' hotel. Coffee and Tea making facilities were extremely welcome before our early start the following day I can assure you.
We were booked into the Long Stay Car Park and clear instructions were given on the booking confirmation as how to get there. We have used this car park numerous times and it works with an automated barrier which recognises your number plate. Entry to the car park was swift and easy. The car park is clearly signposted as to which zone is open and we parked easily. Within minutes a bus arrived and we were transferred to the terminal. Simple! On the way back we simply had to find the right bus stop and we were taken directly to the nearest bus stop to where we dropped off the car - the only tricky bit was remembering which bus stop we needed! (TIP - take a photo of the bus stop on your phone on your outward journey and then you have a record!)
Everything was booked with Holiday Extras - the process was easy and we encountered no problems at all. The Premier Inn at Stansted exceeded all expectations and everything ran smoothly with the parking. To be honest, I can not fault anything! Well done Holiday Extras - we will be back!
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Disclaimer - I was given a night's stay at the Premier Inn and parking in order to review the service provided by Holiday Extras. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.