I had reason to stay in Southampton recently, and a late arrival from London meant that I needed to pick somewhere close to the airport station. Located right next to the train station and a five minute walk to the airport, it is a typical Premier Inn.
Premier Inn reservations online allow you book flexible or pre-paid rates, and add on a meal deal which either covers breakfast or dinner and breakfast.
About 36 hours before check-in, you receive an email allowing you to do this online and this can cut the wait time at the front desk.
I was allocated a room on the First Floor, just over the entrance facing the airport. The double glazed windows keep the noise away pretty effectively.
Premier Inn Rooms are not luxurious, but typically have bath tubs rather than the showers you find at Holiday Inn Express properties.
The room featured a bed and sofa, a very small flat screen TV and kettle with tea/coffee. The mattress was quite firm and there were a range of pillows available to suit all tastes. I could not get the air conditioning to work so the room was a little hotter than I would have liked. The window did open but that defeated the point of the noise reduction. The lighting was good with bed-side lights available. There was a desk to work at, and the WiFi came in two types – free and £4.99 for 24 hours to receive the faster service.
The bathroom, where the toiletries are in sealed containers, is a reasonable size. Towels are provided with additional ones in the unit by the door.
I had a good night’s sleep and went down for breakfast when they opened at 06:30. A wide range of hot and cold items were available, with eggs cooked to order.
All around a good stay at a mid-range property.