Premier Inn - Hemel Hempstead Central Review

As you may already know we recently visited London for the weekend. When booking our trip we decided to stay at the Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead. Although it's not actually in London it's quite close and we have stayed there before and never had any problems.

The Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead is next door to The Riverside Shopping Centre.  When travelling by car to London you have to consider a hotel with parking and if you are lucky to find a hotel with its own car park it is usually very expensive. The Premier Inn Hempstead has parking available in the shopping centre at a discounted rate of £4 per 24hrs. You can easily get to the hotel via a little footbridge on level 3.

Footbridge to the hotel. We had little J's scooter with us so he enjoyed scooting up and down.

You can check in from 2pm and check out is 12pm. We arrived around 9pm and was welcomed to the hotel by a friendly member of staff. She told us we were on the second floor room 220. We headed to the lifts, unfortunately one was out of order so it took us quite a while to fit in one lift as it was quite busy considering the time. We had the suitcase, pram (as little J had fell asleep) and a few other bags.

A great night's sleep guaranteed. 

Little J couldn't decide which bed to have so he took both.

Our room was halfway down the corridor on the second floor. If you are familiar with Premier Inn hotels you will know that they are very much the same no matter which city you are in. So when we arrived to the room we knew what to expect. A double bed and two singles pushed together, a small TV and tea making facilities. It has everything you need. In our own personal experience the Premier Inns we have stayed at have always been clean and staff helpful and friendly.

Making his own Coco Pops

Sausage and Egg on toast - a nice way to start the day

One of little J's breakfasts. He sampled everything I think. 

Breakfast is served downstairs next to reception and it offers a mixture of continental and full English. We pre booked breakfast but you can buy in the morning if you decide to. There was a large selection of cereals, yoghurt's, fruit and pastries. Then there was sausage, egg, mushroom, bacon, hash brown and beans. We all enjoyed different parts of the breakfast buffet although little J had a bit of everything.

There is a bar in the Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead and every day between 6-8pm they offer 2 for 1 on all drinks. We missed this the first night but on the second we had arrived back to the hotel early so we were able to take advantage. Such a great deal.

Overall for the two nights out stay was just what we needed. It was a 40 minute drive to London and only 15 minutes to the Warner Brothers Studio for the Harry Potter tour. There is a Tesco close by and also a retail and leisure park with a selection of restaurants.

We priced some hotels in London and without parking for two nights was well over £400. The Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead was less than half this including parking for two nights.

We wouldn't hesitate in staying here again in future.

*we paid for the Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead - I have not received any compensation for this post *


  1. I find reviews like these to be very useful. It's surprising what I remember moths down the line if and when I need to book a hotel. Thanks!

  2. Enjoyed reading this review was really useful :)

  3. I love personal hotel reviews, I travel a lot and its very useful

  4. Great review! We live near the area so it's good to know when people come to stay which hotels we can recommend :)

  5. I have today I am always impressed with Premier Inn- we have stayed at a few and the beds are super comfy and the breakfast is always good, plus the staff are nice - great to see another positive review

    Laura x

  6. Do love premier Inn didn't know there was one here
    Convenient and perfect for a commute to central London on my next visit and I can visit my cousin whilst I'm there
    Fab review thanks

  7. We need somewhere to stay when we visit our son in London, thanks for a helpful review.

  8. Sounds like you had a great time, such a great review

  9. Yes 40 minutes is right - I lived there. Add to that a great shopping centre.

  10. I didn't realise how close Hemel Hempstead was to London - certainly cheaper than staying in London itself and looks ideal for families :)


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