Planning a Trip With Premier Inn London Stansted


When you are trying to book a city break for a girlie weekend, and you live in different parts of the country, things can get a little complicated.  I was planning a trip with a friend of mine who lives in London, and there was definitely a point where we looked like we might not pull it off.  Not one to be deterred, I was confident there was a way to make things a lot easier for ourselves.


We had agreed on a destination.  We were both really keen to visit Venice, as it was somewhere that neither of us had been.  I have wanted to go for a long time, so it was something to tick of my travel bucket list.  Choosing where to go to was the easy part, it was after that that things started to get complicated.

We had to agree on a budget that would work for both of us for our city break in Venice. We toyed with the idea of flying from separate airports, but not sure how this would effect us if we were on a short break.  If one of us was late, it could really effect our trip.

Staying At Premier Inn

Everything became a whole lot easier when we decided to look at staying in a Premier Inn before going on our holiday. This gave us a lot more options in terms of flight times, airports and it meant we could fly to Venice together.


We opted for staying at Premier Inn London Stansted, as there was a flight to Venice at 6.20am in the morning.  London Stansted Airport was a good halfway point between where we both lived, and we could both arrive at our leisure the day before our flight.  With check in starting at 2pm, it meant we had plenty of time to relax before our flight and get an early night.

I arrived first and received a very warm welcome from the concierge who helped me to get checked in quickly. He advised booking for dinner as the restaurant had a tendency to get a little busy at night time, so I took his advice so that we didn’t miss out before heading up to the room.

The room was clean and comfortable, with everything we needed for a quiet night before an early start in the morning. The room suited us perfectly, and would also have been perfect for a small family needing a room before or after going on their holiday.


Once I’d got myself sorted, I headed down to the bar to get a well earned coffee and to wait for my friend. She was catching the train to London Stansted from Liverpool Street and would then catch the airport bus to the hotel (£3 per person each way).

The bar area and lounge in the hotel were a lovely place to relax and squeeze in a bit of work before my friend arrived. The wifi was great and getting online was super easy.  The setting was cosy and relaxed, and lots of guests were enjoying some downtime in the comfortable surroundings.  The holiday really did start here!

My friend arrived at around 6pm, and we got her checked in straight away.  We had a lot to catch up on and some planning to do for our trip, so there was no time to waste.  We chatted over dinner in the restaurant, and I have to admit the service was great. The food however, was just ok, and not to dissimilar to what you’d find in your local pub.  There is probably some room for improvement in the restaurant when it comes to the food, but it would be my only criticism of the hotel.


Knowing we had a very early start in the morning, we headed up to bed to try and get some sleep. There’s nothing worse than knowing you need to get to sleep, but that you’ve got to get up in a few hours so you don’t miss your flight. Fortunately, as our room was comfortable and the beds were cosy, the odds of a relaxing nights sleep were stacked in our favour. We did drift off fairly quickly and the hotel was quiet and disturbance free, which helped out a lot.

The airport bus runs every half an hour, so we were on it at 4.15am to make our flight on time. The bus stops right outside the hotel door so it couldn’t be easier to be honest. It doesn’t take long to get to the airport terminal either, so we had plenty of time to get some much needed coffee when we got there.

We had a very pleasant and comfortable stay at Premier Inn London Stansted before taking our trip to Venice.  Staying here actually saved us a lot of money on our trip, and made planning our city break so much easier.  When your planning a trip with a friend who doesn’t live in the same place as you, explore spending a night in a Premier Inn Hotel as you are guaranteed to be comfortable and it could make your holiday plans a whole lot easier.

We received a complimentary stay at Premier Inn London Stansted in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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23 Discussion to this post

  1. We are big fans of premier inn. They are always great on price, clean and spacious and the breakfast is fab!

  2. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Cant beat a premier Inn for value
    I always have a great nights sleep

  3. joanna says:

    I’ve never stayed in a premier inn before but I’ve heard good things about them especially with being good value.

  4. Samantha O'D says:

    I used to work in a premier inn, it’s been my favourite job ever! I was sad to leave

  5. It is great that the service was mostly good aside from the average food. It looks perfect for an overnight stay!
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  6. Anosa says:

    I love premier inns same way i love travelodge as they are affordable and always convenient. I am yet to stay at the london stansted one but I am aslo heading to either venice or Rome next month so will see
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  7. The Premier Inn are a very reputable chain aren’t they.
    I have never been disappointed with a stay yet. Clean, comfortable and friendly, what more could you want ? 🙂
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  8. I am a big fan of Premier Inn and their customer service is great too. Such great value! x

  9. We are big Premier Inn fans here. 9 out of 10 times we go to London we stay at their Luton one. We love it here and it only takes us about 25 minutes to go into London or back. Breakfast is all our favourites 🙂
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  10. Rachel says:

    I absolutely love staying in Premier Inns and will always choose them over other budget hotels if there is one anywhere near x
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  11. Anna-Maria says:

    I am a big fan of premier inn, always clean, spacious room and the prices are affordable.

  12. Karen Gough says:

    Sounds like a great hotel

  13. We are big fans of Premier Inn. I love most of their hotels. This looks fab.
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  14. Kara Guppy says:

    We love Premier Inns – inexpensive, comfortable and perfectly placed in every town we have visited
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  15. Joanna says:

    I have staid many times at different Premier Inns close to airports when I had early flights. They are the best options and with prices starting from just £35 you really can’t get any better. I love how cosy their beds are.

  16. Alina says:

    I stayed in a couple before when we travelled for our cheerleading competitions. They’re always comfortable and reasonably priced. It’s a great idea to relax before a flight 🙂 PS – that’s very cheap for a train !
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  17. Miracle Max says:

    I always opt for Premier Inn’s when I stay in the UK. They’re so convenient. Jo x
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  18. Emma says:

    I like Premier Inns, we always stay in them when we visit family down south.

  19. Rachel says:

    I am a big fan of Premier Inn hotels, though I have never done an airport one, I have done 2 near football stadiums this year and they were both amazing x
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  20. Tony singh says:

    I’m a fan of Premier Inn, it’s good value for good quality

  21. Hayley Colburn says:

    I love premier inn, the buffet breakfasts are amazing and kids eat free is such a bonus

  22. A S,Edinburgh says:

    Premier Inn seem pretty reliable. I love how bright and cheerful this one looks! Thanks for reviewing it, it’s always great to hear about other people’s experiences of familiar brands.

  23. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    I haven’t stayed in a premier inn before, they do look very cosy, fresh and clean xXx

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