At half term we visited Bristol, to see MeeMee. She started Uni there last September. We have never been, and were very excited to be offered a Premier Inn to stay in. We chose the Cribbs Causeway Premier Inn, and had a family room for two nights.
We have stayed at Premier Inns before, and love them.
We left on Sunday morning, it is an easy drive from Pembrokeshire to Bristol, and this Premier Inn is at Junction 17 on the M5. The same junction as the Shopping Centre. We actually went to the shopping centre before going to the hotel.
There is a HUGE Asda there – we passed it when we left the motorway. It has everything, ideal for stocking up on snacks and drinks. There is also a cafe there.
Inside Cribbs Causeway Shopping Mall there are so many shops. And so many places to eat and drink too. Parking is free and easy – it is well marked so we could find our car after shopping! We met MeeMee there, she caught the bus from Bristol. It took her forever because not many buses run on Sundays, so the ones that do stop at every stop!
After having tea there we headed to the hotel, which is really near, and easy to find, but too far too walk to.
Although the website says limited parking, we managed to park with no problem. Parking is free too.
Mummy took all these photos before we ‘moved in!’
This Premier Inn had everything we expected, a huge double bed (bigger than Mummys double bed at home), and two other beds. The bathroom had a bath, over-bath shower (which everyone said was amazing – hot and powerful), obviously loo and sink.
There were tea and coffee with a kettle, a hairdryer, extra pillows – of different types, feather, soft, firm.
There were also white fluffy towels, and soap and shampoo in wall dispensers. The room was lovely and warm, with a heater we could adjust ourselves. The room and bathroom were also really clean.
We all love being together, especially staying in a hotel together!
We ordered some pizza from the Thyme Restaurant, Mummy ordered at the bar, and brought it back to the room. They gave us cutlery and tomato sauce, and covered the pizza to keep it hot. It was delicious!
We had an early night, and all slept well. The big bed was SOOOOO super comfy, the pillows and duvets were too, but the other two beds were not so comfy for Lea and Luke (they are 15 and 12).
We woke early, and went for breakfast. It was SO busy (it was half term) and there didn’t seem to be enough staff. We arrived at 9.20 and it was 20 minutes before we were seated getting our food and drinks.
Breakfast was an all you can eat buffet, hot and cold, with crumpets, toast, croissants, yoghurts, muffins, fruit, cereal and all the usual hot breakfast food. You can order poached eggs, and vegetarian sausages, both of which Mummy LOVES! And she said they were lovely too. There was also tea and COSTA coffee included, with free refills. All this for £8.75ea for Mummy and Amy – and Lea, Luke and I ate FREE!
We headed off into Bristol for a day out. Mummy had planned ahead and found a Park & Ride at the next Junction – 18 on the M5 as she did not want to drive into the centre of Bristol. It was the PortWay Park & Ride. it was FREE to park, and only £4 RETURN for us ALL to get the bus into Bristol! As parking can be expensive, this is a bargain! It was so easy to drive too, Mummy was thrilled!
I loved the bus ride, which took about half an hour, and we had a lovely look around the shops – there are some fab shopping centres including The Galleries and Cabots Circus.
MeeMee took us to see some street art, including some Banksy! I was snug in my pushchair!
We caught the bus back, then drove back to the hotel. The pizza was so yummy that we all wanted more! So we had pizza in our room again! You can eat in the restaraunt, they have some great meal deals on,but we all wanted to chill in our room instead!
We had a snuggly night again, and a great breakfast – not such a wait this time!
We left the hotel, and had a meal at a pub, before saying goodbye to MeeMee, Mummy took her to the Park & Ride and she caught the bus.
It is always so hard saying goodbye to her, we all miss her so much, but at least we had such a good mini break together.
Thank you Premier Inn for making this trip possible!
Top Tips for visiting Bristol
You need more than a few hours!
The Park & Ride is PORTWAY not Long Ashton. It runs every day, except Sunday
The Park & Ride is the best way to get into the city centre
There are LOTS of shops and shopping centres – little legs get tired so make sure you take your pushchair!
We literally only had a few hours in Bristol, but LOVED it!
SUCH great value
Kids Eat Free at breakfast and you can have all you want!
This Premier Inn is a great location for Bristol
The second and third beds in the family room were not great for older children
Maybe more restaraunt staff needed at peak times