Hotel review

Legacy Preston International Hotel, review: Big tick for cleanliness but earplugs needed

The Legacy Preston International Hotel is one of Preston’s top five hotels in the city, located just minutes from the high street.

Highly rated by previous guests, this hotel has established its good reputation in Preston, praised by some for its comfort, quality service and easy stay. The hotel has a large space and a design with its 75 contemporary style rooms and its rooms adapted for people with reduced mobility which are available on request.

Guests are also offered a cafe bar menu which is served daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., an extensive lounge menu, a licensed bar and free parking for 40 cars. With a total of nearly 700 “Excellent” or “Very Good” reviews, I needed to see what could be so good about this hotel.

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Booking myself on a sunny weekend in March I got a twin room for £52 – a good start to the stay considering neighboring hotel chain prices would have cost me around £100 for the same exact date.

Located along Marsh Lane, the hotel is sandwiched between the local university and the city center and is a short walk from the train station which was ideal for the commute there and back. With everything close by and the weather on our side, it was quite easy to walk to local shops and restaurants during the stay – a huge selling point of the hotel.

Twin beds with table and chairs in front of the window

Since the hotel is so close to the university, the exterior of the building looks very similar to neighboring student accommodation, which made me wonder what the lobby and rooms would look like. In other words, I didn’t feel like I was entering the Ritz. But good for the price, I knew that. I don’t know what they could have done with the exterior, but it certainly doesn’t give the best first impression.

Luckily my concerns were quickly sorted out – the lobby was a reasonable size with a small cafe and bar tucked away to one side. Although it is quite a small lobby, the simple and modern design made it welcoming, putting you in the “weekend” mood.

The staff behind reception greeted us with friendly smiles and helped answer any questions we had with helpful directions around the hotel. In the basement is where breakfast is served, although it is not included in the room only price, guests can choose to include it with their room for an additional £15 or can pay in advance on arrival.

Each day, guests can enjoy a full hot or cold buffet breakfast with a varied selection of cereals, fresh juices, fruit segments and baked goods.

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As I walked through the lobby and up to the room, I had a strange feeling that I had visited the place before. It took me a few moments to realize that I was simply confusing it with a Premier Inn because the colors and decor were so similar.

In fact, the purple theme continued inside the room as well. In fact, I half expected Lenny Henry to be tucked into one of the beds in his silk pajamas. Not quite original. Putting that aside for now, the other thing that struck me was the amount of space. With two single beds, a large desk and even a set of table and chairs, there was still so much room to walk around which was great.

Dressing table with mirror, TV, safe, tea, coffee and kettle
Dressing table with mirror, TV, safe, tea, coffee and kettle

The bedroom included a fitted wardrobe with ample hanging space for clothes, an iron and ironing board and a fan which would be a warm welcome on a warmer summer night. A large mirror with safe has been installed in another large wooden cabinet topped with a flat screen TV.

The dressing table with mirror would have been a great place to get ready, but the dim lighting wasn’t good for the makeover, which meant I had to go to the bathroom instead. It was a nice alternative, but it would have been nice to be able to sit at the dressing table, rather than the much wetter option I was left with.

Also on the dressing table was a kettle and two cups, with tea, coffee with all the necessary additions and complimentary biscuits which added a nice touch. One thing that really caught my eye as I walked around the room was the cleanliness.

Three-piece bathroom with lighted mirror
Three-piece bathroom with lighted mirror

Not a speck of dust could be found on any of the surfaces, the mirrors had no smudges or smears, and the linens were crisp, crisp white. Even the carpets — which are usually the first to show signs of wear — looked clean and stain-free.

This level of cleanliness continued through to the spacious three-piece bathroom. When it comes to using hotel bathrooms, I always hesitate. I find most look pretty clean at first glance, but once you start looking a little closer you spot every nook and cranny where dirt is lurking. Luckily there wasn’t even the slightest sign of mold in this bathroom and even the shower head – usually one of the worst offenders – was sparkling clean. The toilet has no stains, the sink was shiny and the built-in mirror was smudge and stain free.

Free shower gels and shampoos were available and the glasses placed on paper circles were a nice touch – and again, most importantly, they looked fresh and clean.

Free shower products
Free shower products

But while the comfort and cleanliness of the room were all up to par, there was one element that seemed to depress the stay.

Opening and closing your bedroom door created the loudest noise. Which meant everyone else opening and closing the doors to their own rooms also created a loud bang. Basically, when someone came or went out at night, I knew it. I’m not the lightest sleeper either, so I dread to think how much more I would have heard if I was.

All in all the location, comfort and price are huge selling points for this hotel and even though the doors were the biggest annoyance it wouldn’t stop me from booking another stay at the hotel. I might invest in some earplugs next time.

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