Budget Hotel Review: hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh

What is it like to stay in a hub by Premier Inn? Find out in this hotel review of the hub by Premier Inn Rose Street, Edinburgh

Deep down I’m a flashpacking type of gal, favouring boutique hotels over hostels. But one of my favourite ways to travel better for less is to sprinkle my more up-market accommodation choices with comfortable budget hotels.

I’m a sucker for Premier Inn hotels and have stayed in their hotels a number of times, including pre-red eye stays at Premier Inn Heathrow T4, a convenient base in Fort William and an affordable overnight stay in Leeds. This UK budget hotel chain has scooped up a number of awards for business and leisure travel and the brand offers reliable, if unexciting, budget accommodation in central locations.

I had been itching to try out their newer product, hub by Premier Inn, and was able to scratch that itch on a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.

But is this a good choice of budget hotel in Edinburgh and how do Premier Inn hub hotels compare with the standard hotels? Get the lowdown in this review of the hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh.


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What is the Difference Between a hub by Premier Inn and a Premier Inn Hotel?

Contemporary style and technology are at the forefront of the design of the hub by Premier Inn brand. Their rooms are considerably smaller than those at Premier Inn hotel.

Where is the hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh Located?

This hub by Premier Inn is conveniently located on Rose Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, a ten-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station and a stone’s throw from many bars and restaurants.

hub by Premier Inn Review: Rose Street, Edinburgh

Check-in

This hub by Premier Inn had two self-service check-in terminals. In keeping with the brand’s high tech approach, you can scan the QR code on your booking confirmation email to check in.

However, their friendly staff offered to do the business in the good old-fashioned way.

check in kiosks in hotel lobby

My room was on the top (5th) floor. Unfortunately, one of the two lifts was out of action for my entire 5-night stay, placing considerable pressure on the sole functioning lift (quizzing a staff member I was told that they were “waiting for a bit”).

What is the check-in time at the hub by Premier Inn?

The earliest check-in time is 2 pm. Check out by 12 noon on your departure date.

The room

I stayed in a Bigger Room. As its name suggests, this is larger than the Standard Room and has a king-size bed.

As I was staying on the highest floor, I had a decent view over Edinburgh’s Georgian rooftops. By night, blackout blinds kept out unwelcome light. Sound insulation was also excellent.

view of rooftops
View from room on 5th floor of hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh

Decorated in the hub by Premier Inn palette of acid green with splashes of purple and beige, the room was compact but well designed.

It had good lighting throughout, including downlighters, controlled from an illuminated bed panel. More about that later.

Storage space was adequate for a short stay. There was a clever large drawer under the bed plus a space to store small luggage. There were also hangers concealed behind a mirrored panel, and two deep chest drawers.

As expected, the king-size Hypnos bed was very comfortable with decent linen and plump pillows. There were cubby holes at each side of the bed and a shelf running its width above.

bed with white linen with large map above bed

Facing the bed was a desk and chair.

desk with tv on wall above in hub by premier inn review

Unlike Premier Inn hotels, there is no provision for making hot drinks in your room. Instead, free tea and coffee and orange juice are available 24/7 from the bar on the ground floor.

Power points were plentiful and included one for European 2-pin plugs and one at either side of the bed. Whilst there was a hairdryer, there was no safe, fridge, iron or ironing board in the room (the latter two were available from reception on request).

The room had thermostatically controlled air-conditioning and heating.

Featuring a useful night light, the bathroom was clean and cleverly designed with good lighting.

The powerful shower, enclosed within a perspex cubicle – none of the Premier Inn’s standard nylon shower curtains here – had both a rainfall showerhead and an adjustable one. I also liked the generous shelf within the shower cubicle.

Hand soap and body wash were supplied in wall-mounted dispensers and were of better quality than those you expect in a Premier Inn hotel.

Don’t expect to sink into the towels but they were reasonable quality. My one quibble is that there is only one small rail on which to hang wet towels. Whilst this isn’t too problematic for a single traveller, it could be challenging if two of you are sharing the room.

hotel bathroom with white toilet and sink unit
shower cubicle

hub by Premier Inn smart controls

One design feature that distinguishes the hub by Premier Inn from Premier Inn is its use of smart technology to ensure a comfortable stay. An illuminated bedside touchscreen panel allows you to change your room’s lighting and temperature, as well as activating exterior ‘Do Not Disturb’ and ‘Make up my Room’ signs.

There were three intensity settings for the room’s lighting. The only slight irritation was that I couldn’t see a way to operate the bathroom light independently of the main room’s lights.

touchscreen panel with symbols in toom at hub by premier inn rose street edinburgh

Smart TV

The Premier Inn hub’s hotel room had a fabulous 40″ Samsung Smart TV. Much like citizenM hotels (one of my other favourite mid-range chains), its library of more than 30 movies on-demand was completely free. The television also supported Apple AirPlay and Microcast for Android devices.

Wi-Fi

In a welcome departure from the basic wi-fi provided by its sister brand, the hub by Premier Inn’s complimentary Wi-Fi is fast enough to stream video and audio.

Eating and drinking at hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh

Food and drink were available from the stylish lounge area on the hotel’s ground floor.

Continental Breakfast was available for £5 and comprised a cereal, yoghurt, bakery item and unlimited drinks. A cooked breakfast is not available.

illuminated hotel room sign with the number 518
long hotel corridor

hub by Premier Inn FAQs

Do all rooms at the hub by Premier Inn have windows?

Claustrophobics be aware. Some of the rooms at the hub by Premier Inn don’t have any natural light. As a friend once reported, it’s a little like staying in a cupboard.

Their booking engine does not state whether your room will have a window. If this is important to you, call Premier Inn with your booking reference number and ask them to allocate you a room with a window.

Is Car Parking Available at hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street, Edinburgh?

hub by Premier Inn Edinburgh City Centre (Rose Street) does not have a car park.

How Much Does It Cost to Stay at the Premier Inn hub, Rose Street, Edinburgh?

Room rates depend on cancellation terms and season. When I stayed in July 2021, I paid a daily semi-flexible rate of £50 for the more expensive Bigger Room.

hub by Premier Inn offers three room rates:

  • hub Flex: Pay upfront. Fully refundable with free cancellation up to 1 pm on the day of arrival
  • hub Semi-Flex: Pay upfront. Fully refundable with free cancellation up to 3 days before arrival
  • hub Standard: Pay at the time of booking. Although this rate is non-refundable, you can change the check-in date at the same hotel up to 1 pm on the day of arrival.
old buildings lining street in edinburgh
Edinburgh

Where are the other hub by Premier Inn hotels located?

As of September 2021, the 13 Premier Inn hub hotels are located in Edinburgh and London.

Is hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street a Good Budget Hotel Choice in Edinburgh?

In my experience, hub by Premier Inn, Rose Street is an excellent Edinburgh budget hotel choice.

It is keenly priced for the quality of accommodation, customer service was efficient and friendly and it’s a few steps from the bars and restaurants of the New Town. And if you are planning to take day trips from Edinburgh by train, Waverley Station is a minute walk.

hub by Premier Inn vs Premier Inn: Which is Better?

This is a tough one to call but let’s look at the pros and cons of these two brands:

hub by Premier InnPremier Inn
ProsPros
affordable and centrally locatedaffordable and centrally located
sleek and contemporary designability to make tea and coffee in the room
newer propertiescooked breakfast available on-site
super-fast free wi-fibathtubs in rooms
smart tv with free movie libraryrooms are relatively spacious
fabulous shower and better complimentary toiletries 
  
ConsCons
no provision for tea and coffee making in the roomsome properties are in need of a refurb
some rooms do not have natural lightshowers aren’t enclosed in perspex cubicle
continental breakfast available onlyfree wi-fi has limited bandwidth
no bathtub 
rooms are relatively compact 

hub by Premier Inn is slick on design but small on space. Whilst the square footage of the room should not present a problem for solo travellers, it may be another story if you are sharing.

As a solo traveller, safety is extremely important and the location of this hotel was perfect in that it was a buzzy area and I could walk out of the door and find a great place to eat within five or ten minutes walk.

But, as a true Brit, I love my morning cuppa and not being able to wake up with a cup of tea was a huge drawback. Let’s face it; I wasn’t about to throw on clothes and scamper down five floors for this caffeine hit.

When it comes to natural light it is a case of caveat emptor. However, on a subsequent stay at a Premier Inn in Liverpool, I discovered that some of their rooms also did not have windows.

I enjoyed my stay at the Edinburghhub by Premier Inn and would book another stay with this brand. However, on balance, if faced with a choice and the costs were similar, I would probably opt for a Premier Inn hotel.