ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHEAP HOTEL IN FORT WILLIAM AND THINKING OF STAYING AT THE PREMIER INN?
Then you’ve come to the right place. I have stayed there and have written this first-hand Premier Inn Fort William review.
Fort William in Lochaber is the starting point of the famous Harry Potter Train and the perfect base from which to explore the magnificent West Highlands of Scotland, including historic Glen Coe. However, accommodation can be pricey, especially if you are visiting in high season.
So which is the best cheap hotel in Fort William?
The UK budget hotel chain, Premier Inn, has scooped up a number of awards for business and leisure travel. I have used their hotels a number of times, from pre-red eye stays at Premier Inn Heathrow T4 to an affordable overnight stay in Leeds. In my experience, the brand offers reliable budget accommodation in central locations.
But does the Premier Inn in Fort William offer good value? I spill the beans in this hotel review.
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Premier Inn Fort William in a Nutshell
In a hurry? Let’s cut to the chase. This is why I think you should consider booking a room at the Premier Inn in Fort William.
Where Is the Premier Inn Fort William Located?
Premier Inn Fort William is located within a five-minute walk of the train station and closer still to the bus station and a useful (and massive) Morrisons supermarket. Fort William high street is a ten-minute walk.
Premier Inn Fort William Review: Is This the Best Cheap Hotel in Fort William?
Unlike other Premier Inns in which I have stayed, there were no self-service check-in terminals. Instead, a good old-fashioned human being did the honours.
What is the check-in time at Premier Inn Fort William?
The earliest check-in time is 2 pm. Check out by 12 noon on your departure date.
If you picture yourself relaxing with a book in a comfortable hotel lobby forget it. There is no public area in the Premier Inn Fort William.
Two vending machines near the reception desk sell cold drinks and snacks.
My Standard Double room was spacious if a little tired.
Decorated in the chain’s corporate grey and purple tones, it had good lighting throughout with a combination of downlighters and lamps.
Storage space was adequate for a short stay. There was an open space for hanging clothes, a set of deep shelves and a solitary drawer.
The Hypnos king-sized bed was very comfortable with decent linen and plump pillows.
There was a comfortable armchair next to the bed, backed with tartan-patterned material – a nice local touch – and a wall-mounted television opposite.
A kettle with limited supplies for making hot drinks – two sachets of instant coffee, two Twining’s tea bags, UHT milk and sugar/sweetener – was provided. Further supplies were available on request.
Power points were adequate and included USB charging points on either side of the bed. There was no safe, fridge, or iron and ironing board in the room.
Although the room had thermostatically controlled heating, there was no air-conditioning. This was a bit of an issue as the room did feel very stuffy, despite the less-than-tropical temperatures outside, and the small desk fan provided was ineffective.
Facing the entrance to the bathroom was a small vanity unit that housed a hairdryer.
The bathroom was clean and functional with good lighting. There was a full-size bath with an overhead, non-adjustable shower head.
Don’t expect to sink into the towels but they were reasonable quality.
Hair and body gel in wall-mounted dispensers were provided as was a soap dispenser by the sink.
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Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all guests staying at Premier Inn Fort William. Whilst this is not lightning fast, it is adequate for checking email and for Internet browsing.
For a faster connection, you need to purchase Ultimate Wi-Fi costing £5 for 24-hour access. This is included in the rate for Premier Inn Plus rooms.
Eating and drinking at Premier Inn Fort William
Food and drink were available from the Brewers Fayre pub, located next door to the hotel (Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre are both owned by Whitbreads). It looked so dingy that I didn’t step across its threshold.
For £9.99 you can have the Unlimited Premier Inn Breakfast. The menu offers healthy fruit and yoghurt, through to a full English Breakfast, pastries and pancakes.
A Continental Breakfast option is also available for £7.99.
Both breakfast options are served with unlimited drinks.
Is Car Parking Available at Premier Inn Fort William?
There is free, on-site parking available at the hotel.
How Much Does It Cost to Stay at the Premier Inn Fort William?
Room rates in 2023 range from an extremely modest £35 to a whopping £259, depending on cancellation terms and season.
The hotel offers two types of rooms: Standard Double and Premier Plus Double.
Premier Inn offers three room rates at its Fort William hotel:
- Flex: Pay upfront or on arrival. Fully refundable with free cancellation up to 1 pm on the day of arrival.
- Semi-Flex: Pay upfront. Fully refundable with free cancellation up to 3 full days before arrival.
- 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.
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The Bottom Line: Is the Premier Inn the Best Cheap Hotel in Fort William, Scotland?
I am a fan of Premier Inn hotels. In my experience, the chain has achieved the right balance between comfort and affordability.
I’m not the only traveller who feels this way. Amongst other accolades, Premier Inn scooped the Best Budget Hotel Brand and Best Business Hotel Brand at the 2022 Business Traveller Awards.
The Premier Inn in Fort William is in a good location, particularly if you are taking day trips out of town by bus or train. It is also a clean hotel.
It’s fair to say that this is a no-frills hotel. However, when you are visiting Fort William, you are not likely to be spending very much time in your hotel or guest house and the Premier Inn provides a comfortable bed for the night.
But is the Premier Inn the best choice for budget accommodation in Fort William? Maybe.
Although it is not cheap during the busy peak season, it is likely to be less expensive than other centrally-located places to stay in Fort William.
However, this may not be the case at other times of the year. It pays to shop around to see if other hotels or guest houses offer better value for you.
Lastly, a note of caution. Check where your Fort William accommodation is located.
Many of the town’s guesthouses line the main Achintore Road (A82), south of the centre, and many are a considerable distance out of town.
It could be that bargain B&B in Fort William accommodation isn’t such a bargain after all.
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Other Recommended Places to Stay in Fort William
If you feel that the Premier Inn Fort William is not for you, take a look at these other choices.
This guest house, which has excellent reviews, is in a great location, on the main road and is less than 5 minutes on foot from the town centre and train and bus stations. Rooms have a fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities.
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This imposing 3-star hotel located between the train station and Fort William town centre features a guest lounge (with an open fire in season). Single rooms are available for those who are travelling alone.
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