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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:02 pm

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by knibbles » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:24 pm

I was thinking about seeing how much it would be to book in to the nursing home on the lane near the scary dog place.

I've already booked the Premier Inn for next year. They are letting you book just the two nights this time, so it's working out cheaper than it was this year, for us at least. I don't care, Indietracks is worth it. I don't think it's worth getting cross about the cost of it, that's how capitalism works, isn't it? They'll charge as much as people are willing to pay.
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Post by PontiacB » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:33 pm

knibbles wrote:
I've already booked the Premier Inn for next year. They are letting you book just the two nights this time, so it's working out cheaper than it was this year, for us at least. I don't care, Indietracks is worth it. I don't think it's worth getting cross about the cost of it, that's how capitalism works, isn't it? They'll charge as much as people are willing to pay.
I was thinking about doing the same thing, as it suits us down to the ground. Have we had a nod about confirmation of the dates yet as the rate I just saw on the prem inn app was the saver rate and so presumably is non-flexible?

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Post by knibbles » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:40 pm

PontiacB wrote: I was thinking about doing the same thing, as it suits us down to the ground. Have we had a nod about confirmation of the dates yet as the rate I just saw on the prem inn app was the saver rate and so presumably is non-flexible?
No confirmation, I've booked the last weekend of July (24th) as a guess. I reckon the expensiveness of all the weekends in July might be Premier Inn covering all possibilities until it's confirmed. I've booked the flexible one so we can cancel it if it's wrong.
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Post by PontiacB » Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:17 pm

knibbles wrote: I've booked the flexible one so we can cancel it if it's wrong.
Cheers for the info. I'll check back over the next few days, as when I looked there was no price on the flexible option either on the app or the website - I wonder if they noticed a lot were booking the flexible option and took it down, as I guess that leaves them open to a lot of late cancellations?

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:07 pm

It would be funny if some sort of admin error/miscommunication led them to believe it is on a completely different weekend next year and the actual weekend of indietracks was very reasonably priced.

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Post by linus » Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:09 am

Looking back over our previous stays at the Ripley PI, we paid as follows for three nights- all booked using the flexible option:

2010 - £186 (family room)
2011- £168 (double room)
2012- £141 (double room - plus, the festival was earlier this year because of the olympics- and therefore didn't clash with the rock/blues festival- another reason for the cost, apparently)
2013 - £234 (double room)
2014 - £297 (double room- but we cancelled because we couldn't afford it)

2015 - £389.50!!! (double room)

I appreciate it's that bloody capitalism in action and we have to put up with it and it's Indietracks, etc but that is taking the piss, innit?

Don't get me wrong, Premier Inn can charge what they like and we (non-campers) can all make our money go a lot further by shopping around, staying elsewhere, making a saving and using some of that saving on cabs or petrol (if somebody's willing to drive, that is)

There is a sort of note of gloom though that if the campsite and Travelodge were to hike their prices in a similar fashion it could make attending the festival unviable for many

But then perhaps both of them aren't such thieving robbing articles as the Premier Inn?

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:06 am

I'd have given Lenny Henry a handjob for that air conditioning last weekend if he'd have been there. Nearly saved my life on Friday.

Premier Inns are expensive all over the place now, especially since that rebrand. The one at Ripley is also marketed as "being on the doorstep of the Peak District", which I guess is sort of half true. There were plenty of non-Indietracks types staying there this year, including families, who I assume were on holiday what with the kids only just having broken up for summer (another reason for the price hike presumably). The one at Castle Marina in Nottingham, for tonight including breakfast, is nearly £100, for example. On a crappy Wednesday night. Still, it's on the doorstep of... umm... Lenton.

The one for next year for two nights (Friday and Saturday - we won't be able to stay Sunday cos of kids/work) is £240 at the moment. Expenny, but not that much more than a dreary Wednesday night in Nottingham next to a Frankie and Benny's.

How much does the Travelodge in Alfreton cost, and how long does it take to walk to the site? Moss Cottage might be back next year, of course, having just been bought out of admin.

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Post by linus » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:05 am

was the rebranding in 2013?

I can't say I noticed a marked change to the rooms over the time we stayed there, I presume the increase in price is to pay for their advertising rather than any added benefit to the customer

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Post by dandelion » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:32 am

a layer of chips wrote: How much does the Travelodge in Alfreton cost, and how long does it take to walk to the site?
My room there was £94 this year (the non-refundable rate, booked in September). Takes about 40 minutes to walk to Butterley Station.

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:42 am

For three nights? That's good! And 40 minutes isn't anything when you know what you're walking to, is it?

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Post by Silver Girl » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:40 am

It'd be an interesting experiment in supply and demand economics if we all had a pact not to book the Premier Inn until later in the year, just to see if the algorithms noticed and the prices dropped again...
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Post by dandelion » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:43 am

a layer of chips wrote:For three nights? That's good! And 40 minutes isn't anything when you know what you're walking to, is it?
Absolutely, it was no problem walking there at all. Didn't fancy the walk back but might have done it if I wasn't on my own. Not quite as convenient as Moss Cottage but I wasn't happy with Moss Cottage the year I stayed there anyway.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by darvé » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:54 am

a fog of ideas wrote:Looking back over our previous stays at the Ripley PI, we paid as follows for three nights- all booked using the flexible option:
This is an interesting idea, i thought i'd see how we compared, although i'm including the Travelodges as well, and right back to the first one:

2007 - Travelodge £65 (2 nights only)
2008 - Travelodge £119 (3 nights, although should have been £109 as we originally booked the 2 nights with early check in at £80 and then added the Friday a few months later, i'm guessing when they expanded to the 2.5 day format)
2009 - Travelodge £153 (3 nights, although we had 4 in the room this year, so CHEAP)
2010 - Premier Inn £164 (3 nights)
2011 - Premier Inn £168 (3 nights)
2012 - Premier Inn £141 (3 nights)
2013 - Travelodge £99 (3 nights)
2014 - Travelodge £96 (3 nights)

So if anything, the Travelodge is going the other way, although i'm sure booking dates come into play as well.
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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:24 am

dandelion wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:For three nights? That's good! And 40 minutes isn't anything when you know what you're walking to, is it?
Absolutely, it was no problem walking there at all. Didn't fancy the walk back but might have done it if I wasn't on my own. Not quite as convenient as Moss Cottage but I wasn't happy with Moss Cottage the year I stayed there anyway.
Yeah, Moss Cottage was "interesting". I don't really mind where I stay as long as it's quiet, which is why I couldn't hack the camping.

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by mkgleeds » Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:56 pm

dandelion wrote:
a layer of chips wrote: How much does the Travelodge in Alfreton cost, and how long does it take to walk to the site?
My room there was £94 this year (the non-refundable rate, booked in September). Takes about 40 minutes to walk to Butterley Station.
We paid £190 for 3 nights in family room - booked in October.
Bit more than previous years but refurb meant room was a lot nicer than before.

The walk to Butterly is generally fine and quite nice to stop in pub in Swanwick for lunch - though obviously you dont want it to be raining on way back when taxis can be difficult to find

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Re: Ripley Premier Inn

Post by islandhopper » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:31 pm

Everything's Premier. They are really comfy and well air-conditioned rooms and the entire staff are quite ridiculously cheery, but I don't know if I can justify the price next year. We'll see.

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