Young inspectors check out St Albans hotel

Premier Inn appointed Aboyne Lodge School pupils as 'junior hotel inspectors'. Photo courtesy of Tra

Premier Inn appointed Aboyne Lodge School pupils as 'junior hotel inspectors'. Photo courtesy of Tracy Howl Photographer - Credit: Tracy Howl Photographer

Eagle-eyed ‘junior inspectors’ going through a new £8.1 million hotel in St Albans city centre with a fine tooth comb have given it top marks, much to the relief of its boss.

To announce its recent opening - and to ensure that the hotel was of the highest standard - Premier Inn appointed Aboyne Lodge School pupils to cut the ribbon and conduct final checks of the rooms and menu.

The youngsters were taken through a Lenny Henry-style warm up video to ensure they were qualified to ‘bed flop’ while testing the rooms.

Tara Cruise, general manager of Premier Inn St Albans, explained: “We really value feedback from our guests and as a brand new hotel it is really important we make a great first impression.

“We wanted to invite pupils from Aboyne Lodge School as we saw it as a brilliant opportunity to get feedback from our younger guests and ensure they are happy with the hotel, as we love having families stay with us.”

Armed with checklists a dozen Years 5 and 6 pupils ranked the hotel on factors including friendliness of staff, bed bounciness, pillow softness and room cleanliness - giving it their seal of approval.

They also put their taste buds to the test by working their way through the hotel chain’s dinner menu.

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Nine-year-old Ted Jenkins said: “We were so excited to be invited as the junior hotel inspectors. I really enjoyed doing the bed flop test to make sure the beds are super comfy and I loved sampling all of the food, especially the burgers.

“Premier Inn St Albans gets a 9.9/10 from me!”

The 123-bedroom hotel in Adelaide Street boosted local employment with the creation of 24 new jobs upon opening.