Lenny Henry snubs Premier Inns for luxury Christchurch hotel

Lenny Henry snubs Premier Inns for luxury Christchurch hotel

Lenny Henry

The Captains Club hotel at Christchurch

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

COMEDIAN Lenny Henry snubbed the £29-a-night hotels that he advertises to stay at one of Dorset’s most upmarket venues.

Lenny, 54, performed at Wimborne’s Tivoli theatre on Saturday night but, instead of choosing to stay in one of a number of budget Premier Inns around the area, elected for a little more luxury at Christchurch’s Captains Club.

In the television adverts Lenny boasts that ‘everything’s premier but the price’, but clearly it just wasn’t premier enough.

Lenny could have chosen to stay at several Premier Inns close to Wimborne – at Fern-down, one of several in Poole, Bournemouth or even Highcliffe, but elected for the Captains Club, where rooms can cost up to £319 a night.

A spokesperson for the Captains Club said: “Due to guest confidentially we cannot confirm that Lenny Henry has stayed with us, but obviously someone has taken pictures of him at the hotel.

“We hope this has not caused Mr Henry any embarrassment with Premier Inn.”

Lenny, who refused to comment on the story, has been the face of the low-cost hotel chain since 2009.

One Captains Club guest told a national newspaper yesterday: “Lenny seemed to enjoy his stay, but it was noted by a few guests that Premier Inn wouldn’t be too happy, especially when there was one nearer to where he was performing.

“He is no doubt being paid a handsome sum to be the face of their chain.

“So for him to openly show he prefers staying somewhere else hardly makes him a very good ambassador for the company.”

The Captains Club, on the banks of the River Stour, has a spa and a two-AA rosette restaurant.

Premier Inn said Lenny often stayed at its hotels and added: “But variety is the spice of life. I’m sure we’ll be welcoming him back soon.”

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10:09am Wed 21 Nov 12

Controversial But True says...

Oh no!! That's terrible news!! Shocking!!!

Well done Echo. Finally a worthwhile piece of journalism!!!! You even got Lenny to pose for the usual Echo story look!!
Oh no!! That's terrible news!! Shocking!!! Well done Echo. Finally a worthwhile piece of journalism!!!! You even got Lenny to pose for the usual Echo story look!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 1

10:27am Wed 21 Nov 12

BarrHumbug says...

And so?
Do you think Fernando Alonso drives a Fiat 500? or Christiano Ronaldo drives a Suzuki Swift?
Stupid, no news article!
And so? Do you think Fernando Alonso drives a Fiat 500? or Christiano Ronaldo drives a Suzuki Swift? Stupid, no news article! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 0

10:28am Wed 21 Nov 12

Daffodil2 says...

So what!! Must be a really slow news day!
So what!! Must be a really slow news day! Daffodil2
  • Score: 0

10:33am Wed 21 Nov 12

rayc says...

I see that Martin Clunes has been dropped by Churchill after getting banned under the totting up rules.
I suppose the Echo now expect him to advertise for Dorsetroadsafe?
I see that Martin Clunes has been dropped by Churchill after getting banned under the totting up rules. I suppose the Echo now expect him to advertise for Dorsetroadsafe? rayc
  • Score: 0

10:35am Wed 21 Nov 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

He's probably sick of all that purple.
He's probably sick of all that purple. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

10:42am Wed 21 Nov 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
And so? Do you think Fernando Alonso drives a Fiat 500? or Christiano Ronaldo drives a Suzuki Swift? Stupid, no news article!
Exactly. He gets paid to do a few adverts. Doesn't mean he has to stay there.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: And so? Do you think Fernando Alonso drives a Fiat 500? or Christiano Ronaldo drives a Suzuki Swift? Stupid, no news article![/p][/quote]Exactly. He gets paid to do a few adverts. Doesn't mean he has to stay there. HRH of Boscombe
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10:42am Wed 21 Nov 12

The Liberal says...

No way. Next you'll be telling us that Ronnie Corbett doesn't eat only Wiltshire Farm Foods meals.
No way. Next you'll be telling us that Ronnie Corbett doesn't eat only Wiltshire Farm Foods meals. The Liberal
  • Score: 0

10:48am Wed 21 Nov 12

hadvar says...

Blimey. You are telling me that a very wealthy person prefers expensive hotels rather than cheap ones? Thank god we live in a nation with a free press, where this kind of story can be uncovered. This story will doubtless be framed, and mounted on the boardroom wall at Echo Towers, along with the 'Pope is Catholic' scoop and the 'Ursid mammals defecate in forested regions' exclusive.
Blimey. You are telling me that a very wealthy person prefers expensive hotels rather than cheap ones? Thank god we live in a nation with a free press, where this kind of story can be uncovered. This story will doubtless be framed, and mounted on the boardroom wall at Echo Towers, along with the 'Pope is Catholic' scoop and the 'Ursid mammals defecate in forested regions' exclusive. hadvar
  • Score: 1

11:14am Wed 21 Nov 12

Humf says...

"it was noted by a few guests that Premier Inn wouldn’t be too happy" - truthfully? I get the feeling this was all done from this chap's desk on Richmond Hill.

Apart from that, Lenny is probably aware that the hotel reception and rooms advert look nothing like the real thing.
"it was noted by a few guests that Premier Inn wouldn’t be too happy" - truthfully? I get the feeling this was all done from this chap's desk on Richmond Hill. Apart from that, Lenny is probably aware that the hotel reception and rooms advert look nothing like the real thing. Humf
  • Score: 0

11:15am Wed 21 Nov 12

John T says...

From the accompanying photograph of Lenny Henry, it would appear that he is so shocked and stressed out that the Echo's investigative reporters have discovered so much about his sleeping habits, he will be taking at least 9 days sick leave this year.
From the accompanying photograph of Lenny Henry, it would appear that he is so shocked and stressed out that the Echo's investigative reporters have discovered so much about his sleeping habits, he will be taking at least 9 days sick leave this year. John T
  • Score: 0

11:25am Wed 21 Nov 12

In Absentia says...

I wonder which national paper they pinched this from?

What a load of nonsense.
I wonder which national paper they pinched this from? What a load of nonsense. In Absentia
  • Score: 0

11:39am Wed 21 Nov 12

Adrian XX says...

I've stayed in a premier inn (not that one) - a very sad place with old windows that let in sound from the nearby dual carriageway. They're certainly not "premier".

It's not really possible for a company like Whitbread to produce anything of quality. Their beer was cr?p and they took over and ruined many a small brewery back in the day. The unacceptable face of capitalism.
I've stayed in a premier inn (not that one) - a very sad place with old windows that let in sound from the nearby dual carriageway. They're certainly not "premier". It's not really possible for a company like Whitbread to produce anything of quality. Their beer was cr?p and they took over and ruined many a small brewery back in the day. The unacceptable face of capitalism. Adrian XX
  • Score: 0

11:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

Arthur Maureen says...

With articles like this Steven Smith, it's only a matter of time before the nationals come knocking..
With articles like this Steven Smith, it's only a matter of time before the nationals come knocking.. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 0

11:57am Wed 21 Nov 12

burgerboy says...

The Liberal wrote:
No way. Next you'll be telling us that Ronnie Corbett doesn't eat only Wiltshire Farm Foods meals.
Not any more, now that the van was nicked from alder road a couple of weeks ago.(;o). HA HA HA.
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: No way. Next you'll be telling us that Ronnie Corbett doesn't eat only Wiltshire Farm Foods meals.[/p][/quote]Not any more, now that the van was nicked from alder road a couple of weeks ago.(;o). HA HA HA. burgerboy
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Mr N James says...

The Captians club is my sort of place its very very nice i often go there for mettings. one always gets wonderful food and the staff are superb .Im sure lenny had wonderful stay.
The Captians club is my sort of place its very very nice i often go there for mettings. one always gets wonderful food and the staff are superb .Im sure lenny had wonderful stay. Mr N James
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Of course he would - he get pays to advertise the 'hotel' - not to stay in the darn things!!!! Why is this news?
Of course he would - he get pays to advertise the 'hotel' - not to stay in the darn things!!!! Why is this news? Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Dorset Logic says...

Does this mean that linda bellingham may not use oxo cubes?
Does this mean that linda bellingham may not use oxo cubes? Dorset Logic
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

s-pb2 says...

The biggest scandal here is that Steven Smith takes home a nice salary for what he calls journalism.
The biggest scandal here is that Steven Smith takes home a nice salary for what he calls journalism. s-pb2
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Wed 21 Nov 12

BIGTONE says...

I used cushelle bogroll for the first time today.
I used cushelle bogroll for the first time today. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Football banning order yob says...

who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,
who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny, Football banning order yob
  • Score: 0

8:56pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Football banning order yob wrote:
who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,
Agreed,and a racialist as well.
[quote][p][bold]Football banning order yob[/bold] wrote: who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,[/p][/quote]Agreed,and a racialist as well. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Wed 21 Nov 12

yesitsmeagain says...

pete woodley wrote:
Football banning order yob wrote:
who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,
Agreed,and a racialist as well.
watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Football banning order yob[/bold] wrote: who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,[/p][/quote]Agreed,and a racialist as well.[/p][/quote]watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing! yesitsmeagain
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Wed 21 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

yesitsmeagain wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Football banning order yob wrote:
who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,
Agreed,and a racialist as well.
watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing!
Oh, go and play with your hedgehogs !.
[quote][p][bold]yesitsmeagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Football banning order yob[/bold] wrote: who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,[/p][/quote]Agreed,and a racialist as well.[/p][/quote]watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing![/p][/quote]Oh, go and play with your hedgehogs !. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

6:14am Thu 22 Nov 12

yesitsmeagain says...

pete woodley wrote:
yesitsmeagain wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Football banning order yob wrote:
who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,
Agreed,and a racialist as well.
watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing!
Oh, go and play with your hedgehogs !.
just a friendly warning that i found your previous comment offensive ;)
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yesitsmeagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Football banning order yob[/bold] wrote: who cares he a washed up has been.. not even funny,[/p][/quote]Agreed,and a racialist as well.[/p][/quote]watch it pete thats libelous , look what mcalpine is doing![/p][/quote]Oh, go and play with your hedgehogs !.[/p][/quote]just a friendly warning that i found your previous comment offensive ;) yesitsmeagain
  • Score: 0

9:00am Thu 22 Nov 12

piratefan86 says...

Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;) piratefan86
  • Score: 0

9:56am Thu 22 Nov 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

piratefan86 wrote:
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.
[quote][p][bold]piratefan86[/bold] wrote: Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)[/p][/quote]Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however. HRH of Boscombe
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11:28am Thu 22 Nov 12

Taffytim says...

im on the same bus as you lot.

This is rubbish, i hope the reporter is on work experience and not a full time employee of our local rag.
im on the same bus as you lot. This is rubbish, i hope the reporter is on work experience and not a full time employee of our local rag. Taffytim
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Arjay says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
piratefan86 wrote:
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.
I take it that your writing the name as 'Mr.Woolly' is a comment, rather than a spelling mistake?....
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piratefan86[/bold] wrote: Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)[/p][/quote]Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.[/p][/quote]I take it that your writing the name as 'Mr.Woolly' is a comment, rather than a spelling mistake?.... Arjay
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

BIGTONE wrote:
I used cushelle bogroll for the first time today.
Be careful using it for a second time................
............
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: I used cushelle bogroll for the first time today.[/p][/quote]Be careful using it for a second time................ ............ Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Thu 22 Nov 12

portia6 says...

Goodness me and fiddly dee, what a
story, hope that Lenny finds a lot of
new jokes to tell about Premier Inn.
Goodness me and fiddly dee, what a story, hope that Lenny finds a lot of new jokes to tell about Premier Inn. portia6
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Thu 22 Nov 12

bobsworthforever says...

Does Heston Blumental use those little Knorr stock cubes i doubt it probably uses Oxo cubes like the rest of us.
Does Heston Blumental use those little Knorr stock cubes i doubt it probably uses Oxo cubes like the rest of us. bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

5:27pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Bigbaddon says...

Who Cares Where He Stays... Silly Story...

I stubbed my toe on the door frame .. can pull a silly face and cross my arms if the echo wants to do a feature ...
Who Cares Where He Stays... Silly Story... I stubbed my toe on the door frame .. can pull a silly face and cross my arms if the echo wants to do a feature ... Bigbaddon
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Thu 22 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Arjay wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
piratefan86 wrote:
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.
I take it that your writing the name as 'Mr.Woolly' is a comment, rather than a spelling mistake?....
Why arnt you at school.
[quote][p][bold]Arjay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piratefan86[/bold] wrote: Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)[/p][/quote]Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.[/p][/quote]I take it that your writing the name as 'Mr.Woolly' is a comment, rather than a spelling mistake?....[/p][/quote]Why arnt you at school. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Thu 22 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

piratefan86 wrote:
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
And you have the mouth it would fit.
[quote][p][bold]piratefan86[/bold] wrote: Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)[/p][/quote]And you have the mouth it would fit. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

9:31pm Thu 22 Nov 12

portia6 says...

Where would we be without TV ads?
Lets get Martin Clunes and Lenny
Henry to appear in a commercial
together, Premier Churchill we are all
in it together!
Where would we be without TV ads? Lets get Martin Clunes and Lenny Henry to appear in a commercial together, Premier Churchill we are all in it together! portia6
  • Score: 0

11:42am Fri 23 Nov 12

scrumpyjack says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
piratefan86 wrote:
Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)
Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.
Hey come on, we all know dear old Willy never claims he is picked on and never says anything nasty.

I think of him as a sweet Father Christmas type character spreading joy, love and above all wisdom where ever he does tread......
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piratefan86[/bold] wrote: Ah, yes. The infamous Pete Woodly putting is foot in it...again! ;)[/p][/quote]Mr Woolly is always quick to report posts he doesn't like however.[/p][/quote]Hey come on, we all know dear old Willy never claims he is picked on and never says anything nasty. I think of him as a sweet Father Christmas type character spreading joy, love and above all wisdom where ever he does tread...... scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Afternoon scrumpy.
Afternoon scrumpy. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

2:33am Sat 24 Nov 12

portia6 says...

Happy Christmas all!
Happy Christmas all! portia6
  • Score: 0

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