FOUND! The Premier Inn with the heavenly view! Except...
As avid readers will know, we've been on the hunt for the Premier Inn that features in their current TV advert - specifically, we've trying to find which of their hotels offers this incredible sea view:
Hi All, I work at Premier Inn and noticed this post about the view from one of our hotel windows. Thought you might like to know that the view is real, and Darren was spot on, it’s our Paignton Goodrington Sands branch.
Premier Inn has also confirmed by email that the advert shows a genuine view from one of their rooms. So let's have another look at it.
Here's Google Street View from the promenade to confirm the landscape seen in the advert - you have to face South South East for the views to match:
And here's the Premier Inn that's on the promenade. Except all the windows face the sea, not South South East and across the bay as seen in the advert:
The room may be above the Inn on the Quay, the pub in front of the Premier Inn - Whitbread owns both the Inn on the Quay and Premier Inn. Except the Inn on the Quay would need to have had its sash window frames replaced with one-pane windows to match the commercial.
For arguments sake, let's say the room is the Inn on the Quay, and we'll forgive the commercial's production company for removing the sash window that arguably spoils the view. We'll also ignore the fact that the Inn on the Quay still isn't quite facing the correct direction to fit the orientation in the advert, and that the cliffs in the advert are much closer than they'd ever appear through the window.
The real question is - what boutiques in Torquay are open at 5am? The source of the strong sunlight in the advert is well above the horizon and due East. The only time of the year that even gets close to happening is the Summer Solstice. Before 6 am. And even then, the sun is never that high in the sky in that direction.
So while the view in the advert is certainly one available from the promenade in Torquay, either Premier Inn has the power to move the Sun, or there's a lot of window-dressing going on in their advert.