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Hotel Travelodge (London Tower Bridge)
Member Name: hcafclaura
Hotel Travelodge (London Tower Bridge)
Advantages: Clean, good location
Disadvantages: Storage a bit rubbish
My boyfriend bought us tickets to go see Grease in the west-end for my 21st birthday. Been a typical male, I was left to book the hotel. As you would guess, there are hundreds and hundreds of hotels in London. I finally settled on this hotel, Travelodge London Tower Bridge. We paid £49 for a double room for one night, cheap for a hotel in the capital. From what I have read rooms do go cheaper but I spent months monitoring prices and never so them go down.
From what I have read, I believe the hotel is quite a recent development. When staying at a Travelodge this is something I try and look out for as it usually suggests amenities are pretty new.
The hotel is just a five minute stroll (unless you are with my boyfriend, who was positive he knew the way but instead ended up taking us to Premier Inn) from Tower Hill tube station, which made sightseeing easy. Everywhere we went, such as Piccadilly Circus, Madame Tussaud's was around a twenty minute tube ride max.
We had to wait for a couple of minutes for somebody to appear at the check-in desk, but nothing major. She was very friendly, and checked us into the hotel swiftly, asking how many key cards we required before giving us our room number and briefly explaining whereabouts in the hotel the room was.
I have stayed in quite a few Travelodge's now, and although they all have the same basics, they do differ in quality. The rooms were quite large compared to some I have stayed in, and they looked very recently decorated in neutral colours.
There was no wardrobe space as such, just a rail with coat hangers, which was fine for us staying for one night, but would perhaps not be sufficient for a longer stay.
There was a desk, on which was the usual kettle with tea and coffee. There were only two electric sockets, both located by the desk. The mirror was at the other side of the room so this made drying my hair a little difficult but again, no major problem.
The mattress was soft, and to be honest I thought we would have problems sleeping but we were both in nod land within minutes of laying down so it obviously wasn't that uncomfortable. The bedding was all very clean too. One nice touch was the lighting behind the headboard, very modern and something I haven't seen in a Travelodge room previously.
Another modern feature, the flat screen TV on the wall, very nice!
One slight concern before our stay was train noise, as there is a warning when booking that the hotel backs on to a railway line. Our room was actually on the front of the hotel so this wasn't a problem. The windows were really good and kept all street noise out.
The bathroom was reasonably sized, not as small as some I have seen. As per most Travelodges, there was a shower over the bath which was very powerful. Everything was clean, the shower curtain, tiles etc.
There was a wide range of food available at the hotel, and a menu for the restaurant is available in your room. Prices are pretty reasonable, on par with a pub meal.
We never ate at the hotel, there are so many lovely places to eat in London it seems a waste to stay in your hotel, and I have also eaten at Travelodges previously and found the food the be awful. Just to give you an idea, breakfast is around £7 each at the hotel, we went to Wetherspoons and paid less than £7 for both of us.
We could not fault the hotel in anyway. The rooms were clean, spacious and nicely decorated for a Travelodge. Storage was lacking, but we were staying for one night so not an issue at all. It was in the perfect location for us. London is far too busy and depressing for me, but if we head back I would definitely stay in this hotel, and have already recommended it to family.
Summary: Would stay here again
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