Newest Review: ... around 2pm with the hope that we could check in sharpish. Some hope! The doors were locked and only key-holders could enter the building.... more
A Room for a Sky Diver?
Hotels in Kent in general
Member Name: proxam
Hotels in Kent in general
Date: 29/01/06, updated on 28/08/11 (137 review reads)
Advantages: A real bargain
Disadvantages: A couple of minor faults
Using the Travelodge.co.uk website is a breeze - you can either click on the map, or enter a town to search the hotel you want. BUT, before you do that, check the little boxes to the side - this is where you will find the current offers. Clicking on this takes you to another page where you can do the exact same search...only cheaper.
We decided on Ashford in Kent, mainly because we wanted to combine a few days in England, with a trip to the continent, and Ashford is only 10 miles from the EuroTunnel.
The hotel is just off junction 9 on the M20, and is situated in a leisure park alongside: a multiplex cinema, a nightclub and a fitness centre. There is also a KFC, Burger King, Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Hut and a Little Chef in the area, so there's no need to go hungry.
The hotel is a fairly modern, 4-storey affair with a view of a fast-food joints and parking lot on one side, and a much prettier prospect of a large pond resplendent with water-fowl on the other. We had a view of the car-park.
Check-in is 3pm but we arrived around 2pm with the hope that we could check in sharpish. Some hope! The doors were locked and only key-holders could enter the building. Oh well.
At 3.01pm, I slapped my confirmation on the desk and was swiftly checked in. Travelodge policy is for the customer to pay for the rooms up front when checking in - this facilitates easy departure...and ensures they don't get gypped. No need for a credit card this time, I could just about scrape the 15 quid together in hard currency (incidentally, the charge was £12.77 - the remaining £2.23 being VAT).
The reception area in Travelodges is basic, to say the least. There's usually a rack with some tourist information, and a couple of cabinets where you can purchase soft drinks, snacks and any little bits-n-pieces you may have forgotten to pack. Oh, and a desk. This isn't a problem for me, I never usually plan to spend more time than is necessary in the reception area and anyway, I hate those hotels which have grandiose entrances - invariably it means they've blown the budget on this and the rooms just don't match up.
With key in hand, we proceeded to the elevator and on to our room on the top floor.
I've stayed in quite a few Travelodges, and although the building design can vary enormously, the rooms are almost always identical.
The rooms are a decent size and the walls are an off-white, cream colour with the carpet, curtains and soft furnishings all a deep blue. There are plenty of lights scattered around the walls. The rooms are usually equipped with a King-size bed (as this one was) and a sofa that converts into two single beds (these are only really suitable for children).
There's a long desk/dresser which houses the TV - in most Travelodges, I have usually had all the terrestrial channels plus sports, news and music channels. This one only had three terrestrial channels. According to the desk, they were modernizing their TV system.
There's adequate storage space in the open wardrobe, a couple of large mirrors, and a welcome coffee/tea maker which the staff will top-up gladly.
Our room was clean enough, if a little tired looking - nothing a fresh coat of paint wouldn't fix. One of the windows had a handle missing. This wouldn't have been a problem as the other window could open and close, but the broken one was jammed in a slightly open position and meant there was a bit of traffic noise. Not a major problem, but still sloppy.
The bathroom was fine. Clean and roomy enough with good lighting and a large mirror above the sink. There's plenty of room around the sink to store all those bits-n-bobs that live in a bathroom. Toiletries are of the basic variety - a small bar of soap and a tiny bottle of bath gel. There were plenty of towels and a handy heated towel rail to drape them over. The bath-tub was a little on the small side, but the shower was powerful and hot.
Breakfast isn't included but the Little Chef on the ground floor can supply you with everything from tea-n-toast, to the full English. They'll also deliver a continental breakfast to your room for £4.45.
Was it good value?
Well, I wasn't too happy with the TV situation or the broken window handle, but at 15 quid for 3 nights, I reckon I got reasonable value for money....in fact, with my free 40p newspaper everyday, and two or three coffees a day each, I think I actually made a profit on the deal!
Was it good value? - Just a bit...duh!
The rack rate for this hotel is £59.95 and I think if I'd paid that I may have felt a little overcharged. Actually, I wouldn't have, because I wouldn't have paid that much for this hotel. The Travel Inn at nearby Folkestone charges a maximum of £44.95 and it's even closer to the EuroTunnel.
Summary: cheap as chips
More reviews in the field of Hotel National
- Oh, The Irony!
- It's Central and it's in Manchester!
- How the other half lives...
- From backpackers to 5 star luxury, Cardiff has it all
- My weekend shopping trip
- Can You Bear Not To Stay In Paddington.
- Would have been "wel" good without the sleepless nights
- Visit The Skylounge!
- A stones throw from Durham City Centre !
- A Decent place to stop for a night.
- Ashtree House Hotel (Paisley)
- Best Western Glenridding Hotel (Cumbria)
- Charlton House (Somerset)
- Ibis London Wembley Hotel (London)
- Ibis Birmingham Airport Hotel (Birmingham)
- Bryn Aethwy Guest House (Anglesey, Wales)
- Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel (Chester)
- Nidd Hall (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)
- Old House B & B (Scaldwell)
- The Bear Hotel (Havant)