“ Address: 462 Birmingham Road / Marlbrook / Bromsgrove B61 0HR / United Kingdom / Tel: 0845 11 26 067 „
Being that I have had to travel to the Midlands a few times recently I have had to look about for some cheaper rooms to stop in. The usual hotel we stay in ranges from £60-£100 per night which is great on the odd occassion, but not if you are staying up every couple of weeks as we are to see our grandson. I had heard about this Innkeepers Lodge from a member of my family, who had stopped here a couple of years ago for my sons wedding. The only thing that put me off was that we had driven past this a couple of weeks ago and it does look a bit shabby on the outside ( in need of a repaint ect..). So while looking online for somewhere to stay I looked up the Innkeepers site and found that if you booked 7 days in advance you could have the room for £29.50 including breakfast ( not a fry-up, but a continental style breakfast!). So as it was myself and my son going we decided to give it a go and booked a twin room for 2 nights. When we first arrived we parked up and had to walk around to the front of the pub to get in, as we found out later that once you had your key you could use the side door with the electronic key to exit the lodge without having to walk through the pub each time. We were greeted by a very friendly young lady who explained all the times for breakfast, the Carvery and any other information that we needed to know. Handing us our key we went through the double doors and up the stairs to the first floor. Once inside it didn't look nowhere as bad as the outside did and on entering the room we were pleasantly surprised. Having two very large single beds in the room with the whitest and softest of sheets, at the end of each bed was a very soft fleecey throw laying over the duvet. It had a large oak chest of drawers with a hairdryer in one of the draws. Sitting on top of this was a large (24 inch at least!)flat screen TV, which not only had full freeview channels, but a lot of sky programmes as well. The picture was crystal clear on all the channels. There was also a long oak unit that run along the wall that housed the kettle, cups, tea, coffee and packets of biscuits. The wardrobe space was plenty being in the style that a lot of the Travelodges have with it being an open space with a rail to hang your clothes on with fixed hangers. A very large mirror was on the wall next to the wardrobe. There was also a lot of little wall lights scattered around the room. Next there was the bathroom to check out, on opening the door we was met with a very shiny clean shower which looked like it had only just been fitted, as the whole shower room was spotless with a 3 sided mirror, there was a silver shiny box on the wall and on inspecting it a bit closer I discovered that it held a box of Klennex tissues that you could just pull out when needed. In the shower there was another silver looking gadget that when you pressed this released shower/shampoo for you to use in the shower. If I had one fault then I would have to say that the towels were looking a bit on the used side although they were very clean. This didn't matter much to me as I take my own towels anyway. Looking out of the window I noticed that we overlooked the car park and part of the outside sitting area. My other son had booked another room and he overlooked the pub garden which was pleasant enough. After unpacking (we were allowed in our room from 3 o'clock) we decided to go downstairs and have something to eat as we had been driving for 3 hours. This pub is also a Toby Carvery as well and was very busy with people coming and going in and out of the carvery part. The staff managed to get us a table for 4 and we had our drinks bought to us at the table before we went up for a really delicious Carvery for just £5.25 each ( great as always with the Toby Inns!). After having a good nights sleep ( there had been a few doors banging about 11.30, but thats to be expected when stopping over a pub!) we wandered down to breakfast, this was a really pleasant surprise as I had not been expecting it to be up to much but how wrong I was!. Being greeted again by a very friendly face we walked up to the tables that had been laid out very nicely with just about every Kellogs cereal that had been made in individual boxes ( these were bigger that the usual little boxes that you can buy in the shops), fresh and ried fruits were along side the cereals with a large selection of yoghurts to choose from.Next there was a drinks machine that served all types of coffees, hot chocolate and water to pour on the many different types of teas to choose from. They also had fresh orange juice or pomegranite juice to choose from in large chillers. Next there was a basket with slices of fresh granary or white bread for you to toast, with a large selection of different individually wrapped cheeses, jams, marmalade, mini Nutella's, Marmites and Philedelphia's. As if this was not enough they had also laid on in baskets a large selection of crossiants and danish pastries. After sitting anywhere that you wanted in the pub we left feeling quite full and took a coffee to our room before planning the rest of the day ahead. We didn't need to have our rooms cleaned so we left a notice that was hanging on the door saying this and when we got back in a white carrier bag, there was a clean selecion of towels, teas, coffees and biscuits outside our door waiting for us. The pub itself ( The Marlbrook) is quite large, but very airy with lots of windows and is themed with lots of pictures of "Carry On Actors", the old fashioned "Dirty Seaside Postcards" and posters of slapstick films that had been made in the past. These were quite intestering to look at while you had your drinks and meals. It also has a small garden to the back and has a wide open outside sitting area to the front and side. So I must say that this was a truly lovely stay we had and was made to feel very welcome here. The price was fantastic for what we got and we will be staying here on a more permanent basis now. So don't always judge a book by it's cover as I nearly didn't stop here because of the outside!. I will give this a well deserved 5 Dooyoo stars!