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Innkeeper's Lodge (Slough/Windsor)
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Innkeeper's Lodge (Slough/Windsor)
Advantages: Cosy, comfortable, friendly - cheap!
Disadvantages: For the price - none at all
A recent trip to Legoland (must review that soon!) necessitated an internet search for a cheap hotel nearby. Legoland have 'deals' with local hotels available through their website, to include entry tickets, but I was pretty sure that I could find a cheaper deal myself.
I came across this one through LateRooms, and although I hadn't heard of the chain I decided to give it a go. This is a 'Budget' hotel and although room pricess vary according to season and availability I don't think they go much above £60 per room per night. As it was, in July I managed to book a family room for £40, including breakfast, and free parking - bargain! The hotel is just off Junction 7 of the M4, and very easy to navigate to. As you can see in the picture above, it is not as picturesque as the name might suggest... in fact, it is downright ugly on the outside, but hey - it is budget, after all, so I wasn't expecting views and rose gardens.
After a long day of rollercoastering and some very British summer-time weather, we arrived at the hotel rather dishevelled, damp and exhausted, to be met by a friendly Scottish lady who was very chatty and told us everything we needed to know, including a run down of the evening menu. The bar and restaurant are open to the public, whilst the hotel rooms upstairs are reached via swipe-card operated doors.
The room was fairly basic but serviceable and clean, with a view(!) of the carpark and an en suite bath/shower room. The extra bed, for children, was a sofa bed, but (unlike the Travel Lodge in Brighton - see previous review!) it had been made up ready to use, which was very welcome.
We had planned to drive a few miles into Windsor to eat in the evening, but the early start and busy day got the better of us, so that the hotel restaurant seemed very attractive, especially the special offer that we'd been told about on arrival. Our visit was on a Friday, which meant that a self-serve carvery was available, which was only £5 per person if eating before 7pm (after 7pm the price increased to £7). As a party of vegetarians, I'm afraid I can't comment on the roast meats of the carvery, except that there were several choices available, and there was a queue! I was very impressed that there were 3 vegetarian options, with a choice of vegetables, yorkshires, gravy and so on from the carvery. The food was fine, of pub rather than restaurant quality, but excellent value. Four of us ate, including wine (for 2) and desserts, and the bill came to £40.
We passed a comfortable and quiet night. Breakfast was also served in the restaurant and consisted of self service cold buffet, a good choice of toast, pastries, cereal, fruit and yoghurts. You might be disappointed if you had your heart set on a full English, but this was perfectly acceptable to us.
I'd definitely recommend this hotel as a cheap place to stay while visiting the area, perhaps not for a romantic getaway, but certainly for families looking for a bargain. It is ideal for visiting Legoland and we are already planning our next visit!
(If you're a real bargain hunter, this hotel can be booked through Laterooms with cash back through Quidco, and Legoland tickets are available as Tesco Deals.)
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