I have used this hotel many times over the years, it is in a brilliant location about 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross station. The hotel used to belong to another chain and when the Travelodge first took over these rooms were really nice, sadly Travelodge has done very little to them! Many still sport the same beds as they did 10 years ago and the same for the bathrooms and dresser's. I have had some that have had drawers hanging off, they really need to strip it all out and put in the new little dressers they use. They have put flat screens in most of the rooms here now though and although this hotel claims to now be sporting the new look, do not be fooled! They have painted and hung new curtains! This hotel does not have the new luxury beds nor shower rooms.
Regarding the size of the rooms at this hotel they really are hit and miss some are so small you can barely move while others are fairly decent.
Another issue I have with this hotel is other than dated it's often filthy in the rooms, on one stay I had to swap rooms three times before I found a room that had been cleaned fully. It really is not good! The bedding always appears spotless though!
All the rooms have the most insanely tiny bathrooms that the prior chain decided to shove baths into rather than showers, many of these are in need of replacement, rusting and dripping taps is something I have seen in many of the rooms. They are also very claustrophobic when the door is shut.
The staff are usually helpful enough though and the location is fab for getting around London.
The reception area of this hotel is decent enough, there is a bar which is open all the time and they do food at certain hours, I admit I have not eaten in this particular hotel yet as I tend to nip to Mc Donalds on the way back from the tube so can not comment on it but the area is comfortable and clean enough.
The area is a little rough but is on a main road with busses going up there every few minutes all night if you felt a little un happy about walking it. There are plenty of shops and take aways literally outside of the front doors as well which are open very late.
It often has the best prices of the few in that area so if you can put up with the issues then is worth it.
Back at the start of May I went down to London to see Matt Cardle perform the final night of his unplugged tour and as such I needed a hotel. He was playing at Union Chapel in London and it seemed most fans were staying at the Travelodge at Kings Cross Royal Scot and so myself and the two girls that I was sharing a room with down there booked there too. I had actually stayed there before the very first time that I went down to London with one of my friends and found it quite run down but I figured I would give it another go. This is my review of the hotel.
==Where is it?==
There are two Travelodges in the Kings Cross area of London and the Royal Scot one is located at the following address:
100 Kings Cross Road
We found that coming out of Kings Cross station you can see a Mc Donalds on the corner of Pentonville Road and if you walk up there you will soon see the Royal Scot hotel which is situated up towards the top end of that road.
From outside the hotel does look quite dated. It is a quite tall brown coloured building which we said reminded us of the seventies for some reason! As a base though it really doesn't matter what the hotel looks like from the outside as long as it is clean and comfortable inside. There is no step free access to the main entrance of the hotel but you can contact the hotel who will advise you on how to access the hotel via a stepless route apparently.
We arrived around 2.15pm to the hotel and although check in wasn't meant to be until 3pm the staff were happy to show us to the self service check in machines where I could input the information for our stay. It didn't give us a key straight away and so a member of staff grabbed us one but then it popped another one out so they just let us keep the two cards. Vouchers for our breakfast that we had pre booked were also dispensed at this point.
We were given room 266 on the second floor of the hotel and when we went across to the lifts we did think they were quite dated and also small. We managed to get the three of us in with our small cases but there wasn't much room for more people in there. There were a few of these small lifts though so it wasn't too much of a problem and we didn't have to wait long for one at any point during our stay. We did note that the golden coloured doors on the lifts were well overdue a good polish and whilst they are probably a nightmare to keep clean it didn't look wonderful!
When we got up to our room we found a smallish room with three single beds in there already made. I noted that the rooms did seem to have been modernised slightly since the first time I stayed in London which would have been in 2008. The rooms looked clean and fresh but they are pretty basic. There wasn't much room between the three single beds and there was just one desk in the middle of the room which had the television and tea or coffee making facilities on there.
My friend and I claimed a bed close to the wall in case we fell out as they were small single beds! They were made with clean bedding though. The beds weren't particularly comfortable but they weren't awful either. The main issue was my friend who had the middle bed found hers kept moving when she did and we all likened the beds to a trampoline! There was only one pillow on each of the beds and we couldn't find any spares either so we all made do with just the one. We all felt the room was a little cold and we couldn't find anything modern to turn the heating up! We had been stood outside waiting for Matt and it was 2am before we got back to the hotel so it would have been nice to have a quick fix heating wise. There was an old heater on the wall but this didn't seem to be working.
The bathroom was small with a shower over the small bath, a toilet and a sink. There were only two large towels provided in the bathroom which we thought was poor given we booked a triple room but in the end it wasn't really an issue as only one of my friends showered in the morning that we were leaving. The bathroom was clean and toilet roll and such like was provided so we had no complaints really there.
We went down for breakfast which we had pre booked around 9.30am and found there were plenty of staff working but it was pretty busy. We knew around forty people had booked to stay there overnight after the gig and so perhaps it was more busy than usual. We found a table and then went to get some food where there was toast, cereals and a full English available for you to serve yourself. There were no forks and we had to ask a member of staff to try and locate some for us and he was quite dismissive saying someone would fetch some out soon but on the whole the staff were pleasant in the hotel we found so perhaps he was having a bad day!
The breakfast was ok. It was never going to be glorious as it is mass produced but it was ok. It cost us £6.65 each as we pre booked and we had a saving of £1 each. Children eat free if adults purchase a breakfast.
This hotel cost us £100 for the triple room because we ended up booking it late after I was messed about with someone else who was going to share a room with me. We felt this wasn't an awful price to pay but initially I had booked a double room for £61 and so I would advise the earlier you book the better price you get. We felt over all though this price was fair when split between the three of us.
As a base this hotel is fine. The rooms are clean and from speaking to other people that stayed there that night it was a general concensus that this was the case. Staff were approachable and were happy to attend to those who stayed up in the bar after the gig for a few drinks. I think when you go to London really your room is just a base and for me at least I don't see the need in a wonderfully expensive hotel when I won't be in it much, especially if I am just staying one night! I would stay here again should I go to London for a gig at the Union Chapel again but if I were general sight seeing I would probably choose one of the newer Travelodges close to Euston or Waterloo where I have stayed before.
Thank you for reading my review!
This is a review for the Kings Cross Royal Scot Travelodge. I stayed here last year when attending an event in London. I didn't have much money to spare so went about looking for the cheapest place I could find online. I found a room here for £45 for one night. I have stayed in Travelodges around the country and always found them to be reasonable for the price they charge. I therefore had some expectations of what to expect.
I did have some problems locating the hotel due to the fact that there are more than one Travelodge in the Kings Cross area. I actually printed an online map of another hotel and headed there, only to be told that I was in the wrong place. The hotel is quite close to Kings Cross train station, where I arrived, but only as long as you are fit and have no problems walking. They do state it's 0.20 miles from Kings Cross and St. Pancreas. I found the roads relatively easy to navigate despite their being a lot of busy roads without traffic lights or crossings on them. I noticed immediately though that the area itself is quite rough and that there were more than the usual amount of obviously mentally ill homeless people sitting around near the hotel. During my stay I was approached many times near the hotel and this has put me off ever staying in the Kings Cross area again.
The hotel itself is big and ugly. There are steps up to the main entrance with no wheelchair access evident. When I arrived at the hotel I expected a quick service as I'd received during stays at other Travelodges. However, when I first arrived there was no staff behind the front desk. When one man eventually arrived he spent several minutes writing something down and ignoring me. Another member of staff arrived and I asked if I could check in. The staff member then looked at a clock. Check in time was 3pm and it was just aprpoaching this with seconds to go but she literally waited the seconds out without explaining anything to me then eventually turned and said I could check in. I thought this was a little petty. Overall the staff at the hotel seemed a bit too casual with their manners. I mean that the way they spoke to me was not very polite and a bit too familiar.
The hotel was quite expansive inside with an attractive bar and cafe just inside the entrance. A lounge space near the reception desk with vending machines was quiet and comfortable. The hotel has lifts to each floor but once I got to my floor I was astonished by the long, never ending corridors which looked exactly like the last one. It's like a maze of doors and wooden panelling.
The room itself was very clean with the bed sheets and towelling crisp and white. The bed was large and soft. I was very pleased with this as sometimes a good night's sleep on a comfortable bed is the most important thing you need. The bathroom was roomy and there were large mirrors inside and on the door. The water was hot and always accessible. The view from the room was terrible as it looked out into the centre of the hotel block, a horrible grey chunk with lots of metal bars and windows which made me feel a bit paranoid that the other guests could see me. There was a lot of noise from surrounding rooms which I could hear through the walls and the floorboards.
Room temperature was perfect and there was tea and coffee making facilities which were useful. The room also had a TV. As I'm quite used to staying in cheap places like the Easyhotel where you have to pay extra for a TV this felt like a bit of a luxury! There was drawers to keep your clothes and also hangers and cupboard space with ironing facilities.
I got a good nights sleep once the comedy noises from other rooms had died down and check out was a simple process.
I personally would not choose to stay in this hotel again and there are several reasons for that. Firstly I thought the area in which the hotel is siutated is not very nice. It felt dangerous and scary to me. I may be a country mouse but I've been to London dozens of times and never felt so scared or harrassed before. I also didn't like the way the staff at the hotel behaved. I think this may be due to the size of the hotel and the amount of guests coming through. I generally prefer smaller more intimate hotels where you don't feel like you are standing in a revolving door. The visitor traffic in the hotel made me feel a little unsettled. I also found that navigating my way through the corridors took longer than I imagined and I wasted a lot of time finding my room. Whilst the room was clean and safe I never felt completely settled and at ease as there was a lot of noises from other rooms - I felt a bit overwhelmed by the horrific concrete view from the window too. I have stayed at other budget hotels and they've all surpassed this. For budget travellers I would suggest trying Tune Hotels or the Easyhotels.
Positive things about the hotel was that the whole hotel and the room was clean and the room facilities were good for the price. I will not be booking here again though.
My sister moved to London a while ago and my Mum and I thought it would be nice to visit for a couple of days to spend some girly, family time together. We managed to get really cheap train tickets and hoped that we could find a bargain hotel to match. We were lucky enough to come across a Travelodge in the Kings Cross area which was priced at £29 a night. We snapped it up as it seemed too good to be true; it was booked for a Monday night about 6 weeks before Christmas.
We got the train to London Liverpool Street and got the tube to King's Cross. We decided that we would walk to the hotel as it was raining and roads were gridlocked so we figured it would probably be just as quick to walk! I put the postcode into the sat nav on my phone and it said it would take 12 minutes, which was pretty accurate. The Travelodge is well positioned for transport links and it just over the road from a convenience store.
When we walked in, we couldn't believe that it was a Travelodge. It had a fairly grand entrance and was really bright and open. The reception area was to the right and there was a lovely looking café/bar to the right hand side. The reception staff were friendly and checked us in quickly and easily, showing us how to get to our room.
We had to get the lift to the second floor and then walked around a maze of corridors before FINALLY getting to our room. It felt a little like being in a cabin on a ship as it was really tiny! There were twin beds with little space inbetween, a TV and wardrobe (as standard in Travelodges). The hotel was obviously laid out in a circular format and so our window looked out on the central bit where all of the other rooms looked as well!
The bathroom was tiny, and the tiles in the bath/shower were pretty grubby. I did have a shower and there wasn't a lot of power and the shower head kept falling down. There were plenty of nice, fluffy towels provided but there was no showergel/shampoo or anything similar.
The bedroom was clean and I found the bed to be fairly comfortable (although it might just be because I'd spent a whole day walking around London and was shattered!). The tea and coffee in the room was a godsend and I think we used everything we had - just a shame there were no biscuits!
Overall, my Mum and I were pretty happy with our stay at the Travelodge King's Cross Royal Scot. It only cost us £29 in total for one night and it was such a bargain for that price. Yes, the room was small, but it was adequate for what we needed it for. We spent most of our time out and about and only really used the room for sleeping in. We both had a good night's sleep and enjoyed the refreshments in the room. The hotel was incredibly well situated for getting to most places in central London due to the great links with King's Cross. We didn't use the café/bar but it really did look lovely and I think I would do so if staying here again.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a bargain place to stay in the capital. I would also happily stay here again. It's not luxury, but you just can't go wrong for £29.
On a recent trip to London with my flatmate, we knew we wanted to stay somewhere tried and tested - somewhere where we would know what we was going to get. This is why we picked to stay in a Travelodge. Although not the best hotels in the world, they are clean and the beds aren't too uncomfortable. The Travelodge branch in question is the Kings Cross Royal Scot.
== Location ==
As you can probably tell from the name of the hotel, it is located close to Kings Cross station. Unless you know London and this area really well, I would advise printing a map from the Travelodge website although the hotel is easy enough to find. This Travelodge is only a quick 5 minute walk away from the train station. Exit the station at Pentonville Road and carry on walking down that street until you see a turn for Kings Cross Road and keep following that down until you see the Travelodge which will end up straight in front of you.
== My experience ==
We booked this hotel way back in the summer and it only cost £40 for a twin room for the night. I have stayed in some terrible hotels in London for more than this so I thought the price was great. I booked through the Travelodge website instead of any other hotel booking sites. The website explains what time check in/ out is and what amenities the hotel has.
As I have said, the hotel was extremely easy to find which is a huge plus for me. First impressions of the hotel were quite good. The front of the building is nice and clean with large glass windows showing the inside of the hotel which consists of lobby and bar/ restaurant. At the time we arrived, the lobby was full of a (what looked like) school trip of foreign students but we had no problems checking in easily and without any hassle. However, check in isn't until 3pm and we arrived in London at 11am. This meant having to cart a bag around the city for a few hours before being able to check in. Due to this reason, we only took the bare minimum with us so we didn't have to carry too much around. You can pay more to have a later check in but not earlier, which I would have been happy to pay for.
After checking in, we headed up to our second floor room. The hotel does have lifts in case you have a lot of luggage but there is a decent walk to your hotel room. We had to follow a really long and windy corridor around until eventually finding room 241 which seemed to take forever to get to. All rooms have electronic key cards so entering was very simple - we just put the card in the door and the little green 'open' light popped on and unlocked the door. The room was pretty much what I had expected it to be although nowhere near as nice as the lobby and bar. The Travelodge website shows rooms with modern furniture whereas our room had furniture which looked quite old and worn. We didn't mind this too much as we were literally only sleeping there for one night and going out early the next day.
The twin bedroom comprised of two single beds which shared a bedside table with one drawer. Each bed has a light and switches next to it. The room also has a large desk with mirror behind which had on it a TV and a kettle with tray of teas and coffees. Next to the desk was a chest although it seemed to be used more for a seat than anything else. There is also a large wardrobe in the room next to the door which had hangers and extra pillows inside. The room was spacious and nice enough and was generally your average cheap hotel room. The window in the room was lovely and big though which let in a lot of light. The curtains were nice and thick though so it blacked everything out when we were ready to sleep. I was glad to see a working radiator in the room which we made full use of!
The bathroom is really what lets this room down so much as it was so small! Inside the bathroom is a sink with mirror behind, toilet and bath/ shower. There was barely any room to stand in the bathroom so taking pictures of it was extremely difficult. As long as I could have a shower in the morning though I thought it would be ok. Unfortunately, the shower was rubbish! The water pressure was terrible and being someone with very long hair, it took me a long time to rinse both shampoo and conditioner out of it. The water came out in the slowest trickle which I was very disappointed with. The bathroom also does not have an extractor fan nor a window so it gets very steamed up in there quickly.
Even though this hotel room did have some problems, I had a wonderful night sleep! The second floor of the hotel was quiet and we weren't disturbed at all by others staying here. The beds were extremely comfortable and it didn't take me long to get to sleep and stay asleep until my alarm went off. I can't actually remember a night where I didn't wake up at least once apart from when I stayed here. Staff at the hotel were friendly although we barely had any interaction with them. A lovely girl at the front desk quickly gave us our key cards upon checking and in explained that to check out we only needed to deposit the card into a box. Because of this, I cannot really comment too much on the staff's competency because we didn't need to talk to anyone!
== Overall ==
The Travelodge Kings Cross Royal Scot isn't the best hotel but you do get what you pay for along with a decent night sleep. I would stay here again if I paid the same £20 a night per person because you won't get much else for that price in London!
I work away from home sometimes and I have stayed in lots of hotels over the years and some of them have been the Travelodge hotels and these hotels are placed all over the uk.
I was working around the London area and this hotel was where I stayed for a couple of nights last year.
The hotel is situated not far from Kingscross Railway and Tube station and it is around a 5 minute walk to the hotel, on entering the hotel, there is a reception desk to check in, the time of the room being available is 3pm of which for me was 5pm and so my room was ready available but I once arrived at 2.45pm and I had to wait until after 3pm to have access to my room as they were apparently still cleaning the rooms.
The departure time is 12pm of which you have enough time to be ready to leave for home or your destination and to have a breakfast.
The room was very clean and I had no problems with it, but the size was not very big but was comfortable for the price.
There are tea and coffee facilities in the room, clean towels in the bathroom and soap.
There is a television in the room and extra pillows and a spare blanket for the bed if needed.
There is a breakfast available if needed priced at 5.95.
This hotel is convienient for the Kingscross Station.
The staff on arrival were not all that friendly in my opinion and I had to wait for 5 minutes before anyone even came to the counter.
The room was quite cold but there was a heater in the room but it took quite some time to warm up and it would have been nicer if the heating had been put on low since it was the winter.
This hotel is convenient for the London eye, Madame Tussauds, London Zoo, Covent Garden Market and lots more and Heathrow Airport is around 18 miles away from the hotel.
It is in my opinion a basic hotel but very clean and it is very handy for the attractions around London and being very close to a Tube station it is excellent for the links around the City.
Prices vary depending on the time of year you stay at the hotel and how far inadvance it is booked but prices can be from as little as £39.99 per night for a double room.
Overall I recommend this hotel but the rooms are a little small and although I cannot comment on the family rooms, my double room was quite small.
I rate it 4 stars
I have stayed in this Hotel once.
It is about 10 minutes walk from Kingscross Station and is very easy to find.
I found the room I had was not very big compared to the normal Travelodges I normally stay in.
I use alot of Travelodges and always found them lovely but this one I was not too impressed with to be honest.
The check in time is 3pm, and check out 12pm on day of departure.
I arrived at 4pm and my room was not available, the staff did not seem to care I may be tired etc, every traveller is mostly tired on day of arrival thats why they are staying in a hotel, but the staff here tended to think I had travelled across the road not 6 hours of so.
By 4.30 I finally was given my room. There was no tea or coffee in the tray, which in other Lodges it is always there, not that I am a complainer because I am far from that.
There is a breakfast on offer priced at 5.95.
The hotel was clean at least and I stayed for 3 nights, I would say this one is a not very good one out of the others the Travelodge offer.
I booked this hotel on a whim. Travelodge were doing their £9 sale and this was the only one in Central London to take part in the offer - or at least, the only one I could find.
Staying for two nights, the total cost was £32.90 - £9 for one night, £12 the next and £5.95 each night for breakfast.
Finding the hotel was extremely easy; a ten minute walk from King's Cross train station/King's Cross St. Pancreas tube station, with no awkward directions - just a walk down the road leading from the station to the hotel. On the way down, you pass a Starbucks, McDonald's, several shops and cafes.
Arriving at the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised - reviews I had read on the hotel after booking had said the building was old, shabby and worn - this didn't appear to be the case. I arrived at approximately 5pm and found no queue when I arrived.
Being a mother of a young baby, I'm used to hauling a pushchair up and down steps and was pleased with the fact the entrance to the hotel only had four or five to contend with. Though I don't struggle with stairs, wheelchair users and other lone parents may find these difficult as they are rather steep.
The lobby area was clean with a restaurant attached to the left. Although there were three or four computers at the reception area, only one member of staff seemed to be attending, though this wasn't a problem as it was quiet. Check in was quick and simple. As my room was pre-paid, all I had to do was provide my name and confirm my address and I was handed an electronic key-card. The staff member wasn't overly friendly and welcoming but by no means rude.
Going towards the lifts, I passed half a dozen computers which provided internet access at £1 for 20 minutes and a vending machine offering snacks such as crisps and chocolate and those all important toiletries that are easily forgotten such as shampoo and body wash.
To access the corridor leading to the rooms, you need insert your key-card into the door, giving you a sense of security and safety.
Going into the corridor, I was met by three lifts - though I only witnessed two working in the dozen or so times I used them. The lifts themselves were extremely small, barely fitting my daughter's pushchair in - though people still seemed to want to cram themselves in to the tiny space and rub shoulders with strangers.
Getting out the lift, a badly placed vending machine meant I had to squeeze out the lift into the corridor. The vending machine itself offered a bottle for coke and water for around £1.50 each. The corridors were slightly narrow and two people wouldn't be able to walk side by side. The signs were extremely confusing to begin with - maybe it was just my floor, but there were no arrow signs showing which way to go. Luckily, the corridor had plenty of turns and leads you round in a full circle, so although it took a little longer, we still got there.
Arriving at the door, I noticed it was already and the wood around the handle was damaged. Though this was unique to my room, it was a worrying factor. After vigorous testing from inside and out, I was assured the lock itself wasn't damaged and nobody could get into the room whilst I wasn't there; it just needed firmly shutting and quick check upon entering/leaving. Though not convenient, it wasn't too much hassle.
Upon entering the room, I was slightly shocked at the size. After passing a small bathroom and storage cupboard, I entered a twin bed room with a desk, TV and bedside table. The room's walkway was very narrow, barely big enough for me to fit the pushchair in, but it did fit. The room itself was very clean and fresh, as with almost every Travelodge I have stayed at and I was not disappointed with the cleanliness at all.
On looking around the room, I noticed there was a lot of storage space - extremely handy for a room this size - with a huge wardrobe as you walk in, a kind of built in chest next to this and then the desk with four average sized drawer and one large drawer. In between the beds was a bedside table fixed to the wall with two more decent sized drawers.
As with most budget hotels, there were no 'frills' like chocolate on the pillow or biscuits, however a kettle, two cups, spoons, tea bags, coffee sachets, sugar, milk and sweeteners are provided as well as multiple vending machines throughout the hotel.
Bins were provided - one in the main room and one in the bathroom - but these were small and both got full after just a few hours.
I had forgotten to book a travel cot for my daughter and I thought this would be a problem as the hotel had hundreds of guests. But after explaining the situation to the front desk, I was happy to be told one will be on its way up soon. Again, the staff member wasn't overly enthusiastic but having worked for Travelodge myself, I don't hold it against her.
15 to 20 minutes later, a different member of staff delivered the cot. Not an unreasonable amount of time but would have caused a problem if someone was in a rush.
After settling in to the room, I made my way to the restaurant in the lobby. There was an adequate amount of table although at busy times I can see that you probably would have to wait for one.
For a small hotel restaurant, the menu was alright. There were six or seven different meal options in each category - starter, main meal, dessert, children's menu - and a licensed bar. Each meal seemed to be around the £6, decent for Central London. I was provided with a high chair and the waitress seemed friendly enough. There was a widescreen TV attached to the wall and the volume was of perfect volume - loud enough to hear but not interrupt a conversation - and was set on a general music channel.
Although it was only 6pm and the restaurant hadn't been open too long, the soup wasn't available and I had to make a quick alternative decision.
The portion sizes were great and I felt full after my starter and half my main meal.
If you don't fancy anything from the restaurant or you find it closed, there were two fast foods places directly opposite the hotel and more up the road by King's Cross station.
Going back up to my room, I decided to run a bath for me and my daughter. The bathroom was extremely small and I had to squash myself right in to be able to shut the door. The bath itself was also small, especially in length. Not a bath you can lie down and relax in but doesn't cause a problem if you're just sitting up. I was able to straighten my legs in the bath and to adequately wash myself and my daughter.
I was pleasantly surprised by the towels provided; they were of extremely good size and in excellent condition.
Although it was January, snowy and extremely cold outside, it was by no means cold inside. However, it wasn't very warm either. A small radiator with temperature controls and an off button was beside the desk.
The windows opened about 2 inches and was slightly hard to open - even harder to close. The curtain hung from two separate rails which overlapped, which completely blocked light from entering.
Having read other reviews for this hotel, I was worried about the noise level from the neighbouring rooms but on both nights had no problems - or complaints! - and didn't find any problems with thin walls. However, on a few occasions I could hear people walking past my door and their conversations could be clearly heard - even if they were talking quietly. Luckily, the corridor didn't seem to be busy and I heard no noise past 10pm.
The beds themselves were clean and comfortable, but I did notice one was firmer than the other - perfect for catering to different needs but could cause a problem if both people want a softer bed! The sheets and duvet cover were simple and extremely clean. The duvet was tucked in tightly under the bed, so much so I had to get out to loosen them. There was one pillow per bed provided however a spare can be found in the wardrobe.
There was a set of light switches on the wall above the bedside table, controlling all the lights in the room - barring the bathroom. The light above the second twin bed seemed to be well and truly on its way out but was perfect for me as it worked well as a nightlight for my daughter - though it obviously wasn't meant for this use.
Using the bathroom again in the morning, I noticed a small bar of soap and two disposable plastic cups had been supplied. The mirror and sink area was big enough for two people (as long as you don't need to close the door!) though the sink itself wasn't. I couldn't seem to get any cold water through the taps, no matter what I did. I'm not sure if this was just a fault with my room or was a recurring theme throughout the hotel.
Before leaving the hotel for the day, I rechecked into my room. Again, this was a quick, easy and simple process of confirming a few details and having my key-card reprogrammed for that day. I was happy enough to leave my belongings in the room whilst going out all day and upon returning, had found my room had been cleaned - I had mixed feelings about this. When I used to work for Travelodge, we used to ask our longer stay guests if they would like their rooms cleaning while out. I wasn't asked and although it was great coming back to a clean and tidy room, I did have the initial panic about my laptop, cash and belongings as some things had been moved around - though this proved an unfounded fear. The bins had been emptied, sheets changed, floor hovered, refreshments replenished and other general tidying up.
The TV was small but for a budget hotel, I wouldn't expect anymore. Ten channels were provided, including the usual BBC One, Two, ITV, Channel Four and Five as well as a music channel, news channel and Cbeebies - plus some radio stations to boot.
The only major quibble I have about my whole experience in this hotel was with the travel cot. Although hardly any travel cots come with sheets, I wasn't provided with anything to cover the mattress which seemed to be stained several times. As my daughter often sleeps on her knees with her bum in the air and face on the mattress, I did find this unacceptable and had to make do with stripping the spare bed for the sheet to cover the stains.
On both mornings of my hotel stay, I had breakfast. As mentioned before, advance booking is £5.95 and two kids can eat free with each paying adult.
I thought this was extremely good value for what was on offer. The breakfast was an all-you-can-eat buffet and consisted of several different things.
Cornflakes and Rice Krispies were on offer for cereal with fresh milk. Cooked breakfast was sausages, bacon, scrambled egg, beans and tomatoes. I witnessed these being replenished twice - though the first time I came down was pretty early and the food seemed to have been left out for a while. The hot foods are provided on big metal trays keeping them warm.
White and wholegrain bread could be found next to an industrial toaster that was constantly left on. Butter, jam and marmalade were served in small cartons.
Blueberry muffins and fresh Muller fruit yogurts in multiple flavours could also be found on the breakfast buffet as well as tea, coffee, apple juice and orange juice.
The morning staff seemed much more lively, cheery and friendlier than the other shifts with one staff member in particular who took a shine to my daughter and made our breakfast experience all the more pleasant.
Checking out was simple. I just dropped my key-card into the slot on the reception desk and was on my way.
Overall, I was extremely happy with my experience at this Travelodge. As I experienced none of the problems I have read in other reviews, I would happily recommend this hotel to anybody who wants to stay in a convenient Central London location and rooms can be found from as little as £19 if booked well in advance and even £9 during sale times.
More importantly, my daughter was happy and relaxed in this hotel and didn't seem to mind being away from home like she usually is.
Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot
Description: Address: 100 King's Cross Road / London / WC1X 9DT / / Formerly the Thistle Kings Cross
I have checked their website a few times and never found a room cheaper that £90 per night for a weekend at the start of July. Okay so this isn't the most expensive rates that you could pay, but for what you get for your money, it certainly seems overpriced.
To begin with, when trying to check in, there was an incredibly long queue and hardly anyone checking people in (1 person, while another came and went again without doing much) so it took me a whole hour to get checked in. My first complaint was the fact check in is from 3pm onwards and yet you need to vacate your room by 12pm the next day. That isn't even 24 hours later! Not only that but they wouldn't allow people in the queue to be checked until 3pm, so that it was 4pm and later for those who were waiting.
The next issue was that the lifts were not working. This was not advertised by a sign though, oh no, in fact, a member of staff came rushing through and shrieked "don't use those lifts, they are out of order and you may get stuck in them". Which begs the question, why on earth have you not put up signs to warn people? That would mean that instead of rushing in and out to tell people, the staff member could be on the checking in desk, helping to get through the queue more quickly!
My next issue was the fact that despite being a double room, there was one towel. Hence another trip to reception to ask for more. The staff member who gave us more towels looked rather cross at being asked, certainly not the service that I had expected.
The bathroom was a little dirty looking, with cracked tiles and a slightly damp smell. The bedding was clean and fresh but the double room was in fact 2 single beds pushed together. The rest of the room was clean but looked like it had seen better days. There was tea & coffee, no biscuits or bottled water though.
There was a large air conditioning machine on the wall in the room, and as it was July and the windows only opened about 6 inches (perhaps to stop guests from throwing themselves out rather than face reception again), the room was absolutely roasting. We again trailed to reception and found a different staff member there, so hoped that she might be more friendly than the last one - alas, it was not to be.
"Hi, the air con in our room isn't working, and it is really, really hot" I began. "There is no air con in the hotel" she snapped. "Ah okay, it is just that there is a air con box in the room?" I timidly ventured. "There is no air con" she growled looking at me as if I were suffering quite possibly the stupidest person she had even encountered. "In that case, is there a fan that we could use please, because the room really is unbearably hot?" I asked.
I need to explain that on the way to reception, we had passed several fans on housekeeping trolleys. The hotel was extremely hot throughout and right in front of me, blowing a delicious cool breeze onto said receptionist was, yes you've guessed it, a fan. So it came as a bit of a surprise when she said "There are no fans, they are all in use". I was just about to respond when (I kid you not!) she snapped "I'm sick of this" and stormed out of the reception area!!
Now I can understand that it may be frustrating to have loads of people asking for fans if there are not enough to go round. However, talking to anyone in that manner (never mind a paying customer) is completely unacceptable. I was completely shocked and stood there for a minute or 2 looking at my friend, trying to ascertain whether or not I had imagined the whole thing. Also, if the request for fans happens often enough for her to become sick of the query, perhaps that indicated a need to purchase more fans - just a suggestion!.
It was at that point that we decided to give it all up as a bad job. We were unlikely to find another hotel at such short notice and it was only for 1 night. The hotel was unbearably hot and all we wanted to do was get outside. We left, and didn't come back until quite late. When we did come back, the room was baking and the noise from outside so loud that it kept us awake, we tried closing the window and it made no real difference to the noice, just made the room hotter still.
The next day, when we checked out, we tried to complain to the manager. We were told that we would have to put the complaint in writing. While the manager wasn't rude, he certainly didn't apologise either or sound particularly interested. When we got home, we sent the letter of complaint as requested. This is Nov and I have still not had a response!
Do I recommend this hotel, not in a million years, I was really quite astonished at how bad it was and how disinterested the staff were, not to mention rude. Yes this is a convenient location but you will certainly not be rested after a stay here. Avoid like the plague!
Getting massively discounted tickets to the World Gymnastics Championships was an offer too good to pass up, but I assumed at the time that our good luck would end there and it would still not be the cheapest of weekends down in London. However, I managed to find train tickets from Manchester for £8 each way, and a room in this cheapie Travelodge for a too-good-to-be-true £35, turning our mini break into a bargain of a weekend.
I hadn't stayed in any London Travelodges before, but the city is crawling with them, and my first tip is to make a note of both the name and address of where you are staying. Walking from Euston this is the second one you'll come to (the other is directly next to the station) but we were coming in the other direction from a brief shopping jaunt to Covent Garden and, even though we were physically on Kings Cross Road, stopped at (a different) wrong one not realising there were two mere meters from each other. The names aren't that visible from the outside but there was a big sign behind reception so we noticed and made a swift exit.
We arrived around 4pm and our room was ready (check in is from 3pm, but for £10 more you can check in from noon, subject to availability). However then, and in fact every time we went to speak to reception, we had to wait a while. The desk was roomy but there only ever seemed to be one person working at a time. On the whole we found the staff reasonably friendly and they tried hard, but the whole thing lacked a little efficiency considering the size of the hotel (big) and its location (central London). We were asked how many (electronic) keys we wanted and these were provided with the minimum of fuss: no forms to complete or signatures to give since I had brought printed confirmation of our pre-paid internet booking.
Our room was on the 4th floor, and we took the rickety lift up. To get there we had to swipe through an interior door, making the place feel quite safe for an inner city location. Our floor, which was pretty standard, was well signed so you knew which way to go for each lot of rooms, and ours was near the start of the corridor, meaning less distance to walk (though, as we found out later, you could also hear the lift dinging all night since it was so close). For the first time that I can recall in a Travelodge, we had an actual twin room, with two very separate beds, not mattresses pushed together, or a double and a sofa bed. The beds were very narrow singles, with soft mattresses, and made up with clean white bedding but none of the usual Travelodge bedspreads / throws. I actually preferred this: I hate dubious, shiny throws of the kind you get in American motels as I always wonder how frequently they change them. However it did seem unusual to be sitting straight on your quilt in a hotel, though with no other soft seating on offer there was little choice.
There were no bedside tables, but we did have bedside lights and bedside controls for the main light, which were helpful. We also had a desk and chair (though this wasn't under the desk, but placed in one corner). There was a wardrobe with a spare pillow (we got only one on each bed) and a TV (good reception on all terrestrial channels, and a random mix of others including news and CBeebies). We also had tea and coffee making facilities with a generous provision of sachets and milks, though, as per the Travelodge cost minimising policy, no biscuits. There was a bin, but this was very small and soon over-flowing once we'd put in a newspaper and the other various bits of junk you tend to accumulate during train journeys - I never understand the tiny little bins hotels offer.
The bathroom was as you would expect - bath with shower over, loo, sink, a bar of soap and little else. However we were perturbed to discover only one proper towel, and a hand towel, in a room booked for 2. It was quite cramped, and two people could not easily have been in there brushing teeth at the same time, for example, but there was plenty of hot water and decent shower pressure so, for the price, we couldn't complain.
The room was adequate but had a tired feeling to it. The windows, in particular, were a bit grimy, and the curtains were falling down on one side, meaning they didn't quite close properly, something that would have been more of a problem in summer with early daylight. They also had the standard Travelodge smoke detector which annoyingly has a constantly flashing red light that can be distracting at night. On returning late in the evening, we also discovered how sound proof the rooms weren't - there was a group in a neighbouring room getting ready to go out as we were drifting off to sleep, and you could hear everything they were saying so clearly it was as if they were in our room. We had no traffic noise in the room at all, which I had anticipated, but the thin internal walls were a bit annoying.
The hotel is a place to sleep above all else, and has few facilities. Computers in the lobby provided internet access at a fee, and wi-fi is also available if you pay. Vending machines sell hot and cold drinks, snacks and toiletries, and are not outrageously priced though you'd find a better deal at one of the many little mini marts across the road. There was a café bar that offered an evening menu plus a breakfast buffet, and though this looked bog standard (hot food, cereals and not much else) it seemed popular, though probably because there were groups staying in the hotel whose deals included breakfast. Room service is not available (would you have even expected it to be in a place like this?) but there is a bar menu in the rooms that says you are welcome to collect any dish from downstairs to enjoy back up there, perhaps if you prefer a TV dinner to sitting at street level in a busy restaurant.
We asked at reception on our way out if we could have another towel, and were told to ask when we came back in - I had assumed that, since it was their error, they would have sent another one up for us while we were away. When we returned we had to wait to get one, but managed to jump in with another guest ahead of us who had asked for the same thing. There were no spares left behind reception, so we accompanied one of the staff to the 6th floor to the locked linen cupboard, where she doled them out happily enough. It did make me wonder, though, since they frequently seemed short staffed why they didn't make an extra effort to ensure all rooms had the right number of towels in in the first place.
The following morning, after a decent night's sleep and two long, hot showers, we went to check out and found the reception desk unattended. There was a key drop box, so we simply left the key here and wandered off. Since there's nothing you can charge to your room (breakfast, for example, must be paid for in advance, even on the day) I suppose this keeps things simple for them and frees up their staff to be covering several areas at once.
For one night, with such a central London location, this place cannot be faulted for the price. That said, I would not have wanted to stay for longer than a weekend due to the sound proofing issues. We didn't miss not having fancier facilities, but had we paid nearer the rack rate, I would not have been overly impressed since it is rather basic.
This hotel is really well located for Euston and St Pancras (now the Eurostar hub) as it is within easy walking distance of both. It is surrounded by various tempting little cafes and restaurants, and shops that sell all the basics you might need during a stay away, and with good tube and bus links it is the perfect place to stay for a (very) brief stop in the capital. I would stay here again for a night or two if it was at the same price or less (rates can drop to as low as £19 per room per night) but for any more I'd probably look further afield and take my chances either with a different Travelodge or a Premier Travel Inn, just to see if they could offer anything better.
I've come across some unkind and dismissive repots about Travelodge over the last few years, and mostly from disgruntled tourists from a country several thousand miles away, without putting too fine a point on it.
The first thing to remember is that you pay for what you get; you can't expect the Marriott for less than 70 quid a night. I have stayed in 2 Travelodge outlets in Kings Cross over the past couple of years (the other being at the end of Grays Inn Road) , and both have been relatively clean, tidy, and the staff have been okay too.
The rooms are basic, admittedly; mine was a single and a bit pokey, but it was comfortable, the telly was small but it worked, and the bathing facilities acceptable for the price. The breakfast area isn't the largest (space really IS at a premium in London!) but the food is well cooked, hot, and edible.
One of the principal drawbacks about staying in the Kings Cross area is that it has an unsavoury and perhaps deserved reputation, what with the vice and alleged criminality. But, hey, I found it to be okay, and for me it's very handy for St. Pancras and the major Underground arteries.
My view is that, having stayed in some so-called 'better class' hotels in London, the Travelodge does the job its designed to do, and is quite acceptable.
Just recently our house was buzzing with great excitement. Hubby and I are intense followers of a prog rock band from Norway called Gazpacho-nothing to do with the tasty chilled soup of the same name, but a highly talented group of musicians who were playing their own gig for the first time ever on UK soil.
Having purchased tickets we sought eagerly to book an overnight stay in London, because although it is perfectly possible to get home to Chelmsford, where we live, it is always a mad rush to Liverpool Street after the show, and a really late mid week night which renders us shattered, now we are not quite as youthful as we were!
So it was with great delight that for the silly price of £9 I secured a Travelodge offer and booked one night at the Kings Cross Royal Scot Travelodge. Now I have stayed in most of the London lodges and have had mixed feelings so I was approaching this stay with an open mind.
The lodge is conveniently situated a few minutes walk form Kings Cross Station, and all you do to get there is to walk up Pentonville Road and turn right into Kings Cross Road where the lodge is on the left hand side. It really was only a few minutes.
On arrival at the entrance I was aware of many groups with luggage in parties, but a special group bookings desk was efficiently handling these, as many were Italian and certainly a lot to organise. We sauntered up and were quickly given our keys to room 112 on the first floor.
Access to the lifts beyond the foyer is by key card so security is excellent here, and we were soon in our room and were impressed. Number 112 may not be typical of all the rooms as it seemed to be at the junction of a turning point in the design of the building so was spaced out more from the others. The entrance had a hallway, and beyond it a calm room decorated in serene mango shades was inviting and certainly of a good standard. The bathroom was clean and recently upgraded by the look of the fittings, and the shower was powerful and the tiling immaculate.
The room had a desk where you could work, and a television, as well as some complimentary tea and coffee sachets. Not a great deal here to pick from as is usual in lodges, it is always a good idea to bring more supplies, if like me, you have a love affair going on with the kettle.
The room had two high windows with limited view but they were securely locked so the temperature was fully controlled by a heater and air conditioning unit, the controller for which was on the wall outside the bathroom.
The pillows were fresh and smelt lovely and the bedding was white and fresh too.
The overall ambience in this room was excellent, and I was really impressed, and for £9 I have to say it was as good as a palace.
If you are thinking of booking this hotel it may be good to be aware that they do advise you that due to the location of the hotel it may be noisy, due to the proximity of several nightclubs and also of course traffic. The Kings Cross area is really busy and noisy, and some of the rooms may be subject to this problem, but ours was not.
You can check in from 3 pm, and if you are prepared to pay more you can have earlier check in, and a later departure time the next day is also possible as normal check out is 12- so lovely if you want to lie in beyond then.
The hotel is within walking distance of Euston and Farringdon stations and if you are looking for entertainment and ideas of things to do it's about ½ mile from the British Library, a mile from The British Museum, about 11/2 miles from Covent Garden, and Madame Tussards and London Zoo are both within 3 miles.
I guess most people arriving here would be on public transport, but if you have a car you will need to pay for parking at Britannia Car Parks and this will be £15 per day.
I noticed from the tour I did of the hotel that breakfast and snack meals are served in the Bar Café there, and the prices were certainly reasonable for London, but we usually bring our own food, or source things externally when we stay in these as we are not really big eaters especially at breakfast.
Our gig was in Islington-also a short walk away and I couldn't help but think of the Monopoly board, as in my childhood the little dog I loved to play with would always sit by the iron on those light blue squares, which were in those days only just better than the brown hopeless places which occupied space just after collect £200. Things have changed since then and the area is very nice with a lovely atmosphere and a stylish shopping area.
We felt safe there but of course I wouldn't loiter around the Kings Cross area at night at all.
After the gig we returned to our room and after a cup of tea sampled the delights of the bed. If you like soft beds it would be heaven, personally we are the orthopaedic types preferring a harder mattress, but the bed was good quality and you can't really comment on something which is purely personal preference.
We slept well and heard no noise from the street or from the corridors, but we were as I mentioned slightly set back from the main thoroughfare where room 112 was positioned.
Overall I thought the hotel was excellent as I would stay there again in a moment.
Better than many other London lodges and amazing value for money.
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