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Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot
Member Name: cyberem78
Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot
Advantages: Cheap, clean room, good room facilities.
Disadvantages: Staff were a bit aloof. Too busy. Area is rough.
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.
Summary: Not somewhere I'd like to stay again unless I was desperately poor.
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