“ Address: Service Area / A36/A350 Bypass / Bath Road / Warminster / BA12 7RU „
We booked a travel lodge on the outskirts of Warminster for a weekend as we had a memorial revealing event at the army barracks in Warminster for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan one of which was my brother-in-law. We wanted to be close to the town but didn't want to pay a huge amount as it was basically a bed for us. I have passed this travel lodge numerous times when my sister lived with her husband in army accommodation and I was a little dubious by the outside look of the place but went ahead and booked anyway.
On arrival parking up was easy and there was plenty of space in the car park although we found as it was over a weekend later on in the evenings the car park did get quite full but I never had a problem finding a space. The outside of the Travel lodge does look tired and not very appealing but then you can't judge a place from the outside can you! Walking through the doors to the right you have the travel lodge and the reception for it. In front of you is a Little Chef express which had a little shop within it and to your left was a Little Chef and Burger King. The travel lodge is part of a small service station just off a roundabout going into Warminster. There is a petrol station with a shop that has limit things in it. We did use the shop within the petrol station once for some ice lollies. There is a door from the travel lodge that comes out right near the petrol forecourt so that was handy.
The reception is a small area downstairs nothing spectacular just a high desk with someone sat behind it. The man on reception at our arrival was ok he was pleasant but didn't go out of his way to make you think his customer service was excellent. He gave us the basic information and sent us on our way not even giving us a brief direction of the room. Finding the rooms was pretty easy though as it was well sign posted were room numbers were.
I had booked a double room for two nights. On entering the room I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the room and on first inspection it looked clean. As I walked through the door on my right hand side was the bathroom and to the right was a wooden open shelving unit with a hanging rail within it. There was plenty of room for two people to put their belongings. The double bed which they claim is a king size but to me it didn't seem that big was along the back wall with a small bedside unit on each side. Opposite this was a long wooden desk with a large mirror above it and the flat screen tv was attached to the desk. There was a chair at the desk too. In the corner of the room was a token blue chair!
There was plenty of lighting in the room with two main lights on the ceiling producing plenty of light. There was a single light above the mirror which was situated above the desk and a light above each bedside unit. The lighting in the room was excellent and allowed you to create different atmospheres. The room itself was light and airier anyway without lighting. With the pale wooden features and the pale bluey colour on the wall there was nothing making this room dark yet it didn't feel too clinical. The curtains in the room covering the large window weren't brilliant and were a little difficult to close and didn't quite meet yet they blacked out plenty of the light. Within the room there were plenty of plug sockets something you always need for charging your phone and using hair straighteners! I was also impressed with the amount of mirrors there was the one above the desk, a large one in the bathroom above the sink and a full length one on the actual room door.
The room had basic facilities within it. There was small kettle for tea and coffee making. You are provided with Nescafe Original coffee and Nescafe Decaf original coffee, plenty of milk, sugars and tea. There are two good size mugs and two spoons. I was happy with what was provided and both mornings used them making myself a coffee. The tv provided had 18 channels all of which worked although I got very little time to watch the tv. The room came with towels provided too, a bath towel and hand towel for each adult, all of which were clean and fine to use. The bed was ok I didn't get the greatest night's sleep as it was extremely hot, one of the days I stopped was the hottest day of the year so to be honest I'm not sure if it was the heat or the bed! I did find the duvet quite heavy though. The bed covers themselves were clean and the bed was nicely made on arrival. During the time I was there when I was out someone came into the room tidied the bed up and replaced the coffee and milk I had used. There is use of a hairdryer but you do have to go to reception for that but I took my own so I can't comment on how easy it is to get one.
The bathroom had a bath with a shower above, a toilet and a good size sink. I am always a bit funny about how clean a bathroom is the standards in my room were ok they could have been a little better. The bath, sink and toilet were clean but the shower curtain in the bath was a bit discoloured and brown at the bottom. Also there was non slip rubber pad in the bottom of the bath that you couldn't remove and looked a bit discoloured. I used the shower but wasn't keen on sitting in the bath. The shower was great, it worked well and the temperature could be altered to your need. My mum had a bath whilst there and at only 5 foot 2 when sat in the bath her feet reached the end of the bath so quite a small bath really! Out of it all the bathroom had to be my least favourite area of the room.
The travel lodge doesn't do bed and breakfast but with the Little Chef within the same building that didn't bother me. Little Chef opened at 7am which for me was perfect. The Little Chef was lovely and clean and the staff there were very nice and friendly. Their menu was very extensive but I only ate for breakfast so stuck to the breakfast menu. There was plenty on the menu even for breakfast and they seemed to be something for everyone's taste. The first morning I opted for a simple bacon sandwich which cost me around £3.50 I think and on the second morning I shared a Cereal breakfast which cost £4.99 for a bowl of cereal (there was a good selection of cereals to choose from) two slices of toast with butter, a yoghurt and a pot of tea.
Checkout on the day I left was simple and quick. I booked my room online and for a double room for two nights it cost me £108. I was happy with what I got the bathroom could have been a bit better but you get what you pay for. I got the bed I needed for the night. I would use the travel lodge again for a night or two but wouldn't use it for a base of a holiday for a week. It is situated in a great place for people going to Longleat and I would highly recommend a trip to Warminster it is a lovely town I have enjoyed many a time there.