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Earlier this year myself and 3 friends were attending an Arctic Monkeys gig in Sheffield and required some digs for the night. We are 4 males in our mid 20's and we were looking for nothing more than a place to lay our heads after having a few too many beers and watching a gig before heading back up to Scotland.
Travelodge immediately springs to mind whenever this sort of accommodation is required. I have used the Travelodge brand for a number of years and for me they are a bit like easyJet or Ryanair. You know exactly what you are going to get with them. Clean, no frill rooms at a very low price. Unfortunately, my last few stays haven't been to what I had come to expect with the Travelodge brand. I have found that they aren't well kept and are not particularly clean.
The Sheffield Richmond Travelodge is certainly one of the Travelodges that have now seen better days. The room itself was fairly clean and the common parts of the hotel were slightly shabby. Some of the carpets had seen better days and rips had been covered up with duck tape.
To the bedroom - Sadly the bathroom looked to have seen better days too. There was an interesting brown stain around the plug in the bath, which was far from appealing and the toilet looked like it hadn't been given a good clean in quite some time. The bed wasn't particularly comfortable, the mattress was very soft, but I suppose this might be a preference thing. There was a TV in the room as well as a kettle, so I was left needing anything for my flying visit.
The reception staff on the other hand were fantastic. They were extremely helpful and no request was too great for them. Even an extra duvet at 2am.
The location is pretty good and was another reason we picked to stay there. It cost around £10 in a taxi from the train station and was about a 30 minute walk to the Don Valley Bowl, where the gig was. I suspect that it would take roughly the same amount of time to have walked to the train station.
Room rates obviously vary depending on when you book and what is going on in Sheffield at the time. I think they had hiked their prices a little with the Arctic Monkey's gig being on.
I would consider staying here again with my mates, but certainly not a place to take a loved one and I wouldn't be recommending it to family members. Travelodge seems to be more of a hostel than a hotel these days which is a little disappointing. Travelodge seem to be concentrating on expanding the number of hotels they have and have started to neglect their current chain in my opinion.