“ Address: 9 Bridge Street / Aberdeen / Scotland „
I've stayed at quite a few Travelodges across the country and while it is largely the same across the board this review does have a focus on the Aberdeen Central hotel of this chain. As with most of my reasons for staying at Travelodges, it was for a gig, the rooms are generally good quality and cheap.
-- Location --
The hotel is situated very centrally in Aberdeen and from the train station, it takes about five to ten minutes to walk it. It is very easy to find (even for me who could get lost in her own home). As well as being near to the train station you have shops at your door step, places to eat and great transport links to throughout the city through the many bus stops.
-- The room --
The room, as with all Travelodge rooms, was basic. But it has everything you need, especially if you are only staying for the night and it is clean. We had a family room which has a double bed and a pull out sofa bed (which my friend assures me is comfortable). It also has desk area, a tv and storage area (as well as towels, bedding and linen provided). The bed was very comfortable and I got a good nights sleep. I have never had an issue with any travelodge bed. There were also no issues with the en-suite bathroom.
The tv has freeview though don't expect all the channels. It was okay for us as we didn't spend that much time in the room.
One issue we did have with the room was the heater. We were quite chilly so tried to warm up the room a little. Now its a big room and you only get one small heater to try and warm up the place. It was quite useless in actual fact. But we didn't have much longer to stay in the room.
-- Other Services: Wi-Fi, late night food and breakfast --
We had a 24hr wi-fi voucher which proved quite valuable. I was quite impressed with the speed of the internet, don't expect to be able to treat it just like the internet at home it was pretty good. A 24hr voucher cost just £10 which is a bargain compared some. If it keeps the internet speeds at that level then I'd be prepared to pay it again.
We took the hotel up on its offer of late night food being served until 'late'. We ordered a bowl of chips each when we got back after the gig (and a drink each) to take back to our room. We were told the chips would be 5 minutes but they took nearly half an hour. It wasn't great service and they completely forgot about us. A few others were complaining at the quality of service and it was by no means busy.
We also had the breakfast voucher for an 'all you can eat'. Which would be good if there was a wider selection of foods. You have your basic fried breakfast and continental breakfast options. As a vegetarian the fried option was out. But I ate as much cereal, croissants and toast as I could, washed down by a couple of mugs of Twinnings Earl Grey. Not quite sure it was worth the price ticket but it filled us up well.
-- Booking and Price --
Travelodge rooms start at £19 for a double room. You must book at least 21 days in advance to get this offer though. Booking is done through the travelodge website and it is quite an easy and straightforward process. Just search for where you want a hotel and follow on from there. A very easy process. Never had a problem with a booking before.
-- Overall --
I would definitely recommend it if you are needing a cheap place to stay in Aberdeen. It is basic but it has everything you really need. Its clean and comfortable. Perhaps leave out the breakfast option, you could probably find cheaper options elsewhere.
I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend and his brothers for two nights in October for a family visit.
The hotel was chosen and booked for us by my boyfriends Dad who knows the area better than us. I am not sure of the exact price, but I believe it cost around £50 a night for each room. We had two rooms, a double for myself and my boyfriend, and a family room for his two brothers.
Before our visit I did something I shouldn't, I looked the hotel up on Trip Advisor. The reviews of this hotel on tripadvisor are awful. I wasn't too worried, we were literally just using this hotel to sleep in and get showers, we would be spending very little time there at all.
On arrival we were checked in very quickly. Our breakfasts had been paid for, and it was explained to use what time breakfasts started and finished. We were given our room numbers and went on our way.
I have stayed in many Travelodge's across the country and know exactly what to expect. They are basic, very, very basic and this is exactly what we got. You literally get your bed, storage space and TV (flat screen!).
The first problem we had was that our toilet wouldn't flush properly. We then noticed that the taps on the bath in the other room didn't work. This was complained about but nothing was done. The taps on the sink in our room were so difficult to turn off I resorted to shouting of my boyfriend every time I used the sink.
The double bed we had was the most uncomfiest bed I have ever slept in, we literally just sank into the middle.
These were just minor problems really, we were able to work around them for the two nights we were there. The only problem that did worry me a little was when we got in after a night out and turn on the radiator in the room. After about ten minutes I could smell burning, and notice the curtains were hanging over onto the radiator which wasn't good.
Other than these problems, the hotel was fine. It was clean and in an excellent location, in the middle of everything. Breakfast was okay, the scrabbled egg tasted like rubber, and I would say that been in such a central location you could go out and get a better breakfast from somewhere else.
Overall would we stay again, maybe, reasonably priced hotels in Aberdeen seem to be quite difficult to find.
*** Travelodge Aberdeen Central***
I picked this hotel because of the great location.
The hotel is on one of the main shopping streets in Aberdeen and a shopping centre is part of the same building.It is about a 10 minute walk away from the bus station so it is a good hotel to stay in if you want the centre of Aberdeen.
The reception area is not on the ground floor so you have to go up stairs to get to it.Checking in is very easy , you can pay in advance when you book the hotel room or on the day.Checking in took about five minutes and there was no waiting to be served.I think that there is a lift for disabled guests.
The rooms are very basic and the one i stayed in had a ensuite (bath with shower),television and kettle.Everything in the room worked okay.The rooms have swipe key access and we had some problems with our card at first.
There was an option to have a cooked breakfast here but after seeing how unfresh it looked i didn't bother eating any.
These hotels are very cheap and prices can start from £15 if you book in advance.