A Cheap Hotel For A Few Nights..
Travelodge Birmingham Streetly (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands))
Member Name: angelboouk
Travelodge Birmingham Streetly (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands))
Advantages: cheap, free parking, Toby Carvery next door, location, suited us
Disadvantages: security issues, rooms needing modernised, layout of the hotel lodges, wifi charges
~Why We Chose This Hotel~
Back in March, my brother in law had suggested we all go on a trip down to Thomas Land (Drayton Manor Theme Park) during the Summer. We decided that it would be best booking a hotel as we are around 5 and a half hours by car. We had looked at various hotels in the Birmingham area and Craig had sent me the link to the Birmingham Streetly Travelodge. At the time of booking, the reviews were mixed but more positive than negative. More recently though, there have been more negative reviews and I was worried about our visit.
Travelodge hotels in general are cheap and basic. There are hundreds up and down the UK. Since booking this hotel, we have stayed at another Travelodge and it is fair to say that they are very alike but some are more modern than others.
We booked this hotel through the website www.travelodge.co.uk. This was my first time booking with Travelodge and I found their website easy to navigate. I was able to search hotels in the Birmingham area and there were lots of options available. This particular hotel is located in the Sutton Coldfield area in the outskirts of Birmingham but there are more central hotels available.
We booked for 3 nights (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) and had the option of a double or family room. As there was myself, my fiance and our son, we opted for a family room at no extra cost. Craig booked later than us (around 5 weeks later) and they had availability for the double room for them.
As we booked in advance, we were able to take advantage of the super saver rates. We paid just £19.00 per night which is excellent value for money. I believe my brother in law and his fiancee paid around £27.00 per night which is still excellent value for money for the end of July! We received instant confirmation in the form of an invoice email.
The regular room rates vary but to give an example, the regular rate for a midweek night in August is around £47.00 and the saver rate is just £29.00.
0871 559 1805
We had a little trouble finding the hotel to be honest. The postcode led us to Chester Road but Chester Road is one massive road and it can be difficult to locate the hotel the first time. The hotel is located in a residential area and near Sutton Park. The hotel is approximately 16 miles from Birmingham Airport and 4 miles from Sutton Coldfield Rail Station. Buses run past the hotel heading into Birmingham City Centre. The hotel is less than 10 miles from Drayton Manor.
We were aware that the hotel has two buildings but were a little surprised at this arrangement. The main hotel building is set across two floors and looks like a skiing lodge of some kind. We were able to park around the side. This reception is in this building and the doors are locked at 10pm (access via a fob key). As my brother in law and his fiancee had booked a standard double room, they were staying in this building. The lobbies were clean and tidy and the general building smelled pleasant. There was no lift. The hotel is non smoking.
The family rooms are not in this building. We had to take a 5 minute or so walk to the 'Upper Lodge' which was located behind the Toby Carvery restaurant. Getting to our building required us to walk up a narrow pavement (which isn't well lit at night) alongside a busy road. There are a few steps so not ideal for prams. The lodge itself is a two storey building with a similar design to the main building. It looked fairly attractive. There is no reception in this building but there is a small carpark. I found that the entrance door was never locked which meant anyone could walk in - no fob key was supplied. The lodge itself was again clean and well signposted.
Overall, I found the layout of the hotels a little weird. I had managed to lock our key in our room and had quite a walk to the reception for someone to come over and let us back in. It is a bit of a hassle for those with young families I find to be so far from the main building. The main building has a vending machine whereas the family lodge doesn't. There is a grassy area to the front of the lodge and a small playpark would be perfect there. There is nothing really in the way of facilities. The hotel doesn't have its own bar or entertainment and there is certainly no games rooms or swimming pools here!
We had to check in and out in the main building and found this easy to do. Check in is from 3pm and we arrived at 4.30pm. The lady at reception was friendly enough but did have a young child through the back with her and was regularly seen smoking at the entrance to the hotel which I do not deem professional. She was kind enough to phone us a taxi when we were heading out. Check out is by 12pm which is excellent compared to many hotels. We didn't have to sign anything - we simply handed our keys in.
Our family room was no 110 and which was located on the ground floor of the lodge. We were given a proper key for the door. It is worth noting that the door does not have a lock on the inside. Once the door is closed, it locks from the outside. We did not like this aspect as our son was able to open the door himself and I was paranoid he would disappear during the night!
For a family room, room 110 wasn't massive. I have stayed in a family room of a Travelodge and this was quite small when I compare them. It was fine for the 3 of us but 4 would have been a tight squeeze. The room looked mainly clean but we did find some Cheerios on the carpet which were still there when we checked out. The walls were neutral with a few too many pictures in my opinion. The walls could do with a lick of paint to freshen them up. The room did smell fresh which I appreciated. Our room had a small window which opened only so far for security reasons and didn't let much light in to the room.
The room is very basic but fine for a few days or an overnight stay. We had a double bed with a wooden headboard, two old fashioned bedside tables and a rather shabby looking desk. The chair looked unsteady and old. We did have a clean kettle and fancy flatscreen television though which my son appreciated. There was a plentiful supply of tea and coffee but neither of us drink this so it remained untouched.
My sons bed was a sofa bed which had an additional mattress underneath for a 4th person to sleep on. The room had a few lights which looked as old as the hills and a full length mirror. One aspect I didn't like was the lack of storage for clothes. We had a small shelf and space for an upright suitcase but we had to live out the suitcase for 3 days! We had plenty of plug sockets and the one next to our bed was handy for charging our mobiles during the night. I wasn't keen on the lighting in the room - the lights were attatched to the walls in weird positions and looked very dull.
The bathroom was nice enough and clean. The family rooms do not have baths but we did have a spacious shower which provided quick and plentiful warm water. The sink area had some mini soaps and plastic cups. A well lit mirror was also present. We were given plenty of fresh, large and soft towels which were replaced when required.
When it came to sleeping at night time, we found the room extremely warm. Our heater remained unused and we slept with the window ajar. The only issue with this is that our room overlooked the back of the Toby Carvery and it was a little noisy at closing time. Due to how close we were to the airport, we could hear very noisy planes overhead at night too but with the window closed, the noise was barely noticeable.
My son didn't complain about his sofa bed and was supplied with sheets, a pillow and light duvet. Our duvet was quite thin and the sheets underneath felt unusual but were perfectly clean and fresh. We were supplied with 3 pillows in total which was fine for our bed as my fiance only takes two. The bed wasn't the most comfortable but didn't agitate my bad back. We slept quite well. Overall I feel the room could do with being modernised but it is a decent standard.
During our 3 night stay, our room was serviced by the maids. Any wet towels we left on the bathroom floor were replaced and the toilet cleaned. The bins were also emptied. I do not believe the bed sheets were changed as a small mark dye mark my dyed hair made on the first night was still there when we checked out. Our belongings remained untouched and my fiance even felt safe hiding his laptop under the bed as the mades obviously didn't look there if the Cheerios was anything to go by (lol!).
I will make a brief comment on the double room which my brother in law and his fiancee had. They were on the first floor of the main building in room 217. We went to meet them there and had a nosey. Their double room was quite small but sufficient for two adults. My sister in law agreed that a lick of paint wouldn't go a miss. They had a huge window which let in plenty of light (and which I would have preferred) and had a shower with no bath either. They didn't sleep as well as us as they found the bed to be uncomfortable as it kept dipping in the middle.
Birmingham Streetly doesn't have their own cafe or restaurant thought breakfast packs can be ordered for a few pounds. The Toby Carvery does a brilliant breakfast for £3.99 and carvery meal for £5.99 which represents excellent value for money. They also offer alcohol! If you want something different, there are various restaurants in the area and a chip shop just around the corner.
~Other Information and Conclusion~
There is a 24hour reception.
WIFI is available in the rooms. We took our laptops to use at night when our son was sleeping but ended up not purchasing the WIFI due to the high cost. My brother in law did purchase a 24hour pass as he needed to sort out car insurance renewal. I personally found the prices for WIFI to be a rip off and was happy with the signal I got on my mobile for using the internet.
*£5 - one hour
*£10 - 24 hours
*£20 - 1 week
*£30 - 1 month
Overall, I would say for what we paid, this hotel fitted our requirements. If you want something special with lots of character and facilities then look elsewhere but for a budget stay, this suited us fine. The hotel does need to modernise the rooms a little but nothing major. We were happy with our stay and can recommend this hotel especially if you are able to secure it for £19.00 per night like we had.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: fine for a few nights