“ Address: Mid Point / Dick Lane / Thornbury / Bradford / West Yorkshire / BD3 7AY / England „
~~~~ Travelodge Leeds/ Bradford Airport ~~~~
A clean, well- presented hotel that provided excellent accommodation for a modest price.
Having been delayed by over an hour I was fed-up, tired and hungry.
I had booked a standard room through the web-site months before-handed thinking it was the hotel nearer to Yeadon.
This Travel lodge is a fairly new establishment to the area and is literally a 5 mins walk from Leeds Bradford airport on Whitehouse Lane, Yeadon. (Post code/Sat Nav: LS19 7TZ for those of you driving)
It has a good sized carpark and is well-presented in its own nicely landscaped grounds. I was impressed by the cleanliness of the building and grounds.
On entering the automatic doors I was aware that I was very early. The booking in time is normally 3pm. However, for an additional cost of £10 you may book in earlier from 12 noon. However, my partner and I had arrived at 11.30 just in the hope we could store our luggage and go in search of food and drink.
The reception area was fairly small but again very clean with a few comfy seats and table to just take 5. There was a selection of snacks ranging from soft drinks, hot drinks, crisps, chocoloate & sweets in a large chilled vending machine - to sandwiches, baguettes, cakes and 'Grab and Go' breakfast in a bag, for those in a hurry being stored in another chilled food cabinet. This although adequate for light snacks would not be sufficent if you were staying in the accommodation for long periods of time.
As I mentioned earlier I had actually thought this lodging establishment was a different one further into Yeadon (that I later found out had changed ownership to Premier Inn !!) Therefore believing it would have a restuarant / bar area!! Oh dear how wrong I was. The food / snacks available in front of me was all the place could offer the hungry traveller who arrived at the door. My heart sank.
We did later try a sandwich each and cake both were very good, fresh and tasty, so we were pleased with this service.
Any way, a pleasant chap appeared infront of us with a cheery smile, asking if he could help. I conjured up a smile and gave him the details of our booking. He then went on to say he couldn't book us in as it wasn't 12 and even then we would have to pay the additional charge. Not a problem we replied, but could we possibly leave our luggage there to save dragging back to the airport, where we knew a restuarant & bar awaited. Guess what the answer was! To cut a long story short, he took pity on us and booked us in early (at an additional charge). Thank you God, friendly, helpful staff who didn't make us feel we were inconviencing them (unlike some-one at the airport!)
£52.00 for a family room (non-smoking of course) even though we had left the kids at home,this was the only room available when I had booked. It was very large, well presented and clean. The bed was huge,(King-size) with crisp, white bedding, medium mattress (that was extremely comfy) and medium weight duvet.
The room had a radiator that was on very low, giviing a gentle heat that warmed the room well, without being uncomfortable. There were easy to follow instructions on how to adjust the temp if needed.
I was worried that being so close to the airport it would be very noisy. However, the windows must have been tripled glazed as when pulled closed - silence decended. The curtains were a heavy blue material that acted as a blackout screen when pulled.
The views across the valley was breathtaking. It really reflected the whole feel of the place.
Being a family room there was large sofa bed that was a good quality and pulled out to a large double. Againg bedding available was of the same quality as the king-size.
The room also comprised of bed-side lamps and shelves, a beautiful dressing table with an extra large mirror (wall lamps each side for perfect lighting to ensure us ladies can apply the correct amount of foundation etc!!) and an open walldrobe space, with hangers and shelving.
All the fittings were pine wood that was of good quality and gave a homely touch to the room.
Tea and coffee making facilities were present, but a lack of biscuits.
The TV was positioned on a swivel base that was easy to use and if needed could show Sky at a small cost. Wireless internet was also available at a small charge.
The carpet was soft and clean, unlike some B&B / hotel's flooring that can leave soft feet with friction burns.
Wow, spacious, white and bright.
The whole area was tiled in large white tiles, except for the very large mirror above the sink and toilet. Again the basics of soap, glasses, toilet rolls, 4 towels ( 2 hand, 2 bath) and shower points were present.
There was both shower and bath.
The bath was deep and long (hmm, big enough for 2, I wondered!!)
The shower was very easy to use and powerful. What a refreshing change, not haviing to dodge in and out of hot / cold / hot/ cold drips that some places provide.
Overall the room provided the basics needed for overnight stays. The company Travelodge explain clearly their rationale behind not including hairdryers, shampoos, bars etc thus keeping their prices down and it does make sense. Most of us do pack our own extras and grooming equipment.
Although I have said all the basics were supplied, this place did have a feel greater than basic about it. It was clean, comfortable and of good quality. The only disadvantage was we did miss a bar / cafe on site, however the distance to the airport and fabulous little town of Yeadon made up for this short fall.
If travelling to Leeds I would highly recommended this Lodge as a great place to put your head down. Just be warned there's no hot brekkies available and it is great for the airport but a little out of town.
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Plans for a weekend break to Bradford (yes, really) arose from a Travelodge promotion in which room prices started at just £5 a night. I was looking for ideas for the OH's birthday and wanted a destination that wasn't too far away and where the Travelodge wasn't in the middle of nowhere; Bradford seemed possible. Although I wasn't able to get the cheapest rate, I was happy enough with a charge of £19 per night for the room.
While this Travelodge isn't "in the middle of nowhere", neither is it in the centre of the city. However, as curry was to be the central theme of the weekend, and the hotel is situated in the suburb of Thornbury which has many highly recommended restaurants, I didn't mind too much that the location wasn't central. There were frequent buses to the city centre, a journey that takes only ten minutes and New Pudsey train station is only a mile away, the line connects Leeds and Bradford.
Just beside the hotel there is a complex comprising a large Odeon cinema, a sports and fitness centre and an enormous Indian restaurant called the Aagrah; the restaurant has a bridal suite which can hold huge numbers and so the adjacent Travelodge is very popular with wedding guests. I was surprised to see the carpark of a hotel in this type of location so busy over a weekend but we later learned that many of the guests were there for a wedding.
The paperwork (we booked on-line) said that check in was not possible before 3.00pm but our 2.30 arrival did not cause any problems. We were asked whether we wanted to order a "continental breakfast" at a cost of £4.50; the hotel does not have a dining room but breakfast trays are placed by your door and you eat in your room. There was one on display behind the receptionist; it didn't look very appealing - PG Tips tea or Kenco sustainable coffee, a cereal pot, a Fairtrade flapjack or cereal bar and a natural fruit smoothie; it certainly wasn't worth the money and we passed up the offer (if you book on line you can get a 10% discount on the cost of the breakfast though I wouldn't consider it much of an inducement). (We waited until we got into town and took advantage of Wetherspoons 9.00am opening time and indulged in a £3.69 cooked breakfast instead).
There is a vending machine in reception that sells soft drinks, crisps and chocolate. As a customer was busy using it when we arrived I didn't get a chance to look at the prices but I'd guess they weren't cheap. As the nearest shop is a couple of minutes walk away I'm sure that plenty of guests resort to using it.
Our room was on the first floor (there are only two); the public areas were looked after and there were enough doors to keep noise reduced. Although the hotel has some rooms that are accessible to wheelchair users on the ground floor and the doors were wide enough, it did seem that some corners were a little tight which wouldn't be a complete obstacle to wheelchairs users but would likely make manoeuvring more difficult.
The room opened not with a card as is usually the case these days, but with a conventional key. However, on closing the door the room is locked behind you so you do need to make sure you have your key with you when you go out of the room. I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the room. There was plenty of room to walk round the bed and some investigation demonstrated that the sofa opened out into a double bed for which there was also sufficient room.
As is usual in budget hotels, almost everything in the room was designed to be unstealable and unbreakable. This means that there aren't even any drawers in the bedside table, just a hole where a drawer could have been. Peeking out was the Gideons bible - possibly the only concession to "additional extras" in the room, especially now that there are no longer any biscuits on the tea/coffee tray. Clearly the hike in the price of tea has hit Travelodge as there were only two (Earl Grey) teabags compared to two sachets each of Nescafe decaffeinated and not-decaffeinated. I often gripe about the milk (but it obviously needs repeating as I am still disappointed) and once again I was annoyed to find four almost pointless little containers of UHT milk which, given the size of the mugs, are woefully inadequate. Travelodge - get it right or just don't bother!
The small en suite was perfectly adequate with a small tub and a decent shower over it. There were two decent-sized bath towels and two hand towels but, as there was no bath mat, we had to use one of the hand towels for that purpose. There was one tiny bar of soap in the bathroom and no shower gel or shampoo. Travelodges seem to really be cutting back on the extras these days. The highlight of the bathroom was the mirror which had one central section that did not steam up. I wonder why they couldn't have just made the whole thing steam resistant.
There was a small television perched on the desk opposite the bed. It was on a pivoting "turntable" but it didn't turn enough to enable guests to watch TV from the sofa. There were the five terrestrial channels and BBC News24.
We had anticipated a bit of noise in the corridors at night and early in the morning so we were delighted to find that the place was almost silent. Perhaps we were just lucky to have very considerate neighbours? The bed was very comfortable although I did need to use the spare pillow as the one provided was quite thin. Had we both wanted spare pillows we'd have had to ask at reception and it's entirely possible the reception staff have no access to house keeping supplies after the maids have finished for the day. The temperature was comfortable but when we wanted to open the window we found that it only opens a little and that this didn't really let in enough fresh air to make a difference.
I had no issues with the Travelodge Bradford that would make me think twice about recommending it although I would remind potential guests that there is not a "proper breakfast" and that you might not find it easy to get a breakfast nearby (unless you'd consider McDonalds an acceptable option - and if you'd go for that why not the rubbishy tray offered by Travelodge?).
It's not that far from the centre and a day ticket for the local buses costs just £4 so the hotel still remains a budget option. If you are coming by car the hotel is close to major roads without being too noisy. Although there is no adjacent restaurant there are lots of great Indian restaurants nearby as well as a couple of traditional pubs that also serve food.
Travelodge Bradford offers clean and comfortable rooms at good prices. If you don't need to be in the city centre and are happy with no frills accommodation it's an excellent choice.
Location info for drivers : Exit Junction 26 of the M62 (M606). Go to the end of the M606 and take the A6177 towards Leeds. Then take the A647 (Leeds Road). The Travelodge is next to Phoenix Park, which is approximately 2 miles on the left hand side, situated off the Thornbury Gyratory System.
Parking information: £3 per 24 hrs
The car park has 48 spaces and 24 hours CCTV surveillance