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Address: 165-167 Preston Road / Brighton / East Sussex / BN1 6AU / England

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      21.07.2009 15:07
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      I'll be avoiding this one in future

      When my daughter had a University interview in Brighton earlier this year, we weren't going to be hanging around for sight seeing so we were looking for a budget option hotel, just somewhere to get a night's sleep. There are two Travelodges in Brighton, the other one is on the seafront, but this one is about a mile out of the city centre, on Preston Street. I chose this one because I hoped that it would be a little quieter, famous as Brighton is for wild nights out! At £29 for a family room, the price couldn't be beaten.

      Admittedly, for £29 you don't get any extras. The hotel car park was actually administered by another company and had to be paid for - it was £5 overnight, but for 24 hours parking it costs £15. Breakfast was also extra - at £6.50 a head, although children eat for free. As we had an early start, we went for the breakfast option, although in a different situation I would have preferred to find a cafe on the seafront.

      To my relief, the hotel was easy to find. On entering Brighton we passed many streets and areas that included 'Preston' in the name, so we knew we were in the right area! The hotel is set on the right (as you drive towards the city centre) a little back from the road side. The car park is small but we got a space. I noticed that across the road there was a bus stop - the bus would take only a few minutes to reach the shops and seaside. The Brighton Travelodge is not a particularly attractive building, I'm sure it was modern and functional when it was first built, but now looks quite shabby and faded.
      We were met at reception by a staff member who was polite but not really very welcoming, and given the key to our family room.

      The room contained a double bed and a sofa bed. The sofa bed had clearly seen better days, it somehow managed to be both hard and sagging with age. I was disappointed to find that it hadn't been made up, instead a sheet, duvet and pillow were provided for us to do this ourselves. The hotel knew how many guests were staying, so I feel that they should have made up the bed. As it was, making it up proved difficult, as the sofa wasn't keen on becoming a bed, preferring it seems, to just be a broken sofa. We managed to cobble it together into something sleepable-on, but only just. This made the 'proper' bed look attractive in comparison, but in reality it was creaky and
      the mattress felt as if it was a hundred years old.

      The room itself was large, with an en suite shower room. The windows had been left open, making it very cold (our stay was in January), and they were difficult to close. Whilst the room was fairly clean, it was shabby in a way that makes it impossible to really look clean. We had a reasonably quiet, if not very comfortable, night. Breakfast was self service, with a small choice of cooked items, bacon, sausage and egg but no vegetarian option and not even any hash browns. There was a selection of cereals and toast. This was all ok, but I expected more for the price.

      I should mention at this point that from a budget hotel I'm not expecting miracles, just somewhere clean and comfortable and good value. I don't think the Travelodge in Brighton lived up to Travelodge's good reputation. Very soon I'll be reviewing an Innkeepers Lodge in Windsor, which worked out cheaper and was far superior!

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