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Great hotel but expensive food
Travelodge Docklands Hotel
Member Name: stufflover
Travelodge Docklands Hotel
Advantages: Clean, tidy, friendly staff, great room,
Disadvantages: expensive food, expensive internet
I went to London this week, as a friend of mine bought me WWE Smackdown tickets for the O2 arena, and as I am unable to drive at the moment, I decided to get the train to London, and stay in a travellodge. I decided to stay at the Docklands as it was near to the Canning Town station - one tube stop away from the O2 - and was a decent price.
I booked the room I needed online for £56 nice and easily, and all details I needed were emailed to me. The email explained that the hotel was a 10 minute walk away from Canning Town Station, but it was actually a 5 - 10 minute Taxi ride away, and to walk would be a very confusing thing, it really is not easy to find, unless you know exactly where you are going.
When I arrived at the hotel with my partner, I went straight to reception, no queuing needed, and I was checked in very quickly and given two key cards for my room. The woman on the reception desk was very polite and friendly, and gave us every bit of information we could need for our stay. The room itself was on the ground floor, as I requested when booking, and was perfectly clean and tidy when we entered it. The room was actually quite spacious, and decorated in neautral colors.
There was a double bed, with a bedside table on both sides, a small built in wardrobe for hanging clothes in, a kettle, 2 cups, some tea and coffee and milk and sugar, 2 tea spoons, a TV and an information card. There was plenty of lighting, including two lamps on the wall by the bed, with switches just above the bed side table to enable you to turn the lights off while in the bed. There was a window too, with small blue curtains for privacy. The bed had nice fresh, white linen, although the duvet was a bit thin for my liking, but I would happily sleep in a giant bag of cotton wool!
The bathroom was surprisingly large, with 2 medium towels and 2 large, bath towels. There was also 2 toilet rolls, 2 plastic cups, a bar of soap and a shaving plug. There was a bath with a shower in it, so you can choose whether to have a bath or a shower, and there was a white shower curtain too. The shower itself was actually quite a nice shower. It had the perfect amount of water force for me, and this is variable by twisting a knob, as is the temperature.
There is a large mirror in the hotel room, and the bathroom, plus a full length mirror on the back of the hotel room door. There is also an electric heater on the wall, which I found very simple to use, and it gave out a great amount of heat in quite a quick time. The TV was simple to use, and has a remote control. There are 5 channels, the usual terrestial ones, and also a couple of radio channels too. Should you need them, you can ask reception for things like hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, more towels etc, although I am unsure if there is a cost for these.
There are extra cost options available should you want them, including wireless internet access, breakfast buffet and room service food. The internet access costs £5 for an hour or £10 for 24 hours, which I think is very, very expensive!! The breakfast buffet is £7.50 per person, and the food for room service is stupidly high costing too! If you can avoid it, do not buy food from the Travellodge itself. This is the only thing that lets the hotel down!
The Travellodge in the London Docklands is actually a really nice place. It is clean and tidy and the staff are very helpful and polite. I could have asked for nothing better from my room, and I didn't have to check out until 12pm. Check in is from 3pm, but reception is open 24 hours, so you can check in anytime you need to.
I am giving the hotel a 4 out of 5, due to the high cost of food and internet access, but I can not fault the hotel for service, or anything else for that matter, so if you ever need a place to stay near the Docklands London, I think this is the place for you.
Summary: A great hotel, just expensive on food
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