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Travelodge Docklands Hotel
Member Name: Samm0
Travelodge Docklands Hotel
Date: 08/09/10, updated on 10/02/12 (289 review reads)
Advantages: Cost, Parking, Location
Disadvantages: Needs are Conditioning
We stayed at The Travelodge Docklands Hotel for two nights in August this year.
We were looking for a good base from which to explore London, with parking facilities at a reasonable price! No mean feat I can tell you!
I had originally discounted the Docklands Travelodge as I feared it may be too far from the centre and booked it as a last resort.
We paid £55.00 per night for a family room via the Travelodge website, this was a flexible rate and could be cancelled or amended up until 12.00pm on the day of arrival (you never know when something could go wrong!). There were two adults and one child in my party, the room could however accommodate an additional child.
We opted for a buffet breakfast each morning at a cost of £6.50 per adult (£7.50 if booked on arrival). Two children eat free with each paying adult, so it seemed quite reasonable.
We found the hotel easily with the Sat Nav. The street on which the Travelodge stands is accessed via a barrier, you can then gain entry to it's car park. There was an attendant on duty when we arrived - he helped when we had some trouble with the parking meter! Parking is charged at £5.00 for 24 hours (residents).
Check in is from 3pm. We arrived an hour or so earlier, I did hope that they would allow us to check in earlier, we were tired after a long drive - but unfortunately not, we were directed to the cafe bar, adjacent to reception. We managed to consume over priced coffee, soft drinks and a couple of lagers whilst we were waiting.
We found the room to be pretty much as we expected, quite basic, a little worn through excessive use but clean and spacious spacious. There was a double bed and a pull out bed for my son. This was not made up.
Sadly there was no air conditioning and the windows did not open fully (I imagine a security measure).
Our view wasn't the greatest, we were over looking the car park and overlooked by office blocks opposite - we managed to remember to keep the curtains closed until we were fully dressed in the morning!
We slept well on both nights, I managed to open the windows slightly more and prop them open with bottles of water - it improved the air circulation somewhat! The shower was great, very powerful and hot.
Breakfast is served in the cafe bar, we arrived at approximately 9am and had to queue for around 15 minutes, I must admit I didn't expect it to be so busy.
Once inside we helped ourselves to cereal, toast, muffins and hot food (scrambled eggs, tomatoes, beans, sausages and bacon - there was nothing on offer for vegetarians eg. veggie sausages, my partner is a veggie), juice, tea and coffee.
Handy tip - grab a juice glass on arrival - they disappear quite quickly and when replenished were boiling hot!
All in all the breakfast was quite good value for money, definitely enough to set you up for the day. We did stroll out with a muffin each in order to ward off any mid morning hunger pangs!
With regard to location, the Travelodge is ideally situated. The man at reception was very helpful and provided all the information we needed in respect of transport. In less than five minutes you can reach East India Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station - passing some quite pleasant scenery. The DLR provides access directly into central London, it takes around 20 minutes. The journey into and out of London proved a daily highlight for my six year old son.
The cost of a zone 1- 4 travel card was £14.60 (two adults, 1 child). This was off peak, surprisingly off peak is classed as any travel after 9.30am, so this worked out well for us.
I would certainly stay in this hotel again next time we visit London, for the price it can not be beaten.
The only downside apparent during our stay was the lack of a working lift!
As our room was on the first floor this wan't a problem, had we stayed in one of the upper rooms I wouldn't have been very happy.
Summary: Good Value for Money
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