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My Travel Lodge experience
Member Name: durham_girl
Advantages: Clean and friendly
Disadvantages: Adjoining restaurant gone downhill
Even though I live in Durham, when my new windows were being put in my house was a complete tip! Given that fact, I decided to book into the Travel Lodge until everything was finished.
The hotel is in a very handy location, just 5 minutes walk from the centre of the city. It has a small car park to the front which it shares with the adjoining restaurant Che Vita. There is an overflow car park a few minutes walk away.
When we first went it we were greeted by the receptionist who showed us to our room. Now the thing about Travel Lodge rooms is they all look the same! Personally I don't see this as a bad thing, at least you have a fair idea of what you're going to get when you book.
The room and en suite bathroom were both very clean and tidy and although the room itself was pretty basic, the bathroom was lovely and modern. Apart from the usual toilet and sink there was also a bath with a shower overhead. I love baths but my husband loves showers so there was something to suit both of our tastes.
Travel Lodge do not provide any toiletries, so you have to remember to bring your own, although they do sell miniature sized bottles from vending machines. I found these were on the pricy side, so better to bring your own! Also it's worth remembering that they don't provide a hairdryer or iron in each room either, although we asked at reception and they do have some that they can lend out on a first come first served basis.
As previously mentioned, there is an Italian restaurant adjoining to the Travel Lodge building called Che Vita. This used to be my favourite place in Durham to eat, but recently it changed hands and I have heard bad things about the food so haven't ventured in, although the reviews on Trip Advisor are less than favourable. I did try to post a link, but dooyoo wouldn't let me as it was over 80 characters.
If I were staying there now, I'd instead walk the 5 minutes into the city centre where there are lots of good places to eat. My personal favourite is The Court Inn. It's a little tricky to find and is slightly farther away, but the food is gorgeous! If you like good, homecooked meals with proper chips and lashings of gravy, this is the place to go! It is located next to Durham Courts, near Durham Student Union.
So, I would heartily recommend the Travel Lodge, it was clean, the staff were friendly and it's in an excellent location. It's literally 5 minutes off the motorway and would be an excellent, cheap base for exploring Durham and the surrounding area.
We paid around £50 a night, but Travel lodge often have deals on where rooms can cost as little as £29 or even £9 a night, so always check their website if you're planning a trip anywhere.
Summary: Great for everyone!
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