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Eastbourne Seafront Travelodge
Travelodge Eastbourne Hotel
Member Name: kevin121
Travelodge Eastbourne Hotel
Advantages: Takes pets; cheap rooms; our room was slap bang on the seafront
Disadvantages: mundane room interiors; breakfasts being downsized
We've all heard of this chain I'm sure, but did you know they let you bring your pets? In case you didn't realise, Travelodge will accept pets in the rooms, which is the main reason I choose them, so my Labrador can come away with us too. You pay a £10 extra fee on arrival for pets but with the rooms being so cheap I don't mind.
Travelodges, although bland and at the 'basic' end of the market are wonderful value for money. The most I've ever paid to stay in one is £39, but the last couple of occasions has been just £19 a night for the room, which if there's two of you sharing is excellent value for money.
The Eastbourne Travelodge (not the Hellingly one - the newer one they have just acquired) is right on the seafront and when I last stayed there in October we got a seafront room on the second floor which was fantastic. The only drawback was the fact that you couldn't open the French doors onto the little balcony.
The rooms (either double or family sized), from my experience, are exactly the same in every lodge you stay in, but I have always found them to be clean and fairly spacious. The family size rooms that I have used, have one large double bed and a sofa which pulls out to make another bed. One other niggle I have with the Eastbourne lodge is that they don't have their own parking, but there is parking on the road - if you ask when you check-in they will provide you with a permit to put in your car at a cost of 50 pence which covers the day you arrive until 11am the following morning. This, you will find is cheaper than paying at the meters.
Also, the breakfasts are expensive, being £7.50 per person, with a 10% discount if you prebook them. I noticed when I stayed in October that they have cut back on the breakfast choices - no fried bread and only limited Danish pastries, which makes it disappointing for the price. They still provided the basics though: bread for toasting, an assortment of little cereals, apple and orange juice, tea and coffee. There are better value breakfasts to be had in town, if you can be bothered looking.
On the whole though, I can't fault the Eastbourne lodge, the staff were always friendly towards us and the location can't be bettered.
Summary: For the price you won't find a better located hotel room.
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