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Travelodge - a comfortable bargain!
Travelodge in general
Member Name: kellya1
Travelodge in general
Advantages: Cheap, cheerful, comfortable, conveient
Disadvantages: No frills
Travelodge Portsmouth Hotel
Kingston Crescent, Garfield Road, North End
Portsmouth PO2 8AB
Tel: 0870 191 1707
Fax: 02392 639121
When on my travels to Watford FC away games I always look to stay over and make a weekend of it (lets face it, I need something to cheer about after recent results!) So it came to Portsmouth away and with the Travelodge saver deals on offer it was only natural to check out the Travelodge website, and low and behold, they were offering a reasonable deal…
*** Location ***
The location was the main reason of choice – as it is only 1 or 2 miles from Fratton Park and the same distance to the town centre right off a main motorway link. It’s also a great choice if needing a ferry or one of the other transport links;
Fratton railway stn - 1m
Portsmouth railway stn - 3m
Continental ferry terminal - ½m
Isle of Wight
ferry & hovercraft terminal - 2½m
Southampton airport - 19m
Local bus route available nearby.
Directions…I had to drive south down the A3 which joined the M27 and then M275 towards the north end of Portsmouth town centre and Continental Ferries, at the Rudemore roundabout take second exit into Kingston Crescent. The Travelodge is on the right, you can’t miss this. Parking is free onsite.
*** Places to go ***
If wanting to explore the local surroundings other attractions nearby include;
Portsmouth University - 1m
Historic Dockyard - 2m
Sea Life Centre - 3m
Outside of Portsmouth, there are a number of places that might take your fancy including;
Isle of Wight (ferry nearby)
Chichester Emsworth - 6.7 miles away
Southampton – 15 miles
Arundel Fontwell - 19.3 miles away
***** The Deal *****
For 1 nights stay in a double room in this hotel on a Friday night in November the price was £26 room only (only available if booking 1 month in advance). A bargain! The room was non-smoking, and included a bath which sometimes affects the price (showers only are generally cheaper) Why so cheap? Well, according to Travelodge's research, most people staying in a hotel simply want a clean, comfortable place to get a good night's sleep, and are happy to forgo the unnecessary "frills" offered in other establishments. This means that they cut out the additional costs such as toiletries, biscuits, extra towels etc.
*** Check in/out ***
We checked in at 10pm with no problems at all. The lady on reception was extremely pleasant, and advised us where to go for a night out on the town (we had a lovely evening and discovered the harbour area with the Spinaker Tower and outlet shopping!) I handed over my confirmation, and my credit card, and after tapping a few keys on the computer, we had our key and the receipt. All done in 10 minutes! We were told directions to the room (there were no other signposts!) which was on the 1st floor (there is a lift) overlooking the car park. Checking out, again no problems here, we just handed the key over at 10am (checkout was 12pm) a friendly 'goodbye' was offered and we were on our way. If wanting more information on the Portsmouth area, there are plenty of leaflets to keep you busy. After 10pm, you must press the buzzer to enter (if having a room already you must give your room number).
*** The Room ***
The hotel has around 150 rooms. We had room 104 a double room with sofa bed pull out and as I was expecting is was quite basic, but HUGE! The room was light and airy, overlooking the car park to the front of the hotel. It had a double bed, a couch, tea and coffee making facilities and a remote control TV with the terrestrial channels (although for £6 per day you could watch the films on offer, the same ones as the sky box office).
Again the bathroom was basic, it has what you need including a bath and a shower, but a nice touch was the heated towel rack. Bring your own toiletries, as you will only get a bar of soap! The décor was again bright, and airy and quite clean compared to some hotel bathrooms I have been in! The only problem we had was just one towel each – I have long hair and generally need 2 towels but apart from that minor detail, it was just what I needed.
The bed was very comfy, very soft so you melt into it. I’m used to hardened beds myself and it could explain why I didn’t get a good nights sleep.
*** Food & Drink ***
This Travelodge has no restaurant or bar; however, next door is a Sovereigns Bigsteak pub/restaurant open from 11am-10pm, or a pizza hut takeaway service. This Travelodge does not offer a 'breakfast bag' for £4. (It includes a fresh banana, croissant and Kelloggs cereal pot (complete with spoon and milk) as well as orange juice and a large cup so you can take coffee or tea from your room with you) In other hotels you can collect it from reception, or just order at reception the night before and they can deliver it before 7am to your room.
This is the perfect hotel stopover and a bargain at that! In terms of quality, you get what you pay for; whilst the check in was smooth, and the room comfortable, and adequate for what we needed, I actually missed the extras such as the mini toiletries and biscuits! In addition, there was only one towel per person and I need two - 1 for my hair and 1 for my body. Overall, I would recommend this if wanting to visit Portsmouth for a weekend, or for any other close attraction.
Summary: A great stopover that I will certainly use again