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Travelodge - The no frills Hotel Chain!
Travelodge in general
Member Name: evelyndunton
Travelodge in general
Advantages: Inexpensive, comfortable, functional, convenient
Disadvantages: No frills
As a family of four who travel around the country a lot to various sporting competitions so we always have to look for budget accommodation staying when we can in either Youth Hostels or budget hotels, we have found that Travelodge while being very basic, offer good value for money especially if you can catch one of their sales and book in advance whereby getting rooms for £10 a night - not bad for 4 people!
Travelodge offers budget hotel rooms in over 389 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain and is currently the fastest growing budget hotel chain in the country. It has over 20 new hotel openings planned in 2009 in locations including: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gloucester, Bournemouth, Lowestoft, Scarborough and Newquay
There are loads of reasons to choose to stay at Travelodge. Great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite providing everything needed for a good night's sleep and they are close to where people want to stay and lots are close to the major motorway links.
They don't offer any of the frills you find in other hotels such as toiletries, hairdryers, dressing gowns etc but they do provide reasonably comfortable beds with warm duvets and the price quoted is for the room not per person. A Travelodge room can reasonably comfortably sleep two adults and two children under the age of 16.
The rooms are basic, but provide what you require:
· King-sized bed
· En-suite bathroom
· Remote control colour TV
· Tea and coffee-making facilities
They also offer:
· Family rooms
· Rooms with accessible facilities
· 24 hour reception
· Fast check in - no need to check out
· Drinks and snacks vending
Travelodge don't provide toiletries as they claim that most people staying away from home will pack a toiletry bag, so don't need miniature bottles of synthetic-smelling lotions and potions. But if you have forgotten something, they sell a range of basic toiletries from vending machines in every hotel.
They don't provide a hairdryer or iron in the rooms as most customers either don't need a hairdryer or iron during their short stay so Travelodge don't incur the unnecessary cost of providing these in every room. But if you do need either a hairdryer or iron / ironing board, reception is happy to provide one
Every room is given two towels except for single rooms where there is only one. Recently, while staying as a family of four in a Travelodge room we asked for more towels and these were very willingly provided.
Each room is provided with mugs, sachets of coffee, sugar and tea bags but no tea pot or biscuits - I assume this is again to keep costs down. Most hotels seem to have vending machines, so if you're feeling peckish purchase your snacks from one of these machines, or do as we do and take some snacks with you.
Breakfast is usually from a Little Chef or some such motorway café, which we as a family tend to avoid. We normally pack a little breakfast ourselves.
The usual room price depends on location but varies from £29 to £59 per night, however they have regular sales were they offer room rates from £10 per night. These rooms generally have to be booked 21 days in advance but really offer great value for money.
Summary: A good place to stay but don't expect luxuary!
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