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Travelodge - the basic of the basic
Travelodge in general
Member Name: TimListfield
Travelodge in general
Advantages: Cheap. Nearly always in a good location with transport links.
Disadvantages: Very basic service, and very impersonal.
There are two budget chains in the UK that are very well known. Travelodge and Premier Inn. Having just done a review for Premier Inn, I'll now do one for Travelodge.
The first thing you need to know and remember about Travelodge is that it is a budget Hotel chain. Don't forget that. If you are looking for anything other the the most basic of services, then start with Premier In and work your way up from there.
Travelodge is certainly very good for convenience. I have no problem in admitting that if you are looking for a convenient location with excellent transport links to other places, Travelodge goes just that. I've stayed at Travelodge in Bath, which is near the centre, Travelodge just next to Kings Cross station, Brentford Travelodge where there are bus links and rail links nearby, and several others. You'll nearly always find a good location with good links.
You can book via the internet site, www.travelodge.co.uk and you can use the location finder.
Prices, as with all hotels, vary depending on advance booking, and peak and off-peak times. And in fairness, the prices are chearp.
As far as good things come though, that is it. Everything else is as basic as it comes.
When you arrive, the customer service is often poor. The hotel chain is often understaffed and as a result you have one, perhaps two people at the desk always harassed and rushed around. So it can feel very impersonal when you check in. You'll be given a key card, that doesn't always work properly.
When you arrive in the room, you'll again find that it's very basic. There's a bed, a shower room, a dressing table and a good amount of wardrobe space if you're only staying for a short time. There is a spare pillow, and there are clean towels. However, the most basic of soap is provided and the bedroom and bathroom are usually bland, often feeling industrial and impersonal (Premier Inn, in comparison always feels more homely because of the decoration). I've also yet to sleep on a comfortable bed at Travelodge.
The restaurant is little better. The food provided is the most basic, and often isn't cooked as well as it should be. Certainly the breakfast was poor, though the evening meal was much better.
Overall, this very much a budget hotel chain that does what it does. It provides a service for those who need a service. But that is it. I'd always say that if there is a Premier Inn near by, you're better off there.
Summary: I there's nothing else nearby, or you're looking for a cheap service, use this.
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