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Great Location, but a basic hotel
Travelodge (Leeds Central)
Member Name: hcafclaura
Travelodge (Leeds Central)
Advantages: Fantastic location, reasonably priced
Disadvantages: Small rooms, problems with outside noise
I stayed at the Travelodge Leeds Central in August 2009 with my boyfriend for one night.
This was a last minute shopping trip for the August bank holiday weekend booked at very short notice. We paid £39 for a double none smoking room. Had we booked further in advance we would probably have been able to get it slightly cheaper.
I have stay in many Travelodge's in the past, so I am well aware of what to expect.
Check in was swift and we were quickly in our room. On entering the room, we noticed it absolutely stunk of garlic, obviously the last people in the room had eaten in the and when the room had been cleaned it had not been aired out properly. No big deal.
The room was one of the smallest Travelodge rooms I have ever stayed in. It was very cramped. However, it did contain what you would expect from a Travelodge hotel; bed, reasonable amount of storage, TV, kettle. The bathroom included a bath with overhead shower. I found the shower to be great, very powerful and kept its temperature which can sometimes be a problem in these hotels. Everything in the room was clean which is always my main concern when staying any where away from home.
We were at the rear of the hotel, and on opening the curtains we realised we were backing right on to the railway. There is no way you could sleep with the windows open as no noise was so loud. This wasn't a problem for us as it was a pretty cool night, but I dread to think what it is like in the summer. From what I have heard the trains stop for only a few hours over night so unless you are a heavy sleeper this would be a problem.
The location of the hotel is fantastic. It is right in the middle of everything. We were literally a 2 minute walk from the restaurants and bars.
As you expect from a central hotel there is a high chance you will be woken up during the night from people returning after a night out. This is not a place you would go for a bit of piece and quiet. To be fair though, even staying over a bank holiday weekend there wasn't excessive noise overnight.
I did not make use of the bar in the hotel so cannot comment. Been in the centre there are so many other places to eat and drink, and I imagine them to be much more competitively priced than the bar at the hotel.
Overall, would I stay here again, probably. The hotel is basic, but the location is brilliant, and the rooms have everything you need for a one or two night stay. I wouldn't pay more than £39 a night though.
Summary: If you want a basic hotel with a great location, this is the one for you
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