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Travelodge (Liverpool, Aigburth)

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Address: 531 Aigburth Road / Liverpool / L19 9DN

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      15.01.2014 23:34
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      In October, we went to a friends wedding in Liverpool, and opted to stay at the Liverpool Aigburth Travelodge, which was just a few minutes fro the church where the service was being held. Reserving a room was easy - we did it months in advance via the Travelodge website, and two nights stay cost us £74 (2 people, sharing a double).

      We took a train down to Liverpool Lime Street. The hotel is almost 4 miles as the crow flies from the station, and a taxi from station to hotel was surprisingly expensive (around £13) so I would recommend, if you can manage it, getting a bus. There is a regular bus running from the city centre to Aigburth Road every few minutes, and the inconvenience of carrying your case to the bus stop is well worth the saving of approximately £8 you'll make.

      Checking in was easy - a simple matter of confirming a few details, and receiving your key - a single key per room, which may be an inconvenience if two people who are sharing have separate plans. We were given clear instructions as to how to get to our room, and left to it.

      The room was fine. A bit basic, and a bit dated in terms of style, but very serviceable and spotlessly clean. It was also remarkable large - despite containing a king bed, two bedside tables, two chairs, a hanging wardrobe, and a desk and dressing table (complete with a fine sized mirror) there seemed to be a lot of empty space in the room. I was pleased that there were hangers in the wardrobe enabling me to hang my outfit and avoid creases, and was also pleased to note that the spacious en suite shower/toilet room including a spare toilet roll (my partner suffers from allergies in any new environment, so we knew he was going to have a sneezing fit!).

      I was perhaps less impressed that for a fully occupied double room, they had only provided one bath towel and one face cloth, and one tiny soap. However, as we left to visit the pub over the road, we requested one more of each to be in our room for out return, which was done at no extra charge.

      The pub has no bar or restaurant, but is right next to a Toby Carvery which does reasonably priced drinks and carvery meals. It also serves an all you can eat buffet breakfast. For dinner, we opted instead to try the chinese takeaway right across the road (there is also a garage, an Indian Restaurant, an Off License, a Hairdressers, a Kebab Shop, and an English restaurant just over the crossing. We took our food back to the room to eat, which was fine with the B&B staff, and then settled in for the night, having noted that we had been provided with extra towels and soap as requested.

      The bed, despite some initial shock at the softness of the mattress was very comfortable - cool clean smelling cotton sheets, a handy lamp on each side, and an in-room thermostat helped to make things very comfortable. There was also a window that could be opened, however the road at the front was very noisy, so we promptly shut it again. We did notice they'd been a little tight with the refreshments - 4 coffee sachets and 4 teabags per couple is fine, but really, only four sugars? And only two milks? However, the tiny travel kettle provided was spotless with not a trace of limescale. The television (which has 18 channels) was also a wee bit on the tiny side, with only a 17 inch screen.

      We slept very well the first night of our stay. Not so much the second - we were not the only wedding guest using the hotel, and although we went to bed early on the night, other people rolled in at two singing rugby songs very loudly, and with the doors and walls being quite thin we were woken up.

      The shower and toilet were spotless. The shower cubicle was huge, you could easily have fit four people in there, and it had a nice temperature and power to it (although no instructions were provided, so we had to figure that out ourselves) and the bathroom had a point for an electrical shaver. In fact, there were lots of plug points available in the room, which enabled us to have straighteners, a hair dryer, a razor, and a toastie maker (never travel without it!) plugged in at once with points to spare.

      Both days we had breakfast as the adjoining Toby Carvery, which was fine. It perhaps wasn't the best quality, but in terms of price and quantity, it certainly worked out very cheaply, and we were both fully satisfied.

      Checking out was as easy as checking in - it took probably a minute and a half at most.

      Overall, for the money we paid, I don't think we could expect much better. There were a few tiny niggles that prevent me from giving the full five stars - tightness with sugar and milk, no comfy smoking seat outside, and the fact that the rooms, despite being large and spotless, lacked any kind of personality, but overall I really feel our stay was great value for money.

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