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Great value in a great location
Travelodge London City Road
Member Name: LucyRuth
Travelodge London City Road
Advantages: Good size rooms, clean, good location, swift service, great price
Disadvantages: No leisure facilities
I stayed in this Travelodge just over a year ago (Oct 2007) when I was on my Hen weekend in London, and found the hotel perfectly adequate.
When we arrived it was clear that the hotel had been recently refurbished. The reception area is modern and minimalist. We arrived just after the check-in time of 3 O'clock and although there were a few people in front of us, we were served quickly and the service was friendly. I had booked two rooms for five of us, and they were obliging when I asked for two rooms next to each other. I can't remember which floor the rooms were on, but the were adjacent and identical.
The rooms each had a double bed and a sofa bed. They also had a good amount of hanging rail space- very useful for five girls all with posh frock to store! The rooms were both very clean and although decor was minimalist it felt fresh and tidy, which was what we wanted. As well as the beds and the hanging space the room also had a desk with a chair, a flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. There were also vending machines in the corridor which offer chocolate, crisps and canned drinks- essential after a hard night's clubbing in the West End!
The bathroom was a good size for a budget hotel room- plenty of room for two of us to be in their doing our make-up at once and the lighting was good. The shower was lovely and powerful, although it was over the bath rather than a separate cubicle. Not a problem for any of us but I guess it wouldn't be ideal if you had any mobility issues. The bath was on the compact side, but as we only used to to soak our feet after a hard day's shopping this wasn't a problem for us.
We stayed Friday and Saturday night so traffic noise was not a problem. This end of the City dies at the weekend so the road was quiet. This did mean that a lot of the cafes, pubs and restaurants closest by were closed, but I had expected this as I know the area quite well. This wasn't a problem for us as we just jumped on the Central Line at Liverpool Street and headed into town both evenings, but it's something to bear in mindif you want to be able to eat locally and are visiting at the weekend.
I paid £60 per room, per night which I consider to be excellent value for rooms of a good size, very clean and nicely decorated and in a loaction covenient to three tube stations (Old St, Liverpool St and Moorgate).
We didn't have breakfast in the hotel as it was £7.50 each and we felt we would get better value eating out, but the restaurant looked bright and clean when we popped in there for a drink on Saturday afternoon.
Summary: A good base for a visit to the city
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