A40 Western Avenue, Acton, London, W3 0TE.
Telephone: 0208 752 1072 „
Hotel was functional, and room was big. Problem is, there is no storage facility. I was there for one night, and they couldn't store anything over the course of the day. I had no choice but to book another night. Then I found out later the sullen girl behind the counter had charged me breakfast for the following morning, even though it was optional and she knew I was out the door that afternoon! 60 quid too! No bargain in any language. And don't start me on the breakfast - the servo next door would be better value. Although the tube is nearby, there's a ruddy great freeway right in front, requiring a large detour to go anywhere....In end effect - your money would without doubt, be much better spent elsewhere.........
The Travelodge in Acton, is called the Travelodge Park Royal, which is nice because it sounds far more glam than Acton. As it’s set just yards from the A40, about 100 yds east of Hangar Lane it doesn’t have much of a park feel. It does have a great location if you are headed into town on the M40 but can’t be bothered coping with the traffic or paying west London hotel prices. The drive in is pleasant enough on a good day, but can be very slow moving at peak times. I like heading in this way in the evening, because the sight of the Hoover Building lit up against a dark sky always cheers me up. One quick tip if you are driving into town and realize you need a bathroom break after Oxford, the loos at McDonalds on the Target roundabout are clean with plenty of parking and no purchase required. Just look out for the signs to the A312, and the golden arches are immediately visible (it works on the way out too if you don’t think you can hang on until Oxford). This Travelodge is very like it’s siblings inside, you have a spacious if rather grimly decorated room with a double bed, a double sofa bed, a kettle and a TV. Terrestrial channels only are available. The bathroom is functional and there are no cool toiletries to nick. There is no phone in your room, but there is a payphone in reception. Reception stocks a variety of items like candy, pop and crisps. You can also buy emergency toiletries like razors, deodorant and condoms if you suddenly run out. Reception is staffed at all times by one person. You must pay for your room on check in, which saves a huge amount of time and hassle in the mornings. It seems that the poor souls behind reception get a little bored, particularly on the night shift, and are more than happy to keep you talking for as long as possible. I fear that there is little to do between guest check ins, and although the last receptionist I spoke to was using t
he time to study for her degree, I think a friendly chat is preferable to writing assignments, and she explained that incoming drunken guests were less likely to be obnoxious if there were other people milling around. This Travelodge is very convenient for Wembley Arena, and the Shepherds Bush Empire, so if you are headed to a big name gig it can be wiser to book in advance. Mini cab fare to either venue is reasonable, and the Travel Inn has plenty of guest parking. If you do find yourself at the Empire, don’t risk getting a mini cab as soon as you walk out as the drivers not only have trouble with English and appear to be enjoying their first ever day in London, some of them seem to be behind the wheel for the first time. Instead walk the couple of hundred yards to the Kensington Hilton where black cabs will pick you up with no queue. Right next door to the Travelodge is a 24 hour BP petrol station with quickie mart so you can enjoy pot meals or other fresher snacks on your return to the motel. If you are staying a few days reception will tell you of the best local eateries, and are kind enough to recommend good places that will deliver direct to your room. One problem is traffic, the motel is on the eastbound side of the road and you must tern east out of the car park joining the traffic until you can exit via a slip road and turn around. The nearest tube station is a short walk away, but it’s on the other side of the road. To get to it you would have to cross 4 very busy lanes and jump a 4’ fence. I didn’t try. If you need somewhere cheap, safe and impersonal in the neighbourhood I’d recommend this Travelodge.