“ Address: Runger Lane / Manchester Airport / M90 5DL / England „
When we go on holiday to the USA our flights are usually quite early in the morning so we have to be at the airport for check in even earlier. To save rushing in the morning and worrying that there'll be hold-ups on the motorway we usually book into an airport hotel. The added bonus of these is that most of them provide parking for the duration of your holiday as well, so it also saves you the hassle of having to find your carpark and then get from there to the airport. We usually stay at a hotel called Bewleys, but this time, because we were going for alomst 3 weeks, we decided to look for somewhere else as the Bewleys parking packages only run for either 8 or 15 nights and any additional nights parking are £7.50. That doesn't sound too bad but when we got our total quote it came very close to £200 so we shopped around. Through various website links we found a "chauffeur" parking service which meets you at your terminal and then takes your car away to park it for you so we then just had to find a hotel that wouldn't break the bank and was close to the hotel. We ended up choosing the Travelodge as, at the time, they were running a special offer. A room for the night was £32 for the two of us and we also booked a two course dinner at the same time for £9.99 each. So for £52 we got room and dinner, as long as we realised that this was non-refundable if we decided not to go in the end. The hotel sounded ideal. Ok, the pictures of the rooms looked quite basic, but all we wanted was somewhere to sleep really. It was close to the airport, had parking available and we could eat there too. Perfick! ON ARRIVAL. Getting to the Travelodge at Manchester Airport was not an easy task, even with our sat nav. Getting to the vague area it was in was fine and we could actually see the hotel in the distance, but getting to the actual site proved somewhat more difficult. I don't know whether they've changed the road layout since we got our satnav maps (although they're only a couple of years old) but it really didn't know which way to send us at a huge junction that was half roundabout and half traffic lights and islands. We ended up circumnavigating this particular junction 3 times before we finally managed to work out which lane we should be in! We finally arrived at the hotel site which isn't actually on the airport complex but is close enough that you can see the planes. There was another hotel right next door (a Premier Inn from memory but I could be wrong there). We decided we were glad we'd booked dinner as well as there were no other restaurants visible and we would have had to take the car back out again to find an alternative. The carpark for the hotel was big enough and there were plenty of spaces but as we parked the car up we noticed signs reminding us to pay and display. We were quite confused as we'd expected the parking to be free so went to check at reception and the not too friendly gentleman behind the desk told me we had to pay "like it says on all those signs". So my grumbling husband forked over £5 to the parking machine and displayed his ticket. Apparently the car park is operated by another company and, whilst it does state this on their actual website it didn't say it on the site we booked through, so we weren't particularly happy about having to pay £5 extra. We entered the hotel lobby to check in but, after having the cheek to double check whether parking was indeed charged, I had obviously in the eyes of the gentleman behind the desk come to be seen as a "problem" customer and when he saw me coming in again rolled his eyes to the ceiling and pointedly looked at the automatic check-in machine. So much for the human touch! I didn't really care as one conversation with him had been unpleasant enough so we used the machine and were issued with a key card for our room and two pre-paid dinner vouchers. At least our booking was correct! We tried to make our way upstairs to our room but the lifts were operated by the key card to your room and (I know this is going to make us sound really stupid!) there were no instructions on how to actually use them. Did you enter your card then press the button for the lift or vice versa? There was no way of knowing and we tried every combination we could think of but no lift arrived. We were in full view of the reception desk but no help or advice was provided and in the end another guest came to use the lift, inserted their key card and waited, but still no lift arrived. The other guest started mumbling about how this had happened earlier too and headed for the stairs. So we eventually did the same as well and carried our heavy suitcases up the stairs. Not the most welcoming of starts to our holiday! THE ROOMS When we got into our room first impressions were that it was clean enough but basic didn't even come close to describing it. There was a double bed with a small bedside table on each side that were built into the headboard, and when I say small, there was literally just enough room to have a book, my glasses case and a glass (well, plastic cup!) of water. There was also a built in console which housed the television stand (very old television, no flatscreen or even digital in sight) and an opening with a rail and a few coathangers. No suitcase stand, no spare pillows, no instructions on how to work the antique television set. There was a small kettle and tea/coffee etc, but we decided to wait until the morning for our coffee as there were only 4 tiny milk cartons so we would only have enough milk for one cup each. The bathroom was fine enough, clean and tidy with a couple of towels hanging, but by the time we got around to looking at that my husband was grumbling much more loudly and I have to say I wasn't particularly happy with the room on the whole either. It was really quite warm in there but the window had a safety lock on it so only opened about an inch which made very little difference to the temperature. The most bizarre thing about the room was that it was an average sized hotel room and there was space in the corner for a table and chairs or a small sofa as you would expect to find in your average hotel room like this but not here. As this was obviously considered a budget room, every expense had been spared so the corner of the room was just a huge empty space. We didn't need the table and chairs/sofa, but the absence of one or the other of them just made the room look weird. When we made it to bed, it was comfortable enough but an extra pillow each would have been appreciated and neither of got a particularly great nights sleep. Firstly the room was just too warm and even with taking all of the bedding off apart from one thin sheet, we were both way too hot for comfort. Our room was also quite close to the lifts and we could hear lots of noise from other guests coming and going. All in all we were glad when our alarm went off and we could get up and on our way again! DINNER The dinner we had pre-booked was served in the hotel bar. There was no separate menu for those that had pre-paid for their meal, which we had been expecting, we had the choice of the whole menu. Granted, this wasn't overly extensive, but there was enough choice on it of your standard pub-grub type things; lasagne, fish and chips, burgers etc. We opted for the fishcake and potato skins to start and both went for the chicken makhani curry for main. I went to the bar to order and was pleasantly surprised to find that our pre-paid option also included a drink each. In fact, the gentlemant that served me at the bar was the most pleasant thing about our whole experience in the Travelodge. He was friendly, helpful and cheerful and in such contrast to the rest of our experience there. The food, when it came, was nice enough. Nothing to rave about, but perfectly adequate and we both enjoyed the curry dish particularly, although the portions weren't exactly large. However, we struggled to enjoy our meal very much as the bar area was extremely noisy. There was a football match on which many people were huddled in the corner watching, but then at the same time they also had loud music playing, obviously trying to keep non-football fans happy too. But trying to eat a meal where you have televisions blaring a football match at one end and loud music fighting with it at the other is not exactly a relaxing experience and we had to lean over the table to be able to have a conversation. Needless to say we didn't linger over coffee and dessert and decided to partake of a little treatin our room from the vending machines as pudding instead! OTHER OBSERVATIONS As we were only staying one night we didn't need or look for any other facilities in the Travelodge at Manchester Aiport but in the lobby there was a computer station where you could pay to use the internet (£5 an hour! I don't think so thank you!) and a coffee station. There were also vending machines selling soft drinks, chocolate and crisps bu the lifts. (My husband was the unexpected recipient of somebody's mistake in restocking the machine as two bags had been put in the slot instead of one so when he pressed the button he got two bags! At £2 each this slightly mollified him with regards to the car park charge and he felt that he'd got one up on the place!!). As I've previously said, we only had contact with two members of staff during our stay and they couldn't have been more different. The man in the bar/restaurant was what people in service should be like, in fact what people generally should be like. Friendly, helpful and pleasant. He actually made conversation with us and realised that unlike him, we didn't spend every day at the hotel and so wouldn't know the unspoken procedures for things and cheerfully explained things. The man behind the reception desk was like his grumpier, unfriendly brother. Yes, we had booked a very basic room and were payingminimally for it, but that man had a job to do behind that desk and should do it. He obviously didn't enjoy his job and found dealing with actual guests a chore rather than what he was being paid to do. Even if the rest of the stay had been without problems his attitude would certainly have put us off returning to this particular Travelodge. CONCLUSIONS Would we return to this hotel? On reflection, no, we wouldn't. I possibly would have done had it not been for the gentleman on the reception desk. Yes the room was extremely basic, but it was clean and (apart from the milk and spare pillows) had everything we needed for one nights stay and for the price we paid you can't really complain at that. The dinner was pefectly adequate and saved us going hunting elsewhere for food, so for £52 all in it was good value in that respect. But my husband is getting harder to please in his old age and his opinion of the place was formed in the car park when we had to pay extra to park. He only got more frustrated as the stay went on and the next morning, after a very disturbed sleep, wasn't happy at all. Luckily for us, this was by far the worst accommodation we stayed in during our holiday and didn't spoil our trip at all, but when we go on holiday again we will definitely be avoiding this one.
I've only used this hotel once and although it fulfilled its purpose, I won't be in a hurry to go back there. Earlier this year my fiancé and I went on holiday to Cyprus, and as our flight was an early morning one we decided to extend our holiday and travel to the airport the night before to stay at one of the airport hotels. We had a look online and the Travelodge was the best price, offering a room for the night for £29. I booked it online at a non-refundable saver rate of £29, and received my confirmation by email. Sorted. The night before our holiday we had a friend take us to the hotel and we used the computerised check-in service. This was surprisingly easy to use and cut out the waiting time for the queue which seemed to be taking over reception. We got to our rooms which were what you'd expect from Travelodge - decent size, fairly basic, nothing to write home about, dropped off our bags and freshened up to go down to the bar for a meal and drink to celebrate the start of our holiday. The queue in reception had quietened down so we spoke to the lady at the desk to see if we could book ourselves in on the shuttle service to the airport in the morning. This cost us around £7 for the two of us, and was easy enough. She was very helpful and friendly, but told us the buses sometimes book up quite soon, so we were glad we'd booked it before dinner and not afterwards. The bar seemed very small in comparison to the number of rooms, and considering there's nothing else to do in the area (with it being solely for the airport), it was very full of various groups of families, stag dos, couples and single people occupying large tables to themselves. We managed to get a table and my partner got us some drinks and ordered the food. It felt like he'd been gone forever as there was a huge queue at the bar, and the drinks were about £4 for a bottle of Magners. The food was reasonably priced, and we both had the same burger with all the trimmings. This was under £8 and was really filling with bacon and onion rings and plenty of chips. We didn't hang around after the meal because it wasn't the nicest bar with lots of spillages and it was crammed with people at this point. So we thought we'd free up our table and go upstairs. I tried to get a bottle of water for the room in case we were thirsty overnight (it was June and quite hot), but the vending machines had all sold old so I got a can of coke each for us instead. The room was really hot so it was difficult to sleep, and this wasn't helped by the fact we only had one pillow each so couldn't get comfy. There was quite a lot of noise from the corridors, but the main issue was the mattress which gave us both backache, and we woke each other up every time the other person moved! It was one of the worst nights sleep I've ever had! The following morning I was actually happy when my alarm went off around 6am, mainly because our holiday was about to begin, but partly out of joy to be leaving the Travlodge. I put the kettle on then jumped in the shower. The shower and bathroom facilities were fine. I started making a cup of tea, but realised as I went to pour the milk in that there wasn't any! There were teabags and coffee sachets, but no milk sachets. This just summed up our stay to be honest! The shuttle service was reliable and got us to the airport terminal on time and without any hassle. We just paid the driver directly. Luckily, the holiday we had was much better than the Travelodge experience!
When we Visited Copenhagen to go to the Christmas markets in Tivoli we had an very early flight meaning that we needed to spend the night in Manchester. Instead of just staying the one night we thought it would be a good idea to combine a visit with friends and stay a couple of nights. Since we still had that really early flight it made sense to stay at an airport hotel instead of in the city centre so we wouldn't have to worry about having to get to the airport. We decided on the travel lodge on the basis that it was pretty much the cheapest place to stay and it was close to the airport. Unfortunately we weren't driving so we had to make our own way to the hotel from the airport. There is a shuttle you can get which costs £5 per person and will pick you up in front of the airport but I wasn't going to pay for that so directions in hand we set off to find the hotel. Unfortunately it was slightly further than I thought and it took us a good 45 minutes walking to reach the hotel. It is actually a couple of miles outside the airport complex whihc means to me that they shouldn't be advertising it as an airport hotel as I think an airport hotel should be a walkable between the terminales and the hotel. Once we arrived we tried to check in with the self service machine but even though we did everything it asked for it still wouldn't check us in and eventually we had to ask a member of staff for help. To give the reception staff credit they were very nice and tried their best to help but it wouldn't work for them either so they had to check us in manually. Once checked in we were given the keys to our room which is basically the same as every other travel lodge. There was a double bed, a desk, TV, and a chair and this was pretty much it. There are no luxeries such as a mini bar or safe. The decor is very plain and innofensive and you can definately tell you are staying in a budge hotel but it is absolutely fine for a night or two. The bathroom was a bit dated and in need of a refurbishment but there was a bath with a shower overhead and plenty of hot water and towels on demand. The plumbing was extremely loud though and we could hear the neighbours flushing their toilet. The walls are also paper thin and we could hear the neighbours next door and also everytime anyone was in the hall it would wake us up. As we were going into Manchester city centre we didn't want to walk the 45 minutes to the train station at the airport so we ended up having to get a axi everytime instead which ended up costing us quite a lot of money. When we left to catch our flight we decided to get the shuttle instead of walk since it was so far and we checked the website before to find out the price and it stated that payment was made direct to the hotel. However when we went to pay for it they told us that you had to pay the driver and they would only accept cash. We had no cash on us and had planned on paying with a debit card and the hotel had no cash machines so we weren't able to get the shuttle and ended up having to walk. Luckily we had left plenty of time so we were able to make check in in plenty of time. I really think the hotel should mention this fact and not state the opposite on their website. Overall we had an extremely dissapointing stay at the travel lodge Manchester airport and it isn't one that I would recommend unless you have no alternative. If you do decide to stay here just make sue that you realise how far away from the airport it actually is.
In July, I travelled around Europe on a concert tour of my musical icon, Tori Amos. The first stop was Zurich, and as the flight left about 7am and as Manchester Airport is the other side of the country for me, the only viable option was to book an overnight hotel so that I could be there in time for my flight. I wanted the cheapest and closest option possible to the airport, and having stayed with Travelodge before, I decided to book with them. The price for 1 night (I'm not sure if breakfast was included, however I don't think it was) was £25 which I thought was excellent value. I was slightly apprehensive about getting to the hotel, as I was arriving by train and the hotel is 1 mile from Manchester Airport, however luckily there is a taxi rank outside the airport train station which took me there, for about £7... pricey for a 1 mile trip! When I went to check in, it was moderately busy however the staff seemed very efficient at dealing with people, and also in a friendly and welcoming manner which is not always something you find with hotel staff. When I did check in, I explained I was on an early flight and if they had a curiour service for airport runs (I read on the website they did this), and the lady said it was not a problem, and put me down for the 5.40am service, at a cost of £6. I later noticed the lady had written the wrong time down on my card so I went to reception to query this, and the lady apologised and was very quick to rectify the situation, explaining she was new to the job. My room was located several floors up, and I decided to take the stairs as the lifts seemed quite busy and I didn't want to be stood waiting for ages as I knew I had to get a very early night. Both the lifts and stairs can only be accessed with a key card, which is secure if not a little annoying when you are trying to manoeuvre your belongings up stairs. The location of this hotel is where I had some issues with it, as it's located off a duel carriage way and although you cannot hear the noise from this in your room, beware that it is cut off from all other amenities apart from 2 other hotels within the vicinity. After my long train journey and the fact I hadn't really eaten all day, I was starving as it was now evening time. I was hoping there would be a nearby McDonalds or some shops of some sort (being that it is Manchester after all)... however the only place you can really eat is within the hotel itself. This is fine considering they do have a varied menu and a restaurant, however I also feel it's like trapping you to eat there because there isn't anywhere else to go unless you have a car or order a taxi. Needless to say, to avoid fainting in my room, I decided to order a pizza from the downstairs restaurant and bring it back to my room to eat. There are about four menu options which can be eaten in your room, and I didn't fancy sitting in a crowded restaurant by myself so the Margerita pizza it was. Ordering the pizza was a little time consuming, as the people on the tills didn't seem to know what they were doing so there was quite a queue building and they didn't seem efficient in dealing with the orders. Needless to say, my actual pizza was given to me within about 5 minutes of placing my order which I was impressed with. I can't say it was the best thing I have ever eaten, but it certainly did stop me from being famished and at £6 was reasonable on the pocket also. As I retreated to my room, I had a good look around it and I noticed how spacious it was, presumably for all the luggage and cases people bring with them. There were a few scuffs on the wall, probably again from all the cases but this didn't detract too much from the decor which was quite pleasant and relaxing overall so no complaints there. The bathroom was fairly large, and was also cleaner than I expected. There was a shower instead of a bath, and overall was pretty adequate for an overnight stay before a flight or a holiday. There was soap provided, however I know if you forget certain items such as a toothbrush, they will provide these for you if you ask. Although I had booked a "single" room, the bed was a spacious double bed which I think has happened to me on several occasions when staying with Travelodge. I don't have any qualms with this, providing I am not infact paying for two people. I certainly did get a good sleep, although not the best of sleeps because of course I had to be up at 4.30am to catch my flight! In the morning, check out was straight forward and I found the Travelodge courier service parked outside waiting for me. I was surprised to find I was the only person on the 5.40am service, as the driver has a list of customers so he knows who should be there and also so nobody is left behind. I found it a warming start to the morning, as he was bright, cheery and took my bag for me and put it in the back. He then drove me right up to the terminal entrance and told me where I needed to be. I certainly didn't expect such a charismatic driver, considering it was only just light outside and if that was me I would have been rather grumpy! I would definitely use the courier service again if staying at the hotel. Overall, although it was a "flying" visit to the Manchester Airport Travelodge, I would certainly consider staying there again if I was in a similar situation of having a very early flight and needing to stay in a hotel. Although the location means you will need a taxi to get to the airport itself and there are no shops or amenities around, it certainly is an ideal place to stay before a holiday or flight. I would say it is equally suitable for families as there is a kids menu in the restaurant, and the staff seem friendly enough to deal with all requirements. It may not be a 5 star hotel, but I was certainly glad I stayed here before my early flight and trip around Europe.
I have stopped at the Travelodge at Manchester Airport with my boyfriend quite a few times now and I haven't got any complaints about the hotel at all. It is about a 5/10 minute taxi drive away from the terminals depending on traffic, if you are getting a taxi from the airport to the hotel I would suggest acting like you know exactly where the hotel is by saying something like "can you take me to the Travelodge please its next door to the Premier Inn" this way the taxi driver knows that you are aware how long it takes to get there and won't take you on a detour to get a few extra pennies. For a normal taxi ride from the terminals it should cost you roughly £6.00. As you have probably already realised the Travelodge is situated right next door to the Premier Inn and isn't really situated in the hussle and bussle of the airport which is nice and they have a fairly large car park which has 100 car park spaces. The car park is controlled by a barrier so you know your car will be safe while you away, the car park however is quite expensive and costs £5 for 1 day, £10 for 2 days, £25 for 3 days, £40 for 4 days, you would be much better off booking the actual airport car parks as they will work out cheaper. It is a shame Travelodge don't offer a "park & stay" price for the hotel but I think someone else runs the car park so may be this isn't possible. We always get the train in to Manchester Airport as we find this a lot easier so we have never actually left our car there. Checking in is really quick and simple you just give them your name and you get your key and that is it, every time we have stopped here the staff have always been happy and more than happy to answer any questions you have. I would suggest booking your transport to the airport in the morning (if you need it) when you check in as the buses get fully booked very quickly. It costs around £6 each to book the bus and you can pick a time that is suitable for you they then give you a receipt and you come down at your booked time in the morning and wait for the bus. As always with Travelodge the rooms are clean and spacious and have your basic facilities comfy bed, TV, coffee making facilities, bath/shower, toilet etc. Our room was on the ground floor which was nice and easy for the morning and we were in a family room with a sofa bed even though we only booked a double so you can't complain. The bar/restaurant is great it gets quite busy at night but you can always seem to find a table. They have quite a lot of variety on their menu and to be honest the prices are quite reasonable it beats going for tea at the airport and paying a fortune. I had a bacon cheeseburger with chips and salad and it was lovely the chips were lovely and chunky they gave you a pot of BBQ sauce with them which is a nice touch, the salad was a nice salad (not just lettuce and tomato) and the burger was lovely and I think this was about £6.00 which really isn't too bad. I think the bar stays open until about 12:30am and the food stops about 10:00pm. We booked our room quite a few months in advance in the Travelodge sale and got it for £9.00, this is why I was surprised we were given a family room, with the cheap rate rooms they usually give you the not so "nice" rooms like the rooms with a window that faces a brick wall etc but we got given a great room. Overall this is a great hotel and perfect for your stop over before or after holiday the rooms are clean and the beds comfy and you have a shower what more do you need? And when you can get rooms for under £20.00 it is a real bargain. When we go on city breaks in the UK we always use Travelodge as they are reasonable and the rooms have everything you need. I always check every Travelodge sale to see what bargains I can get as you can't beat a weekend away for £9.00 :) I am going to give this hotel five stars.
Last year we decided to travel to the Manchester area on Christmas day to visit relatives, rather than have a long drive back we thought it would be a good idea to stay over somewhere. We booked the Manchester Airport Travelodge on the internet in October, we got a family room (2 adults and 1 child) for £33 which also included breakfast which I thought was very good value. After spending time socialising with relatives we decided to make tracks to the Hotel, unfortunately it was at this time when the sat-nav decided to play up and wouldnt switch on!, I had to resort to trying to find the place by following the little airplane signs to the airport. I thought this place was hard to find - it was frustrating as I could see the place but couldnt get to it as one of the access roads was shut so I had to join the M56 motorway and comeback on my myself. We eventually arrrived and had to pay £5 to park the car on the car park which now resembled an ice rink, we gingerly negotiated our way to reception after doing a bit of dancing on ice. The young lady behind reception was dressed as a pixie (it was Christmas after all) and was polite and helpful. Our room was rather basic , as you would expect with a Travelodge, in a family room you get a double bed and a bed-settee that pulls out to make another double bed. You get the usual tea and coffee, towels etc and of course a TV. This Travelodge has a bar unlike some others and we were glad that it was open, the drinks were reasonably priced and there was bar-snacks availlable, the place seemed quite busy considering it was Christmas day. I went outside in the cold to have a cigarette and got talking to one of the other guests and they told me that they were there because their flight had been cancelled due to the weather. After a small night-cap we went back to our room, the bed was ok, quite comfy and the sheets were fresh and clean. In the morning we went to the dining area at about 9am for breakfast, it was the usual buffet-style breakfast with a choice of full english items, cereal, juices etc. The only thing which they didnt have was toast as the young lady in charge of the toasting machine had got it jammed and it had set alight so it had to be carried outside. I thought the breakfast was adequate but missed not having toast and the orange juice did taste watered down. Overall I think this is one of the better Travelodges I have stayed in, I certainly think we got a bargain, but as I said we did book 2 months in advance. I will also like to point out that the car park is for 24 hours (although the sign says all-day) I made the mistake of getting another ticket after midnight for the next day which cost me another fiver (non refundable) but I can't blame the hotel for that.
I have recently stayed in this hotel and would again. The reason why we choose this hotel in the first place was down to price - all though it is very close to the airport at only £29 for 1 nights stay, you cant argue with that! The hotel seemed to a little bit bigger than most of the travelodges i've stayed in but i'm not sure if that is because it wasnt a multistory like ones i've stayed in previously. There was a large car park - although this is chargable however i'm not sure on the excat price but you are allowed to short stay for up to 30 minutes with no charge. The reception was bright, warm and welcoming with internet access and vending machines for hot, cold drinks and snacks. The bar/restaurant was attached to the right of the reception area where alcoholic, hot, soft drinks, snacks and meals where served. The room was one of the cleanist travelodges i've stayed in! The room had a kettle, selection of teas and coffee, a portable colour TV with freeview and the bathroom was very clean - although no shampoo or shower gel but i believe that this is an amenity that this hotel chain that they no longer supply - but again for 1 night this doesnt really matter. As i was reading some of the reviews for this travelodge, some complained of the noise from the motorway - our room was situated on the ground floor facing the car park, but we couldnt hear the noise from our room! However i can imagine if your room is facing the motorway then this will be expected! There is a shuttle bus service to the airport which i think if i remember is every 40 minutes - unfortuantely it is not free! £3 per person or £7 for a party of 4 people (there was only 3 people in my party yet the £7 was still cheaper than paying per person per seat!) but because of the way to get to the airport terminals if maybe a little more in a taxi. They run from early morning to late-ish each day. This needs to be booked at the reception desk who will give you the times so that you can schedule it with the time you may need to be at the airport for. You need to make sure you know which terminal you will be flying from. The reception staff were again friendly, welcoming and very helpful. All in all this was a really nice hotel, cant complain for the price and if you book it well in advance, or through the travelodge website when they have there room sale, you may even be able to get it for as little as £10 per night!
As this week is half term we decided to drive to Manchester to visit relatives. Unfortunately our relatives don't have space to allow us to stay overnight so I set about looking for somewhere reasonable to stay. I knew we wouldn't be spending much time in our hotel so I really only wanted somewhere comfortable to sleep. Looking through my emails I was interested to read one from the Martin Lewis money saving site(see my earlier review for more info) telling me that Travel lodge would be offering rooms for just£10 the next day. I got up early to visit the Travel lodge site. The site was very easy to navigate and a selection of £10 rooms was indeed on offer in and around Manchester. I choose to stay at the Manchester airport Travel lodge as this was the most conveniently placed for our visit. The total cost for a family room sleeping four was just £10! How to get there. *************** I am not going to give you detailed directions as these are available from the Travel lodge web site. If you have a sat nav then the post code is M90 5DL .Alternatively you could use the AA route finder. The lodge is situated on Runger lane about 1 mile from the airport. If you are flying then there is a shuttle bus service to and from the airport. Again the details are on the Travel Lodge web site. The hotel. ******** Travel lodge have numerous hotels throughout the country and all are much the same inside. The Manchester airport branch is a modern looking building with a large flat car park. The car park is managed by Britannia parking and you will be charged £5 for a 24 hour stay. If you are a disabled driver and have a blue badge then parking is free. The parking charges increase to £40 for a 4 day stay. The car park is said to be secure but when we were staying the barrier remained up all night! Inside the hotel is a large spacious reception area. There were two members of staff on duty and both were friendly and efficient. We were given our room number and keyless card to enter. The corridor was well lit and clean. Our room was a bit on the narrow side with a space to hang clothes with extra pillows and duvets on the shelf above. There was a good sized double bed and a double sofa bed for our two boys. I was pleased to find a kettle and tea, coffee and milk. If you need more you can ask at reception. My children were keen to see how many channels the TV had but there was no remote ,so a trip to reception was needed to resolve this! The bathroom was quite small and contained a bath with shower, handbasin and toilet. The bath plug was missing so again a trip to reception was needed to acquire one! The bath surround was quite moldy and the floor covering was beginning to pull away from the walls. There was a good sized mirror but as the ventilation was poor this son steamed up. There was plenty of toilet paper but only one very small bar of soap. Travel Lodge no longer gives you complimentary toiletries, so remember to take your own. If you do need something reception have items for sale. After a day out in Manchester we were all tired and ready for sleep. We arrived back at the hotel at around 11 pm and the reception desk was still staffed. This felt reassuring. The sofa bed seemed comfortable and our children were soon sleeping peacefully. However on getting into bed I was disappointed to discover that the mattress was full of lumps! No matter where I lay I could not get comfortable. A new mattress is certainly needed! The duvets were adequate and the room temperature was fine too. We have stayed in hotels where the room is so hot sleep is difficult! We had been a bit concerned that this hotel might have been noisy but we were pleasantly surprised to find that the room was very quiet, unlike other chain hotels we have stayed in! Café-restaurant. ************* Next to the reception area is a large café/restaurant with well stocked bar if you fancy a nightcap! In our room was a menu card with a list of all that was on offer. We didn't eat in the restaurant so I can't comment on the quality of the food. If you prefer you can order at reception and eat in your room. There were the usual pizza and chips type meals as well as sandwiches on offer. The prices seemed reasonable to me. Breakfast is an all you can eat buffet costing £7.50 with up to two children under 16 eating free with each adult. I was a bit confused to see a picture of a full cooked breakfast on the menu with description saying it is a continental affair? However again we choose not to have breakfast so I am not sure exactly what is on offer! Overall I think we had an amazing bargain for the price we paid. The room was clean and adequate for what we wanted. I was disappointed with the lumpy mattress and really expect something better from a big hotel chain such as Travel Lodge. I really recommend you watch out for cheap deals if you are thinking of staying in any Travel lodge.
I've just returned from a nice week away in Tenerife (hence the lack of return rates recently, sorry). We like to fly early in the morning (to make the most of our first day) and so our holiday starts the night before when we stop over in Manchester at the Travelodge. This is the third time we've stayed there and although it's not actually within the airport's grounds, it's only a couple of miles away and is ideally located- especially when the rooms start from only £19 a night... bargain! The hotel is relatively new and is nice and clean inside. The rooms impressed us as well as they were quite large and totally spotless - which is something you don't normally get with Travelodges, but the one at Manchester Airport is top-notch. There's a rather unimpressive CRT TV (old style, not flatscreen) which is slightly let-down by the fact that it only showed the 5 terrestrial channels and a couple of rolling news stations - it would have been nice to have a few more channels to watch, but hey we were up early the following morning, so I really shouldn't complain. The en suite bathroom was quite large with an excellent strong shower that had 2 temperature settings, ranging from boiling to burn-your-skin-off-hot... although it was a cold October morning when I used it, so it really did help warm me up and wake me up! The hotel has an on-site bar and restaurant which we didn't use the last time we went, although looking at the menu in the room, the prices seemed reasonably fair. It was your usual burgers and chips kind of meals, which is fine by me! The hotel also has an on-site car park, priced at £5 per night. I'm not sure if you can stay for the duration of your holiday (ie, a week or 2), but at £5 a night, you'd be much better off staying at one of the dedicated long stay car parks that are all around the airport - as they offer much better value for money. However, for a 1-night stay, £5 isn't too bad. The car park is pay and display and we did see people checking tickets, so it's best not to risk it! There are 2 net-connected computers in the lobby (presumably for writing dooyoo reviews), although these aren't free and so I didn't use them (stuff10=cheapskate). All-in-all it's a pretty decent hotel. Comfy bed, big clean room, cheap - not much more you could ask for really!