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A Great Lodge Before Travel
Travelodge (Manchester Airport)
Member Name: musicmad2020
Travelodge (Manchester Airport)
Date: 10/09/10, updated on 18/06/11 (54 review reads)
Advantages: close to airport, friendly and helpful reception staff
Disadvantages: in the middle of no where!
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.
Summary: An ideal place to stay before your trip
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