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Cheap And Cheerful And Surprisingly Roomy.
Member Name: jill_babybear
Date: 05/10/13, updated on 05/10/13 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Easy To Find, Good Location.
Disadvantages: If You Want Luxury, You'll Not Find It Here.
We'd already booked a holiday up near Penrith, but decided that we'd like an extra day up there to go and explore a bit more of the Lake District before we met up with our friends for our main holiday. So I was looking round the internet for a cheap hotel for the night. I came across the Travelodge Penrith which for us was ideally situated just a few miles from where we needed to be and at only £49 for the night, seemed a reasonable price to pay.
The booking process was very straight forward I simply typed in the date I wanted to stay, the number of people, the number of rooms I wanted on the Travelodge website and it came up with a list of hotels in the area that I could choose from. I chose the Penrith one. It then gave me the option to add on "box breakfast" for an additional £4.95 per person if I wanted to. This looked like an airline breakfast box with juice and a muffin, which I declined as there's a Little Chef next door to the hotel which sells breakfast, which I have to say are quite tasty. Once I'd made my payment I was sent an email confirmation through with the booking reference number on. Simple.
When we got to the hotel, which is really easy to find, it's on the A66 just off junction 40 of the M6, set slightly back from the road, but there is a large sign so you can't reall miss it. If you do you have to go to the next roundabout, go all the way round that and back to the motorway roundabout and go all the way round that as well as the A66 at that point is a dual carriage way with no crossing point. It's about 2 miles outside Penrith. Check in was really swift, I was simply asked for my surname and the first line of my home address. I was then given a key, yes a proper key, none of those key card things which have a tendency to not work and told that our room was in the annex building. Now don't panic, you're not put miles away from the main hotel, it's simple that this hotel is split into two small buildings which are side by side but have different entrances. I pulled my car round to the annex and as it happens parked it outside our bedroom window. The building is two stories and has 14 rooms, we were on the ground floor right at the end of the corridor which meant that we didn't get anyone walking past our door. The staff at check in were very friendly.
The room its self was surprisingly spacious, there was a double bed, 2 chairs, a table/ dressing table attached to the wall which had the television on it and a large mirror over it. An open plan wardrobe with coat hangers on it and shelves. There was a small kettle, two mugs and a couple of plastic beakers and tea, coffee, sugar and milk so you could make yourself a drink. There was possibly enough room at the side of the bed to get another single bed in it or a cot it was that spacious. The room was clean and tidy and simply decorated in blue and white with a picture over the bed. Nothing special but just right for a couple of nights.
The bathroom was basic but had everything you need, a bath with a shower over it, a sink and a toilet, but again it was clean and tidy. However there were no toiletries like you get in most hotels, there was just a thin sliver of soap, which looked like it would disappear after just one use. But seeing as I'd got my own toiletries this didn't worry me. There wasn't a hairdryer either, which maybe a disadvantage for some, but I sometimes prefer to let my hair dry naturally anyway, so it wasn't for me.
The bed was very comfortable and the room surprisingly quite being as it was situated on a dual carriage way, the sound proofing definitely kept the noise out. The only thing we heard were the guests staying in the room above us, who had seemed to walk around rather heavily, but even that wasn't that loud. There were also plenty of lights in the room. Most hotels seem to put a light next to the bed and a couple in the ceiling, which don't seem to do much. This one had a light at either side of the bed, one near the door, one near the window and one either side of the mirror. This made the room very bright if you put them all one, but even with just a couple on, it was still brighter than some more expensive hotels that I've stayed in.
Check out was surprisingly simple, you just popped the key into the box by the door, there was no need to go back to the reception desk and hand it in.
We did have one small problem with the room, there were no towels in the bathroom and as there wasn't a telephone in the room my other half had to walk round to reception to get some. Not a big issue, it was soon retified and an apology given.
I'd definitely go back to this hotel again, it was clean and tidy, the staff were friendly and it's a great base for exploring the Lake District.
You can also take your pets with you. There is a £20 per pet extra charge to pay for the extra cleaning that they have to do to make sure that the room is fur free for the next guest, but if you can't bear to be parted from your beloved pet, it's a small price to pay.
Summary: Cheap And Cheerful Hotel With Friendly Staff.
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