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Sea view or tin bath view?
Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas (North Yorkshire)
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Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas (North Yorkshire)
Advantages: cheap, close to seafront and town centre
Disadvantages: generally seems a bit grubby, weird uneven floors
We booked online, this is a simple process and the website is pretty much self explanatory. As this particular Travelodge offers food, you can choose to add a breakfast onto your booking at this point. We didn't do this, instead choosing to go out for our meals instead.
The location of the hotel is actually pretty good. It's right on the sea front, just behind the Grand Hotel, which is pretty iconic and a well known landmark in Scarborough. It is a 5-10 minute walk down to the beach (the South Bay) and a 5-10 minute walk to the town centre.
As it is on the sea front some of the rooms do have a sea view, although it states on the website, they can't guarantee you will get this, so I think it is just pot luck as to whether or not you get one. It is no surprise to me that I've never been one of the lucky ones to get a sea view either of the times I've stayed here. We actually had a view of a rooftop which appeared to have an old tin bath on it. Lovely.
On my previous stay I had travelled by train, but this time we took the car. You can park directly outside the hotel but it costs around £2.50 for 3 hours, which is not practical at all, not to mention it would work out blooming expensive! The staff recommended a local NCP car park, where you can leave your car at a cost of £7 for 24 hours, so we decided to do this. So whilst still expensive, it's not quite as pricey as parking directly outside of the hotel. Given the amount we must have spent on petrol and parking over our three day stay, I think next time it'll be cheaper to get the train! The receptionists can give you a map with the car park postcode written on in case you want to use sat nav.
Check in is from 3pm and is a simple process. The receptionist was friendly enough and asked if we wanted a key card each or just the one. I was quite pleased that we were asked that, as often they don't and I hate having to share a card.
Our room was on the first floor and one thing I noticed was that the floors in the corridors are very uneven. Walking on them is quite bizarre, it's almost like being drunk, as you feel like you're falling into the walls at times. I can confirm that when you are actually drunk, walking on them is even worse...but you won't care, you'll think it's the most fun you've ever had!
I should note, that even though there are lifts up to the first floor, there are also several steps once you're on the first floor (I think about seven at a maximum), as the floors are uneven and it is a pain in the neck if you have heavy cases to lug up there. I suppose it is also something you need to keep in mind if you have mobility problems, but I did notice that disabled rooms are available on the ground floor.
Once we got to the room, I must admit I was not overly impressed. Most Travelodge's are very similar in style, this one no exception. There were, however a few things about this particular room that I didn't like...
Firstly the TV was on the desk rather than wall mounted. Coupled with the kettle and mugs (this time clean, I should add), this didn't leave a whole lot of space on the desk. Not that I was planning on writing any lengthy letters home or anything like that, but I would have just liked to have had a bit more space!
The second thing I wasn't pleased with was that the walls were very grubby. I think the positioning of the bed must have meant people had been scraping the walls with their cases as they went past, and there were lots of dirty marks, which simply made the room look shabby. I felt that it could have done with a good rub down or at least a coat of paint.
I was quite surprised to find that the room had a bath. This is the first time I've had a room with a bath in a Travelodge, although the last time I stayed in this hotel the room only had a shower, so a bath isn't something you should expect if you stay here. There was however, also a shower over the bath, and the bathroom seemed cleaner than the bedroom.
The bed was comfortable and three pillows were provided - two on the bed and one spare, which I find is standard for Travelodge's. Usually if you do want more you can go down to reception and ask.
There are two computers at reception which you can use the internet on, but you have to pay.
There is a little café area to the right of reception and I believe there is also a bar there. We didn't use either of these so I can't comment on how good they were, but there were menus left in our room, and they did seem to offer a reasonable choice of different things - the standard stuff, such as burgers.
Prices vary depending on what day you book and how far in advance you book. We booked about three weeks in advance, and stayed two nights. I think we paid about £75 for a double room for two nights on a weekday in May. Book at www.travelodge.co.uk
The Travelodge offers a reasonably cheap place to stay in an excellent central location. I go to Scarborough every year, and whilst I would consider staying here again, in all honesty I don't think it would be my first choice for next years trip. Whilst it's in an excellent location and offers a comfortable bed, I'm still not 100% happy with the level of cleanliness. Whilst it isn't so grubby you leave feeling like you need a good wash, I still feel it needs to be more thoroughly cleaned, and the parking was an issue too, so I can only give this a very average three stars.
Summary: Pretty average, but you get what you pay for
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