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Cheap, but not always cheerful...
Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas (North Yorkshire)
Member Name: daisy_jean
Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas (North Yorkshire)
Advantages: Cheap, decent breakfasts, great location
Disadvantages: Falling into disrepair, needs sprucing up.
Firstly, I will start by saying - we have stayed at this Travelodge twice. Once back in 2011, when it was still fairly new and fresh, and then again recently at the end of April.
A little bit of information about the Travelodge firstly. It is in a lovely location in Scarborough, situated on St Nicholas Cliff on the South Bay. It is directly opposite The Grand, and a short walk from both the town and the Cliff Lift down to the sea front. It has 140 rooms across 5 floors, with disabled access rooms also. There are 2 lifts servicing the different floors. There is a bar/cafe, which provides drinks and standard pub-style food, and there is also a large breakfast room. Breakfast is provided for a charge (which is cheaper if previously booked online), and 2 children can eat free per paying adult. Breakfast is buffet style, with a range of cereals available, toast and preserves, as well as cooked breakfasts. Something to suit all. Also you are able to check in from 3pm and check out is at 12pm the morning after. Early check-in / late check-out is available in some hotels for an additional fee.
Right, our experiences. I will start with our first trip back in May 2011. This was our first short trip away with our daughter - then aged 11 months. We have stayed at numerous Travelodges over the years, with mixed experiences. We booked the Scarborough one simply because it was cheap and cheerful - we paid £44 for 2 nights (midweek) which, when teamed with very cheap train travel, worked out at a good budget break for the price. We arrived to a warm welcome, shortly after check-in time of 3pm, by excellent front of house staff - they were pleasant and professional, and quickly dealt us our keycards (we got 2, just in case!). We made our way to the lift (which you needed a keycard to activate operation for from the ground floor), which was very very small. We were crammed in - 2 adults, 1 small child, a small case and a folded pushchair - they are not big lifts at all. But it worked and it got us to where we needed to be.
Upon arriving at our room, we were thrilled. It was huge, clean and very well maintained. It had the usual desk area with kettle and tea/coffee sachets. There was a wall-mounted television, and the hanger area for clothes. There was a small neat bathroom, with a 3/4 sized bath (great for our daughter, but we were far too tall for it!) and a overhead shower. But the best feature of the room had to be the massive bay window, with the sea view. We could see over the bay beautifully, and our daughter was particularly enthralled by this, as the sofabed made it an ideal viewing point! We were very impressed with our room - everything worked (if you've stayed in a travelodge before, you'll know how rare this is!), and we had hot water. The room made our stay a very enjoyable experience, and we encountered no problems during this stay - it made for a very pleasant first break with our little one!
I will not comment on meals for that stay, as we didn't opt for breakfast on that occasion - preferring to go local instead. But overall, we were impressed, and it certainly influenced us into booking again at a later point.
However, having recently been back in late April (2013), I can safely say we will not be returning again at any point soon. How things change...
Upon our second stay, we were again greeted well by the front of house staff. But that was about the best experience. It's safe to say that the St. Nicholas Travelodge is in need of some maintenance work - upon having a drink in the bar, peeling wallpaper and mildew is visible on the walls. The room itself, although clean, was pretty much up in the attic this time - no bay window, although you could just about see the sea still. The bathroom was as big as the actual bedroom, but could easily have been in a hostel - again needing some maintenance. We had no hot water on the evening - nothing from the hot tap, the bath or even the shower. After a busy day though, we were too shattered to trail back downstairs to complain (on the 4th floor, right at the side of the hotel), so made-do. Fortunately we did have hot water the morning after - almost like they'd paid the meter! The large curtain in our room was also half hanging down too, which made it tricky (although not impossible) to close it fully, not helped by the sheer height of the windows.
We did book breakfast for this stay - the standard cooked breakfast was cooked to order because the hotel was so quiet (rather than be sat out for hours on end) - we must have only seen a handful of others during our stay. The breakfast and range of cereals etc, was of decent standard. It pleased my husband and daughter, so must have been okay.
But after seeing the maintenance issues, I won't be hurrying back. It's a shame, so much potential for this hotel with it's ideal location, but if it continues to fall into disrepair, the Premier Inn around the corner may reap the benefits.
Summary: A cheap break away in a lovely seaside town, but needs sprucing up soon!
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