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A good choice for cheap, out of town accommodation
Travelodge Silverlink (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
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Travelodge Silverlink (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
Date: 31/05/11, updated on 01/06/11 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap hotel, free parking
Disadvantages: A bit tatty
In addition, the Silverlink offers the £19 per night special discount, which the central Newcastle Travelodge does not.
This Travelodge is very suitable for guests with a car, being 15 minutes drive from the centre - but is not suitable for anybody arriving by train or plane. Like many Travelodge hotels, it is located on a major road, away from the centre at the junction of the A19 and the A1058, and about 5 miles away from the centre of town. The Silverlink trading estate contains a plethora of large high street retailers such M&S, Next and Boots, together with a swimming pool and cinema. It also has a variety of fast food restaurants such as Frankie and Bennie and Pizza Hut. For this reason it feels less isolated than many of the Travelodges that are found in motorway service stations, but it would still cost well over £10 to catch a taxi into the centre of Newcastle with all of its attractions.
~~Arrival and Parking~~
Finding the Travelodge was a little more complicated than anticipated, as we took advice from the Travelodge website, and plugged the postcode into our sat nav. This seemed to give our (rather cheap and dated) sat nav a minor breakdown, and as we soon realised she was taking us back to Sunderland, we decided to get the map out and direct ourselves. When we arrived I asked if the NE28 postcode was correct, as it seemed wrong for a hotel which was only 5 miles from Newcastle. The receptionist confirmed that it was correct, but said that many guests had commented that their satnavs had failed to locate the hotel. The hotel is easy to find on a map, and I would recommend switching the satnav off on this occasion.
A major plus for us was the free parking by this Travelodge. Hotels in the centre of Newcastle have limited free parking and can charge £5 per day to park your car. I had read that there were 50 free parking spaces at Silverlink, and we did not have any problem finding a space.
Our check in was trouble free; the receptionist was efficient and friendly. As with all Travelodges, check in was not until 3pm and we had to wait for an hour in the bar with the large Stag Party that seems to be a fixture in most Newcastle hotels.
We were given one card key and two breakfast vouchers, and headed up to our 2nd floor room in a very clean and spacious lift.
The corridor to our room had a security operated security door, which was operated with our card key. I had never seen this before, but felt reassured that there were two levels of security.
The room itself was a bit of a disappointment. The foyer had been well maintained and modern, if perhaps a little tatty. Our room was definitely not up to Travelodge standards.
The room was very clean but also very tatty. All walls were painted a rather dirty white, with no paintings or other decorations to relieve the cell-like feel. All the wiring was external to the wall; ie the wires ran down the wall from the appliance, covered with ugly plastic casing. I could see where previous electric sockets had been removed and badly patched. There were two empty screw holes in the wall with old raw plug sticking out. Two very ugly radiators took up a lot of the wall space; one huge one that was powered centrally but looked so old that I couldn't believe it worked, and one electric one. As it was late May, they were not operational so I couldn't judge if they worked efficiently.
The room contained an LG flat screen TV, a large desk with a very low and uncomfortable plastic bucket chair, a large double bed, and two bedside tables. The desk had six drawers - the only other storage was an open wardrobe with 7 hangers.
As is standard with all Travelodge hotels, there was a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities. There were no toiletries or hairdryer, but the hairdryer could be requested from reception and toiletries could be bought from a vending machine. Wi Fi was available on request, but seemed to cost a huge £5 per hour, which I thought was ridiculous.
The furnishings were the most basic I had yet found in any Travelodge. The one chair was neither comfortable for desk use nor relaxing, the storage was inadequate, and although there were plenty of wall lights, the ugly plastic ducting that ran down the walls from each one looked horrible.
The en-suite was very clean and modern, but again had four screw holes in the tiling above the bath that had been filled with sealant. There was a small bar of soap, and two plastic cups in hygienic plastic coverings. One of the biggest disappointments was the shower; situated above the bath, it had almost no pressure at all. The water was hot enough, but trickled out of the shower head in a very lethargic manner.
I had deliberately chosen a Travelodge with a restaurant. Many do not offer breakfast or evening meal, but on-site breakfast facilities are important to me.
Breakfast was served in the large and slightly run-down open space that contained easy chairs, a large bar with seating, a large flat screen TV and the restaurant area.
We could help ourselves to as much as we could eat. Hot food consisted of scrambled egg, cooked tomatoes, sausages, baked beans and bacon. Cold food was a selection of branded cereals, croissants, and toast, butter and jam. Three types of juice, with tea or coffee, were on offer from a machine.
The breakfast was tasty and plentiful, and I felt very good value for money.
I paid £19 for a double room, and £13.30 for two breakfasts, making a total of £32.30 per night for two people.
Although this was not the best Travelodge that I have stayed in, I still felt that it was excellent value for money. In terms of maintenance and cleanliness, it was head and shoulders above the central Newcastle Travelodge.
Summary: The cheapest accommodation around
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