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Stratford for Valentines!
Travelodge Stratford Upon Avon
Member Name: joey92
Travelodge Stratford Upon Avon
Advantages: Price (usually!)
Disadvantages: Budget stay so some compromises
Travelodge are a budget hotel chain, with a no frills, basic nights stay service.
They are to be found in popular destinations all over the UK and this was my second stay in a Travelodge.
The Stratford Travelodge is reasonably easy to find, just out of town and it is opposite a retail park with a Tescos, a Boots and a New Look amongst other things. Right outside the Travelodge is a Dominos pizza which is where we got dinner!
We arrived from the train station and it was just about 15 minutes walk from there so not too bad.
Stratford is an expensive area for most things, so when we booked some tickets to see The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC theatre on Valentines Day this year we should have booked a hotel in advance!! However, we managed to leave this til last minute...
The only rooms left in the area at a reasonable price for one of the most expensive nights of the year were in the Travelodge. A double room came to the price of £74 in total, a price that you should just not be paying for a travelodge! That aside, we had no problems with the hotel itself.
After a tiring day, it was a relief to head back to the room mid afternoon to dump our bags. Check in is at 3pm. The people on the desk weren't overly friendly when I requested to be able to leave my bag behind the desk a little bit earlier. Eventually I got them to accept it on the basis that there was nothing of value in it whatsoever.
Apparently you are not allowed food in the rooms from different premises, but no one was on the desk when I sneaked my Dominos takeaway upstairs so that proved a great Valentines dinner!
The room was basic and the bathroom came with towels which was nice, but it had one of those horrible shower curtains that sticks to you!! They also had a hairdryer in the bathroom which was great. I took my own toiletries but I think there was a free little soap and shower gel too.
The bed was reasonably comfortable and there was a complimentary tea set, but one cup had mould inside it which was a bit unpleasant. My boyfriend actually started drinking from it too (oops!) but he was completely fine luckily!
--What to do in Stratford--
Stratford is the home of Shakespeare so there are always fantastic productions on, but the area is also beautiful, being on the River Avon so the park is lovely for walks and there is plentiful shopping options.
The drawback is that Stratford is an expensive area!
--Value for money--
Obviously because we had booked so late, it wasn't such great value for us but we were glad to have a bed for the night and not have to catch three different trains home!
A pleasant, supposed-to-be-budget hotel which is good value for money at the standard price of £19 a night in the beautiful town of Stratford.
Summary: Reasonable budget stay on the edge of Stratford
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