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Good location - lottery for the quality of the rooms!
Travelodge (Sunderland Central)
Member Name: Torialou
Travelodge (Sunderland Central)
Advantages: The hotel has a brilliant location.
Disadvantages: Filthy rooms if you are unlucky.
Travelodge Sunderland Central
I am writing this review on the Central Travelodge Sunderland not the new one located at Sunderland High Street West.
I have used this hotel many times over the years, mainly because of it's location to Sunderland Empire. It is only 2 minutes walk to the theatre and I see quite a few shows there, so sometimes choose to stop at this hotel.
This hotel is one of your standard old style Travelodge hotels, there are double rooms that can sleep up to two adults and have a single double bed and then family rooms which have a double bed and a sofa bed. These rooms can cater for 3 adult's and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children. The reason that these rooms are not suitable for a fourth adult is that the mattress that pulls out from under the sofa bed is too small for an adult to sleep upon. As far as I am aware this hotel has the original bath with shower set up in all rooms. I am yet to have a shower room at this hotel if there are any.
This hotel has no cafe/bar of it's own, however there is a Weatherspoons under the hotel which is perfectly adequate for a breakfast or meal for many. If not the hotel is only 2 minutes walk to the centre of town so there is plenty of choice.
This hotel does have 10 parking spaces, however I will warn anyone using this hotel to park with great caution!! Although I have heard that it is now illegal to clamp in private car parks a few years ago when stopping at this hotel with my mum we were clamped and upon checking as of today their website still says that they do clamp. Anyway the warning! The 10 spaces are only for guests of the hotel, we were travelling over 2 hours in the car so we actually arrived at the hotel 20 mins before our 3pm check in. This was before the early check in option was available and they were very strict about the check in time. As we were guests of the hotel we parked our car in the car park and went into weather spoons under the hotel for a quick drink until we checked in. When we came back out our car had been clamped because until you check in you are not a guest of the hotel! At check in we were provided with a slip of paper to place in the car to show we were a guest. In my opinion this was an awful system and very unfair to clamp guests simply awaiting checking in.
The rooms at this hotel really are hit and miss, I have had some that are alright but I have had others that I can only describe as disgusting!
The rooms are your basic Travelodge rooms, they have bedding, towels, toilet roll, a bar of soap, kettle, teabags, coffee, milk, sugar and mugs.
Upon check in on this particular occasion my mum discovered that the mugs were filthy, I would say that they had not been cleaned out from the last guest they were that dirty. I ended up using the soap in the bathroom to wash them out so we could have a cup of tea.
The vanity area of the room had also not been wiped down from the previous occupants, they had clearly spilt some alcohol or fizzy drink, the vanity was stained, ringed and sticky but worst of all, the previous occupants had left us a nice bit of their hair stuck into this sticky mess that had not been cleaned up.
The light fittings were also covered in a layer of dust so thick that mum wrote a letter in it and these were also topped and finished off with a bit more hair for decoration!
There was also a filthy layer of dust on the toilet roll holder in the bathroom. The towels and bedding however were clean enough.
As is usual with Travelodge hotels the sofa bed is not made up for you so you are required to do this yourself.
This hotel is about half a mile from the main train station in Sunderland and around 2 minutes walk to the main shopping centre and shops.
A word of warning there are pubs/clubs under the hotel and along the same street as the hotel so you can get noise coming from these at times, however I will admit to finding them often perfectly quiet. In fact the most noise I have experienced from the pubs was the staff binning the bottles in the early hours but friends have said from other rooms that their had heard the music. The back of the hotel over looks a busy road so this also can be noisy.
This hotel is alright for a single night stop, it can be hit and miss the quality of the rooms, it is worn and tired and I have had to change rooms sometimes because they were just to dirty for my liking. We have never again taken the car after the clamping incident and I really would warn customers to park with caution and check with the staff on check in about their current policy.
Because of it's location I would give this hotel 3 stars, however because of the amount of problems and the run down state of the hotel I am taking one star away and feel that this hotel has the value of 2 stars. Whilst I have no issues with a room being basic, I do not feel there is any excuse dirty rooms.
Summary: Hit and miss, worth a gamble if you need somewhere but only if it is cheap!
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