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One to avoid
Member Name: roversjenny
Advantages: You get a roof over your head
Disadvantages: Noise levels, dirty, generally rubbish
I was due to attend an event in London that required me to be there at 10am on a weekday morning, living in the North, traveling down on the morning through rush hour just wasn't feasible, so a hotel was required for the night before.
I often stay in Travelodges, and whilst they are not 4 star hotels, they are reasonably priced and generally clean and pleasant, therefore I set about trying to find a cheap London Travelodge for my stay. As I was driving down, one which wasn't in the centre, and had plenty of parking facilities was a must, and Wembley fit my needs perfectly. At just £38.50 for the night, for Zone 3 London, it seemed ideal.
The hotel is very easy to get to, it is set back just off the North Circular, just a few miles from the M1 and A1 - to get to the hotel, we left the North Circular at Hanger Lane and then doubled back on ourselves down the small road that runs parallel to it. The parking is accessed around the back of the hotel, and whilst it is a gated car park, the gate to enter opens automatically as you pull up, so may not be quite as secure as they suggest. The car park holds upto 109 cars and parking is allocated on a first come first served basis. As we were arriving late, we did worry that there would be no parking left, but even at 10:30 at night, there were still a dozen or so spaces to chose from. The parking costs £5 and is only valid until check out the next day - we weren't collecting the car until around 6pm in the evening so we had to pay an additional £5 when we checked out, but this was still cheaper than parking in central London.
The hotel is also accessible by rail - the nearest tube station is Stonebridge Park which is a good 10 minutes walk away, the station is on the Bakerloo line in Zone 3. Other stations nearby are Hanger Lane (Central Line Zone 3) and Rak Royal (Picadilly Line Zone 3). Single Fares on the London underground are £4 for adults - however, a Zone 1-3 railcard costs £8.60 during peak hours (before 9:30am). There isn't much around the hotel, aside from industrial units, some of which are derelict, and therefore the walk to Stonebridge Park can feel quite intimidating.
In terms of the location, it is probably worth noting that whilst this is advertised as 'Wembley', it is a good 2-3 miles away from the arena, stadium, and the centre of Wembley itself, and therefore, if you are going for an event, you may wish to stay closer to the stadium/arena.
Once at the hotel, the foyer contains the reception desk, a bar/restaurant area and vending machines which serve drinks and confectionery. When we arrived, there was one person on reception, who was dealing with other guests which meant that we had to wait a short while before checking in. The guests were having issues, one couldn't get into his room as the key card wasn't working, and the other had no pillows, this didn't seem to bode too well for our stay. Once we were given some attention, check in was quick, and we were given a parking voucher to display in our car, this was a bit of a pain as it meant that we had to leave the hotel to go and put the voucher in the car, it would have been much better if they had a system where you paid via a machine in the car park or paid on exit.
Our room was on the 3rd floor, the lifts were out of service which meant that we had to take the stairs, it is a good job we didn't have much heavily luggage and we could manage. The staircase was very cold, and was like something you would see in an industrial unit rather than a hotel, and I was kind of regretting booking the hotel at that point and was worried what the room itself would be like. Once we got onto the floor, it seemed quite alright, not as well kept as other Travelodges, but it would do, as we were going to be in there for less than 12 hours. Unlike the guest at reception, we had no problems accessing our room with the key card.
Once inside the room, I was quite shocked - every single Travelodge I have stayed in has had the same set up (due to the modular build) therefore you know exactly what to expect, however, this hotel was an exception. For starters, it was a twin beds, despite asking for a double room. We pushed the beds together, but we were still left with a small gap which was uncomfortable to sleep across. The carpets were dirty, the furniture showed great signs of wear and tear, and the curtains were grubby. The bedding was clean, however, we had the smallest pillows known to man and only one each - we ended up sleeping with jumpers underneath the pillows as they were that flat they offered nothing - a sore neck the following day was the outcome. The worst thing was the noise, obviously we knew the hotel was near to the North Circular, but the hotel makes no effort to advise you just how bad the noise levels are. It was like we had pitched a tent on the hard shoulder of the motorway. The double glazed window offered no reduction to the noise, as our room was facing out onto the road, and it barely fit into the frame which meant that it was also drafty. The one saving grace was the bathroom, which was the only part of the room which was clean. It consisted of a toilet, sink and a rather powerful shower which is always appreciated.
After an uncomfortable nights sleep, we checked out quite early in the morning which was a simple process, we didn't stay at the hotel for breakfast, which at £8.50 was quite overpriced.
I am a fan of Travelodges, but this was one big let down, and I certainly wouldn't stay there again, not even if it was free!
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