“ Travelodge online „
Travelodge is a well-known company but I'd never stayed in one until very recently. I'd noticed that frequently Travelodge has sales on where they sell rooms for £10 or £15 a night. Even when a sale isn't on, rooms, if you book in advance, can start at £19 a night. The closer you get to the night that you want to stay, the price rises. For most Travelodge hotels, the walk-in rate is £39.99.
Their website is relatively easy to navigate and is probably the best place to book. As I say, if you walk in on the night you want to stay, you'll be charged a higher rate than if you book in advance. The website allows you to search a map to find where accommodation exists and also you can type the name of a town or city in a searchbox to find the nearest Travelodges and to find prices.
I booked online during one of their online sales where rooms were going for £15 a night. As I say, to get this offer, you needed to book in advance but that wasn't a problem for me as I was buying it as a surprise break away for my boyfriend's Christmas present. Booking was easy and unproblematic and they sent me an email with the confirmation details which I just needed to print off to take to the hotel.
We stayed in the Travelodge in Berwick-Upon-Tweed. We initially had some problems finding the place as the directions given were for drivers and we were using public transport and boot leather to get there but we could have prepared more in advance, looking up Google maps etc. and I'm sure the hotel would have been happy to help us if we had phoned them.
It was quite a small Travelodge, almost hidden behind a McDonald's. It was about a mile and half outside of the town itself and was situation in a more residential area outside of Berwick. Nearby there was also an Aldi, a Morrisons and a pub that served food.
On arrival there was no one at the reception desk but there was a button with a sign under it saying that you could press it for service. On pressing the button, immediately someone arrived to check us in. In the foyer there were two vending machines selling various things such as food and drink and also some basics such as shaving kits, toothbrushes etc. There was also a stand with leaflets of nearby attractions and a couple of chairs.
We got given our card which gave us access to our room. There was a door separating the foyer from the main part of the hotel with the rooms in it which you needed your card to open as an additional security feature.
We were offered a breakfast bag but it was quite expensive (I think it was around £5, although you can book this for a reduced rate if you book it in advance online). We turned down the breakfast bag, so I can't comment on the quality of it.
The foyer and the rest of the hotel seemed very clean and as it was very small, it was easy to find our room.
As a student, I'm used to staying in budget accommodation such as youth hostels so I suppose I'm probably easy impressed but I was pleased with the room, especially considering it was only £15 a night. There was obviously a bed, but also a large desk with a TV on it as well as a kettle and some complementary coffee and tea. There was a mirror above this desk. There was storage space near the door and two small bedside tables at either side of the bed. There was also a sofa. The bathroom had a bath with a shower attachment, obviously a toilet and a sink and a large mirror.
The room was quite clean and tidy as well although there were some marks on the sofa and on the shower curtain and the bath didn't look entirely inviting. I wouldn't say it was dirty, as such, but had a slightly yellow tinge to it (but to be honest I find that is common with baths in hotels etc. and tend to only use the shower).
The room was nice and warm but the TV wasn't the best as only a few channels on it worked and it was very basic but we were only using the accommodation as a base to sleep in so we could explore Berwick so the TV wasn't high priority to us. The location of the hotel was quite handy as it was so near two supermarkets and a McDonald's and a pub. My boyfriend and I tended to explore the town all day, return to the hotel to get changed and have a wee hour or so to rest and then would head back into town again for dinner at night. However, the first day we really couldn't be bothered trekking back into town as we were tired so we had a McDonald's instead and the Morrison's was handy for getting extra tea, hot chocolate etc. from.
The cleaners came every day which I hadn't expected as I've stayed in other accommodation where cleaners only come every 2nd day. One day we were still in the room when the cleaners came so we told them we were still in and they just handed in fresh tea and coffee and toilet roll to us through the door.
All the staff seemed helpful and friendly even though there were only a few staff.
Overall, for the price I paid, then this was well worth it. I don't think I'd really want to pay the full walk-in price of £40 as I suspect you could possibly get accommodation in a B+B including breakfast for a similar price but certainly for £15, it was ideal for what we needed. I'd definately use a Travelodge again, especially if I was able to get another deal of a room for only £10 or £15 a night.
I always book our rooms through the Travelodge website, as it is easy to navigate around and very quick. If you know where you are going, just type in the town on the search box on the home page, and enter the dates you want to stay and it will come up with options to suit. You can also tick a box to say you want to be shown rates for disabled rooms as well. Pick how many rooms you want, and then enter how many adults and children are staying in each room.
You often find that staying right in the centre of a town or city is more expensive than staying just outside of it, so we tend to pick the hotels that are within 5 miles of the main town area and get a bus or taxi in if we don't want to drive.
You get a chance to review what you are booking before you pay (and payment will be taken at the point of booking, not when you actually arrive), but there is an option for room cancellation insurance. I have not yet used this (it is only £1.50 though) so I cannot say whether it is worth it or not.
Also, you can register as a customer on the website, which means you get emails to tell you when the big sales are coming up - we have just managed to book a weekend away to Bath and Glastonbury (one night in each place) for £24.00 total!!! They are really wicked sales, but get in there quickly as they usually start at 6am and by 8am you will find most of them have been booked up!
We pay by debit card, which doesn't incur a charge, but there is a small handling fee for credit cards. You will also get a confirmation email sent to you, which I usually print off and take with me, but as long as you have your confirmation number written down that is all they need (and in the past I have just rocked up and given my name and that was enough too).
We booked two rooms on special offer for the weekend of 18/19 February. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff awaiting us around 9pm, the receptionist immediately noticed my sister walked using the aid of a walking stick and informed us that the rooms were up a flight of stairs and no lift but offered us two ground floor rooms instead. I knew there was not going be a hairdryer in the room as it is stated in the 'what you get' in the rooms portion of the site so I asked for one and she immediately located one and extra pillows WOW fantastic. The rooms were large although becoming a little frayed around the edges due to age but the bathroom was clean and the bedlinen was pure white and spotlessly clean. This hotel is a budget no frills accomodation but it was clean and friendly so would definitely stay again.
I recently had to book a Travel Lodge for a trip to London, and also needed to book one for my Mum as she was going away for a week and has no idea on how to book things online.
It is really easy to book a hotel using their website, www.travelodge.co.uk. As soon as you get to the home page of their site, you can type in where you want to stay, when from and when to. This then searches all Travel Lodge hotels in and near the area you have selected, and lets you know what prices they have and if they have availabilty.
From here, you just click onto the hotel that best works for you, and you can see photos of the rooms, see facilities at the hotel, and you can book from here too. To book the room, just click on book now and this will take you through to the booking page where you can double check the dates, location and price. You are also given the options to buy wifi access (very expensive) breakfast buffett (even more expensive) and optional room insurance (very cheap) in case you need to cancel your room, as cancellations are not covered in the normal terms and conditions of the room.
Once you select all options you require, click on continue and you will be taken to the payment page. If you have used the Travel Lodge site for a booking before, you will be asked to log in to your account to continue. If this is your first time using it, you will have to register, but this only takes a minute and is very simple to do. You then enter your payment details. They accept most major credit and debit cards, although it is better to use a debit card as they will charge a £2 fee per booking on credit card transactions.
After entering your payment details, click once on the confirm button, and then your payment is processed. If your payment is successful, you will be given a booking number, and you will see a summary of your booking on the screen. All this information is then emailed to you as well, just so you can be doubley sure of your booking.
This site is really easy to use, and very simple to book a hotel on, no matter where or when you are staying. If you need to book a cheap, no frills hotel for anywhere, I recommend you use the Travel Lodge website first.
*This review is also on Ciao under the name of Hailee*
I am a huge fan of Travelodge hotels, we love exploring new cities with the children and Travelodge make this very feasible for us. In August we are going to Wales for a week and so instead of driving the whole six hours or so on one day we have added a hotel mid way for on the way there and coming home. I have just booked these two hotels on the Travelodge website, and I thought I would write a review on the booking experience.
The website address is - www.travelodge.co.uk
When you get on to the home screen you will see a brightly coloured page, in the middle is a quick book facility, this is great if you already know what hotel you want to stay in.
At the top of the page there are very clear tabs to choose from,
'Search and book', 'Explore the UK', 'Find £19 rooms', 'News and offers', 'Learn about us' and 'Business customers'.
To use the search and book function simply click on the tab, this will bring up a map of the UK, you can click anywhere on the map and it will show you the Travelodge hotels near to that point. If you know the town or postcode of where you want to stay there is a search box next to the map, this will bring up the closest five hotels to your chosen destination.
One you have chosen the hotel you want to stay in you can click on it and it will bring up all the information you might need, such as parking costs, hotel facilities, location attractions and directions with a map. It will show in big red writing a price, such as £29, this is the price the rooms start from not the standard rate.
There is a link on the top of this page that allows you to check room availability and rates for your chosen dates. When you click on this link you will be taken to a screen where there is a form to fill in, you need to put in date, number of nights and number of guests.
You will then be given an exact quote. If you are happy with the price you click the 'book now' button. This will take you to a new screen where you can add extras, these will depend on what facilities the hotel offers, but this is what they always offer
Cancellation insurance - £1.50 per stay, this will refund your room cost if you or someone you have booked with dies, are in hospital or are too ill to travel(doctors certificate required). I never have this because the rates are always so low.
Early check in - £10 per room, this lets you check in from 12 noon instead of the usual 3pm. Travelodge will not look after your luggage for you so if you are not driving and want to make more of a day then this could be a good option for you.
Late check out - £10 per room, lets you check out at 2 pm instead of twelve noon.
WiFi vouchers - you will need to buy these to access the hotels WiFi, there are four options, 60 minutes - £5.00, 24 Hours - £10.00, 1 Week - £20.00, 1 month - £30.00.
SMS confirmation - 15p - I always book this as it texts you the address, postcode and telephone number of the hotel so is great for when you are traveling there just in case you get lost.
Some hotels with restaurant facilities will give you the option to book breakfast or dinner. Breakfast is £6.95 for a continental style buffet, children eat free. Dinner prices vary.
It is worth keeping in mind these added extras when pricing up different hotels, they could add quite a bit onto the final amount you need to pay.
Once you have ticked any extras you want, you are taken to the payment screen. You will be asked for all your details via a secure server. Once this is complete you will be sent an instant email (and text if booked) confirming your booking.
I find the website very easy to use and the booking process is clear and simple. They always have good deals and prices are always per room not per person. The two hotels I booked for August were just £19 each. For that price, it is ideal for making a little mini break out of day trips .
I decided to invite to London a couple of friends of mine. I cannot accommodate people in the place where I live, so I decided to reserve a room in a Hotel. After checking few places in line, I recalled that Travelodge offer decent deals and I decided to check their website.
This review is solely on the Travelodge website.
The website is easy to navigate and fast and robust. I did not encounter any glitch.
The main page has got few of the current offers displayed and then if I select London, the list of Hotels comes us. For each of their London locations, they state the "price from" however, this is not the price for each night. In the case of the one in Farrington, actually there was one day of the 4 I had to book, which was cheaper than what they put on the main page, while for the one in Covent Garden, although they said "from 89 Pounds" it turned out this was the price for one only of the 4 nights, while the other 3 were more than 100 Pounds each.
For each of the locations you have a photo of the Hotel, but the photo for the room is the same one for all the Hotels. There is a link to the location off the Hotel and few of the local amenities. I think that for somebody who does not know London very well the information supplied is not enough. The location on the map, though is clear.
As with all the search engines, you then enter the number of people and of nights. Clicking on the field with the dates, a calendar comes up, so you are sure not to confuse a Friday with a Saturday. Once you have selected the number of nights and hotel, a screen will come up. You can decide to but the insurance policy against cancellation of flight or illness. In other words, they seem to refund you if you cannot make it. However, it seems that it is only for serious illness (the one you have when you fall under a train) and although the insurance is only 1.50 Pounds for the whole period, I did not buy it. Below that you can book breakfast (at 6.50 per person) and dinner (also at 6.50 per person). In my case I decided that to book breakfast may not be necessary (I know my friends, and they both drink a coffee and not much more for breakfast, plus we plan to go out and come back very late) while for dinner, I thought it was quite sad to have a dinner at Travelodge for 6.50, but I may try it on a separate occasion if I travel on my own.
You then proceed to the checkout. Credit cards attract a reasonable 2 Pounds only extra charge. You then complete the transaction and you receive an email with the invoice and another one with the reservation details. If it is the first time you reserve, you also receive an email confirming you now have an account with them. The login is you email and the password needs to have letters and at least a number (something I hate, because I use 3 passwords only for all my business, plus one with the number at the end, but I tend to leave this as the last attempt and I am sure I will have forgotten by next time I use this website)
I also realized that they registered me under the name of my friend, so I am not sure if I will have to create a new login next time.
Overall I found the website easy to use and fast and no glitches. It gets a 4/5 from me, it would have been 5/5 if it had a bit more of info on the amenities close to their hotels. (they are listed on the Google Map, which is good, but the average tourist may find this a bit insufficient)
Travelodge may be known for its basic budget hotels, but the website is absolutely top-notch.
Found at www.traveodge.co.uk, the website follows the clean blue Travelodge branding and is easy to navigate. The home page features a large area for you to input your requirements - location, check in/out dates, number of rooms and number of people. The results of your search are displayed in an easy-to-understand table highlighting the cheapest nightly rate and also displaying the hotel location on a Google Map.
Each hotel has a quick overview, several pictures, a list of facilities (bar, wifi, etc), directions and a map. Once you've chosen your hotel, simply click Book Now to be taken to the online booking form. This form allows you to add certain extras onto your stay, including: breakfast, dinner, late check-out, wifi and even an SMS booking confirmation. We never bother with any of these as they are quite over-priced. Another thing that Travelodge offers is room cancellation insurance, meaning you'll get your money back if you cancel your stay. This is priced at £1 and is selected by default, you may want to remove it if you don't think you need it - we never pay for it.
After choosing your extras, you can either log-in to your Travelodge account, or enter your details to complete the booking. There is a fee for using credit cards (currently £1.50), but debit cards are free.
Travelodge makes it incredibly easy to book a hotel room online and their website is pretty flawless. You can tell that they've spent a lot of money on the site and it pays off as booking a room is an absolutely joy. This is how websites should be!
Oh and you can get cashback too from topcashback.co.uk! :)