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Member Name: GuruOnAMountain
Advantages: Cheap and Cheerful
Disadvantages: Breakfast is extra, could have been a little bit cleaner.
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.
Summary: A well-known company that offers budget accommodation.