Slowly becoming a bit of a budget hotel junkie, largely because Premier Inn has made it such a viable option. Travelodge have a small leap to notch up to the Premier Inn standard and this hotel evidences that.
Firstly the good bits
Staff were super friendly and helpful.
The room was clean, the bed was comfy we only had a couple of pillows but it didn't matter it was still comfy.
The heating was able to be turned off and up and down which isn't usually the norm these days.
The window opened for fresh air which is another nice touch often not found. The street noise was really well blocked out when the window was closed and didn't bother us when it was open. It's London, it's going to be busy but at night it was actually quiet anyway.
The location is awesome, five minutes walk from Fulham Broadway on the Disctrict Line, just a stop away from Earls Court for events and wider Tube links or ten minutes walk in the other direction from West Kennsington on the other branch of the District Line so really easy to get to Hammersmith for an event.
There is a Macdonalds next door, a Subway across the road, tons of shops and cafe's on the doorstep, couple of pubs, some nice little cafe culture outdoor pavement seating up the road towards Fulham Road, just a nice little area. Felt safe, close to Stamford Bridge for the footie and very close to Kings Road, jump on a bus or a short walk or a couple of stops on the tube to Sloane Square. Great location.
Price - for a London hotel on an event night at Hammersmith and being so close to Hammersmith, during the school hols this was a bargain priced room at £39.
Room was HUGE for a London hotel
Very secure, secure card entry doors at ground floor level, elevators to first floor reception, further card operated security from reception to rooms.
Tea and coffee making facilities and extras at reception so you don't have to ask you can just take what you need
£10 extra for a 2pm checkout which was much appreciated after a late night and might be really attractive for anyone heading there to go clubbing or for a heavy night out. 2pm checkout in London? Come on that is worth having no tiny bottles of toiletries for.
Vending machine at reception with snacks and drinks
Now for the downside:
The room was massive but felt very empty, not sure if it used to be a family room. One uncomfy chair and a desk. Probably made it feel a bit sparse, with just a small TV on the wall and a clothes hanging area.
No bath (see later for this)
Shower head could not be redirected so as this was a one nighter for a gig and my daughter didn't want to wash her hair she couldn't have a shower as the water couldn't be directed away from her head and it was a small cubicle so there was no space to maneuver to avoid the jet hitting your head. Top tip: Unless you want to wash your hair take a shower cap
There was no red or blue on the mixer tap whatsit for the shower either so it was kind of suck it and see but it was lovely and hot and fast flowing once figured out.
Only one large towel and one small towel (which had to be used to stop slipping on the very slippery floor) so yeah, one large towel between two of us so it was kind of a god send that the daughter couldn't have a shower because it meant I got to use it all to myself.
Wi fi - very expensive but we weren't there to spend time online
We did originally book a family room but we forgot and didn't realise until we got there to check in that we still had a family room booked and didn't really need one (the price is the same but we didn't need the space as one of the kids decided not to come). We were really tired when we got to the hotel about an hour and a half pre check in and didn't want to pay another tenner for an early check in so we sat in a waiting area. A family came in and due to a mix up they'd not got a family room and there were none available so we jumped in to the rescue offered them our room. As we'd saved Travelodge a complaint we asked if we could have a complimentary free early check in but we couldn't because if the receptionist had put it through that we'd checked in the computer would have automatically charged us the tenner :( BUT all was not lost as the people who we swapped rooms with really kindly paid our early check in fee! Yay, kindness pays and we didn't have to wait long for Karma to take its course. Mind you in doing that we lost our bath as only family rooms have baths. But hey it is what it is.
All in all as I always say about Travelodge it's cheap, it's clean and it's very often conveniently located, you get what you want, somewhere to sleep, have a wash and use the toilet. Just little touches missing that Premier Inn get right, even simple stuff like the coloured runner on the end of the bed to give a bit of a break up of the whiteness of the bedding, couple of extra pillows, couple more towels, hairdryer or just a cheap freebie shower cap (would have solved the shower problem)
They probably have extra pillows and towels and shower caps if you ask but we couldn't be bothered to ask so maybe we need to take some responsibility for that.
Another kind of daft comment, there were only two sanitary disposal bags and we were there for 24 hours, two women, now if we'd have both or even one of us had been ... well you know what I'm saying... that wouldn't have been enough and we might have been tempted to flush if we weren't happy to drop things into the open top bin and were a little coy about going to reception to ask for more... just saying, minor thing but a few more might be useful.
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