A group of six consisting of me and five of my friends went to stay at this 'hotel' earlier this year for two nights. We were completely aware of the fact that we wouldn't be getting luxury, we knew that Travelodge was pretty basic and having stayed in various Travelodge's before, we were aware that what we'd be getting would be the bare minimum. Plus, as a group of 17-18 year olds, and concert attendees at the Royal Concert Hall, we didn't really care about the state of our rooms.
Firstly, one of the lifts were broken, and considering we were on the top floor, if it were to be busy we would of gone into cardiac arrest running up and down all of those stairs. Luckily we managed to snag a lift every time.
Secondly, the hallway was literally choked up with marijuana smoke. As young people, we weren't really to fussed, knowing what some people were like - but if family's with young children were staying there then I can imagine it'd be a massive problem. We say the same boys who were the culprits of smoking the drug in the high street next day selling dubstep CD's.
A group of about 20 boys took to sitting on the top floor lift area every night drinking scrumpy jacks and shouting crude comments at us girls - which I suppose they thought were meant to be flattering but were quite the opposite. Having a boy with fresh cuts all over his face, bloodied up knuckles and the stench of cheap cider literally wafting from him telling you that he's going to **** your brains out later isn't a comment you want to hear as you go to your room to get your make up bag... Again, if a family were to be there I sense it'd be quite intimidating. But, as I said, we're young and after a few drinks we were able to laugh about it. Sober - I'm not sure we'd see things the same way. We still laugh about it to this day, though, so thanks for the memory!
Credit where credit is due - a man who worked behind the bar helped us out since reception were absolutely USELESS - never there. He got us 3 new sets of duvets instead of just one after explaining how cold we were, and he even made us a pizza at ridiculous o'clock even though he wasn't supposed to. We were starving and cold and upon telling him this he kindly offered and we paid him extra for being such a gem. He chatted to us as we had some drinks and was such a laugh. I can't remember his name but he was absolutely lovely - the man needs a raise!
Our room on the top floor had a really lovely view over Nottingham and a windowsill we all took to sitting on and chatting. The room was fairly clean, a bit dusty here and there but it wasn't like we went looking for dust. When you're paying £20 a night, you don't expect star treatment. Thicker duvets would of been nice though, and some heat! The showers weren't very powerful either and the heating often cut out for a few minutes before resuming. My friend started screaming at how cold the water was once but couldn't leave the shower because she had product in her hair. At the time it wasn't funny (for her) but it still makes us laugh now.
All in all, I would go back if I was in good company, purely for the laughs, but if I was to go on my own - just no. I'm sure you'd be better off in a premier inn. The only really great thing about it was the location, right in the heart of Nottingham, near all the shops.
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