I used this hotel having recently completed a focus group based on the 'upgrade' of the Travelodge chain. I was curious to see how they've changed as my experience of Travelodge in the past has always been of hearing negative reviews.
On arrival (at 13:50) we were told that to check in before 15:00 would cost us £10, and that there was nowhere to store our heavy bag, but if we wanted we could wait in the bar or walk over the road to Tescos. The music in the bar was too loud so we opted for latter option. It felt a bit like a dead hour when we could have been out and about, especially having spent 3 hours sitting on the train.
The room itself was clean and basic. There was nothing remarkable, but equally nothing offensive. A small TV offered about 7 or 8 channels, there were clean towels and tea and coffee facilities.
The bathroom was very basic. Very cheap toilet paper and no shower gel which I have become accustomed to in hotels.
The wifi is £5 an hour, so we decided it'd be cheaper to add on a gb of data from our network provider instead to last the duration of the evening.
Decor in the 'newly decorated' hotel seemed dated - not a good sign for a refurb!!
On the plus side, the bed and bedding was very good.
The next morning breakfast was adequate but not more than that. The food tasted pretty cheap and there was nothing that stood out for me. The cups and cutlery ran out, as did all of the hot food in the 45 mins that we were down for breakfast, although it was refilled by the staff buzzing around clearing tables and checking out guests.
If I were to do this sort of trip again soon, I would most likely fork out the extra £20 for a Premier Inn just to get the comforts that I'm used to.
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