On a flying visit to Teesside we booked in to the Darlington Travelodge. This was not our first visit but the transformation was a big surprise. We were greeted by a cheery chap who welcomed us to "the best Travelodge in the Country." We laughed at the time but we soon found out he wasn't joking. New comfy pocket-sprung beds and pillows plus bedding and curtains all lifted the spirits after a really good night's sleep. Impossible to fault on this evidence. Nice one Travelodge. You have now set the barrier much higher for all the rest of your hotels and we will return to your Darlington place whenever we are in the area, which is often.