As a game show contestant, I didn't choose the Travelodge but I had always put them at the higher end of my expectations.
When we arrived, check-in was friendly and efficient. However we were charged a security deposit of $50 for expenses we might incur and the mini bar was mentioned. Well there was no mini bar, so I did wonder what the $50 was for. We were told on check-out that the money would be deposited back into our account.The check-in clerk also told us of the restaurant on the 4th floor. As it was cold outside, we decided to eat in their restaurant, it was closed.
We found a little hotel called the Nixon, not far away that had a Monday night $15 steak special which included salad, chips and a drink, excellent value and I would recommend the Nixon to anyone staying in that precinct.
The lifts were fast and when we got to our room, we went through the whole,"push in, pull out, faster slower" thing before the door unlatched using the key card.
No free internet and a $20 parking charge are pretty common for this kind of hotel.
The room was nicely appointed and although tea and coffee were provided, no biscuits. This may be a trivial thing for you, but I have never been to an Australian hotel/motel where a few biscuits(read cookies for my American readers) were not included.
The bed was quite hard, so my hips were a bit sore after a night's sleep. We were on the 6th floor with a view of mostly businesses as you would expect in a large city, and the room was pretty quiet.
I know, your next question will be about the showers. Started well, nice and hot then faded to cold, disappointing! There was no glass in the bathroom for rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth. If you wanted to put your head down near the tap to rinse your mouth, you couldn't because the sink was too long.
Breakfast was in the restaurant on the 4th floor and was very nice, everything you would expect in a hotel of that standard.
So there you have it, a nice hotel, well appointed but with less than I expected. A little care would have gone a long way towards a better rating.