As a result of work in the Heathrow area, I am a frequent visitor to many of the hotels in and around the airport - and will, where possible, try to go for a Travelodge since not only are there quite a few in the vicinity, but they are generally accessible to/from the airport and can be a lot cheaper than many of the alternatives. That's not to say that they necessarily represent the best deal - at peak times, other options can work out cheaper or offer an overall better deal - so it really does pay to 'shop around', especially as the number of Heathrow hotels seems to be increasing all the time.
Located a short bus ride away from the terminals at LHR, (Bus 285 from the Central Bus Station - which serves T1, T3 - and number 490 to/from T5), this Travelodge is, at least, not part of the cluster of accommodation options positioned adjacent to the runway along the Bath Road! Feltham itself is entirely functional - not in any way especially attractive or particularly pleasant - but there are lots of shops close to the hotel, and a Wetherspoons pub - and the town has a train station which makes connections into/from central London quite easy, (trains go into, and leave from, Waterloo). Probably the handiest element is the 24H ASDA, right next door to the Travelodge - great for those of us who arrive/leave at funny times of the day/night!
Getting to the hotel might well be a bit of a challenge, if you are unfamiliar with the location; it is tucked away beside the ASDA and within the shopping precinct. The entrance is quite small, since it consists of just two elevators, with reception being located on the second floor. I have found quite often that it is possible to arrive and leave without having interacted with any member of staff at all - there are self check-in machines if you wish to use them, (Which issue you with a keycard and room number upon confirmation of your booking). Access to each floor is via a main door to each corridor, which requires a keycard - unless, as seems to be a frequent occurrence here, the door is wedged open by a fire extinguisher, (probably in blatant breach of fire regulations, and making a mockery of any kind of security!) I do sometimes suspect that the rooms are being used by (relative) long-term guests who are possibly housing more than the allowed numbers, (easy enough to achieve, since you never have to go past reception, etc.)
Try to go for a 'family room', if at all possible, since they often cost the same as the double rooms, but at least afford a little more space, because of the sofabed, (Which converts into another two sleeping options if needs be). If at all possible, a higher floor will help with the noise issues which very much plague this hotel - if it isn't the planes, it's the trains, (the train track runs parallel to the building), and on weekend evenings, there is quite a lot of noise from the excitable youth of Feltham (!) This Travelodge is definitely in need of some distinct TLC - it is one of the older Heathrow-area properties - and it certainly shows. The corridor walls are patch-painted, the walls in the rooms are invariably scuffed and/or dirty, with dents in the plasterwork and a general griminess. Rooms do feature a kettle with limited tea and coffee facilities, and there's a TV - but that is it. The bathroom supplies are limited to toilet paper and a single slither of soap. This is common to all Travelodges and how the chain keeps rates down - just best be prepared to bring some toiletries of your own, or pop into ASDA for some!
A lot of the mattresses I've slept on in this property have definitely seen better days - they are very, very soft and/or saggy. Each double bed is provided with two flimsy pillows, (though in family rooms, there's another pillow provided, along with some more towels, for the possible extra person). Further pillows can be requested and collected from reception, along with the loan of a hairdryer and iron/ironing board. There is no wardrobe as such, but a few fixed hangers within an open unit from which you can hang your clothes. As one of the older properties, there is actually a bath in the bathroom, (a lot of the newer Travelodges only have showers), with a shower over the bath. Rooms do have a heating unit fitted to the wall, but I have to say I've always found the accommodation to be very warm, despite the weather outside - which is unfortunate, because it means opening the (chained) windows to let in some air - and some more noise!
There is a very small bar/dining area adjacent to the reception, which also appears to be manned by the receptionist. I have never used either and suspect that not many people do, since there are plenty of other dining options nearby which will offer better value and a wider selection.
Something to note: While this hotel rarely gets full, it does get busy when there are rugby fixtures, (and presumably other big events), being held at nearby Twickenham. Travelodge do operate an ‘overbooking’ system, and you may well fall foul of their ‘relocation policy’, should you arrive once the hotel is full – even if you have a confirmed, paid-for, reservation. They will allocate you a room in a nearby property and pay travel costs etc. Not very helpful if you have chosen the hotel for its specific location, and a little naughty as it might have been possible to obtain a room at the ‘relocated’ property at a cheaper rate in the first place!
As has been said before, this is very much a place to lay your head, and nothing else. If you want to be close to Heathrow the night before an early flight, for example, this place will be OK. Rates up to £32 would be 'acceptable' to my mind - but when they start asking for £45 plus, seriously examine other options - both within the Travelodge chain, and outside of it. The 'Heathrow Central' Travelodge, for example - while not being at all central to Heathrow - is also easily reached by bus, is newer and also has some shopping/dining options close-by.
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