I actually cannot now remember how many times I've stayed at this hotel. It's given me a roof over my head every time I've gone to a gig at Brixton Academy, and it's sheltered me when I've gone to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and events at the South Bank. Yes, it's a Travelodge, but unlike other hotels in the chain (Kings Cross Royal Scot, I'm looking at you - yes, it really was like a cross between "Titanic" and "The Shining" before it was refurbed), it is always reliably great. The rooms are always clean, the staff are always friendly and exceptionally helpful, and the prices are always affordable.
This particular trip was for two days. We were given a downstairs room, and as it faced onto a road, I was a bit worried about noise (yes, even after I've stayed in a hotel hard by Heathrow Airport with jumbos tickling the roof all the through the night, and heard not a sound), but it was fine - all you could hear were the muffled sounds of people chattering on their phones, and that only occasionally. At night it was very quiet.
Travelodge seem to have upped their game since I last stayed in one - clearly enduring consternation in the face of Premier Inn waffling on constantly about how AMAZING their beds are (and, having slept in several, I can tell you that they are, indeed, quite marvellous), Travelodge have now got jiggy with Sleepeezee and have designed their very own Travelodge bed! How cool is that? No more saggy mattresses - it was a really impressive bed and I slept very comfortably in it. And ate a pasty quite comfortably in it, too, if I'm honest (my glamorous life...). In fact, Travelodge are so proud of their new beds that you can actually order one yourself. Imagine what that would be like: it rather reminds me of the Tour de France team who took their own mattresses everywhere so they didn't have to get used to a different bed each night.
In terms of location, it's a 5 minute walk to Waterloo Station, and I do believe it has a gym (which I didn't try).
I should have a small moan, though - guys, c'mon, when are you going to have adjustable showerheads in your bathrooms? I had to put a Boots carrier bag on my head, and it's really not a particularly attractive look. In fact, I looked gigantically foolish.
But other than that... yeah! I like!
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