You sort of get an idea of what your stay is going to be like on your first attempt to book ,
you need to persevere as you first couple of phone calls or emails may not get a response.
When you get a response it will not be an upbeat polished response as you would expect from
a 21st century hotel in a bustling city.
When you arrive at the back door with your bags you have a brief moment to decide whether to just run off or not,
you will not have long to decide before the enigmatic David appears to guide you into the rear of the Lebanese restaurant
downstairs David will take your particulars,up until this point David has not smiled.
David then goes to get the swipe machine to take full payment for your room up front,this is before you have seen the room as
few if any pictures will be found online.Once the payment has been accepted David gives a brief smile.
You are then shown to your room and then in the blink of an eye David is gone not to be seen again.
This is a budget hotel so little pleasantries such as matching curtains and furniture are low on the agenda,
someone has an account at Travis Perkins as most of the furniture including the beds has been handmade with plywood,
curtain poles are legnths of copper pipe having said that the nights sleep is very good.
The bedding is clean but the pillows are like pillow cases without the pillows
There are kettles in the room but the only water to fill them with goes through some old fashioned water heater first
so tastes a bit tainted.
There is a fridge in the room it is empty and doubles up as a stand for the TV,one TV turned on but had no aerial.
The motivational poster "Challenge" became more relevant later during the stay.
If you have come to Oxford for culture you will find it around the shower tray which looked like it had been liberated from a squat.
The shower/toilet "room",actually room would suggest you would be able to get use it to get dressed in once you have showered,this
is not the case , there are basically two foot spaces you get get into if you manouvere around the toilet,if you want to use the
toilet you will need sit with one leg either side of the shower screen.
The shower does work ok but it is sooo grubby you really have to think hard whether to bother or not.
If you have been to Jakarta before on a backpacking trip you will have stayed in similar places its just funny in the middle of Oxford
The restuarant downstairs is Lebanese is seemed busy it has a good reputation and had we more time we probably would have eaten there
breakfast is served there too in the morning, the Lebanese breakfast is good light and fresh a nice change from a full English.
This part of Jericho is diverse with a Lebanese hotel/restuarant on one corner and a synagogue across the road its a cool mix.
During the stay the children were treated to some street theatre in the road outside which involved one of the owners sons
a guy with a long beard shouting and screaming and waving a Lucozade bottle at people in and around the restuarant,as the synagogue
across the road is absolutely bristling with cctv it wasnt long before the Police arrived to take him away,this however terrified the
children who did not want to go back there again in case the bearded one returned in the night.
We were then faced with a conundrum that you dont often face in a Travelodge,whether or not to get tooled up before we went back
to our room that night.
Suffice to say we had an uneventful night,slept well and had another nice Lebanese breakfast in the morning,so in summary its
quirky,dated,could do with a bathroom refit and had the potential to spark into violent outbursts,,,,,,,,,,, I loved it.
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