A December 2006 trip
to London by suartd
Quote: I spent a night in a TravelLodge in Bedford, just outside of London, and a night in London at a hotel. I will review both of the hotels.
Hotel | "Travel Lodge"
OK, so Travel Lodges are pretty basic. No, there is no restaurant, no breakfast included, no mint on the pillow, etc. However, if you are looking for a comfortable bed and a fantastic shower then this is a good cheap place to stay. I booked a family room (this was all that was left when I booked) for £39.99 and got a huge double bed and a couch that can sleep two. There was a TV in the room providing me with all the crappy terrestrial TV that there is but useful for the news in the morning.
It is perfect for those not wanting to pay for luxuries you generally don't use. The shower is one of the best I have had also. Very strong and warm and the whole room was very clean. They provide a kettle and coffee/tea for the mornings however there are no irons, hairdryers, etc. You can borrow these from reception if you need. As for food... they offer a £4 breakfast which includes orange juice, croissant, cereal, banana, and coffee. It gets delivered to your room at whatever time you want. They also allow you to go out for food or order from a take away into the hotel. Overall the place was clean, the staff friendly and helpful and a good nights sleep was had.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2006
Saturn Heights, Brickhill Drive
Bedford, England MK41 7PH
0871 984 6276
OK, so how do I describe central London hotels. Over priced and crap. I had a room in this hotel for one night and was sharing with a girl I met in London. The hotel was paid for me but I was told that it cost about £60. Well, we were ripped off. Firstly the room was tiny. The two beds were squashed in to a small room. It was also very noisy due to traffic right outside and you could hear it through the windows. The room was extremely hot, almost uncomfortable, but we couldn't open the windows because of the noise. The bar in the hotel is very small considering the size of the hotel and is very much like an old mans pub. It is very smoky and for someone who comes from Scotland where smoking is banned in public places, it was very uncomfortable.
Breakfast the next morning was a disgrace. It was very busy when I went down and people were getting shown to tables which had not been cleaned and did not get cleaned for a good while. My table had no cutlery on it and none of the staff seemed to realise this, nor did they realise that people wanted coffee or tea as they made no effort to offer it to people. The buffet was a farce and was not particularly appetising. The place seemed to be completely understaffed and seemed dirty as it took so long to clear tables. One table next to me was not cleaned the whole time I was there and there was food everywhere. Overall the whole experience was not a pleasant one. If this is the general standard of central London hotels then it will be a while before I return.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 13, 2006
44 207 636 8383
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2006
Airdrie, United Kingdom