on January 29, 2013
I am sometimes a bit of a hotel snob but if I'm truthful as we are usually out all day and all evening so we do only use the room to shower and sleep in. I will always look at the Travelodge website to see if they have rooms available for a good price. When we discovered we could bag 3 nights away at New Year for a little over £60 per couple then we all agreed it was a deal too good to miss. That the Gosforth Travelodge also had a pub and a 24 hour Co-op supermarket next door was an extra bonus. Actually this Travelodge is something of a find as it's only 4 miles or so out of Newcastle city centre. The Travelodge there is popular with stag and hen parties being right in the middle of party land and is often noisy. The Gosforth Travelodge was rather more sedate, although we were woken up a couple of times with lads bouncing off the corridor walls as they tried to navigate a straight line to their room, but it didn’t last long in any case. The Gosforth Travelodge is also only two and a half miles from the Newcastle Airport Travelodge, so again it makes a handy alternative if the hotel is full or pricey. Our mission was to do a bit of exploring of the south Northumberland countryside, and once again the Gosforth Travelodge is on the right side of Newcastle meaning you don't need to drive through the city to get out into the countryside. Finally, the Gosforth Travelodge is a hop, skip and jump from Newcastle's racecourse, and Gosforth town itself (which actually also has a few nice looking bars and restaurants) is just a couple of miles down the road. Check in was fast and efficient and the friendly woman on reception was welcoming enough and our rooms were tidied each day and our bed remade. There are machines for snacks in the lobby, but the 24 hour co-op obviously has far more choice and is cheaper. You can dine in the pub next door if you wish (and they open for breakfast on a weekend). The food is fine if unexceptional. I loved the "no smoking" signs on the room doors in the hotel as the colour of the letters could be picked away and some enterprising souls had created new words. It all reminded me of the opening credits to Fawlty Towers. Our room bore the legend "Smoking Poo".Our room was quite a modern example of the typical Travelodge with red carpet (rather than the blue), and white walls. This was one of the later smaller rooms without the addition of a bed settee. However, the room was plenty big enough for a few days stay, and at £20 we weren't going to complain. You always know you are in a classy joint when there is a rustling plastic bed sheet under the cotton sheet, but again it was a small grumble. The TV was good modern and quite large, but the digital connection kept on failing lending something of a 1980s Max Headroom feel to the TV programme we were watching. There was only a shower in the bathroom (no bath) and as always the only freebie toiletries was a bar of soap. The towels were new, white and reasonable quality. The bedside lights were not working meaning we had an "all or nothing" lighting experience. Heating was of the convector heating kind and it soon warmed up the room. No complaints there. Our ground floor view looked over the car park, but as it was a holiday weekend no one stirred too early in the morning. We enjoyed our £60 3 night stay in Newcastle, and found the Gosforth Travelodge suitably clean and conveniently located. While it isn't the place for a romantic date to impress the missus, I'd certainly have no qualms about staying here again and it made our short break certainly affordable..
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