Sunday, 22 December 2013

Travel Lodge review - Covent Garden

A couple of months ago, I was asked if I would like to review the Travel Lodge, and as I had a girlie weekend planned in London before Christmas, I was happy to review. I was asked to review the Covent Garden Travelodge Hotel, perfectly situated for a weekend in London.



The Covent Garden Travelodge is conveniently situated for anyone planning a night (or more) away and hoping to explore this area of London. I am getting to know London well, and Covent Garden area is a perfect location for a night in London (especially I think for a girls night away) - the hotel is located within easy walking distance of all the sights, Covent Garden and of course further afield to Leicester Square and Soho.

We arrived at the hotel (a 5 minute walk from Covent Garden Tube station) and had to queue a little to check in. There are some automated check-in facilities for some reason my booking did not come up - this could of course be because it was booked on my behalf. We had arrived a little early and the room wasn't quite ready. The lady on the reception desk was excellent - very, very polite and she asked us to take a seat and she would make sure the room was ready ASAP.



We decided that this was an idea opportunity to test out the bar - after all, we were 'escaping' to London for the evening - no children, no husbands........complete escapism! The bar man was called Bruno - and he was one of the friendliest barmen we met all weekend (not that we met that many of course!). I couldn't belive it when 2 glasses of wine came to £2.50!!! A central London bargain in my opinion - and the wine was perfectly drinkable too!



We hadn't even finished our drinks when we were told our room was ready. Now I have to admit that I went to the room with a little trepidation - I had been told by a couple of 'blogger' friends not to expect too much - and that Travelodge left a little to be desired. Well - as far as the room is concerned - I am pleased to say that they were completely WRONG! The room was clean and did everything it was supposed to. It had been recently fitted out - bathroom was basic but again clean and very functional. The bedding was relatively new and very clean - the bed was well made and very comfortable.



In the hotel, there were a range of people from 'older couples' (perhaps on a theatre break?), mothers and daughters (shopping spree perhaps?) and we saw at least one group who were on a hen weekend. I'm not sure that it would be top of my list as a romantic getaway - unless you are on a tight budget of course!



Food - we didn't eat in the evening but we did have breakfast. This was to say the very least disappointing. The dining room was basic and not the cleanest I have seen - although not busy, tables were not cleared and those that were had not been wiped properly. Behind the coffee machines was disappointingly dirty. And the coffee machine were broken. Staff didn't seem to care and we were pointed in the direction of a glass jug filled with supposedly boiling water. We had to ask about coffee, having seen that the machines were broken and think that as soon as you entered the dining room this should be highlighted. Staff were refilling the jug of water using a tiny travel kettle which was ridiculous. We tried the food and decided on the cooked breakfast. It was buffet style and all the trays were relatively full of food. Food was OK - nothing special on the whole, however the scrambled eggs were not great. If I had paid £7.95 each for breakfast, I would have been complaining!

Our check out the next morning was very simple - we had wanted to leave our cases in order to spend the day shopping - after all that is what you do when in London without a husband surely? However, the Travelodge in Covent Garden do not offer you that facility - we couldn't even pay extra for this. I found this to be very, very disappointing, especially in central London....the shopping hub of Europe surely. They do offer a late checkout but we wanted to get packed up....and get shopping!

Summary

As a budget hotel in central London, the Travelodge does what it says on the packet. As a place to rest your head for the night it is perfect - it was clean and although lacking a little in atmosphere I wasn't spending a considerable amount of time there - it was a bed for the night. You can bag a room for far less than £100 at this Travelodge - which for central London is not bad. There are few hotels that you can stay in for this price - even Premier Inn prices have crept up. Please Travelodge, add the option for me to leave my case whilst in central London - it's a budget hotel so would have been happy to pay a few pounds to cover this! I would stay at a Travelodge again (in fact I am in June next year), but I would be tempted to get breakfast elsewhere!

Disclosure - I was given a one night stay with breakfast for the means of this review - all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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