“ Address: St John Street / Chester / CH1 1DD / England / Tel: 0871 984 6363 „
I recently stayed at the Travelodge in Chester for a hen party in the city. Obviously, low price and proximity to the town centre were the most important factors in choosing a hotel, we weren't looking for luxury or character! Travelodge delivered on both counts, at just over £30 a night for a room that fit 3 adults comfortably and only a short walk from all the attractions of Chester we really have abolutely no grounds to complain and were very happy with our choice.
The rooms are basic, but comfortable. They don't provide any of the luxuries and added extras you get in some hotels but most of the time you don't need or use those anyway. So there are towels provided but no toiletries, a TV but no hairdryer or trouser press, a kettle and basic tea and coffee but no cheap biscuits, you can order food from the bar downstairs but they won't bring it to your room for you.
The rooms are a good size, with one double bed and one fold out sofa bed that is actually really comfortable and more than adequate for an adult, which was a pleasant surprise as I always expect the third bed in a 3 bed room to be a creaky bumpy tiny thing on wheels, but I actually had a good night's sleep on this one! The bathroom was clean, the shower was hot with decent pressure and there were enough hangers and a few drawers so we could put our stuff away if we needed to.
The communal areas were clean and modern but again basic, the staff were friendly and even went out of their way to be helpful on a couple of occasions when members of our party needed a bit of extra help. The only possible issue with this hotel is that it doesn't have its own car park. There are plenty of car parks nearby but this is an extra cost you'd need to factor into your budget if you were driving.
If I were going back to Chester, I would definitely stay at this great value hotel again.
I went to this Travelodge in January during the snow (from Sheffield). I paid around £29 for a mid week night- sometimes (if you are lucky) Travelodge do offers of £9/£19 rooms and so an overnight stay can be picked up at a bargain price!
The hotel is ideally located just on the edge of the main shopping street- only a 2 min walk away but does face out onto a main road and the amphitheatre (I can't comment on how this looked as it was completely covered in snow!)
The outside of the building is very modern looking, the reception area is very small and only contains the check-in desk and a couple of vending machines. The interior of the hotel is pleasantly decorated and has good lifts to take you to your room. I really like the room, it was a good size and very modernly decorated. The bed is comfy and there is a flat screen tv for use. The shower room was also good, with a large shower and plenty of running water.
The only downsides to this hotel is that it does not have a car park and so parking is in a NCP car park across the road which is fairly expensive. As with all Travelodge, they only provide you with one large bath towel which is a bit of a pain for two people so I recommend you take one yourself.
Right at the heart of Chester centre is this cheap and cheerful travelodge.Nothing sparkling,but clean.
I booked this a few months ago as I have never been away with my husband on our own,since becoming parents 8 years ago.We still would normally not be able to afford it,but Money saving expert let me know there was a sale on pre booked travelodge rooms.
Great I thought,have not been to Chester in over 15 years.The charm and history of the place always make me feel at awe.
The booking was done on line and paid easily with my credit card.I recieved a confirmation email which was very reassuring.
Travelodge in Chester is fantastically positioned for the City center ,whether it be for shopping or pub crawling.They don't however have their own parking facilities which irritated me,as on going to a new place ,one does not know where there is parking availability.
However ,one phonecall to the staff at Travelodge,and they were kind enough to inform me ,there is a multistorey carpark over the road on Pepper Street.
Silly me did not think to find out how much it would cost to park all day and night.Or even if I could leave my car all night.Innitiative told me if an overnight stay travelodge said their clientel used it,then obviously that must be the case.
I still did not know the cost till I went to collect the car.It is on a paper card system,where you recieve a card on entering ,and before you drive off,take your card to a machine.It is £9.50 for upto 24 hours parking.Which is still brilliant,as you are that close to the centre,a single road infact,that no taxi fayres need paying.
On booking in,which you can not do until 3pm,which always annoys me.We were recieved by a friendly lady at reception.Explained about the card for opening our room and other doors,and that the reception is unmanned after 11pm and the card is used to get into the building after then.
There is a lift as soon as you get through the first locked door.Which is great because being pregnant,4 hours of shopping had given me a cramp,and im lazy!!!
We were on the top floor,which still was not that far away.
Entering the room,all the linen was white,and it was pure white.Bit plain,but fantastic for knowing you have spotless bedding.
The room had a self controlled airconditioning and heating system,which I found great.
A few coat hangers and a dressing table with a travelsize kettle,a few sachets of coffee,teabags,sugar and milk.A waste paper bin and a chair.Thats it for the room.They also have a flatscreen small tv with minimum channels.
All seemed well,clean room,clean shower ensuite,pokey but good.And then I noticed no promised towels.Two minutes after going to reception,husband appeared with two fluffy white towels.So some people might moan,I did not see it as the end of the world.
However,I am a grump if I dont get my sleep,and when we came back to the room,other half tipsy,me exhausted and sober.I could have screamed when the din coming from outside and the walk back made me realise we were next to the very loud music playing pubs.
I could have cried,I was just grateful I had not taken the children,they would not have slept through that.
As far as I am concerned ,you get what you pay for,and I will certainly use them again.But at least I will know to ask for a room away from the side of the building.
There is an array of shopping,pubs and cafes in the local area.Although I noticed a severe lack of Indian and Chinese restaurants,which dissapointed me.
This gets one star removed because there was a lack of warning that the evenings become very noisy.
About a month ago I had a short break with my boyfriend and we decided to go to Chester. He's still on crutches from breaking his leg, and so we needed to find somewhere very central. Also, we planned to spend money on days out, shopping and nice meals so we didn't want to pay a lot for accommodation we didn't plan to spend much time in anyway.
Travelodge was the obvious choice...I did try to talk him into the posh five star hotel with personal butler service, but at £1,000 a night, that will have to wait until we win the lottery :)
I went through cashback and got £5 off our stay, and also went through their cheap deals section which shaved a bit more off the price. It's worth booking far in advance for a better deal, and if you're staying for more than a night, booking nights individually often works out cheaper. You can get rooms from between £9 a night up to about £50 - the rooms are all the same, it simply depends on when you book and what date(s) you want. It's worth noting that Travelodge will send you emails with discounts afterwards, so if you know anyone who's been recently you could ask them if there are any offers.
There are two Travelodges in Chester, one out by the racecourse and this central one, which was built in 2008.
On getting to the Travelodge, the first thing that struck us was the location. We knew it was central, but almost everything you would want to see or do was within a five or ten minute walk, including the Cathedral, bus station (for Chester Zoo, Liverpool and the aquarium), a lovely Italian ice cream place, all the main shops, Zizzi's, Pizza Express, two tourist information centres, the river and the boat trip. This was incredibly handy for Joe, who couldn't walk long distances very easily. The only disappointment was the cinema; as the Oden has closed down, the only choice is a Cineworld which we had to get a taxi to and was only showing fairly old films (and even older advertising). If you want the very latest films you apparently have have to go to Queensferry or Cheshire Oaks.
The Travelodge itself overlooks (and is directly opposite) the Roman ampitheatre, which was a nice touch. Luckily our room overlooked it, so we had a great view, but if you're unlucky enough to be on another side of the building, your view will be of the backs of buildings and presumably will be quite dark.
The room levels also looked uneven from the outside; our floor of rooms has massive windows and high ceilings, whereas the floor above had much smaller windows and looked like it might be more cramped. However, the ceiling in our room was incredibly high, so you may not notice a difference.
Downstairs, and connected to the Travelodge itself but with a separate entrance, is a Pitcher and Piano (surely it's too classy to be associated with a Travelodge?!) offering wi-fi. The pub across the road also offered is, as did the tourist cafe 30 seconds' walk away (which also does a good selection of food). For these reasons, there's no point in paying the extortionate prices Travelodge charge for use of their own wi-fi, which can easily reach £20 or more.
When we entered the Travelodge (key card access is required in unsociable hours), we saw a small reception. There are a few vending machines with ice cream, sweets and chocolate, and a small reception desk. I think that out of all the times we went in and out of the Travelodge during our five day stay, there was someone on reception maybe twice. This was a bit annoying as I had to go down to ask for more toilet paper and ended up waiting ages for someone to come when I pressed the bell. Checking in was easy enough, but I wouldn't like to be hanging around with kids in tow or somewhere important to be what with the unreliability of reception.
The lifts were fully working and Joe had no problems getting up and down to our room. I used the stairs a few times because they were quicker. I'd say it was adequate enough for disabled people, though the main entrance is a little on the small side.
The room itself was standard Travelodge fare. A bed, a nice flat TV on the wall, and some interesting lighting (I read a review on tripadvisor before we went and someone mentioned having trouble turning the orange lights by the bed back on when they switched them off - I scorned them but had exactly the same problem! There's some kind of weird configuration about certain sets of lights being on at the same time). There was also a weird sideways wardrobe with about 6 hangers, a mirror, and a desk.
There were no extra goodies provided in the room - there was a kettle and that was about it. You're expected to bring your own tea, coffee, milk, shower gel and shampoo. We had two mini pieces of soap which we used to wash our hands, and a very stingy number of towels (so I was glad I brought my own). Travelodge say something about people preferring to bring their favourite shampoo or whatever rather than using theirs, which I think is a missed marketing opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of bringing your own toiletries.
Everything was clean and fully-functional, though the ceiling must have been as high as the room was wide and made me feel slightly claustrophobic at first, though I soon got used to it.
The main issue we had was that there was only one (double) plug socket, and it was positioned by the desk, making it useless for using Joe's laptop to watch films in bed, or even for people wanting to work more comfortably than from the hard, small desk chair. If I went again I would definitely take an adaptor. We ended up moving the bed (luckily it was on castor wheels) across to the side of the desk with the socket, which meant we couldn't watch TV easily but that was fine.
Also supplied is a door hanger that tells the staff whether you want to be disturbed or not. We hung this on the door every day, partly because we left Joe's laptop and other valuables around and the room was a bit messy, and partly because we'd moved the bed. However, a few days into our stay we noticed that someone had been in anyway and made the bed and left another towel, which I personally wasn't too happy about.
They were also very stingy with the (cheap) toilet roll; there was a small amount on a roll when we got there, and when I went down to ask for more I was given another half roll, which I found slightly odd (and according to Tripadvisor someone experienced a similar thing but got given two half rolls!).
The Travelodge is also situated on a fairly busy road, and can be quite rowdy at night as there seemed to be quite a few drunken people around; however if you aren't at the front of the building, it might not affect you at all, and they didn't really keep me awake.
Overall, I would highly recommend this Travelodge if price and location are important to you, as based on these factors alone I would give it five stars. I've knocked a star off for the inattentive reception (though they were friendly enough and maybe would be more on hand in peak season) and the rowdiness outside for a couple of nights.