“ Address: Auchenkilns Roundabout, Glasgow / Tel: 0871 559 1822 „
Just before Christmas our family went to see friends in the Glasgow area. They didn't have room to accommodate us all so we decided to book into a nearby travel lodge. I managed to find a lodge in Cumbernauld, about 10 miles outside of Glasgow city centre. I decided to book this lodge not only for the convenient location, but because the price of a family room was just £35. The travel lodge in Cumbernauld is situated on the Auchenkilns roundabout. I'm not going to give comprehensive directions as these can be found on the travel lodge website. However if you have a sat nav the postcode is G68 9AT. There is a nearby railway station at Cumbernauld just a few miles from the lodge. The train takes about 25 minutes to get into Glasgow central station. We arrived in freezing temperatures and there was a covering of snow on the ground. The car park had not been gritted and was lethal! In similar conditions I would strongly advise that you park at the top car park nearest to the road. The parking bays nearest to the lodge entrance would mean an uphill drive to return to the road. There are plenty of parking spaces and parking is free. The lodge itself is an ugly brick building that isn't very welcoming. We arrived at around 5 pm and there was no one on the desk. After a wait of a few minutes the receptionist arrived and was very friendly. The building felt cold as did our room. Even though the temperature was minus 9 when we arrived there was no heating in our bedroom. I immediately turned on the heating and the room soon warmed up. However it would have been nice if the heating could have been switched on prior to our arrival. The family room we had booked was a decent size and had a double bed, sofa bed with a second bed situated underneath the sofa bed. Neither of the single beds had been made up although there were sheets available for us to make the beds. I was pleased to see there were tea and coffee making facilities with plenty of milk and tea bags. If you require more supplies you will need to ask at reception. There was a decent sized T.V with numerous channels so my children were happy! The bathroom was clean and of a decent size. There was no bath but a large shower with good water pressure more than compensated. The bathroom had a broken door lock and the tiles were in need of a re-grout to get rid of the mould. However despite these complaints the room was clean and there were several fluffy white towels. The room, once heated, was adequate. There was little noise from the nearby road, although the weather probably deterred many from venturing out! The beds were comfortable and we all had a decent nights sleep. There is a pub a few yards from the hotel called the red deer. The pub is part of the vintage inns chain. Due to the weather conditions we decided to eat here, although we would have preferred to venture into Cumbernauld to find somewhere a bit more authentic. However the pub was warm and cosy and our children were made welcome. The menu has all the usual pub fare including beer battered fish which we all opted for. The meal was o.k; no more than that! There is a children's menu available. I thought that the prices were on the high side for what was on offer. I was also surprised that the pub had run out of sauvignon Blanc! We paid £35 for a family room that will sleep 4. I booked and paid on line via the travel lodge web site about 2 weeks in advance. I have just checked the price for a family room and see that it is now £49.65. I think the room was adequate for the price we paid. However don't expect anything more that a basic room!