“ Address: London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2HL. Tel: 0871 984 6410 „
One thing that is often said of Travelodges, as it is with any sort of chain, is that you "know what you are going to get" and they are all the same. After a recent stint of visits to a number of Travelodges I can say nothing could be further from the truth. I wouldn't say they range from Bates Motel to the Ritz but the quality and cleanliness certainly does vary. I have stayed in Travelodges in the past but this recent stint was due to taking advantage of the online sale they often have and using this to split up a long journey to and from the other side of the country.
The booking process..
I have only ever booked Travelodges online although you can also do it over the phone. As I said above I took advantage of one of the regular sales they have where you can book rooms from £9. If you want to take advantage of this you can go on the web site and sign up to find out via e-mail when the sales are going to start. In my case I was sat laptop in hand with a cup of strong coffee at 6AM in the morning waiting for the "£9 Summer Sale" offers to come online. Eventually I got a number of nights booked but not without the site crashing a couple of times due to over-demand.
In the case of Devizes I managed to book a room for £19. "Normal" rates tend to be around £55 but vary depending on day and popularity. You should remember that while normal rates allow you to cancel with a full refund the special rates tend to be no refundable. Credit card booking currently incurs a £2 fee so use a debit card if possible.
You can access your booking via the web site and you also receive an e-mail confirmation.
My girlfriend it has to be said is far from a fan of Travelodges after staying in a particularly old roadside one with a receptionist with no teeth so her first impressions are often a good indication of what to expect. Therefore it was relief that she thought this hotel looked clean and modern from the outside. Plenty of parking was available in the large car park. Checking in was no problem with the friendly and helpful reception.
Location / In the area..
The lodge is located on London Road / A361 leading out of Devizes. The instructions on the Travelodge web site mention coming in via an A420 which didn't seem to make much sense to me.
Devizes itself seems a nice enough town. We didn't have chance to explore as such but it big enough to have plenty of shops, pubs etc. The town centre itself would be maybe a 5 minute car journey or 30 minute walk from the Travelodge. Within a 15 minute walk is a Morrisons supermarket and a park and pond with a pub called the Bell. Needless to say other facilities maybe closer via different routes but I didn't come across them directly.
Devizes is canal country and the impressive Caen Hill Locks are in the area. Although not easily walkable they are a 10 minute drive from the Travelodge. We used this lodge as a base to visit Longleat Safari Park which was around a 45 minute drive away. I should add there are closer lodges but price in the sale and our onward journey in that direction made this our choice
As with the hotel generally the room looked new, fairly stylish in a very basic way and more importantly clean. After an incident with a dirty bath at a previous Travelodge our antiseptic wipes came up clean in what could be called a "stubby" rather than small bath. The low point was the bed. Although a large enough double this one felt liked it had collapsed in the middle and any attempts to sleep on its edges soon had you rolling back into the middle. Whether the beds are cheap or what I don't know but it seems more than a coincidence that is more the case than not when I stay with this chain. And finally pillows - two on the bed, one extra stored in the room and we always have to get a fourth from reception.
Other niceties that you would expect included a big enough flat screen TV opposite the bed which seemed to be using freeview and therefore limited to whatever channels it could receive. Wifi was also available at an extra cost.
Having booked a cot in advance we found two for some reason laid on the floor in the room. Its my understanding since that they should put them up for you but I finally figured out how to get one of them up. Its worth remembering that while cots are free they are limited and you should ring up maybe the day before or earlier to make sure they put one against your booking.
Although it doesn't seem to be mentioned on the web site under facilities this lodge had an adjoining branch of Subway. As Subways go though it's a little special as it doubles up in essence as the hotel bar. Therefore not only does it have a big screen TV but you can also order alcohol on showing your hotel card. However I am not sure the prices where normal subway prices and I could not see typical subway deals such as "Sub of the Day". That said it was handy to have it on site.
I am not sure I could actually make a case for making your whole holiday a Traveldoge one but at rates like this you can certainly get to visit places and break up journeys at excellent prices. As Travelodges go this was without doubt one of the better ones and would certainly recommend it.