“ Address: 46 Dreghorn Link / A720 City Bypass / Edinburgh / EH13 9QR / Tel: 0871 984 6139 „
In November I received an email from Travel Lodge informing me of their sale of rooms in some of their hotels. We had been planning a trip to Edinburgh to do some Christmas and visit friends so decided to see what was on offer in the area. As I wanted to be able to park without having to pay overnight I decided on the Travel Lodge at Dreghorn, 6 miles from the city centre. If you do decide to book a travel Lodge in the city be aware most have no parking and you will have to pay to park elsewhere. Having selected the Travel lodge I wanted to stay in the online booking process was simple and I received a confirmation email with reference number. I am not going to give you detailed directions to this travel lodge, but the post code is EH13 9QR. It is 6 miles from the city centre and there is a nearby park and ride if you want to use it. The travel lodge is situated in front of a residential estate just off the A720 city bypass. There is a free car park with spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities. Parking is free. The first thing that hit me when I opened the door into the reception area was the strong stale smell. I can only describe it as a smell of cats pee. Suffice it to say it was very unpleasant! The member of staff on duty was friendly and quickly registered us and gave us our room card. Travel lodges do not issue keys but use a credit card style system. It is possible to check in anytime from 3pm. The corridors of this lodge were quite dark and in need of decoration but at least we left the smell behind! I had booked a family room for myself, husband and 2 children. The bedroom was similar to other Travel lodge rooms I have stayed in and consisted of a small entrance corridor with hanging space, double bed and pullout sofa bed. When we arrived the room was very cold as the heating had not been switched on. Once I had turned the heating on the room soon warmed up. However as I had pre-booked this room and it was a very cold night I would have expected the staff to have ensured the room was warm! All Travel Lodge rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and this was certainly very welcome and helped warm us up. If you need further supplies of tea, coffee or milk then the receptionist will be happy to give you extra. There was a fairly old TV set that helped to keep my children amused. As we were only staying for one night I didn't bother to unpack, but there seemed to be adequate storage should you wish to store your clothes. The double bed had a decent mattress and enough bedding. However we had to go to the reception desk to ask for extra bedding for our children as none had been provided. The sofa has an extra bed stored underneath and the sofa and extra bed were both voted Ok by my children. The bathroom was small with poor ventilation. There was a small bath with shower over the top. The tiles surrounding the bath were moldy and chipped. There was also a hole in the door that had been taped up. Towels were provided, although Travel Lodge no longer provides other toiletries. If you do need something then there is a vending machine in the reception area. If you need a hairdryer or iron then you can borrow these from the reception area, along with any extra bedding you may require. As this lodge is situated next to a busy bypass you would not be surprised to learn that it is noisy at night! However the beds were comfortable and we all had a decent nights sleep. Check out is by 10am unless you pay extra. There is a little Chef located next door to this Travel Lodge if you need something to eat. We had breakfast here and the service was friendly enough although our breakfast was cold and had to be sent back. The food was passable but very overpriced and I wouldn't recommend it! There is a Morrison's supermarket just a few minutes drive away with a café. We decided to buy some picnic food to eat in our room, a decision that pleased our children! As it was the end of the day I bought some reduced chicken portions for just 80p for 4 portions! Some reduced fruit and a bottle of wine completed our feast! We paid just £10 for our family room for 1 night. On looking on the Travel lodge web site I see that this family room in this lodge would normally cost £46! I should have mentioned that a family room can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children up to 16 years. Overall we had a great time in Edinburgh and for the price we paid the rooms meet our needs. However it was very basic and I certainly would not have been happy had I paid the full price!