“ Address: 7-12 City Road / London EC1Y 1AE / England „
I got given two tickets to see David Tennant on stage In London at the Barbican Theatre and desperately needed a hotel as i knew i wouldn't be able to get home that night.
So i got looking online for a cheap hotel that would be good enough for one night. I came across this certain hotel and was a bit funny with it at first as i heard people moaning about travelodge and the hotel i stayed in before in London wasn't very clean.
Well when i arrived at the hotel after getting lost because of the map they provided is confusing.
The room was very small, like your own bedroom kind of thing but not as homely as you would like. But on the plus side the room was very clean!
The room consisted of:
* A double bed (suppose to be king sized in a double room)
* A Little flat screen Tv with only 18 channels. (NO FREEVIEW)
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Tea and coffee making facilities
* Bath/Shower access in all rooms.
The thing i found most odd was that there WASN'T any phone in the room so that you'are able to order the food service into your room.
There isn't a Hairdryer or central heating in the bedrooms either.
Overall it's good for one night but i wouldn't stay any more than that as although its cheap its not very good. so really you pay for the basics.
Last Friday my mate phoned dead early in the morning to ask what I was doing, I said nothing and told her how bored I was so she asked if I fancied getting away for the weekend. Pennies were a bit short so when she said London I nearly dropped to the floor in shock until she said she had found a bargain room in a Travelodge for £50 for 3 nights.... that was Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and that's a wicked price for a long weekend so I told her to book it while I quickly packed my case.
I know Travelodge isn't exactly a 5 star hotel but I've stayed in quite a few and they've all been pretty decent and with this one being in London I thought it would be a cut above the rest.
The first thing we realised when we got there was that there was no parking for the hotel, you have to leave your car in a council run car park on Finsbury Square and walk back to the hotel. This wouldn't have been a bother if it was just me but my mate has got a spine problem and can't walk far, she's got a blue badge so pulled up outside the hotel so we could drop the cases in and not have to lug them the length of City Road. Unfortunately when I got them to reception I was told that I couldn't leave my cases unattended because of security, that done my head in to start with but then I thought that being London security is obviously madly tight.
We had a family room even though there was only the 2 of us, it was deffo a nice big room but I don't think there would be room for a family of 4 which is how many these family rooms are supposed to hold. There was 1 double bed and 2 singles which pulled out, there was also an option for a cot as well which we didn't need. Because of my mates back problem and because she paid for the room I let her have the double bed because of it being higher off the floor, the singles were mega comfy anyway with thick soft mattresses and enough bedding to keep me warm even though it was a bit cold over the weekend.
The bar cafe at this Travelodge is naff, we had a breakfast buffet one morning and the food was nearly all cold and didn't taste very fresh. It had cost £7.50 and I couldn't believe the amount of people I heard moaning about the food, it's one of them where you can keep going up to help yourself but one plate of rubbery scrambled eggs and cold sausage was plenty enough for me!
My mate had a burger in there one night and she said that it tasted nice but she didn't think it was very good quality..... she said the burger bun was starting to go hard as well and that put her off.
I'd recommend this Travelodge if you can get a cheap room like we did, don't bother with the bar cafe because it's madly over priced and once you get outside the hotel there are loads of different places to eat that are cheaper with better food.
The location is wicked because everything we wanted to see in London was within a couple of miles from the hotel. It's in the congestion charge zone so once my mate put her car in the car park it kind of stayed there and we went to see stuff on the bus or walked.
Recommended...... except for the food!!!
I booked a bargain room here and I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've stayed in a lot of hotel rooms and I am fussy, but I thought that the Travelodge was excellent.
My room was clean, the bed very comfortable and the service was good. My room did not have any views, but I suppose this meant that I had a peaceful sleep as I wasn't awoken by traffic.
The location was excellent, near to Old Street and Moorgate stations. There is a huge Marks & Spencer's close by if you need to take any food back to the room.
I did walk around the area during the night and it did feel pretty safe. It's on the main road which is well-lit and there are plenty of well-known City offices close by.
It's obviously not the Ritz, but good for what I needed. Would definitely stay here again.
Another trip to London, another Travelodge...this one was booked during one of their periodic sales - enabling me to spend 3 nights in the capital for less than £60 - a bargain no matter which way you look at it.
This isn't my preferred London Travelodge - that honour goes to the one in Marylebone - however I had stayed at this one not long after it opened so I knew it wasn't a dump.
The Travelodge City Road is located in the City of London, only a short stroll to Liverpool Street Station. The nearest tube stations are Moorgate and Old Street which are located a few minutes walk away. A plethora of buses go past too - the 21, 43, 76, 141, 205, 214, 271. As I arrive into London from Kings Cross this hotel was easily accessible with both the 205 and 214 bus stopping right outside the hotel.
Of course for £19 per night I am not expecting the earth, and this being a Travelodge you aren't going to get the earth either - just a room with basic facilities.
I booked a family room at this hotel - I prefer them when travelling with my daughter as it gives her the option to have her own bed, using the sofabed provided. They are also a little larger than standard double rooms which is nice for a stay of more than one or two nights.
The room had a double bed with two pillows, a sofa bed that can sleep two, two spare single duvets, two pillows and towels for two. I requested extra pillows and unusually for a Travelodge wasn't given them at reception but was told they would be brought up to my room. They did arrive but I have no idea how long it took for them to come as we went out shortly after I had requested them.
There is a desk which has a shelf containing two mugs with spoons, a kettle and some tea and coffee should you want a cuppa in the morning. There is also a LCD TV - however our remote control wasn't in the room when we arrived. We were given one when I queried this at reception without quibble however.
The TV has only a few channels - channel 5 is strangely absent - but you do get News 24, CBeebies and a music channel along with a handful of radio stations.
The bathroom is very plain and functional. There is a bath with shower overhead. The bath is a three-quarter size tub so not ideal for luxuriating in but will get you clean. The shower is nicely powerful however and ideal for waking you up in the morning. The only smellies you get is a cheap and very small bar of soap, so if you are staying here its imperative you don't forget your toothbrush or the rest of your toiletries. The bathroom is very clean - no dirty tile grouting or limescale marks which is a problem I have encountered in Travelodge bathrooms in the past.
The bed was reasonably comfortable albeit a little on the soft side for me. My daughter had no complaints about the sofa bed however - she declared it to be wonderful and said she slept well on it.
We arrived just after check-in time of 3.00 pm and headed out to visit family not long afterwards. We got back to the hotel around 8.30 pm and my daughter said she fancied pizza for dinner. The hotel offer pizzas to eat in your room, served with cheese and garlic doughballs. A Margherita pizza costs £5.75 with Hawaiian and Pepperoni on offer for £5.95. You can order the pizzas in the hotel's large café bar and have a drink while you wait. I thought this sounded a great idea and my daughter did too.
We were pleasantly surprised when our pizzas were brought over about 10 minutes after we had ordered them. Sadly this was the only pleasant thing about them - they were quite hard, and my Pepperoni pizza was rather overcooked to add insult to injury. They were pretty obviously just bog standard frozen pizzas, which isn't my idea of pizza. You can have dinner in the café bar between 5.00 pm and 10.00 pm but having sampled the pizzas I made a mental note not to bother. The bar remains open until 1.00 am.
Breakfast is served Monday to Friday between 7.00 am and 10.00 am and at weekends and bank holidays between 8.00 am and 11.00 am. We noticed large queues on our first couple of days, but there is an EAT outlet nearby which I preferred to visit as I really like these places and only get the chance to visit when I am in London due to an absence of outlets in Scotland. However on our last day we had a bit of time to kill before heading off to catch our train so I decided to have breakfast at the hotel, thinking if we got there early it wouldn't be busy. This, of course, was not the case and after paying the £7.50 price for an adult's breakfast (children under 16 eat free if accompanied by an adult) I was faced with queues around the buffet breakfast.
It was particularly chaotic at breakfast time - there didn't seem to be enough staff on hand to ensure there were enough mugs, glasses and cutlery and there was also a problem ensuring the hot plates were kept well stocked with food - when I went to get some hot food there were no scrambled eggs left and the bacon was about to run out.
The food isn't even particularly good - I actually wonder why people flock to this breakfast the way they do - obviously its cheap for families - but it isn't actually worth the small amount they charge. I keep telling myself I will never get another Travelodge breakfast and then I forget how bad it is, go again and once again find myself bitterly regretting the decision. I have considered the reason why its so popular and can only come to the conclusion that people like the lowest common denominator and kid themselves that they are getting a bargain. You can choose from bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, baked beans and tinned tomatoes from the hot plates, or have cereal, fruit (tinned), toast, croissants and cakes. Tea, coffee and juice are also available.
Security is pretty good at the hotel - you need a key to enter the lift area past the lobby and also to use the toilets in the café bar. Keys are of the card type and room doors can be locked on the inside for additional peace of mind.
The hotel is situated on a main road and it is noisy. My daughter made a rude comment in her usual autistic way when we were checking in which seemed to displease the receptionist - and this left me wondering if this was why she allocated the room we got which was on the first floor and right beside the bus stop, overlooking the main road - making it possibly the noisiest room in the hotel. The double glazing is pretty good however and as we live in central Edinburgh we are pretty used to traffic noise. I actually found guests coming back to their rooms in the early hours and chatting as if the entire hotel belonged to them to be more of a disturbance but I appreciate not everyone might feel this way.
The window can be opened but like most hotels nowadays, it can only be opened partially, leaving me to suspect it might well be rather hot in summer there.
The location is pretty good however - there is a Starbucks and a Tesco Express nearby, meaning you can forego the overpriced vending machines in the lobby area if you want to purchase snacks and a drink to have in your room. You are close to the City so if you want to see the Bank of England or St Paul's Cathedral you don't have far to go. Access to the West End is good by tube and bus too, making this a good base for the tourist, or for the budget conscious City worker.
Rates vary enormously at this Travelodge - at sale times it can be possible, although difficult, to find a room for £9, but rates can go as high as £81 per night if you don't book in advance. Check-in is from 3.00 pm onwards and check-out is at 12.00 pm. You can opt to pay £10 extra for early check-in and late check-out when you book however.
Bookings must be made online and you can opt to add wifi and breakfast onto your booking here. If you want to bring a pet however you must telephone the hotel first to ensure they permit them - pets are only allowed at the hotel's discretion with a maximum of 2 pets per room and Travelodge charge £20 per pet per stay.
Overall I would recommend this Travelodge if you want somewhere in central London that's cheap and cheerful - the rooms are perfectly adequate and clean, however the food should be avoided - there's better and cheaper available just a short stroll down the road. And if you are a light sleeper and are bothered by noise, you might wish to consider somewhere else to stay.
I stayed at this travelodge this weekend with a couple of friends. We booked a family room at a saver rate of £42 - we got this rate booking approximately 3 weeks in advance.
The hotel is situated approximately a five minute walk from Old Street tube station. It is very sleek and modern compared to many travelodges in London.
We arrived at quarter to three, but were not able to check in straight away because travelodges charge extra for early check in (regular check in is from 3pm). However, we were directed to the adjacent cafe by the very polite staff, who then came over to invite us to check in once they were ready.
The room was typical of a travelodge. As a family room it had a double bed and a sofa bed. We had to request bedding to make up the sofa bed - we had to actually request this twice, and we were not given extra towels for the extra person.
The room was clean and well maintained. There was a tv with a variety of channels, a small wardrobe, tea and coffee and a kettle (but only two cups - I feel a family room should have three). The bathroom was clean, had a bath and shower, and a well lit mirror.
The heating was adequate and the room was quiet. Although we overlooked the main road there was little traffic noise so a comfortable night's sleep was had by all.
I have no major gripes with this travelodge, it does what it says on the tin, and is a good place to stay for a very reasonable price. There is room for improvement, for example bedding and towels, but overall it maintains the consistent standard that you would expect from a well known brand like travelodge.
I stayed in this Travelodge just over a year ago (Oct 2007) when I was on my Hen weekend in London, and found the hotel perfectly adequate.
When we arrived it was clear that the hotel had been recently refurbished. The reception area is modern and minimalist. We arrived just after the check-in time of 3 O'clock and although there were a few people in front of us, we were served quickly and the service was friendly. I had booked two rooms for five of us, and they were obliging when I asked for two rooms next to each other. I can't remember which floor the rooms were on, but the were adjacent and identical.
The rooms each had a double bed and a sofa bed. They also had a good amount of hanging rail space- very useful for five girls all with posh frock to store! The rooms were both very clean and although decor was minimalist it felt fresh and tidy, which was what we wanted. As well as the beds and the hanging space the room also had a desk with a chair, a flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. There were also vending machines in the corridor which offer chocolate, crisps and canned drinks- essential after a hard night's clubbing in the West End!
The bathroom was a good size for a budget hotel room- plenty of room for two of us to be in their doing our make-up at once and the lighting was good. The shower was lovely and powerful, although it was over the bath rather than a separate cubicle. Not a problem for any of us but I guess it wouldn't be ideal if you had any mobility issues. The bath was on the compact side, but as we only used to to soak our feet after a hard day's shopping this wasn't a problem for us.
We stayed Friday and Saturday night so traffic noise was not a problem. This end of the City dies at the weekend so the road was quiet. This did mean that a lot of the cafes, pubs and restaurants closest by were closed, but I had expected this as I know the area quite well. This wasn't a problem for us as we just jumped on the Central Line at Liverpool Street and headed into town both evenings, but it's something to bear in mindif you want to be able to eat locally and are visiting at the weekend.
I paid £60 per room, per night which I consider to be excellent value for rooms of a good size, very clean and nicely decorated and in a loaction covenient to three tube stations (Old St, Liverpool St and Moorgate).
We didn't have breakfast in the hotel as it was £7.50 each and we felt we would get better value eating out, but the restaurant looked bright and clean when we popped in there for a drink on Saturday afternoon.
I never expect much from a Travelodge, Premier Inn or any budget hotel frankly. If you wanted comfort and luxury, you would stay in a Hilton. For me, this was a base in which to sleep. That being said, you expect the basics from a budget hotel. Thankfully, the Travelodge London City Road fulfilled this.
The expected arrival time of 3pm was strictly adhered to and we were made to wait in the reception area until precisley 3pm, despite arriving at 2.50. This was odd, but I tried not to let this ruin my stay. The hotel was chosen, initially, because of its prime location. It is close to tube stations; Old Street being a little less than 500 metres away. This will take you into the heart of London within 10 minutes. Price-wise, the hotel cost less than £20, thanks to a special deal with Travelodge.
Rooms were basic with flat screen TV and little else in the way of creature comforts. There was a spacious bathroom as expected and a comfortable double bed. There walls were whitewashed and drowned me in....well, whiteness. Some pictures of Big Ben or London at night wouldn't have gone amiss in the room. I was pleasantly suprised by a remote control - a lot of budget hotels scrimp on cost by getting rid of this handy modcon!
The view from the hotel bedroom window was non-existant. There literally wasn't one. The window was opposite a white brick wall with an air conditioning unit attached to it. Oh well, though I never planned to admire views from a window on City Road. The air conditioning unit was noisy and it was only lucky we didnt need the window ajar in the night.
Restaurant facilities were formidable and the buffet breakfast (£7) was excellent. Staff were helpful and the hotel was spotless. All in all, if you're looking for a cheap base in which to explore London, this is it.
I stayed last night at The London City Road Travelodge and what follows is the most detailed and honest account of the lodge I can provide based on my experience.
I booked the room several months ago and paid £19. This bargain price was for a saver room, and one paid for at the time of booking, this cannot be changed and cancellation involves a total loss (unless you pay an extra £1 for their insurance cover). This price is extremely good value as to stay there this evening would cost you £81 late booking. If you book through the cashback site Topcashback you will also get 3.8% back. www.topcashback.co.uk
The location of this lodge is very convenient for Moorgate underground tube station which is half a mile away, and it is within easy walking distance of Liverpool Street which is a major overland station serving Essex and Hertfordshire, as well as Norwich. The Stansted Express also departs from here.
A list of nearby attractions and some more hotel details is at the end of this review, but I now want to go deep inside the rooms and tell you what it is really like to stay there.
On arrival we had to press a button to be allowed access. This took a couple of moments when for the only time we were drenched in clouds from the smokers huddled by the door as this is a no smoking hotel. Just inside the hotel reception was the debris of about 5 or 6 cigarette ends which was not the most aesthetic view. The reception desk was spacious and welcoming and the attendant was efficient and we were quickly given our room card which was for 452. Access to the lift area was by key card, so an extra security feature here. Incidentally you can't leave luggage at the hotel so bear this in mind as for security reasons it is prohibited.
First impressions of the room were summed up in three words: sparse, ultra mimimalistic and clinical.
The walls were all painted white which I love, but there was nothing on them at all not even one picture. This differs so much from my experience of staying in other budget chains like Express by Holiday Inn where some effort has been made to provide one tasteful picture of serenity. On the positive side the room had a very fresh smell which was lovely. It had a double bed with two thin pillows (one each) and the area where a settee might once have been was bare giving the room a stark feel to it. There was a small flat screen television and a kettle which had a very mean selection of tea, coffee, and enough milk for two drinks each. I pulled up the white blind and this revealed an attractive casement window backed by modern double glazing. The view was into the backs of other houses and a rather nice amber glow of a lounge in one of the apartments reminded me of home.
The bedcovers were also white but it makes me smile because I think the designer who used to be responsible for all those horrid diagonal blue ones which used to be in all Travelodges still has a preference for shapes as the cover was squared white. There was a small stain on the bed cover which looked like iron mould but the sheets were otherwise clean.
The bathroom was strange really because it was mainly white but with turquoise handrail and tiles which were vivid turquoise and quite heavy on the eye! But the shower was powerful. However the bath was no more than a tub and anyone over 5 feet 8 would be uncomfortable. The bathroom was clean and there was no mould or evidence of wear to the tile grout and the curtain was clean too.
We had booked this room because we were attending an event near to Shepherds Bush. As I have M.E I can't travel home to Essex where I live, as this results in a late night which knocks me out for weeks, so when we arrived back at the room I was looking forward to a quiet and peaceful night.
My husband and I got into bed and knew straight away this was going to be a bad night. We are quite similar in size give or take a stone, but someone had been sleeping on one side of this bed quite a lot, and was not slim as the bed sloped so I spent the night rolling into the middle. It reminded me of the bed my dad gave us in 1981 when we first got married - he had been heavier than mum by about 5 stone and this bed was moulded to that shape and resembled a mountain slope! I spent most of the night at base camp! This Travelodge bed was on the way to that and so it was a struggle- but there is worse... the website warns you about music and noise radiating from nightclubs in the area and they are not joking- but what is worse is that every half an hour you hear piles of empties being hurled into a bin and the sound of this is like an hourly alarm! By the end of the night I began to ask myself the question- "does anyone sleep in City Road?" There was a notice in reception warning of further noise from building work but as this was at night we were never really disturbed by it.
By the morning I looked wrecked and my husband had to go to work this morning in London so I returned home on the train. I was so shattered I put my contact lenses in the wrong eyes - something I haven't done for years and wondered why all the people walking along the pavements were blurred! We didn't stop for any breakfast but there is a Bar Café and a Café Republic where you can eat if you like and there were all choices of breakfast available. With all the Christmas food to come I settled for a Trek Bar (great food for on the go see my review on these) and so here I am back home shattered and wondering if I should have caught the last train home last night instead.
You can't moan too much, the room was cheap, they warned you about the possible noise, the place was clean but if I had paid £81 I would have been horrified by the bed which was only surpassed in discomfort by another Travelodge bed I stayed in at Retford on the A1 recently (but that's another story!)
The room was so clinical I did feel as if I was in a hospital ward and was almost waiting for the nurse to come with a clipboard. It only needed a new mattress and a black and white canvas picture and the room would have been transformed from functional sterility to cosy and romantic. I think if I had been staying there alone I might have been tempted to pack a teddy!
What follows are a few extra details from the website www.travelodge.co.uk
Globe theatre-I mile
St Paul's Cathedral - 1.2 miles
Covent Garden Market - 1.6 miles
London Eye - 1.8 miles
Cleopatra's Needle - 1.9 miles
Trafalgar Square - 2 miles
Tower of London - 2.4 miles
Madame Tussauds - 2.9 miles
London Zoo - 3.2 miles
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
service available at this hotel for an additional charge.
Early Check-in available from
12noon, subject to available rooms.
Late Check-out available until
2.00pm, subject to available rooms.
Bar café and Cafe Rrepublic.
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