“ Address: 1-11 Grafton Place / London / NW1 1DJ / England „
I really would not recommend you stay here. Yes, it's convenient for the staion but that is about the only positive I can think of. I arrived and tried to use the automated check in machines ... didn't work. Lady on reception just laughed and said they never work. She told me "we have a problem with our heating" ... yeah a quite major problem it turns out - No heating at all. Quite the understatement. Not fully understanding the state of affairs I took up her offer of an extra duvet, rather than being moved to Kings Cross as I was nervous of being in a different part of London than planned. So off I went to my room having been told the extra duvet was on its way. On the way to the room I passed an apparently kicked in portion of plaster board which made me wonder about the place. The room when entered, was ICY cold - not just a little chilly. There was wind coming in from the window despite it being apparently closed. I wish I'd had a thermometer with me, but it seriously felt as cold in the room as it had outside - bear in mind this is in the middle of this really cold spell in the UK (December 6th 2010). I attempted a bit of the old British spirit of coping and laughing in the face of discomfort, and wrapped myself in the duvet, contemplating what to do. I thought perhaps I could cope when the other duvet arrived. But no, after 20 minutes I went to reception to ask about the duvet - I was told it will be there in a minute ... another 30 minutes ... where is my duvet? This time they said he's upstairs he'll be down in a minute ... and when I said but didn't you say that 1/2 an hour ago they protested "really, he'll be there now". Yet another 30 minutes and finally what happens? Someone barges into my room ... looks shocked and apologises. He'd been told (only just if you believe him and not reception) to come and TAKE the duvet from my room to give it to a guest in a DIFFERENT room!! At this point, I got rather cross (to put it mildly), packed up what little I had unpacked in the igloo-like room, and stomped off to reception. I can think of one more positive thing about this hotel apart from the location and that is that I didn't have to argue much before they called me a taxi to Kings Cross Travelodge. By now it was midnight. So off I went with a rather surly taxi driver (not black cab) to Kings Cross. Kings Cross Travelodge is not perfect by any means (broken lights, grubby etc) but it had warmth and a bed, so thank goodness for that. They also provided a taxi back to the Euston hotel so I could get my bearings ... but that was only because I demanded it.
To summarise, I would DEFINITELY not recommend anyone stay in the Euston Travelodge - they have no heating, don't warn you before you travel and don't properly explain the situation. The hotel is freezing and grubby and not well cared for. This totally spoilt my trip to London. Please avoid this hotel, and avoid my mistake of thinking a chain of budget hotels might not be luxurious but at least they'd have warm beds. In fact, I would recommend avoiding Travelodge completely.
I have stayed at the London Euston Travelodge on two separate occasions now and on both times I have been thoroughly impressed.
What can I say... I love London. I first visited London in February 2008 for a girly few nights away and fell in love with the place. I went back in February 2009 and at various points over the summer as I was then seeing someone from Essex. I went again for my 30th birthday this April and am going again in a few weeks!
When I do go to London Travelodge is usually my first port of call. You can often get good deals if you book in advance, however with this hotel I have usually paid around £80 per night.
The reason I choose this hotel is that it is literally right next to Euston train station and as I am travelling from Manchester my train lands there. You walk out of Euston and can pop by Marks and Spencer, down some steps, cross the road and there is your hotel.
It is new looking, modern and clean. As you walk in you are faced with the reception desk, and staff have always been helpful here. There are lifts to get you to your rooms, vending machines and access to wifi.
The rooms are clean and modern and in my opinion somewhat better than what you would maybe expect from other Travelodge's, certainly the older Travelodge's. You have a bathroom with a bath and shower over head. The beds are comfortable and you have access to temperature control, television with free view channels and radio.
Although the hotel is very near to the station I don't think the level of noise you hear is too disturbing. I have stayed in various places in London and there is always some noise I think no matter where you are.
The hotel is in a great location for travelling around London as obviously Euston's tube station is quite a central one. You can purchase your travel cards in the station and then you are away for the rest of the day.
I did not purchase breakfast whilst I was there but I believe it is available if you want it.
All in all I would really recommend this hotel as it is central, modern, clean and basically all you need for a few nights away!
Travelodge London Euston
I went to London on Bank Holiday Monday for a few days and stopped for a few nights and we picked the Euston Travelodge for a few reasons. Firstly it is cheap for London, secondly it was located in the right place and thirdly you know what you are getting with travel lodge.
**Where is it?**
I have been here a few times now when I have been down to London with work/leisure and find it easy to get to. The reason we picked Euston's Travelodge is because we came from the north! Well the north west and all trains from there come in to Euston so this means when you arrive late evening you don't have to go far to get to your accommodation. So you don't have to pay for an expensive one way tube ticket or taxi! Yes the tube was £4 for a one way fare or £5.60 for all day-very silly price idea!
Euston Travel Lodge is on the corner of Grafton Place and is literally opposite Euston Station. You come out of the station onto the courtyard and you can either follow the path passed M&S or down the steps to see the Travelodge next to the pub or go out towards the bus station and you see it across the road on your left.
For the day tripping to London this was handy as in the morning we just went to Euston and got day cards for the tube zones 1-2 for £5.60 and went off each day all over. Also the bus station is also there as it is next to Euston Station. Being by Euston means you get lots of choices for food outlets too and some other useful shops like Boots and WH Smiths which are in the station.
**What you get?**
This is quite a shiny new building and has all the trade marks of a Travelodge. As you enter the sliding doors you hit a large sized reception which has vending machines, 2 internet computers and some tourist info. Check in is after 12pm and pretty quick. This Travelodge has a bar downstairs in the basement where you can get breakfasts or even a drink and has a good sized TV too.
The rooms here are either double or family and the double are on the small size for Travelodge. But in comparison to the different London Hotels that I have stayed in not that greater difference. To get to the rooms you need your key card to go through the corridors to the bedrooms which is good for security.
We booked in separately for the two nights so ended up with a double room Monday and then a family room on the Tuesday. The double room was on the ground floor and on the small side. It faced Grafton place and was a tad noisy with the buses and Lorries going past. The windows were double glazed with a limited space to open. There were curtains and blinds too. It had air conditioning but this would not work properly all the time. Each room has a flat screen TV on the wall and decorated modern with red and white. The double room had a shower only in the bathroom and this was very small. There was the usual kettle and mugs with coffee and tea sachets.
The family room was for the Tuesday was on the 3rd floor and we would have stayed in the double room had it been bigger and less noisy. But due to this we swopped over to the separate booking. This room was so much better and bigger and the bathroom had a bath with shower. Again there was a flat screen TV and a kettle with tea and coffee. The added part to the family room is the large sofa bed to make it a room that can sleep and extra 2. The air conditioning worked better in this room and it was less noisy as on the other side street which seemed to have less traffic.
We saw a show on the Tuesday and got in late but the doors were still open. After a certain time though I think you have to make sure you have your card to swipe into the main front entrance. It did feel very safe and secure though.
We booked the extra breakfast at £4 each and it was served in the bar in the basement. On the Tuesday the breakfast wasn't as good as due to the bank holiday they were missing croissants and yoghurts. But on the Wednesday they had the cereals, cakes, croissants, yoghurts, fruits, toast etc all there. There is a coffee machine too that does coffee, cappuccino, tea, café latte etc and also a fresh fruit juice machine. The area is small but wasn't too busy each time we were there and had a staff member there too. For those of you with children, if 2 adults get breakfast then kids eat free too
We paid £29.99 for the Monday night then £4 each for breakfast and £69.99 for the Tuesday night which was booked more in advance. Monday night's price was clearly a cracking price. It is strange how the price can vary so much in a day. Overall with breakfast at £4 each night this was not a bad price to stop in central London. Also with the train arriving late it meant no need to pay extra for tube fares if we stopped elsewhere.
I would recommend this as a good cheap hotel for central London. If you book ahead you can get some good deals and you know what you are getting. The noise was a bit of a pain in the day but didn't wake me up from my deep sleep. Try and get a family room if you book here though to get a more generous room size. I have paid more to stop in branded and non branded hotels where the accommodation and breakfast is not that much different but the price has been twice as steep.