“ Travelodge Milton Keynes Central Hotel / 199 Grafton Gate / Milton Keynes MK9 1AL / Tel: 0871 984 6199 „
Travelodge Milton Keynes Central. Having booked an activity day at Xscape in Milton Keynes we wanted to make sure we had done everything we wanted to do before going home. The best solultion was stay over night, that way we could have a few drinkies and enjoy the evening before heading home the next day. I looked at the Travelodge Milton Keynes Central and it looked in a perfect location, 1.5 miles from the Xscape but far enough away from the hustle and bustle.
The price was even better as they had a special offer on at the time of booking so we got a room for £35 for the 3 of us which was great. This saved us from having a 3hour journey home feeling tired at the end of the day esp after being up since 5.30am.
We arrived at the hotel at 3pm which was the check in time, i handed over my booking confirmation. (I must say the receptionist wasn't the most helpful of people and came across quite rude.) She finally gave us our key and we headed off towards our room on the ground floor. The corridor was very narrow and the housekeeping had their large trolleys dotted all the way down the corridor, it just didn't look very nice.
Our room was actually very nice, comfy bed and comfy sofa. There was a flat screen TV in the room and tea and coffee making facilities and the bathroom was basic but clean. However there was no telephone but did not bother us. For what we wanted the room for it was perfect for the one night.
We came back to our room at approx 9.30pm, we were very tired but had had a fun filled day. WE chilled out in the room watching tv before heading to bed around 11pm. There was some noise from other guests staying who were getting ready but we thought it would quiet down after they had gone out, which it did. However another group had checked in and constantly all night bar an hour or so there was shouting, banging, slamming of doors and running up and down the corridors. This is not what we needed after a long day. Not once did a member of staff ask them to be quiet or to stop this. We were very unhappy as we would not of been the only people that was disturbed by this all night.
When we left there was no one at the desk for us to air our dissapointment so we just left our key and headed home very tired.
It was a great shame that we had all this noise as we felt the hotel room was perfect and if we had a good night sleep would of been perfect.
I would recommend the hotel but maybe not on a saturday night.
Travelodge Milton Keynes
DATE OF STAY: 6TH SEPTEMBER 2008
NUMBER OF GUESTS: 20
** REASON FOR STAY **
We are part of a car club who were attending TRAX motorshow. This was the nearest travelodge that could take 20 of us and wasn't fully booked. Also we wanted a bit of night life for the night before so decided milton keynes would be okay.
** PRICES/BOOKING **
The booking was made by someone else but when i have booked with travelodge before its always been very easy using their online booking system.
We paid £19 per room in the £19 sale that had been on earlier in the year.
** LOCATION **
The hotel is situated just off of one of the main roads in milton Keynes, its very easy to miss and we actually drove right past it and had to turn around and come back. Mainly because it looks like offices and nothing like a travelodge.
The hotel is in quite a good location, and only a 10 minute walk to all the local pubs and restaurants that Milton Keynes offer.
** PARKING **
Parking for this place is a complete nightmare.. it does say when booking that parking is very limited and well they are right! It wasn't so bad when we arrived because we arrived early and got a space quite easily.. But when the rest of the car club turned up 3 hours later it wasn't easy, especially because we had a big transit van to park as well.
We asked the reception about parking and they said to park out on the road etc.. well most people were worried to do that in case they got a ticket, so people were making up their own spaces.. which was not fun in the morning..
I definitely suggest getting there early and leaving later in the morning..
** RECEPTION **
Well what can i say.. i think a bunch of monkeys would be more organised than the people who were running this hotel!
When we arrived we were without the person who made the booking.. he was turning up in a few hours.. well it was raining outside and we had no idea where we were so we weren't going to wait like he suggested doing... We explained this to him and he asked us to "guess" the information that was given when all the rooms were booked.. To be fair we don't know the person that well and he wanted us to guess his address, phone number, credit card details etc..
This was madness.. we managed to convince him we weren't going to be running off with the not so white towels and bible any time soon! So he let us have 1 of the rooms.
It seems everyone else had the same problems..
Later on when we came back from our night out we were peckish so we paid for a few items out of the vending machine.. they didnt come out, so the reception guy (same one as before) literally started kicking the vending machine and going slightly mad trying to get the items out for us.. he knocked loads of other items out too and kept them for himself..
** OUR ROOM **
Well i know travelodge is basic we don't expect much more for £19 but what we found was something that looked like a setting of a horror film.. lol okay not quite that bad but it wasn't pleasant.
The room consisted of a bed, desk, mirror, chair, wardrobe, kettle,tea, coffee etc.
The bed: if you could call it that.. the legs were broken and it was half on the floor, the mattress was no thicker than a pillow and we only had 1 pillow each and i had a sock that was thicker.. the sheets had some very very suspicious looking stains on them!
The mirror was more like a piece of glass, the chair had holes in the material, the net at the window was so dirty!
The bathroom wasn't much better i am afraid.. there was a toilet which had seen better days, the sink was falling apart with a big crack in it, the shower over the bath was very powerful but the shower curtain was so filthy i think we would of got dirtier for having a shower.. so we opted to having a wash with my own flannels.
The towels we were given looked like they had been washed with coal and didn't smell much better..
** CHECK OUT **
Couldn't come soon enough and was easy enough as we just handed our key over , told them how disgusting the room was they just shrugged and didn't seem to care and then we legged it lol.
Getting out of the car park was NOT FUN!
** MY OVERALL OPINION **
Travelodge need to charge £19 to get anyone in there, it needs a big time refit.. it wasn't just our room we looked at the other 9 rooms that we had and some were worse than ours.
I would not stay there again in a hurry unless i was desperate.
The only good thing about the hotel is that its close to the pubs etc.
The staff are incompetent, it smells and its dirty.
I know people will say "what do you expect for £19" but that's silly because other nights they charge £50 and over for them and people must pay it! I feel for them...
Please do some work on the place travelodge!