“ Address: Birmingham Road / Stratford Upon Avon / Warwickshire CV37 0HS / United Kingdom / Tel: 0871 984 6414 „
Travelodge are a budget hotel chain, with a no frills, basic nights stay service.
They are to be found in popular destinations all over the UK and this was my second stay in a Travelodge.
The Stratford Travelodge is reasonably easy to find, just out of town and it is opposite a retail park with a Tescos, a Boots and a New Look amongst other things. Right outside the Travelodge is a Dominos pizza which is where we got dinner!
We arrived from the train station and it was just about 15 minutes walk from there so not too bad.
Stratford is an expensive area for most things, so when we booked some tickets to see The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC theatre on Valentines Day this year we should have booked a hotel in advance!! However, we managed to leave this til last minute...
The only rooms left in the area at a reasonable price for one of the most expensive nights of the year were in the Travelodge. A double room came to the price of £74 in total, a price that you should just not be paying for a travelodge! That aside, we had no problems with the hotel itself.
After a tiring day, it was a relief to head back to the room mid afternoon to dump our bags. Check in is at 3pm. The people on the desk weren't overly friendly when I requested to be able to leave my bag behind the desk a little bit earlier. Eventually I got them to accept it on the basis that there was nothing of value in it whatsoever.
Apparently you are not allowed food in the rooms from different premises, but no one was on the desk when I sneaked my Dominos takeaway upstairs so that proved a great Valentines dinner!
The room was basic and the bathroom came with towels which was nice, but it had one of those horrible shower curtains that sticks to you!! They also had a hairdryer in the bathroom which was great. I took my own toiletries but I think there was a free little soap and shower gel too.
The bed was reasonably comfortable and there was a complimentary tea set, but one cup had mould inside it which was a bit unpleasant. My boyfriend actually started drinking from it too (oops!) but he was completely fine luckily!
--What to do in Stratford--
Stratford is the home of Shakespeare so there are always fantastic productions on, but the area is also beautiful, being on the River Avon so the park is lovely for walks and there is plentiful shopping options.
The drawback is that Stratford is an expensive area!
--Value for money--
Obviously because we had booked so late, it wasn't such great value for us but we were glad to have a bed for the night and not have to catch three different trains home!
A pleasant, supposed-to-be-budget hotel which is good value for money at the standard price of £19 a night in the beautiful town of Stratford.
I have just returned from a girly weekend in Stratford Upon Avon, and had a wonderful time! During the Travelodge sale last year, I booked us family rooms at £19 each, just for 1 nights stay.
** LOCATION **
The hotel is very easy to find, it is on Birmingham Road right opposite a big Tesco and Maybird retail park which has plenty of stores and a Pizza Hut and Costa for food and drink. It was only a ten minute walk straight down Birmingham Road to get to the town centre, which was brilliant, as we had the option of walking or driving a short distance.
** PARKING **
There is free parking at the hotel, and there was plenty of space for us when we got here. There is no security checks to get into the car park, as it is shared with the Bath Store and Dominos Pizza which are next door (useful!) so you can come and go easily as you wish.
** THE HOTEL **
The hotel seems quite modern as it either quite new or newly refurbished which is great compared to some of the crumbly Travelodges around. Check in is at 3pm - we got there early and was told would need to pay £10 if we wanted to check in early, so we just went across the road to Costa to kill some time and came back later. The front desk are very helpful and friendly, and there is a café on the ground floor where you can grab a drink or food. There is a large disabled toilet on the ground floor which is massive, and you can use this without needing to go through to the guest areas.
Once you are given your room key, you need to use the key to gain access from the reception to the guest area, where the rooms are, which is nice and safe so you don't have strangers wandering around the halls. You have the option of either the lift or stairs to get into your room which is good for the weary or elderly traveller.
** THE ROOMS **
Most of our group had family rooms to themselves but 2 of us shared a twin bedroom. The family rooms were massive, and were equipped with a large comfy bed, a pull out bed (which we didn't need) and a small desk and chair. The bathrooms were small (apart from the one in the twin room, which was a large disabled type bathroom) and they all stunk a little, so would have been nice to have some air freshener! Wasn't bad enough to complain though, its not as if you spend that much time in the bathroom anyway.
The shower was quite basic in design, with a shower curtain rather than glass shield (I hate it when the shower curtain starts sticking to your legs) but was still fine as the shower was a good and powerful. You are only provided with one little soap to wash your hands, and toilet roll, so there are no tissues, shower gel or other toiletries so make sure you bring some! There is a vending machine downstairs which sells some toiletries if worst came to worst and you forgot.
You are provided with a small kettle in the room, with 2 plain white mugs, and tea coffee and sugar (no sweetener). There is also a nice flat screen tv mounted on the wall which was good. There is no phone in the room, so you physically need to go down and speak to reception (or ring them on your mobile) if you needed to speak to them. There is no minibar in the room, but food is available downstairs or across the road at the 24 hour Tescos! (not 24 on weekends though, bear in mind).
** FOOD **
We chose to eat all our food outside so can't comment on the food on the hotel, but seemed to be decent choice and reasonably priced - summary below:
Breakfast buffet: (approx £7.50): yogurts, orange/grapefruit segments, muffins, croissants, toast, condiments, scrambled egg, bacon, Cumberland sausages, granola, cereals, tea/coffee, apple and orange juice (from concentrate by the looks of it).
Starters: priced from £2.95 to £3.95
Mains: £5.25 to £5.95
Pizzas: £4.75 to £5.45)
Kids menus: £3.45
Desserts: £3.45 (ice cream £1.25)
** SUMMARY **
In terms of room facilities, its quite a basic hotel, but it was very clean and tidy, brilliant location, and pleasant staff. I went with my girl friends, but would definitely love to come back with my husband especially if I got it cheap in the Travelodge sale again. At £19 a night for a massive room, you can't go wrong! The heart of Shakespeare county, Stratford Upon Avon is a really lovely little town, and is definitely worth a visit!
(I also have the same review on tripadvisor)