“ Address: Micklegate / York / YO1 6JG / Tel: 0871 984 6443 „
I stayed in this Travelodge last weekend, the 27th - 28th July for my friends hen party. I walked in and I was suitably impressed, the bar in the reception was very big and had ample seating, I was happy with this as I knew it was where our ventures of the weekend would begin! The reception staff were prompt, very efficient and very friendly, I was very impressed with the service which we received. I did however feel sorry for the poor man behind the reception as he was also serving drinks behind the bar and was very rushed off his feet. However we got checked in no problem and headed up to our room.
We were in a room on the 1st floor right at the end of a very long corridor, the floor which we were on also had the breakfast room, so everyone would be coming down to the floor we were on in the morning, we were however very lucky as this was at the opposite end of the corridor to where we were staying. The room we were given was very spacious, it was a corner room overlooking the crossroads of micklegate and Great Hudson Street, it had two large windows which let lots of light in so the room did not appear merky or smell musty.
There were three of us sleeping in this room and we were given a large double bed and a small sofa bed beside the window, I was dreading the location of the sofa bed as this was where I would sleep and right next to the window I was worried I would get no sleep at all through the night. We had a large desk, which the television was mounted upon, of course very basic and very basic channels, only consisted of about nine channels. There was a kettle, and some biscuits and equipment for making your own tea and coffee. The wardrobe was very large with ample space and some coat hangers which to hang our clothes up.
The en-suite bathroom was of course very basic but very clean, the interior was good, glass shelving tinted green and mirrors surrounding, it looked very modern and very clean. The shower was a big walk in cubicle, which did not appear to drain very well as the floor was not as curved as it should have been so the shower tended to make the whole bathroom into a swimming pool. We received a sponge, conditioner, shower gel and shampoo as well a soap in the bathroom. Toilet paper was also of a good supply. My bed had already been made up for me when we arrived, it was clean tidy and well made, the bedding looked fresh.
I would however make one complaint about this, someone in our party was also sleeping on a sofa bed in another room, and their bed was not made and they did not have any extra bedding in the room. They went down to reception to ask for some extra bedding, and were basically accused of trying to sneak someone else into the room, and they were accused of lying and got told that they were running the risk of being thrown out which I do not think is fair as the staff had no proper information to base this accusation on.
So we went out and partied like there was no tomorrow, I however felt a bit tired and came home before the girls I was sharing a room with, this gave me the opportunity to look around and be a bit nosey. The room had suitable ports for electricity, four to be exact, so we all had ample opportunity to charge our phones, dry or straighten our hair at the same time, this I feel is a good advantage of the room, as some places I have stayed in a socket has been few and far between.
I shut the curtains in the room and the room was in complete darkness even though it is situated on one of the main nightlife spots in York with lights everywhere. I sat down on the edge of my bed and listened I could not hear a thing, surprised as the noise I had experienced when walking home was very loud, with a 80's bar called reflex directly across from our room I was sure I was in for a loud night, I could not hear a thing, not even any noise from the bass or speakers from the bar, happy about this I got into bed.
This however was the first real problem that I encountered, the bed was as hard as a rock, you could feel the springs through the mattress. The pillows were rock hard, I even went to check the double bed and it was just as uncomfortable as the sofa bed and the pillows were exactly the same, safe to say I slept because I was tired and this was the only reason as I woke up 4 hours later, my back sore and a cracking headache. Once I had woke up I encountered the only noise which could be heard, some builders had decided to put some scaffolding up around the bar across the street and had woken me up. Had it not been for this I would have had a very soundproof night.
This Travelodge also offers 41% off parking at the NCP car park just round the corner, the machine however was not working, meaning that I had to pay full price, still not bad at £17 for the full 24 hours. This was the only downfall to my stay at the Travelodge apart from the bed, if you offer something as an offer you expect this to be carried out regardless.
The Travelodge is also in a key location, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants, with an 80's bar across the road called reflex with a revolving dancefloor, which was really busy. There was also a nightclub called salvation just along the road which also filled up and became really busy. The shops of York are just a short walk away across the bridge across the river, with cash machines and banks galore giving you access to your money.
So overall I would definitely recommend using this Travelodge because of the location, the only downfall for me to this Travelodge was the beds, they were really uncomfortable and the pillows were like rocks, it was really had to get comfortable. One plus side was that with the heat of the weekend we stayed the room had air conditioning, which had cooled the room down when I returned at night, making it slightly easier to sleep.
Epic location, friendly service ( received by some of us), great bar space, working air-con!!
We stayed at the York Micklegate Travelodge on the 5th November- we thought we'd go up to York for bonfire night as we thought there might be some great celebrations as it is Guy Fawkes home town. The hotel is situated about a 5 mintute walk from the railway station- which was excellent for us as we got cheap train tickets up there. I don't think they have their own car park and the website recommends using the local NCP car park which can be quite pricey.
We booked our room in advance during one of Travelodge's many cheap room sales and paid around £18 for it- I think this is very reasonable for a Friday night in a popular city. This was booked several months in advance though and obviously as you near your date of arrival the price increases-from memory, someone who booked in on the evening in front of us in the queue paid around £75. This price is probably around the going rate for a night in York but as Travelodge rooms are pretty basic I think they are a little over-priced
We checked in smoothly, the lady at reception was very friendly and we were given a key card for our room. The room was a twin room- very clean and with a fabulous modern bathroom- a huge walk in shower and a large mirror over the sink. The room had adequate towels for us both (sometimes not the case in Travelodges), a tv with remote and drink making facilities and complimentary teas and coffees. The only disadvantage of the room was the poor view we got- a brick wall!!! We didn't go for the view (thankfully) though so it didn't spoil our stay. We didn't experience any noisiness though I imagine at the cheapness of advance prices that it may be popular for stag and hen parties at weekends so the noise levels may alter on a week-to-week basis. The following day, check out is at 12pm, we were interrupted by the cleaners who failed to knock at 11.30am to clean! This was a little bit disappointing but she apologised and left. Check out was smooth, we didn't use the bar or restaurant but there is one available for use.
Overall, I had a plesant stay there, the location of the hotel is excellent- it is surrounded by a few bars and restaurants with a supermarket underneath and is then only a 5 minute walk over the bridge and into town. I would definitley stay there again on an advanced saver rate!
The Travelodge York Central Micklegate Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of York. Micklegate is a street that leads right into the centre and the hotel is just over the bridge from the main shopping and tourist area.
I stopped in this hotel last year, only then it was the Ramada Encore hotel. Travelodge took over the hotel earlier this year, so when I was organising another trip to York I knew it was in an ideal location. The price also swayed me as it was around £50 a night (room only), so we only paid just over £150 for 3 nights for a twin room.
Breakfast is available, but we decided to get it elsewhere. There is also a bar around the corner from reception. However, there is no restaurant or snacks available. Mind you, that's nothing to worry about, because there are plenty of places to go to eat in the surrounding area and there's also a corner shop practically next door.
Booking the room was simple - I did it through the Travelodge website - www.travelodge.co.uk - about a month in advance. Payment was taken at the time of booking, so I didn't have to worry about paying at the hotel.
Checking in was also simple. There was only one person working on reception and she was dealing with another couple in front of us, but she dealt with them quickly and didn't take long with us either. When you get your keycard for your room, Travelodge staff usually give you a little card to go around it which has your room number written on it. This time my keycards were given to me with a small (and I mean small!) piece of paper with the Travelodge logo roughly photocopied on it. Corner-cutting, obviously, but only a small thing.
We were lucky enough to have a room at the back of the hotel, on the 3rd floor, which over-looked an area used as a pick-up/drop-off point and a car park. In fact, I'm sure it was the exact same room I had on my previous stay at the hotel when it had been a Ramada Encore. We accessed the 3rd floor via the lift, but there was a stairwell too (obviously). The hallway was a bit on the warm & stuffy side, but thankfully the room had air-conditioning so we could had the room at a decent temperature.
The room was a typical Travelodge twin room - 2 beds, a desk (with small kettle and tea & coffee, a desk lamp and a spare pillow on one of the shelves), a plastic chair, a bin and bedside shelves (not really tables as they stuck out from the wall). The ensuite had a sink rested in a glass shelf and a walk-in shower (both installed by the previous hotel chain - Ramada Encore), and of course a toilet. Next to the sink was a soap and two clear plastic cups, both of which had obviously been used by the previous room occupants and not replaced by the cleaning staff. A slight oversight, I thought.
Back to the room... I noticed a grey mark a few centimetres in size on the white duvet on my bed. I didn't think too much of it, just maybe it was something they hadn't managed to get out when they'd washed it. I also noticed a couple of black hairs, but thought maybe they were the cleaners. Anyway, it had disappeared on the 2nd night of the stay... or so I thought... By the 3rd night I knew what they'd done. The grey mark was back on the duvet. All they'd done was turn the duvet over to make it look like they'd changed the sheets on the bed, when all they'd done was turn the duvet over. With the hairs that were also on the duvet the first night, I began to wonder if I'd actually had clean sheets on the first night!
To top it off, there was a layer of dust not only on the desk but on the bedside shelves too! Was anything clean in this room? I was not impressed. The cleanliness of the room certainly wasn't up to the standard of previous Travelodges I've stayed in (and I've stayed in a few) and it was no where near as good as when Ramada Encore had run the hotel.
Check out was simple. All I had to do was hand in our keycards. This time there were 2 members of staff at the reception desk, understandable as it was a Friday.
So, would I stay there again? Actually, I would. It's in such a convenient place for visiting the centre of York. I just wasn't pleased with the cleanliness (or lack of!) of the place, but that's something easily fixed. Travelodge always send an email after your staff to ask how it went, so I let them know about the problems I'd had (it's done anonymously).