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Travelodge, Sidcup, England

London%20Sidcup_Reception1I went to New Eltham, Kent, England at the weekend to visit my daughters and their partners at the August Bank Holiday Weekend.  The nearest budget hotel was the Travelodge in Sidcup.  The reception is very bare, not even a chair to rest on should you need to.  However, the receptionist was delightful.  She was friendly, efficient and welcoming.  She gave the impression that nothing would be too much trouble for her and that the staff wanted me to enjoy my stay.  This made me feel like a valued guest.  She made sure I was aware that reception was staffed 24/7 should I need anything.

My room was on the second (top) floor. Although there is a lift and access is easy for disabled people. It was clean and tidy.  Having said that,  I could have lived without the window being wedged open by a beer can!  There was an extra pillow, some extra towels and the room and en-suite looked clean and tidy.  There is a nice selection of tea and coffee available to guests in the room too.

When I left the hotel I was not sure which bus to get to New Eltham or which stop to wait at.  The receptionist came to the rescue!  She looked out a bus time-table and map and took the trouble to explain directions and bus routes to me clearly.  I appreciated her taking time to do that as I have a terrible sense of direction!

When I got in that night after a lovely afternoon and evening with the family, I booked a “breakfast box”.  Again, the lady at reception was very helpful.  She offered to have the breakfast brought up to me in the morning.  I chose a time to my convenience.  Again, it was stressed to me staff were available all the time so breakfast would be delivered to my room at whatever time I wanted it.

That first night the room was very hot.  I suppose I was grateful for the beer can then!  It created a breeze.  However, that said the bed was comfortable and I got some sleep, despite the heat.

London%20Sidcup_Doubleroom1In the morning my breakfast was delivered timeously.  It consisted of cereal and milk (a sugar sachet was available, a sutana muffin and a pain au chocolat and a bottle of orange juice.  It was not imaginative but was more than ample for my needs.

This hotel is not fancy, but it is a budget hotel, it is not meant to be fancy.  The staff are kind and helpful and the room and en-suite were both spotlessly clean.  The hotel has a carpark, although I did not use it.  I have no doubt that I will visit this part of the country quite frequently and I will certainly be happy to use this hotel again.

Valerie Penny

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Travelodge Waterloo Hotel, London, England

We got a really cheap rate at this hotel during a Travelodge sale. It is conveniently situated a few minutes walk from Waterloo Station, London, England. The hotel is clean and the staff courteous. There were slight issues of detail in that there was no toilet paper in the en-suite and only one set of towels although we travelled as a couple. Still, these were put right (the receptionist handed us the missing items to take to the room)!

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The room was spotlessly clean and the hotel is close to Waterloo Station and underground, so it was really convenient.  I would use the hotel again, whether or not it was on such a bargain rate.

Valerie Penny

Travelodge, King’s Cross Royal Scot, London

Well. my Mother and I were looking for a central hotel in London, England to allow us to visit family and friends in the big smoke on a budget. The Travelodge, King’s Cross Royal Scot, London provided it.

This is not the best hotel in London, it is not even the best Travelodge in London nor the best budget hotel in London. It is all a bit shabby. However it was generally clean and the majority of the staff were British. All the staff were friendly and helpful but not pro-active.
The hotel is enormous and there is only one bank of elevators. Only 2 out of 3 of the elevators worked all weekend.

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We were there over a rugby weekend and the hotel was very busy, so breakfast on Saturday was a bit of a scrum! The breakfast buffet is adequate but not sensational. The evening menu in the hotel restaurant is excellent so the evening meals were very varied and tasty.

We were in a twin room. The beds were very narrow but the mattresses were comfortable. If my husband had been there his shoulders would have been broader than the beds and he would have been longer than the bed! There was no chair in the room, but when I asked for one I was told that the hotel did not offer a chair in the room but if I wanted one I could take one from the breakfast room on the first floor as that was not being used, so the problem was solved by me doing the furniture moving. Our room was not cleaned until after 3pm on Sunday.  It felt as if there was either not enough staff or the staff were not well trained or perhaps both.

Did this hotel serve its purpose for us? Yes, but not with any flourish! Would I use this hotel again? Yes, but not with my mother or husband!  They are much fussier than I am!  It is not great, but it is a budget hotel in a budget chain. It is central and is clean and functional. I won’t avoid it but don’t rate it highly.

Valerie Penny