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Travelodge Thame - Inspiring Britain to Get Up and Go

6am we headed off on our road trip to Bicester for a two day rugby coachclass, and we were lucky enough to be offered a free room in a newly refurbished Travel Lodge, in Thame. We booked a family of four room, two adults and two 11 year old kids (son and niece), and after a fantastic day of rugby ( I also managed to squeeze an hour of shopping in Bicester shopping village), we drove to Thame. The kids were quite excited about staying in the Travelodge - they have never stayed in one before.

When we arrived we rang the bell on reception and within seconds the receptionist appeared, she greeted us with a big smile and a very welcoming, warm greeting - she built a rapport with us, asking what we had been up to and what we planned for the following day - we were given some print-outs of listed local restaurants, and listed nearby tourist spots.

We headed to our room, and first thing I did was to stick the kettle - so nice to have a kettle available.  We switched on the TV and decided between us where we were going to eat -Prezzo's - kids love pizza and well quite frankly, Prezzo's is my favourite place to eat.

After a lovely meal, we headed back to the Travelodge, grabbed a bottle of wine in the next door petrol garage, jumped in our PJ's and chilled in the room - which was nice.   

We all had a great night sleep, and in the morning we had to pull the two tweens out of bed; they would have quite happily stayed in bed, but we didn't want to miss breakfast which we had in the Little Chef just next door. As a Travelodge customer we were given a 10% discount - we just had to show our room key.  We then headed back to Bicester to have another fantastic day with the Rugby coachclass.


  • Free wi-fi for the first 30 minutes, thereafter just £3 for 24 hours.
  • in-room complementary toiletries
  • Iron available - after my terrible packing we needed this.
  • Travelodge's dreamer bed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Fresh and clean room.

This year Travelodge have embarked on their biggest advertising campaign ever: inspiring Britain to Get Up and Go - aimed to complement and spread the word about their fantastic new and improved rooms.  By autumn 2014, over 80% of UK Travelodge hotels will have been modernised and feature the new look Travelodge.  

Conclusion: Our Travelodge experience was just right - it had everything we needed to make us comfortable; the bed was to die for, it was just perfect for me, not too soft, not too hard, I soon fell asleep and had a great night sleep. I was a little worried about the pillows as I am particular about using my own pillow (which I forgot to take), but in the end I found it okay and was able to get comfy quite quickly.

The shower was okay, though it wasn't quite a power shower, and with my mop of hair, it took a lot longer to clean it then I would want. 

Overall a positive experience, it was very clean and well maintained, and we will definitely be choosing Travelodge again in the near future.

It's a bit ruffled as the kids dived on it.
I really appreciated the tea facilities in the room - especially after the long day we had, the first thing I did when I got in the room, was to turn the kettle on.
My son jumping in the shower after a full day of rugby coaching.

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