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.|