By Laura Mason
The great thing about Travelodge is that there’s one in every town. They’re pretty decent value for money and you know that the standard is consistent whether you’re staying in a remote location or in the throws of a bustling city.
Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central
A recent holiday with long haul flights from Gatwick resulted in the debate of where to stay the night before. Instead of the clash with rush hour traffic on the M25, when travelling with children it’s so much simpler to leisurely arrive the evening before. This in turn prevents that early morning panic, and as always with holidays, they tend to bring a huge upheaval and as parents know, quite often a change to any normal routine can make children confused or upset so breaking it down and preparing your child in steps is ideal to minimise any issues on the day.
So, having driven to Gatwick, we had decided to stay at the Travelodge Gatwick Airport Central hotel. This is one of the closest to the airport at just one mile away so if your airline gives you the option to bag drop the night before then it’s a great option.
Feeling the holiday vibes
As soon as we walked through the doors we were hit with a jolt of excitement. There were a lot of people checking in/out and ordinarily you’d wonder what was going on, however you know that these are enthusiastic holiday vibes and it’s peculiarly contagious. This is the first step to your destination and that long awaited trip is one step closer.
Despite the initial appearance of chaos, checking in was incredibly easy and quick and I personally found the staff very helpful and polite.
Settling in for the night
The rooms are modestly designed in a familial Travelodge design with king bed, and pull out double sofa bed. The bathroom was spotlessly clean and the shower had basic toiletries and all the towelling needs for a family.
Travelodge has really focused on providing comfort for a good night’s sleep and I have to admit that I was really taken with the bed. I think mattresses comfort levels are quite a personal preference so to have a one size fits all approach is hard for any hotel but I had an excellent night’s sleep with no niggly aches or pains, as did hubby and for that reason it has to get the thumbs up.
The mattresses are exclusively designed for Travelodge by sleep experts at Sleepeezee. They are crafted with 950-pocketed springs and the mattress has an extra comfort layer which you really notice when you lay down.
The brand new SuperRooms
The hotel also features the brand new SuperRooms. These are a refreshed upgrade from the standard Travelodge rooms that are slowly being rolled out across the country. I took a quick peek and for just £10-£20 extra, the splurge includes a swankier décor with hint of the more deluxe if I do say – blackout blinds; swanky mood lighting; Lavazza coffee machine; impressive power shower and that all important free KitKat – back off kids!
My absolute favourite about this hotel is breakfast. I won’t lie and tell you it’s the best gourmet brekkie I have ever had, but it’s pretty darn good! For £8.25 you can tuck in to an unlimited hot and cold breakfast and there’s plenty of choice to fill up before a long day of travel. Even better, children under 16 years stay and eat for free so excellent value. It definitely beats the expense of eating at the airport.
Other valuable extras for an airport hotel include free wi-fi (free for 30 minutes then chargeable) and, for airport convenience, a frequent shuttle service to both terminals,
Impressively, room rates start from a bargain £29! For more information and to book visit www.travelodge.co.uk.