Travelodge hotels might not be your first choice for a dream trip away but when it comes to finding somewhere to stay for a couple of nights that won’t break the bank then they often come up trumps. You can check-into one of their hotels anywhere in the country and pretty much know exactly what you will be getting. Yes the rooms may be basic, but they are clean, offer a comfy bed and modern bathroom.
I actually think hotel chains like Travelodge a bit like the budget airline equivalent of the hotel world. You pay a pretty decent value base rate for room only then have the option of adding things like late checkout, breakfast and wifi all at an additional cost. Recently the chain unveiled a new option that you can opt for when making your booking, their new SuperRooms.
Last week I checked into a SuperRoom at the Travelodge in Waterloo (just a few minutes walk from the train station) to see what had changed. At the Waterloo Travelodge hotel, the new SuperRooms are all found on the 7th floor, the distinction gives them a slightly more premium feel off the bat. As i entered the SuperRoom I didn’t think that it looked a million miles away from the standard room initially but on closer inspection I realised that there are actually some cool new additions.
The new rooms seem to be geared towards business travellers and have an enhanced work area with a bigger desk, nicer lighting and a much more comfortable chair to sit in. If you’re feeling drained there’s a nice-looking Lavazza coffee machine too for a pick me up!
In the bathroom, the shower has been upgraded too to a much nicer Hansgrohe model, they’ve added some touch panel controlled lighting too. In general the SuperRoom just feels a little more sleek and the room that I stayed in was actually nicer than some of the Hilton’s and Marriott’s that I have stayed at. My only criticism would be that the TV needs to be larger and I think WiFI should be included, but otherwise I was pretty impressed and will likely be back.