I visit London a hell of a lot, there’s always so much going on in our capital city from blogger events to gigs and it’s so cheap for me to travel there by train, so I find myself there at least once a month at the moment. Whenever I need to stay overnight, if I’m by myself, I’ll either stay on Kariss’ comfy sofa (she’s a great friend!) or book myself into a hostel (female only rooms only). However, if I’m down there with other people it makes more sense to share a hotel room, especially if we need to be up at the crack of dawn to jump on the Eurostar or get a train to the airport. I was recently invited to Travelodge’s Farringdon hotel for a two night stay to test out the new Super Rooms that are on offer and I was excited to see what they’re all about as Travelodge is my budget hotel of choice.
Whenever I’ve caught the Eurostar to Paris, I’ve chosen the Travelodge at Kings Cross due to both its price and its convenience as it’s just around the corner from St Pancras station and have been completely satisfied with my stays all three times I’ve been there. The Farringdon hotel is just down the road, so is still in a great convenient place if you need to get to Kings Cross or St Pancras, however they offer the new Super Rooms whereas the Kings Cross location doesn’t.
On my first night, I checked into a Standard Double room (room 504) which was on the very top floor of the hotel. The member of staff who checked me in just after 3pm (his name was Nesh) was ever so helpful and got me my key and complimentary breakfast voucher for the following morning. I went straight up to my room to have a look around, get settled in and freshen up after my train journey.
I’ve stayed in the Standard Doubles before, so I knew what to expect. I was very surprised to see a bath in the room as you don’t always get one in hotels, especially budget ones. The room was clean and tidy and there was a kettle with sachets of tea, coffee and sugar in case I felt the need to make myself a drink. I was also very pleased to see that the room had air-con which is something that was missing from the room at the Travelodge I stayed at in Newquay.
As I already mentioned, I was very impressed with the bathroom and the fact that it had a bath. Again, it was very clean and was well stocked with toilet roll and soap/shower gel in the dispensers. There was also a couple of hand towels and a larger bath towel.
One thing I struggled with in this room was the wifi – as you might know, you have to pay to use the wifi in a Travelodge (you get 30 mins free, but it’s £3 for 24 hours after that) so I bought 48 hours worth but the connection was really bad in my room. I wanted to watch Eastenders on my laptop but I just couldn’t get it to work. I found out that the wifi was fine in the bathroom, so I ended up having a bath and balancing my laptop on the toilet so I could watch it in there!
In the morning packed all of my stuff up and then I went down to the restaurant for breakfast which doesn’t come with the room but you can add it on for £8.25. I helped myself to a coffee and a croissant and then had some of the hot food from the buffet before going to reception to speak to Nesh who gave me the key to my new room which was on the second floor.
There are a lot of differences between the Standard Doubles and the Super Rooms, so I was really looking forward to seeing all of the extras that the Super Rooms have to offer which include:
- Lavazza A Modo Mio capsule coffee machine
- 32” Samsung LED slimline Freeview TV
- Hansgrohe Raindance 3jet adjustable power shower
- Comfy chair to work or relax in
- Comfy King size Travelodge Dreamer bed
- Powerful hairdryer & full length mirror
- A choice of firm or soft hypoallergenic pillows
- Plenty of power and USB charging throughout
- In-room iron & ironing board for your convenience
- Relaxing ambient LED mood lighting
- Spacious desk with multiple charging points, desk light and swivel chair
- Dreamlight colour scheme & blackout curtains for a restful night’s sleep
I made the most of the fact that the room had a power shower and a hairdryer and took a long shower after I’d been out for dinner with Kariss and Haydy. I was very impressed with the shower and I would have spent ages in there if I hadn’t had to be up early the next day! The hairdryer wasn’t anything special, but it did the job and dried my hair fairly quickly. I think it’s always nice to have a hairdryer in a hotel room as it saves you having to pack one yourself.
I didn’t really make much use of the mood lighting, but I had a bit of a play around with it and I liked the fact that I could turn it down from my bed when I wanted to use my laptop but not sit there in complete darkness. I really liked the ‘twilight’ feature in the bathroom which meant that I didn’t need to have the light on at it’s brightest when I got up to go to the loo in the middle of the night.
All of the extra plug sockets really came in handy, as did the USB ports as it meant I could charge my phone, portable phone charger, camera battery and my laptop all at once without having to worry about getting up in the night and swapping them over as I’ve done in other hotels before.