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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Travelodge Covent Garden, London - A Review

Both me and my husband love travelling. Travelling, I feel, is a way of recharging oneself, experiencing something new and also a way to expand ones knowledge. Travelling allows you to experience new cultures, stunning natural landscapes, different architecture and cuisines. One of our recent and a very memorable holiday was to Egypt - the land of the Pyramids, home to magnificent monuments, the world's best scuba-diving destination and the Nile Cruise experience. It was one of the most breath-taking experiences we have had in recent times. While heading out on a break for a week or more is always fun, even a weekend away is a welcome change from the daily routine. So when Travelodge gave us the chance to review any one of their hotels(to check out their newly refurbished rooms), we opted for the Covent Garden Travelodge in London.



The best part about the Travelodge hotel we stayed at is its central location. It is located in Covent Garden which is London's tourist hotspot. London’s trendy Soho, the British Museum and Theatre Royal are all just a few minutes walk from the hotel. Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery are also nearby. This central location makes the Travelodge Covent Garden perfect for anyone wanting to stay in the heart of London.

The Tottenham Court Road tube station and Holborn tube station are both less than 10 minutes away by walk which is extremely convenient in my opinion. We arrived in London by National Rail and then changed to the Underground rail. Having the station within walking distance of the hotel made it very convenient for us. If you are arriving to the hotel by car then it is better to check with the staff about alternative onsite parking options as there is no car parking at the hotel.

Hotel facilities:
- Bar Cafe
- Cash machine / ATM
- WiFi (30 minutes free per day, 24 hours for just £3.00)
- Early check-in / Late check-out available

Travelodge had recently commenced a makeover programme with an aim to modernise all their hotels. An integral part of this makeover was the Travelodge Dreamer Bed – made exclusively for Travelodge by Sleepeezee. As we stepped into our room, the first thing to catch my attention was the bed - a neatly made king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed with 4 plump pillows and a very comfy duvet. The room was simple but stylish and had the basics that you would expect in a hotel room - tea and coffee making facilities, a wall mounted TV, a small desk, a chair and an open wardrobe. The carpet looked clean and so did the upholstery too.





The bathroom was compact and gleaming. I hate finding stray hair in hotel bathrooms and was glad that this one was clean and looked brand new. The bathroom had a shower area as opposed to a bath which I had expected; however that was not a problem. Hand soap and shower gel were provided along with clean towels. Even though the bathroom was a little smaller than I had expected, it was clean - which is the most important aspect. And as a plus I also loved the red+white colour scheme.



Breakfast was from 8:00 am on weekends and we headed down at about 8.30. There were a few other guests already enjoying the breakfast. The seating area was a decent size and the breakfast(buffet style) looked really good. At around £7.00 per person the breakfast was an 'all you can eat' offer which worked out as a good deal. There was a choice of dishes - sausages, beans, bacon and eggs plus cereals, muffins, yoghurt and some fruits. Fresh juices and hot drinks were available too. And food was being refilled frequently, so there was no waiting time at all. Staff in the dining area were very cheerful and were seen checking with guests if they needed anything else. It makes things so much more enjoyable when you have friendly smiling faces around, isn't it?

Like I mentioned earlier, the hotel's central location means it is within walking distance of many tourist attractions. Some of the places nearby are:
  • The Royal Opera House : The Royal Opera is one of the world’s leading opera companies. It is very well known both for its outstanding performances of traditional opera and for commissioning new works as well. Apart from the operas there are a whole lot of daytime events as well like the 'Family Sundays' where you can learn more about opera and ballet with a range of creative activities.
  • Covent Garden Market : This is London's top shopping destination whether you are looking for something hip and unique or even something traditional like cut-out toys for storytelling. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in Covent Garden that cater to all kinds of palette and pocket.
  • Trafalgar Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields Church : Trafalgar Square is the fourth most popular tourist attraction on Earth with more than fifteen million visitors a year. At the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square is the St. Martin-in-the-Fields, an Anglican church.
  • British Museum : Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the first national public museum in the world. With nearly 6 million visitors every year, the museum is on the list of every visitor to London. There are around 8 million pieces of work in the museums permanent collection and you can spend an entire day looking at the exhibits.
  • Leicester Square : Known as 'the' entertainment venue in London, the square is the centre of London's cinema land. There are many major theatres, cinemas, clubs, bars and restaurants in the area. Because of the presence of many nightclubs in the area, Leicester Square is often very busy especially during weekends.
  • National Gallery : The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The gallery is open 361 days a year and entry is free of charge.
  • London Transport Museum : This museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years. There are over 450,000 items used in the galleries and exhibitions held in the museum.
What I liked about Travelodge London Covent Garden Hotel
- Excellent location
- Friendly staff
- Clean rooms
- Comfortable bed ensuring we had a good nights' sleep

What I wish could be improved
- Need a phone in the room
- Air conditioning required (there was a small table fan in our room but that wouldn't help much in warm weather)

To sum it up, if you are looking for a hotel in the heart of London, then the Travelodge London Covent Garden Hotel is for you. The recent refurbishment of the hotel ensures that the bed and furnishings are new and comfortable. Everything was clean and in good working order. All the staff with whom we interacted with during our stay were pleasant and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to stay with Travelodge again.

Travelodge London Covent Garden Hotel
10 Drury Lane
High Holborn
London WC2B 5RE
Tel: 0871 984 6245





Disclaimer: We were hosted by the Travelodge Hotel. My opinions, as always, remain my own.

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