This weekend TeamShilts drove down south to stay in one of Travelodge’s newest and largest hotels in the Cambridgeshire area. We were invited to try out a new look family room at the Newmarket Road hotel so we packed our suitcase, filled the car and headed down the motorway to check out the sights and shops of this historical city.
First impressions of the hotel as we drove passed was that it was a modern looking large hotel with a stylish wooden exterior and floor to ceiling windows. We were checked in by the friendly staff and given a family room on the fourth floor with a view over the local allotments and neighbourhood.
Our room was large with an en-suite bathroom, the new luxury king size Travelodge Dreamer bed (of which I’m told is like the Rolls Royce of beds), a built in headboard with individual lights and shelves, two single beds (which we folded away under our bed to make space for the travel cot), a small desk with chair, kettle with tea and coffee making facilities plus a good sized mounted television on the wall. There was also a small shelf hanging space corner by the door for hanging clothes. Travel cots are available for use within all Travelodges but we took our own for Little Mr’s comfort.
Little Mr enjoyed sitting on the big comfy bed
The room was decorated in a relaxing shade of blue and there was feature artwork above the bed. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to see that there no plug sockets next to the bed and so had to plug my phone in across the room which was annoying when I woke in the night not knowing what time it. Surely, I can’t be the only one who likes to catch up on social media before I go to sleep or use my phone as an alarm clock?
The en-suite bathroom was compact but had all the facilities we needed with a bath, shower, basin and toilet. There was also a large mirror on the wall along with a shaver socket and plenty of clean, fluffy white towels.
Once we had dropped off our bags into our room, we took a taxi into the main shopping area of the city which is only a five minute drive or a twenty minute walk away from the hotel. The city is steeped in history and if we had more time, I would have loved to have taken one of the bus tours that tells all about the city and its past. Today, it has a brilliant selection of shops which would be perfect for Christmas shopping. It has a sophisticated feel to it and although it’s a university city, the students we saw were very well dressed and not your typical student on a budget.
We were surprised that there was a lack of family restaurants in the city, we wanted to go somewhere quiet to enjoy a meal whilst Little Mr slept but we couldn’t find anywhere on our walk so we went back to the hotel and ate in their restaurant.
On the ground floor of the Travelodge is the bar and restaurant which is open 24 hours a day. The restaurant is a really good size with lots of tables and chairs plus highchairs for little ones. The bar has comfy sofas and free wifi for guests and was used by many enjoying a pre-dinner drink. The food was as good as you would get in any local pub; hot, tasty and plentiful. For starters we had a sharing platter and for mains, I enjoyed a steak and ale pie with chips whilst hubby devoured a tower burger. We found the restaurant to be clean, quiet and just what we wanted.
Little Mr went to bed after a bubble bath so hubby and I took advantage of a quiet evening and had an early night. We slept like logs. The bed was very comfortable with a 10.5 tog duvet, two plump pillows each and a mattress topper underneath. All in all much comfier than our own bed.
Unfortunately Little Mr woke up far too early for my liking at 6:30am which I believe was partly down to the room being quite light. The rooms would benefit from black out blinds as the sun was peeking behind the curtains. We booked ourselves in for breakfast in the restaurant (at an additional cost of £7.99 per person) which was buffet style and there was a decent choice; cereals, yoghurts, fruit, muffins and croissants; English cooked breakfast items and white and brown bread for toast. Tea, coffee and fruit juice was also available. The breakfast is a bit more than we would usually pay but we took our time, had several cups of tea, second helpings at the buffet so probably got our monies worth.
The hotel appeared busy we didn’t find it noisy; both in our room or downstairs in the restaurant. Travelodge is a no frills hotel chain for people wanting basic amenities and a decent nights sleep. This is exactly what we got and we made the most of our weekend. Having stayed in two other Travelodges this year, the fresh new look is exactly what the brand needs.
The cost of the room we stayed in on Saturday night was £70 per room per night which is slightly more than we would usually pay for a basic hotel room but it was clean, comfortable and we slept well and to be honest for the amount of time we spent in the hotel, that is all we needed. I will definitely look to book another one of Travelodge’s new look hotel’s in the future.
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Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at the Travelodge as guests for the purpose of this honest and open review. All views are my own as are the photographs.