Travelodge London Kings Cross
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We arrived in London in time to check in at the Travelodge. Unfortunately this particular Travelodge wasn't great and was quite shabby in parts. Enjoyed a fantastic meal in a Mexican restaurant in Islington.
Out of the entire itinerary today is probably the most intense and, in many regards, crazy. Wake up time was 6am to ensure that we made the 7:40am Thalys from Koln to Brussels. Research on my phone the previous night indicated that we needed to catch the S Bahn from Frankfurter Strasse at 7:09 to have enough time to grab breakfast at the Hbf before …
... then you get into the car or onto the broom and you watch a video of things flying towards you that you have to keep avoiding by dodging them. Then you're cut into the movie and it looks like you're flying past all sorts of objects. The DVDs were really expensive, but we bought the pictures as our treasured souvenirs. I hope you enjoy the pictures :-)
... my parents, no pressure. But then again I couldn't have asked for a better and more forgiving audience (Mum is always so good that way & Dad is happy I can read the map - sort of) Our journey together as a family began with an extra few days in Amsterdam (minus our youngest sister Ruth) eating oliebollen, pancakes an other delicious Dutch treats. Eating all this wonderful food reminded me of when I was a kid and all the special treats my Nanna would set out for us ...
... ballet! We arrived at Covent Garden and the crowds moved us to a flight of stairs which had a sign saying "use only in case of emergency". Once we were at the top we knew why, we climbed 200 stairs, up a spiral and we were not the only ones pleased we’d made it to the top. Out into the square and still more people to find our way through. It was hard to appreciate where we were, in central London as we were just overwhelmed by the crowds and being back in a big city.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Travelodge London Kings Cross
For some reason, reasonably priced accomodation in London has been in short supply during the past few weeks, so we opted for the Travelodge, which is very cheap. Cheap, however, does not make up for the truly awful experience we had.
Hotel in handy location for underground and train links to other parts of London. We only stayed here one night, easy to get to Alexandra Palace from here (if you are going to a gig) and would say this hotel is ideal for a stopover in a convenient location for getting around. The hotel itself was very basic and quite noisy at times, the hotel is on the main road through King's Cross. Not too bad if you are used to street noise. Must say after half an hour or so the street noise didn't bother me. The reception staff were extremely friendly. A small room with tiny bathroom, adequate shower. Breakfast was an extra option which we decided to decline and went for a great fry up in a nearby pub, called the Water Rats, which was great value. Our main reason for staying here was price (very cheap web offer) and location (ease of transport links) so it satisfied us for a place to rest our heads. Wouldn't choose to stay here again, unless the location served the same purpose. There are much better hotels in London, but a good choice if you need to stay in King's Cross for some reason.
Average hotel watching the pennies!
The hotel was ok for the low price we paid. Our family room was clean and in common with the rest of the building, furnished in an austere but functional way.
Travelodge have been very mean in some areas though, presumably to keep costs down, for example only one tiny bar of soap was provided in our room along with two tea bags (this is for a family room!).
Be warned, there is no facility for storing luggage after check out - we had to queue for 45 minutes at the station to store ours and it cost us £12.
You should include these additional costs (plus breakfast as well) when comparing this hotel with others which seem more expensive.
Clean, basic, noise from railway station
Checked in at 11.45pm. Staff at reception courteous. Late booking on website got me a family room at £75 per night. Room on 5th floor. Lift only to 4th floor but no clear signs to stairs you need to take to 5th! Main light not working in room but room spacious and tidy and seemed very clean. Bed ok. Tv receiption unwatchable execpt for BBC1. A signal booster for the hotel's aerial might be a good investment! Room overlooked Thameslink Kings Cross station so noise from trains until late and from early morning. Not the best night's sleep.
In summary, clean basic hotel in convenient location but wouldn't stay again because of noise from station.
Noisy - No Quiet Spots
This is a clean, & very conveniently placed hotel. The staff are excellent & ultra helpful.
However, I stayed here once last year, & it will be my only visit. The problem is there is NO peace & quiet to be had in this hotel FULL STOP. The idea of stopping in a hotel to me is being able to get a decent nights sleep. It was impossible here. There are (& rightly so) lots of fire doors through out all the corridors in this hotel, & nothing at all to buffer them as they bounce off the walls, as people crash through them. Sort this problem out & it would be a great little place. The most sleep I got without being woken was about an hour. I moved rooms twice, & the problem was no better. Shame really
Basic and clean hotel
I stayed here for three nights in May 2005. Hotel was clean and smart. bed was lumpy but Ok. Room was clean with TV and double glazing (the road outside is noisy). Bathroom small but clean. breakfast was good with good selection. Hotel is about 5mins walk to Kings Cross ans St Pancreas rail and tube ststaions and about 15min walk to Euston station.
People say the area is bad at night. Use your common sence and you'll be Ok. I was on my own and never experinced any problems.
There is very limited parking at the hotel. I did notice that the hotel was going through some refurbishments which stopped at 6pm each day.
This hotel was actually a very good deal at 50 GBP. The rooms were large, and the bathroom was large. There were some problems though: 1) the front desk made a big deal of finding us a room before the official check-in time, 2) the bathroom leaked through the wall into the hallway and the manager was kind enough to just key her way into our room with a 5 second warning to inform us the water was turned off, 3) the front desk staff were not accomodating. Also, if you happen to be a light sleeper, the nearby train station will probably keep you up until 12:30am when trains stop.
We paid £45 for 2 nights this weekend which in London is unbelieveably cheap. Travelodge often run promotions on their website and it is worth checking back as at this price I would recommend this hotel.
A place to avoid
Constant noise from Undeground trains passing by. Rooms have no phones, no alarm clock. There is no restaurant, no bar, not even a vending machine.
Reception desk is only intermittently staffed by
young people who speak broken English.
This is the worst-for-the-money I have ever stayed
at in Central London.
For about the same money, the nearby Ibis Hotel
offers a civilized alternative.
A bit noisy, but reasonable and very clean
Visited here the second night it was open. Very pleasant entrance and exterior, smart building, probably a conversion. Rooms are standard Travelodge, family rooms on the upper floors very roomy. Noise from the Underground station (Overground stretch) is fairly noticeable, as the announcements start about 5:30. However, very clean, very good value for central London