We are all very conscious of our spending habits this year, and so for those wanting to go and do a spot of city centre shopping on a budget we think we’ve come up with a great solution! Last month we took a family trip to Sheffield city centre to do some Christmas shopping and stayed in Travelodge Hotel. Read on to hear what we thought…
When you think budget hotels, what often comes to mind are dirty, small rooms with no facilities that you just can’t wait to get out of, so naturally we were a bit nervous about what we would encounter on our stay. Determined to get some Christmas shopping done before the mass crowds descended on the city and working to a budget as to what we could afford for accommodation we decided to chance it, and booked up in Sheffield City Centre Travelodge for x2 nights in a family room.
When we arrived in Sheffield we parked our car in the multi storey car park (which is conveniently located just 2 minutes round the corner from the hotel) and went to check ourselves in. We were pleasantly surprised as we walked through the building doors as there was a large lobby area, fully furnished with comfy sofa’s, tables and chairs. Everything looked warm, welcoming and most importantly, absolutely spotless!
We checked in, and both myself and my husband noticed how friendly and helpful the Travelodge staff were. We had a slight problem with our key card (to open the door) and when we went back down we were instantly given a new key card for a different room and staff went to check the other door immediately to see what the problem had been.
Hallways were clean, fresh and airy and when we went into our room we were very happy with the size, storage space and overall cleanliness of the area. We had a double bed and there was a large sofa which converted into an extra bed for a child (or another adult) sheets were clean, beds were well made and the bathroom was spacious with fitted white toilet, sink, bath (with shower) and towels.
First impressions were great and the only thing that slightly dampened the experience was the view from the window (directly facing a huge brick wall) and the fact that from what we could gather there was no air conditioning and it was very hot in the room. Obviously the window was secured for safety purposes as we were rather high up but we still felt that it would have been nice to have a bit more fresh air circulating.
Bearing in mind the extremely budget friendly price you pay for the rooms it was much, much better than we could have hoped for in all other aspects.
After venturing out to see some family in Sheffield and having a wander around the shops and the local market, we came back to the hotel and settled down for the evening. We had already eaten out but if we had wanted to indulge there was a fab looking menu in the room with lots of yummy looking food at reasonable prices. I think you even had the option of eating downstairs in the lobby or bringing it back to your room.
We switched on the TV as our daughter wanted to watch some before bed, and after an hour or so of watching were all completely shattered and decided to get to sleep. Despite being so close to the city centre there was not too much noise from outside and we had no disturbances from other guests all evening. We were either just REALLY lucky or this hotel was pretty amazing!
Next morning we got up early and were the first down for breakfast (which we had already pre booked when we checked in) at just after 7am and there was a nice variety of both hot and cold food. Perfect to set you up for a looong day of shopping ahead! Kids were also extremely well catered for with cereals, muffins and fruit as well as the hot food so our daughter was really pleased.
After helping ourselves to the all you can eat buffet we set off for Meadowhall shopping centre whilst relatives took our daughter off to the local museum for the day.
Meadowhall is one of my favourite shopping centres, you can buy pretty much anything you’d ever need and there’s so much to choose from! What we didn’t consider this time however was that we were going in half term and very close to Christmas… whoops! Despite the obvious influx of kids, large crowds and claustrophobic atmosphere (lol) we actually had a pretty productive day, picking up plenty of gifts for friends and family and walking around the various shops, a great mix of designer and standard high street style.
After having a meal at the food hall we decided to catch the tram back to the hotel. Our last evening was spent relaxing in comfort and returning to a freshly cleaned room with new sheets and towels. Checkout was fast, easy and our car was just as we’d left it in the very secured car parking area.
After packing our belongings, and dozens of freshly purchased Christmas gifts into the car we drove back to Somerset feeling very content with how the short break had gone. No major drama and mission accomplished. Success!
So, for those of you wanting a short break this winter I’d highly recommend Travelodge as a cheap, family friendly place to base yourselves. If that’s how you think of it then you can’t go wrong for the price and location. We would also like to highly praise the friendly, cheerful and consistently helpful staff at the Sheffield City Centre Travelodge as they really made things easy and fun whilst we were there.
More Travelodge info:
Travelodge offers rooms from £19 to book a room just go to www.travelodge.co.uk. Travelodge has over 380 hotels in all major city centres across the UK. You only pay for the room and not for the number of people staying per room. A Travelodge family room caters for two adults and two children under the age of 16 or three adults, you only pay for the room and not the number of people staying in the room. You can make additional savings if you book breakfast online when booking your room. The ‘eat as much as you like English Breakfast buffet’ is just £5.99 per person if you book online (£7.50 at the hotel) and for each paying guest two children eat for free.
Also following customer feedback Travelodge has revamped its Bar Café offering and launched a new menu which has a strong Indian flavour as requested by its customers. The new menu offers five varieties of Travelodge customer’s favourite curries which include:
• Lamb Rogan Josh
• Chicken Jalfrezi
• Chicken Tikka Masala
• Beef Madras
• Sweet Potato Chickpea & Spinach Curry
(The Indian cuisine selection also includes: chicken tikka samosas, mini poppadoms, mango chutney, rice and naan bread).
The new menu also offers a range of the nation’s favourite dishes which include: steak, mushroom & ale pudding, lasagne, fish & chips and chilli with rice & tortilla chips.
To celebrate the launch of it’s new Bar Café menu, the hotel chain is offering its customers a two course meal deal for just £6.00*- where they can choose between a starter and main course or main course and desert for just £6.00 per person.