The kind folks at Travelodge invited us to stay with them to sample a weekend in a UK city. We chose York and the Travelodge property on Piccadilly.
With prices starting from around £67 you are a mere 10 minutes saunter from the main shopping area of the city, as well as such historical gems as the Minster, Clifford Tower, and of course the Shambles.
Only 2 minute walk away across the road from the hotel is the final resting place of the one and only John Palmer… you may know him as Dick Turpin. Stand and Deliver!
The hotel sits around £5 away from the train station in a taxi and about a 20 walk across the city centre. A partnership deal allows guests to park in the nearest Q Park which is nearby at the Barbican, around 8 mins away. There are closer NCP / pay car parks if you don’t fancy lugging your bag or have children in tow.
Check in was rapid and effortless which meant we could have an afternoon nap after a long day of sightseeing and beers before our evening plans.
The rooms are not luxurious, but with that in mind, the rooms are immaculately clean and equipped with the basics you need for your stay. There is masses of desk / vanity space for getting ready as well as hanging space for your glad rags. A flat screen tv and a tea tray were welcome inclusions! The bed was actually one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in in a hotel…. And I’ve slept in a lot of hotels!
Rooms towards the side of the hotel overlook a Wetherspoons (The Postern Gate) which was quite rowdy in the early evening with stags and hens warming up before their invasion of the city centre. We were very pleased to see that the pub itself closed at 11pm which limited the noise, allowing a good nights sleep!
Our morning alarm was the cute Geese down on the banks of the river telling us it was time to get up and attack the day.
The hotel does not offer a hot breakfast but sells extremely handy breakfast boxes (£4.95) which include staples such as yoghurt, cereal, muffins and orange juice as well as a couple of hot snacks available 24hrs a day. The Wetherspoon does provide a great hot meal to start the day if that’s what you are hankering for.
York is a jam packed city and the Travelodge provides a great, budget, low cost solution to accommodation. It is well suited for groups and parties and the groups we saw were very well accommodated by the staff.
*This was a gifted stay