I typically stsa in rather solid to good hotels. However, sometimes, they simply exceed the need I have. When I watched a friend’s panto (some Christmas time family musical-alike tradition in the United Kingdom) in Aylesbury, I had the opportunity to check out a budget hotel chain I rarely travel with: the Travelodge Aylesbury is located right next to the theater where the show has been played and the price was absolutely right – so I just had to give it a try.
Travelodge Aylesbury – Location
Travelodge Aylesbury is located slightly Southeast of the city center. There are facilities of the Buckinghamshire New University around. A Waitrose grocery store is located in the same building. This also leads to a parking garage next to it, which makes the travel by car very convenient. Apart from that, there is a very convenient walking distance to the city center. A fun fact is that in the water in front of the hotel is a couple of swans. Nice welcome to the Travelodge, which I read to be rated as a one star hotel.
Aylesbury is having some decent bus connections, e.g. a bus to Oxford. Walking from the train station is a bit of weird (as it is difficult to cross the roundabout close to the hotel), but should roughly take 10 to 15 minutes. The train connections to London (Marylebone Station) are quite well, served by Chiltern Railways. If you want to travel Northbound, e.g. to Birmingham, the potential options are rather limited, though.
Travelodge Aylesbury – Room
I had a double room (which is the standard) at the Travelodge Aylesbury. The nominal price of the stay, pre-paid, was 58.99 GBP. However, you pay some benefits extra. Pre-booked breakfast was 9.50 GBP, high speed WiFi (for two devices 3 GBP). At the hotel, I paid 10 GBP for early check-in short after noon, which lead to a total of 81.49 GBP. The room was actually nice. The carpet was a bit of run down, but the other facilities were just as you would expect them to be in a solid budget hotel. There are tea and coffee facilities in the room, but you can also rent an iron and similar stuff from the reception. Actually, I really liked the view about the canal-alike water around the hotel. However, the soundproof of the room was not good. I could hear people above and next to me very clearly.
The bathroom worked well, too. I was a bit of afraid that the elevated shower will lead to water all over the bathroom, but it actually worked nicely. There is one dispenser for soap, one for shower gel / shampoo. The room was clean, there were just a couple of marks around the room, which was actually really fine, regarding the class of the stay
Travelodge Aylesbury – Breakfast
Breakfast at the Travelodge Aylesbury was a nice experience. Saturday times felt slightly late (8:00 to 11:00), but the buffet was nice, the people were sweet. You are finally not far away from buffet breakfast offered at peer brands like Premier Inn. The breakfast room also serves as a basic restaurant. If you want to go for a quick bite, the meal deals are actually a not that bad option.
Travelodge Aylesbury – Service
There are no major thrills at a Travelodge. If you long for a gym, you have to go for another place or see if one of the places around offers day passes. The staff was really sweet and helpful, though, so I absolutely loved that. You do have 30 minutes of free WiFi – I don’t know if it renews as I went for the WiFi pass, see above. The download speed was really good. Uploading pictures to the website was a bit of lame, but bearable.
Travelodge Aylesbury – My View
Even though the basis hotel price is finally not what you paid, the Travelodge did a really nice job. The room is fine, the people are very friendly and breakfast was very good as well. I was also happy with the WiFi. The location was a perfect match towards my needs anyway – so I absolutely appreciated spending the night there.
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