Has anyone stayed at a Travelodge or Premier Inn in London? I am also considering staying at the The Belgrave locates at the 80-86 Belgrave Road.
Premier Inn is basically the same everywhere. A few of the properties are a bit different if they’re properties they bought, but the quality is consistent.
They’re a budget chain, somewhat similar to Courtyard Marriott rather than Motel 6. If you need a 24 hour concierge to deliver a French Poodle to your room, it isn’t your place, but it’s a great place for the average traveler in expensive London.
No experience with TravelLodge. They seem to be more of a budget and no frills chain.
We've stayed at Premier Inn London County Hall -- but it was quite a few years ago. (2007? - stayed there because at that time the Chunnel train left from Waterloo). In general, we like the Premier Inn properties as modest properties with a good breakfast.
We have stayed at Premier Inns in London and Glasgow though no the specific one you mention. No frills, l8mited service (check yourself in at a kiosk, for example) but clean, quiet, comfortable. I wouldn’t want to stay a week but it is fine for a couple of nights. Breakfast is good (extra cost) but expensive, so you might want to go to a coffee shop instead.
We stayed at PI County Hall and were quite pleased. We found the bed to be extremely comfortable and the towels of good quality. The staff was friendly and always responded quickly to check-in and check-out, even at midnight. We paid the nominal cost for the internet and felt the service was quite good. The location was very central with close proximity to tube stations and buses. They do not engage in pre-trip correspondence, which concerned me a bit, but they were excellent once we arrived.
I've stayed in a few Premier Inns around the UK including London. I always knew what to expect as the properties are fairly consistent. I've never had a bad stay.
Premier Inns are a cut above Travelodges. They will hold your luggage for you, unlike Travelodges.
You won’t be able to get into a conversation with them ahead of time very easily. There’s no concierge, they’re not hotels to go if you need lots of advice or help.
But they’re clean, friendly, comfortable, absolutely reliable with very good beds.
Re Premier Inns: "You won’t be able to get into a conversation with them ahead of time very easily." Truer words were never written, to coin a phrase. Heaven help you if the website leaves you with questions. The staying-at-the-hotel experience has been fine for me (twice at the Hearthrow T4 location. The other stuff is a disaster.
Reliable and good value for money, as Emma said. I've relied on them quite a bit in the last couple of years, as much as I wish I were able to afford someplace swankier! But clean and comfortable and quiet, those all work for me!!