Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Overnighting at the Travelodge Ashford


image credit: Travelodge Hotels

Whether you're exploring the Garden of England or looking for a handy stopover en-route to the Channel, the Travelodge at Ashford offers a great value, comfortable overnight stay.

Located close to the M20 (but not so close that you can hear the traffic), it's easy to find and perfect for an early morning getaway the next day without getting snarled up in town centre traffic.

There was ample free car parking for the hotel, and it was easy to find a space near the entrance.  Tucked away on the Eureka Retail Park, you'll find loads of eating out options, great for families if you want to dine out rather than eating in the hotel bar - choose from Frankie & Bennys; Nandos; Pizza Hut; Chiquito or takeaways at Burger King; Subway and KFC.  There's even a Cineworld on the park, so you could nip out for a family movie before bed.

We arrived at the hotel very late at night as we'd been to a Forest Live concert at Bedgebury.  Even at nearly 11:00pm, there were staff on the desk to check us in and we were given our key for the room.  We were able to get a glass of wine from the bar and it was a welcome treat to take it up to our room, kick off our soggy shoes and get out of our wet clothes (it had bucketed down earlier in the evening and we got drenched!) Had we not been looking so dishevelled, we'd have probably stayed and enjoyed our drink in the comfy lounge area.


Although there's no air conditioning in the rooms in this hotel, the staff had thoughtfully been in prior to our arrival, closed the curtains and put on a fan in the room for us.

Decorated in the corporate colour scheme, we had a comfortable king size 'Dreamer' bed, a TV and tea and coffee making facilities in our en suite room.  The bathroom was roomy and equipped with a bath, a shower over, washbasin and toilet, there was a supply of liquid soap and shower gel/shampoo in pump dispensers.  It was all clean and fresh and quiet (even with the window open all night) so we slept like logs.




Our room overlooked a small pond, and it was so peaceful and relaxing looking out onto the wildlife - I spotted rabbits lazily nibbling the grass, a heron swooping over and a family of ducks and ducklings out for a morning swim.


After a refreshing shower in the morning we headed down to breakfast.  Buffet style, there was plenty to choose from with unlimited refills of tea; coffee and fruit juice; cereals; fruit; toast; yoghurts and cooked sausages; bacon; scrambled eggs and beans.





If you're travelling with your family, it's worth remembering that kids go free with Travelodge, up to 2 children under 16 can share a family room with no additional charge, and they get free breakfast too.

There is limited free wifi in the hotel (free for first 30 minutes, then £3 for 24 hours), and snack vending machines should you get the midnight munchies.  


We had a very comfortable overnight stay. Although I didn't have as much interaction with the staff as I've had at other Travelodge hotels I've stayed in, for a budget hotel I don't think you can do better than a Travelodge for a great value stay.  Rooms are available in this location from £67 per night.

Disclosure: We were offered one nights' accommodation and breakfast for the purpose of this review.

18 comments:

  1. I do like the convenient locations that Travelodges are placed in, perfect whether you're away for business or pleasure

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    1. I've always found a Travelodge in the place I've wanted to, whether that's flying off on holiday or on a city/seaside break.

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  2. We've stayed in Travelodges a few time and we always find them more than adequate, especially as we spend very little time in our room.

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    1. I think they offer great value for money.

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  3. I think travel lodges do just what they promise. A good nights sleep at a good price.

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  4. I haven't stayed in a Travel Lodge in years but I'm about to book one for over the Summer - I hope our breakfast looks a s delicious as yours ;-)

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    1. Oh I think you'll be impressed by the new makeovers.

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  5. You know where you are with a Travelodge, part of the reason why I like them is that familiarity across all their hotels x

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    1. That's a very good point. Great if you're travelling with young kids because it's a familiar environment if you always use Travelodge's.

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  6. Travelodge are always a safe bet.

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    1. Not been disappointed so far Cat!

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    1. Really great value for money Becky!

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  8. *whispers* I've never stayed in a Travelodge before, but they do look fab for overnight stays. Everything you need and a great price, what's not to like?

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  9. Oh it looks really nice! And f the price is good why not? I like the shape of the hotel too :)

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