THERE’S a new hotel in town and with two Premier Inns already set up, Travelodge have decided to wade in and offer a cheaper alternative to visitors to Weston-Super-Mare. With the smell of paint still fresh in the air, we decided to spend a night and try their menu. They may not have been open long but they already seem to be quite busy which can only mean good things for Travelodge.
Situated next to the Landing Light pub on the developing Weston Airfield, Travelodge have taken a bit of a gamble in building a hotel there. It does offer a cheaper stay than the Premier Inns and most of the other hotels in the town, but unless you’re driving to the hotel it’s going to be difficult to get around. It’s roughly three miles from the town centre and although there is a bus route to town, there’s no connections to anywhere else, except Cheddar on the same bus route, and the nearest major supermarket isn’t really within walking distance. But with all the development going on, they, like the Landing Light, are gambling on the hope that transport facilities are going to open up to bring more visitors.
Despite all this, the new 84-room hotel is nicely put together and all of the staff are really friendly and happy to help. The rooms, spread over four floors, are quite spacious with quite comfortable beds and air conditioning in each room. Their televisions come with HDMI ports that work as some Travelodges don’t have this facility. They don’t have inbuilt DVD players though so you’d either have to bring one or use a gaming console. The only real negative of the rooms is the familiar claustrophobic bathrooms and a lack of a toilet brush which feels unhygienic. This is a real shame as the showers are power showers which are really good but there’s just not enough room to clean and go to the loo comfortably.
Unlike its closest Travelodge in Portishead, this Travelodge has catering and breakfast facilities. There’s your typical continental and buffet-style breakfasts and you can also order Pizzas and a couple of other meals outside of kitchen hours if you so wish. If you are planning on having breakfast then be careful on the time you go down. Although Travelodge can’t have enough seating for all of the 84 rooms, it can get very busy very quickly which can make you feel a little crushed and huddled around the Breakfast Bar. Since you’re paying quite a bit for Breakfast, which isn’t a bad rate considering it is all you can eat, you do want to be able to enjoy it and have a leisurely start to the morning. It also meant they ran out of bits pretty quickly and took a while to replace them as they didn’t seem prepared for such a rush.
As for their restaurant menu, it’s extensive enough for those staying longer than a night and does offer a slightly cheaper alternative to the Landing Light if you wanted to mix things up a bit. Most meals fall inside of their meal deal which can either include a drink or two courses and a drink for a set price. But make sure you do the maths as in some cases you would pay more for the meal deal than if you would order the courses separately. This is a bit of a con and customers shouldn’t be getting duped into paying more when you are already staying with them so just be careful.
The meals are probably averagely priced and with the food only available to hotel guests, you probably get what you pay for. Their Nachos are really nice as it’s in a DIY style so you get to put as much Salsa, Guacamole and Sour Cream from the pots as you’d like and, more importantly, where. The Sausages and Mash weren’t the best in the world and if that’s what you like in a restaurant then you’ll probably be better having them in The Coach House in the nearby village of Locking. The Mash was slightly skinned and just tasted slightly cheap. This was a shame as the rest of the food was really nice.
The Towering Inferno Burger adds a touch of spice to your ordinary Burger with the inclusion of Jalapenos. Without the Jalapenos it was just your standard double Cheese and Bacon Burger which is always an easy favourite. The Burgers were nice and juicy and the meal was really how you would expect.
For lovers of Custard the perfect dessert has arrived. Travelodge’s Apple Crumble Pie combines the two famous sweet treats and absolutely drowns them in Custard. It’s a really nice dessert with tangy but not sour Apples and a nice crunchy Crumble. For innovation, Travelodge’s Fudge Sundae with Munchies offers quite the oxymoron. The Sundae is served in a warmed dish with heated Chocolate Fudge pieces and is a shock to the system. The Ice Cream handles rather well in its hotter surroundings but unsurprisingly melts a lot quicker in the bowl. The Sundae is completed with the soft gooey Munchies pieces which are perfect for the sweet toothed among you.
Based on the first couple of weeks, it does look like Travelodge will become one of the most popular stays in Weston especially as it is probably the most family friendly in terms of people per room and also the cheapest on most days. So if you are looking to visit then definitely consider staying here.