Review of Travelodge London Stratford

Written by Karen Bryan

I paid just under £55 a night, including breakfast, for a family room at the Travelodge London Stratford for a four night stay in September 2015. If a family room is available at no extra cost, I always go for it in order to have some extra space.

Normally, it’s cheapest to book on Travelodge’s own website. But on this occasion, I found a better deal on the HotelTravel.com website, through the HotelsCombined price comparison site.

Although the price for the four night stay at the Travelodge London Stratford on HotelTravel.com was similar to that quoted on the Travelodge website, I could cancel the booking made on HotelTravel.com with no penalty up to four days before my arrival date. Whereas on the Travelodge site, it was the non-refundable Saver rate. I could also use a credit card, with no additional fees, to pay on the HotelTravel.com site, whereas Traveldoge charge a £2 fee to pay by credit card.

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The hotel is located a ten minute walk from Stratford Station, which is served by the Central and Jubilee Tube lines, Overground trains and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). It took me around 35 minutes to reach King’s Cross Station from the hotel.

travelodge london stratford bedroom

I checked into the Travelodge London Stratford around 3.30pm, thirty minutes after the earliest check-in time of 3pm. The receptionist asked if I had a room preference. I requested a quiet room. The 8th floor room which I was allocated was at the back on the hotel (the view from the room is shown in the photo below).

travelodge london stratford view from bedroom

The king size bed was very comfortable, but there was only one chair. As there wasn’t much hanging or shelf space, I laid out my clothes in my open suitcase which fitted under the bed.

The desk was quite small, just enough space for my 13 inch Acer Chromebook, along with the provided tea and coffee-making facilities.

Family room at Travelodge London Stratford

Normally, the family rooms at Travelodge have a sofa bed, but this one had a made-up folding bed in the corner. The room was on the cool side, but I prefer that for sleeping at night. Most hotel rooms are too hot for me. There was an electric heater in the room, but I didn’t use it.

Travelodge rooms have a soap dispenser by the sink and a shower gel dispenser by the shower. This is an improvement on the prior offering of one tiny bar of soap per room.

A couple of years ago, Travelodge offered unlimited free WiFi in their Bar Cafes. However, it now appears that guests are only offered 30 minutes free WiFi per day, available anywhere in the hotel. Fortunately, I was able to pick up a good signal with Three Mobile to use my unlimited data on my phone and set up a hotspot through tethering (up to 4GB a month is allowed on my price plan to get online on my Chromebook.)

The Bar Cafe at the Travelodge London Stratford got rather crowded at breakfast time, especially on the Sunday morning. It was hard to get access to the buffet. Although the staff did their best, there were a few instances of no plates, mugs, plus items of food running out.

travelodge london stratford restaurant

I thought that the Travelodge breakfast was much better than in the past. The new breakfast (not yet available at all hotels) had a choice of cereals, various yoghurts, fresh fruit salad, croissants and a cooked selection which included vegetarian sausage. The fruit juice was reasonable, so many hotels now seem to serve squash, and the Caffe Latte from the Lavazza coffee machine was good.

travelodge london stratford cooked breakfast

If breakfast isn’t included in your room rate, it costs £7.95 per adult. Up to two kids, aged under 16, can eat free per paying adult.

Check out time is noon, which is great if you want to sleep late, or do some work before departing.

There’s a Tesco Express a five-minute walk from the hotel. I enjoyed a walk around the nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Lovers of shopping will find plenty of interest at the Westfield Centre, next to Stratford Station, where there is also a good selection of cafes and restaurants.

In summary, I was happy with the quality of the room and breakfast offered by Travelodge London Stratford for the price which I paid. The staff were all friendly and hard-working. Although the hotel is located outside the city centre, the excellent transport links enable easy access to popular tourist spots within 40 minutes.

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