Review of Travelodge Edinburgh Central

Written by Karen Bryan

I stayed at Travelodge Edinburgh Central for three nights in late January 2016. I booked the room on the non-refundable Saver rate in late November 2015. during a ‘30% off January stays’ promotion. The cost was £59 for a family room for the 3 nights. I thought that under £20 a night was a great deal for a hotel in central Edinburgh.

Travelodge Edinburgh Central isn’t going to win any architectural prizes. But it’s in a great location, just off the Royal Mile, and a five-minute walk from Waverley railway station.

travelodge edinburgh central entrance

I was very happy with my room. It was located at the back of the hotel overlooking the car park and St Patrick’s Church. This travelodge has recently been given a makeover, so has a comfortable Dreamer queen size bed. The new double glazing was pretty effective at shutting out exterior noise.

Family rooms at travelodges always used to have a bed settee. But both family rooms in which I’ve recently stayed, at Edinburgh Central and London Stratford, had fold out beds with very uncomfortable looking thin mattresses.

travelodge edinburgh central family room

I much preferred having the bed settee on which I could sit. I wonder if this is a money saving ploy by Travelodge, as I assume that fold out beds are cheaper than bed settees, and they can easily be moved between rooms to create a family room.

I liked the fact that the desk area was large and constructed with solid wood. In newer Travelodges, the MDF desks are much smaller, and there’s hardly room for me to fit my Chromebook on the desk beside the tea and coffee making facilities.

travelodge edinburgh central desk in room

There are 25 parking spaces at the hotel, but you can’t pre-book a space. There’s a hefty £17 charge per 24 hour period, almost as much as I paid per night for the room. There’s free on-street parking in Abbeyhill, a 25 minute walk from the hotel.

There’s Bar Cafe on the ground floor. The breakfast at Travelodge has improved a lot recently. At £8 per adult it’s reasonable value, but I’d rather have a DIY breakfast in the room and spend £8 on lunch. If you have kids, breakfast is free when they eat with an adult.

In summary, my room at the Travelodge Edinburgh Central was spacious, quiet and comfortable. If you can find a cheap room at this hotel, it’s in a fab location for a stay in Edinburgh.