Travelodge London Waterloo

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Address: 195-203 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UX, England

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.6

Affordable, frills-free chain hotel in a useful location.

Travelodge hotels keep their prices down by offering essentials rather than frills. I like their upfront approach to what they are providing - a clean en-suite room for the night, including the option of twin rooms and family rooms. The chain has a dozen such hotels dotted around central London and this one, which was purpose-built and opened in June 2010, is one of the best.

Location
3.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3.1
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Bedrooms
3.6
90%
Public areas
3.4
90%

Location

While this section of Waterloo Road is nothing to get excited about, the hotel is well placed if you are up in town to see a play, film or exhibition on the South Bank. It takes just six minutes to walk to Waterloo Station, and you'll also be close to the Old Vic Theatre and Imperial War Museum.

Bedrooms

There are 279 rooms arranged over eight floors. Those on the north side have larger windows, not that there is much to see. Try to avoid rooms near the lifts as my sleep was disturbed by guests coming and going through the adjacent doors. Inside, the decor is sparse to the point of monastic with a uniform style of blue carpet, faux wood furniture and white bedding. There's a TV with limited channels, tea/coffee facilities, a good shower and it's all clean and comfortable - but not at all exciting.

Public areas

The front of the hotel is a listed building (a former bank). Pass through the sliding glass doors and you find a modern, brightly-lit lobby with pop music playing. There's a Bar-Café that serves drinks till 1am, plus vending machines and computers for booking your next Travelodge stay...

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is a canteen-like "all you can eat" buffet (£7.50, free for children under 15) that includes cooked dishes. There is also a menu of burgers, pizzas and curries available for lunch and dinner, but you're better off visiting the many restaurants along Waterloo Road.

Service

Brisk and polite. When I asked about local restaurants and buses I was immediately given a handy list and a transport map. If you want to avoid human interaction, there are kiosks with computer screens for express check-in, while check-out is as a simple as dropping your key-card in a hole because everything is pre-paid.

Who stays there

Most guests are there for one night, but Travelodge hotels also have a loyal following of business customers.

Price advice

You can book Travelodge hotels up to a year in advance, which is one way to bag a room for an acceptable price. The company also has good promotional sales, although with a popular hotel like this the chance of finding availability is slim. Rates include VAT and 'flexible' bookings offer the option of claiming a refund if you cancel before noon on the day of arrival.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss

Pros & Cons

  • Central location
  • Budget rates
  • Minimal facilities
  • Institutional atmosphere
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