We stayed at Travelodge Glasgow Central for two nights in June 2012. The room cost £10 a night booked in the Travelodge Christmas Sale 2011. The hotel is located in Hill Street, parallel to Sauchiehall Street, around 15 minutes walk from Queen Street Station. We checked in on a Sunday, so I hoped I’d be able to park the car nearby to unload the luggage. However, Hill St has a voucher parking scheme seven days a week. Fortunately I spotted an empty space at the front of the hotel that I nipped into and dashed up to the room with the bags.
Travelodge Glasgow Central exterior
The first thing that struck was the smell of plug-in air fresheners in the corridors and our room. Despite these, there was a faint unpleasant smell in the room which I think emanated from the bathroom. Our room was on the first floor at the back of the hotel. This was a good thing so we wouldn’t hear any traffic noise.
Family room at Travelodge Glasgow Central
The room was a bit gloomy with one window overlooking a flat roof. When I looked out of the window, I saw that someone must have been smoking in the room, as there were lots of cigarette ends floating in the puddles just under the window, as well as quite a lot of other rubbish spread all over the roof. I’m not sure if there’s access to this roof, but it’s desperate for a clean up. It was a bit of Hobson’s Choice whether to leave the bedroom window open to try to get rid of the interior whiff or keep it closed because of all the cigarrette butts lying close to the open window. The room felt as though it needed a revamp and brighten up; the bed was pretty bad, craking everytime we moved. Everything seemed clean.
I went down to the Bar Cafe to use the free Travelodge WiFi, but very suspiciously although I was able to connect to the Spectrum paid for signal no problem, I’d no joy with the free signal; it just wouldn’t authenticate. This is the first time I had problems with Travelodge’s free WiFI, it’s been good or acceptable at their other hotels. I spoke to one member of staff who was very pleasant.
Travelodge Glasgow Central Bar Cafe
In summary, Glasgow Central is one of the least attractive UK travelodges in which I’ve stayed. Although, if you want to stay in the city centre and find a cheap room at Travelodge Glasgow Central, it’s OK; just not a particularly alluring place to lay your head.
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