Last month we were invited to stay at the Travelodge Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare. Travelodge is a British budget hotel chain with over 500 hotels across the UK. They pride themselves on providing great value accommodation for both leisure and business purposes.
We were en route to Bluestone National Resort in Wales, an almost six hour journey from our home in Kent. It’s no secret that long car journeys with young children will test even the most solid of marriages. In fact long car journeys with children can really test your patience.
But a six hour car trip with our particularly manic three year old had the potential to take us to some very dark places… So we jumped at the chance for a half way overnight stay at the Travelodge in Weston-Super-Mare!
The hotel itself is a ten minute drive to the coast, perfect for a day trip to the seaside. We drove up on the Sunday afternoon to sleep over and have some seaside fun the next day, before we headed off to Wales.
Our family room was much larger than I had anticipated, with plenty of room for our suitcases and for Finley to run about. We had a comfortable King Size bed and two pull out beds had been set up on either side. The room had a large wall mounted TV (typical free-view channels) and an en suite bathroom.
Everything in our room was perfectly clean and well presented. In fact the hotel was spotless throughout and after checking Google, I’ve found that it actually only opened last year so everything is indeed brand new.
We stopped for dinner on our way up but there is a restaurant on site that serves evening meals. There is also a pub across the car park and plenty of parking spaces.
We woke up a little later than usual, check out isn’t until 12pm so we had plenty of time. After getting ready, we headed down for breakfast. The Travelodge Unlimited Breakfast is a self service buffet with a variety of options. Breakfast is without a doubt Finley’s favourite meal of the day and it’s when he eats the most so he was all over that buffet like Joey was in Vegas. He had two bowls of cereal, an orange juice, a bowl of fruit and croissant – the kid was living his holiday dream that’s for sure!
We had teas and coffees and a full English breakfast. There was plenty and it was all hot and of good quality. I noticed the staff replenishing the buffet at various intervals and although it was self service, they were about clearing tables and checking everything was to our liking.
Speaking of the hotel staff, they were particularly friendly and helpful. The guy who checked us in was chatty and engaged with Finley – which always helps when you are traveling with children. The lady when we checked out was again interested in speaking with us and offered advice on local amenities and attractions. Had we had any issues during our stay, which thankfully we didn’t – I felt confident that the staff would have dealt with them appropriately.
After breakfast we headed over to Weston-Super-Mare and onto the Grand Pier. I’d been there as a kid, so knew it was a big seaside town. We love having a go on the arcades and 2p machines and the Pier had these in abundance.
Finley won himself a ‘barrel of slime’ which naturally made his day and we had those really sugary, hot seaside doughnuts that you just can’t get anywhere else.
There’s a lot to see and do at Weston-Super-Mare including the SeaQuarium, Helicopter Museum and the sandy beach itself.
There is also the Big Wheel on the front, crazy golf and lots of places to get fish and chips. We spent the morning and early afternoon there before heading onto Wales. It was a great start to our holiday and we had a great time.
You can watch a video of our visit to Weston-Super-Mare and road trip holiday to Wales here.
*Our stay with Travelodge was FOC, in exchange for our honest review*
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