Dear Mummy, over the Halloween weekend we were invited to stay at a Travelodge hotel. We’ve always wanted to visit Norwich so stayed at Norwich Central Travelodge, one of two in the city centre. It was a spooky stop over and we giggled at a lot of the guests staying who were clearly going to fancy dress parties when we arrived.
After a long journey from Hampshire, we were glad of a warm welcome from staff when we arrived. Parking was conveniently at the NCP carpark next door, as typically Travelodges don’t have hotel carparks. They validate tickets and discount car parking by up to 50% for guests. It was our first time staying with Travelodge so we didn’t really know what to expect from this 3 star chain.
However we were pleasantly surprised, having just come back from a hotel stay in Dubrovnik, this hotel was on par with a TUI one. Just look at the smile on my daddies face. The decor was clean and basic and provided all amenities we needed for a weekend break. We used the Travelodge as a bolt hole for exploring the wider area.
On arrival our family room was super clean and basic, but we didn’t require anything more than that. The beds were comfy, the sheets had a decent thread count and were crisp and white. Even my pull out bed in the corner was firm and large. No horrible spring mattresses here! In fact the mattresses were lovely and firm just how my folks like it. We had ample pillows to fight over and enjoyed belting ourselves over the head with. I tested the bed by furiously jumping on them practising my trampolining, much to the dismay of my folks who refused to join in. Grumpy pants!
With all this excitement (and bouncing around) I soon settled in for the night after devouring a pizza from the restaurant downstairs in the hotel. Chicago Town pizza leftovers were brought up to our room while I slept my folks relaxed and surfed the net, making full use of the Wifi free minutes (30 minutes per device) and the 2 day unlimited pass (1 device) which they paid £6 for. The connection was super fast, a good thing for bloggers like us! The bath room was a good size and had lovely fluffy white towels and a generous bath which was great for a mucky pup like me.
We were super impressed with the breakfast the next morning and it had everything I could possibly wish for, from cereals to full english breakfast, croissants to a whole range of fresh fruits, yoghurts and spreads. All premium brands and unlimited. We watched one hotel guest fill up his plate at least 2 times, looking like he was feeding a hangover (what ever that is)! Even though we seemed to be the only family in the communal areas, everyone was friendly and welcoming, Jordan in particular didn’t flitch when I asked him to put CBEEBIES on for me and happily obliged.
As a destination Norwich is ideally placed to visit the Norfolk Broads, the Norfolk coastline like Great Yarmouth and Cromer and other destinations like Amazona Zoo and BeWILDerwood. We traveled just 20 minutes up the road to BeWILDerwood and had a fantastic time at their Halloween Lantern Parade. The hotel was located in a great spot right next to an amazing shopping centre called INTU Chapelfield and near the Norwich City Centre and Market.
I was flabbergasted at all the great thing to do in the area and we’d love to go back and stay longer in Norwich. As far as room rates go it was cheap and cheerful, but that’s exactly what our little family was looking for. We all slept well, ate well and enjoyed the facilities. The only grumble being when housekeeping didn’t take away our dirty coffee cups or glasses and crockery from the night before on change over. However they did empty the bin. When mentioned to reception they did apologise profusely.
It was lovely spending time together as a family in one room and I enjoyed sleeping close to my folks, I even kept them up one evening with my snoring which had them in fits of giggles. It would have been nice to have a small screen or room divider in their family rooms, so the adults could have more evening time as opposed to reading under screen lighting.
It definitely was a spooky stop over with ghost stories read, Halloween costumes spotted and a trip to BeWILDerwood and we can’t wait to return.
Love Bella x
Disclaimer: We were offered family weekend accommodation in return for an honest review. All thoughts and photos are our own.