Recently Mr OFS and I had a little jaunt down to London, actually together!!
Its a rare thing for us, but the occasion was a U2 concert at the O2 arena London. Of all the bands and music my other half likes, U2 are his favourite. He’s been a huge fan since the early eighties and its fair to say I’ve now heard every song they’ve done.
I personally prefer U2’s older back catalogue from the late 1980s and early 1990s, namely tracks from the Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby albums- the classics and crowd pleaser’s I suppose (some may say their heyday?!)
Of course we needed a place to stay overnight and the lovely people at Travelodge offered us a room at their Euston branch. You may remember I reviewed one of their Manchester branches this summer- read more about our Staycation in Manchester.
The week leading up to our trip had been a bit crazy, we’d both been in London separately- so we were both well acquainted with Virgin Trains. Funnily enough Mr OFS had actually ended up staying at the very same Travelodge during that week and he’d managed to forget some bits… We were able to collect them when we arrived without any issue.
The customer service from the staff has been consistently great, having stayed in Manchester and now a London branch it feels like the staff are genuinely there to help. Do excuse the cliché, but they seem to be all singing from the same song book.
The room, as I expected, was a lot smaller than the Manchester branch. Space in central London is at a premium so a huge space like we had in Manchester isn’t something you come across easily within the Travelodge price bracket.
I was a little disappointed that we had no view from our window though, it had a type of screen across it on the outside, so if you stood really close to the window you could see down either side of it but not directly straight ahead.
I always love a view, no matter what it’s of, it gives me a sense of place, like I’m part of the world. I think part of the pleasure of staying in a hotel is to have a different view from your window than the one at home. But as we were only here for one night it wasn’t something I spent time pondering.
As last time- everything was perfectly clean and in working order, for the price you pay I think you get a good hotel, and its so convenient for Euston station. The gig, incase you were wondering was great actually! I surprised myself as some of it was genuinely moving.
The next morning we had an early train to catch so we were one of the first ones down for Breakfast. This was again consistent with our stay in Manchester- really tasty cooked breakfast items, and lots of them. We might have gone back for seconds, but it got incredibly busy with other people getting up and there just wasn’t enough time.