The other thing that you really, really need when trying to book accommodation overseas, is a very on to it Sister-in-law like mine. She is AMAZING!!! And no, I’m not sharing. And no, there is no iphone app. LOL.
Because she is brilliant, she was on the email list for Travelodge in the UK. And because she is phenomenal, when the sale started at 6am UK time, she was on the net booking stuff on our behalf. The reason this was such a big deal was that the rooms were £9 per night. That’s not per person, that’s per room. Even the family rooms which (God Bless Travelodge) sleep four were £9!!! I also tried to access the site, but the rest of the UK were also trying to book and the Travelodge site was heavily overloaded. I managed to get a few more nights and the overall result is that we have saved ourselves a bazillion dollars in accommodation in the UK. (I actually booked two family rooms per hotel as we have five of us, that’s two rooms for £18 – unbelievable).
Although most of the £9 rooms sold out in the first few hours of the sale, Travelodge still has some £19 rooms available. Still very worthwhile checking out if you need accommodation in August and September in the UK. Even the normal Travelodge rates are significantly cheaper than competitors. Sure, they lack things like character, ambience and miniscule bottles of shampoo, but when you consider that the Youth Hostels start at about £65 per night for a family room, it’s a sacrifice worth making for families on a budget.
The other thing that Travelodges don’t have is anywhere to prepare meals. However, I consider the money we saved on accommodation justifies eating out for the evening meals, instead of our usual modus operandi on holidays which is to pay the extra to book units with cooking facilities only to end up eating out anyway because we are on holiday….
(Note: Travelodges do have the option of adding on breakfasts for a price and tea and coffee making facilities). Now if only the rooms actually do look like the pictures, I’ll be really, really happy.