Travelodge Hotel, Central Southark

THE HOTEL: This hotel is just 500 yards from Southwark tube station and around ten minutes’ walk from Waterloo main line station. A word of warning though, the hotel signage is not very clear – if you walk under the railway arch you’ve gone too far.

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THE CHECK-IN:Reception is located on the first floor. I arrived early to find that there’s a £10 surcharge for checking in before 3pm. For some reason, it’s even later if you book online, although the receptionist couldn’t explain why!

THE ROOM: The hotel has recently been updated in line with Travelodge’s new look and rooms now come with the Dreamer Bed – which does what it says on the tin thanks to 950 individually pocketed springs. Regular Travelodge guests will find the surroundings reassuringly familiar: shower (no bath), TV and workspace included. First timers should take note that toiletries are not provided. There’s in-room wifi access, with prices starting at £5 an hour. What came as a particularly pleasant surprise was how quiet the rooms were, despite the hotel being located right next to a busy railway line.

THE FACILITIES:Breakfast and evening meals are served in the hotel’s Bar Café (the concept is standard in over 150 Travelodges). The evening menu is sound if basic, including the likes of ‘classic’ fish and chips, burgers, and sausage and mash, available daily between 5pm and 10pm. Wifi access is also free in the Bar Café. There’s no on-site parking but the nearest NCP is on the same street (prices start from £3 per hour), however this shuts at 7pm and doesn’t re-open again until 6.30am, so park cautiously!

THE VERDICT: You know what you’re getting with any Travelodge, and this hotel is typically clean and comfortable. It's ideally located for the South Bank, London Bridge and the City. Just don’t make the mistake of checking-in early!

THE DETAILS: Travelodge London Central Southwark, 202–206 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0LH. Tel. 0871 984 6352. See: www.travelodge.co.uk

Reviewed by Mark Harris (2013)