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Trips to London with the family are costly at the best of times and that’s before you’ve factored in the price of a hotel room. We checked-in to Travelodge’s Southwark hotel to check-out their new luxury upgraded family room…

Travelodge luxury family room, Southwark

Our room: calm and relaxing. We loved the artwork – it wasn’t meant to but it was in-keeping with it being Red Nose Day!

Last Friday I picked the kids up from school and we went into the centre of London as part of our ‘goodbye London’ tour. We met Daddy at the London Aquarium (reduced tickets for entry after 3pm) and a few hours later walked along the South Bank to the Tate Modern restaurant for a slap-up meal (kids eat for free with an adult). We were lucky and got window-seats so we had the most magnificent views of the River Thames. The kids loved watching the boats, the coloured lights along the bridges and the view of St Paul’s Cathedral on the opposite side of the river.

What made this night out extra extra special was that once the meal was safely tucked under our belts we got to spend the night in town too. It took us 5 minutes from leaving the Tate Modern to get to our beds in Travelodge’s Southwark hotel (it’s really close to London Bridge and Southwark stations too). The kids were really excited at the prospect of sleeping in a hotel and had to take it in turns with the plastic key fob to enter the corridors and our room. Openig the door we found a large and spacious room with the beds set out for us and the kids.

Travelodge family room, Southwark

Our bed was one of the new luxury king size Dreamer beds – deemed the ‘Rolls Royce’ of beds. It certainly looked the part being high off the ground, covered in a pristine white duvet with a stripe runner along the bottom. Underneath the ‘bonnet’ was a 952 pocket spring mattress. Apparently each individual spring is designed to follow the natural contour of an individual’s body to give the correct amount of support and comfort to make sure you get a good night’s sleep.

Our Dreamer Bed was firm but still soft enough to get comfy. It had been dressed with a quilted mattress topper and bounce back duvet and pillows which felt very luxurious indeed. I liked the head-board which had a light along the top and handy, built-in shelves to put a glass of water.

On either side of the bed were two truckle beds. When not in use they fit underneath the bed otherwise that space can be used for suitcases and bags. We were travelling light but should you be in the room for a week or so there’s plenty of space to tuck away your bags.

Plenty of room under the beds, Travelodge Southwark

Plenty of room under the beds for storage…or just to play!

The kids loved the beds and after a very busy day at school and a night on the tiles were more than happy to get straight in and snuggle down for the night. The beds were sturdy, well dressed and a good size for kids.

Talking the talk is one thing but the proof of a good bed is in the sleeping. Considering there were four of us in a room (two of them quite ‘noisy’ sleepers) we all woke up feeling surprisingly refreshed. I really loved the bounce back pillows but Alex thought they were too ‘big’. However, he loved the mattress and remarked how well he’d slept. The kids both loved their beds and were happy to stay in them and enjoy what for them is the ultimate luxury – watching TV in bed!

Whilst the room wasn’t ‘fancy’ it had all the essentials you could need. A kettle, TV, large desk area (storage underneath this too), plenty of plug points, a place to charge your phone and a spotlessly clean bathroom with plenty of towels. The room was nicely decorated with artwork on the wall, a blue carpet and striped curtains to match the bed runner. It’s also worth noting how quiet it was.

If you’re looking for a well-priced, centrally located family room (and don’t care about fancy reception areas) this room ticks all the boxes. When we’re in London again (as real visitors) we’ll certainly consider a stay here.

*Thank you to Travelodge for the very comfy accommodation. All words and opinions are my own.

 

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