Reviewed by Gina Reedy
Returning to stay in a hotel for the first time since lockdown combined a mixture of excitement and nervousness. Yet my arrival at the newly opened Sandwich Travelodge was simplicity itself as it is perfectly located with easy access from the main roads and only a five minute drive into the medieval town centre.
There is plenty of car parking space immediately in front of the hotel; including 3 electric car charging points at the entrance.
Entering the light filled reception there were Covid precautions in place: hand sanitising station; screening between the reception staff and the checking in guests and clear signs with guidance on for mask wearing and distancing.
The reception staff were very friendly and welcoming- my check in was seamless. Using the key card I accessed the corridor to the hotel rooms and elevator. There were sanitising stations at every elevator point. I was struck by how absolutely spotless the public areas are. This continued when I walked in my room.
On entering the room there are a good choice of different lights for task work and varied mood setting. There is individual climate control by the room thermostat. It has air conditioning as well as heating to make the room at a temperature that suits you.
I reserved a double room – there is a choice of family rooms as well that can sleep up to two adults and two children. It had a large, comfortable bed with a duvet and white cotton sheets. There are extra pillows supplied for those that like more than one. The desk area has a lamp and usb and electric sockets. The ergonomic layout makes it a perfect area for working.
There are two chairs in the room and space to have a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with the room hot drinks area.
On unpacking there is a hanging rail with hangers and a shelf above for extra storage. Next to it is a floor to ceiling mirror with a handy electric socket for plugging in your hairdryer/ straighteners etc.
The fresh paint and decor has been carefully conceived to create a soothing/relaxing space. The soft furnishings are all in the Travelodge branded colour palette of red, blue and granites, including the curtains, carpet and bed throw.
One thing that I am particularly struck by is the thought that has gone into planning the room and its ability to appeal to a diverse range of travellers, from families to those travelling for work. There are multiple electric and usb sockets. In the wooden headboard it is possible to switch all room lighting on and off from both sides, as well as reading lights and inset shelves for your drink/ phone etc. The wall mounted flat screen TV is easy to watch from bed or from one of the chairs with the use of the remote control.
The shower room was absolutely spotless with all chrome fittings polished; plenty of thick white towels and foam soap and wall mounted shampoo in the shower cubicle. I found the cubicle spacious and there was good control of both the temperature and flow of the water.
The bed is comfortable, with its crisp white linen and the second floor of the hotel was very quiet ensuring an excellent night’s sleep.
In the morning, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff to the bar and restaurant area which is light and airy, again with plenty of hand sanitiser and social distancing, as tables are time booked to ensure no overcrowding. All contact with the hotel staff was really hospitable. the optional breakfast was definitely good value for money at £8.75 per adult and children go free. There is everything one would expect from a buffet breakfast and nice little extras. The Lavazza Coffee, baked croissants and fresh fruit salad of particular mention.
There is a dinner menu that has a good range of food to appeal to a wide range of tastes and a children’s menu. The bar has comfy sofas and a large screen TV to watch all the days’ events.
For me the outstanding feature of this hotel was their staff. Every one of them we met made us feel welcomed with smiling and positive attitudes. Nothing was too much trouble and they dealt with our requests swiftly. This is what contributed to such an enjoyable experience- Sandwich Travelodge have really got their recruitment right.
Sandwich itself is definitely worth a few nights visit appealing to a wide range of interests. Golfers are spoilt for choice with the Royal St George and Prince’s links courses; historians can enjoy the Cinque Port walled town with the highest number of medieval buildings anywhere in the UK; Richborough Fort, a nearby Roman site and families will find the nearby Zoos, Beaches and general seaside fun very appealing.
If you’re planning a trip to this gem on the Kent coast, make your visit for a few nights; forget old and basic places to stay by enjoying the hospitality at the pristine Travelodge- you won’t regret it!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Rooms cost from £29.00. For more information and to make a booking please visit the Travelodge website here.
Spitfire Way, Discovery Park, Sandwich, CT13 9FR, United Kingdom Sat nav postcode: CT13 9FR
Tel: 08719 846581