Thankfully I’ve been able to make use of Devere Venues autumn sale recently in order to avoid the somehwat-increased travelodge prices. But, inevitably it’s only been a few nights here and there and I’ve had to shop around for travelodge rooms. My regular haunt at M4 East seems to have almost doubled its best prices, while Whitley (which always seemed to charge a premium) is almost half what it was.
Mind you, it is one of the dumpiest of Travelodges. Very old and tired - indeed the rooms don’t match the usual blueprint - smaller (thinner) desks, different light switches, and really manky bedside furniture. Walkking down the corridors there’s that familiar smell of something that never quite got clean and never really gets any fresh air - I can’t help but wonder what unknown organisms lurk within the tired carpet.
Room 34 - my second time - hadn’t improved. In fact now that winter is approaching it reminded my of another fundamental problem at this stop: knackered old heaters.
The heater in my room was already at 30 when I arrived, but let’s not get carried away imagining that the actual room temperature had got anything near there. It had probably managed 16 or 17. Output from the wall heater is approaching that of a candle, so as you can imagine, I was quick to get my PC on and start some heavy duty image processing tasks to pump some much needed heat into the room.
In the end, I slept with some of my clothes over me (on the duvet) and actually made it through the night to see another day, to live another adventure!