We had lots planned for this trip; touristy stuff, lots of eating out and a few press events too - so we decided to spread it out over two days and book ourselves a little overnight stay.
We already knew that we'd like to stay in a Travelodge. We have both stayed in them with our families before and have always found them to be ideal - and very reasonably priced too. Because it was the Easter holidays, and we had left it rather late, we could only get family rooms in the Docklands hotel - which isn't the most central out of all their London hotels, but is only a short journey back into town on the DLR. It's literally a 2 minute walk from East India Dock station, but also has plenty of car parking if you decide to drive there instead (there is an £8 charge per 24hr period). Because it's in the middle of a business district, it's very quiet - especially in the evenings - which is a godsend with small children.
The hotel is relatively small, but very bright and spacious - and the family rooms are pretty much perfect. With one large bed and two singles either side, it could accommodate four easily.
The bathroom is basic, but has everything you need it to - a loo, sink, bath and shower, plus towels for each of the guests.
Our favourite things about our stay?
The comfy beds.
Travelodge are renowned for their incredible king size beds, also known as Travelodge Dreamer beds. Every single one of their rooms has one, complete with a cosy 10.5 tog duvet and four plump pillows! The mattresses are designed for maximum comfort and have over 950 individual springs to follow the natural contour of your body and give you a perfect night's sleep. They are also the proud owners of a Royal Warrant! I had an absolutely incredible nights sleep, despite having both of the girls in with me. We all had plenty of room.
The thick curtains.
Oh my GOD, I love black out curtains! They really make a difference, especially now the clocks have gone forward and the evenings are getting lighter. The girls stayed asleep until half 7 (Evie) and half 8 (Daisy) which is completely unheard of - and I'm pretty sure it's because the room was in total darkness.
|The children ate cereal.... followed by nutella on toast.... followed by cooked breakfasts!|
|I was very restrained and had fruit, yoghurt + coffee (.... and maybe some of the kids' leftover bacon)|
The amazing breakfast buffet.
I love a good buffet breakfast, and so do the girls. They really enjoy the wide choice - and Travelodge provide all the premium brands; Kelloggs cereals, Lavazza coffee, Nutella! The best bit is that up to two kids eat free per paying adult, and the adult breakfast is a bargain £7.95. Not bad for unlimited food and drinks for three of you! It really set us up for our second day in London.
When the time came for us to check out, we simply had to drop our room keys into a box at reception - entirely fuss free!
If you're planning a city break with kids then I would definitely recommend booking a room at a Travelodge. When booked far enough in advance, prices start at as little as £69!
We were invited to Travelodge Docklands for a complimentary overnight stay. All views and photographs are my own.