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“GENERALY GODD BUT PARKING CAN BE AN ISSUE / EXPENSIVE”

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Travelodge Newmarket Road Cambridge
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“GENERALY GODD BUT PARKING CAN BE AN ISSUE / EXPENSIVE”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

My wife and I stayed here for one night so that we could attend a concert at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, which was a quick and straightforward bus ride away. As such the location and proximity of the hotel were our main criteria for choosing this location. Those of you you have stayed at a Travelodge before know what to expect and this one was no different, clean, perfectly acceptable for a night or two, and very reasonably priced. This particular hotel has been recently refurbished so looks and feels quite modern.

Room-wise I would suggest you ask for one on the top floor, and at the back of the hotel, as this appeared to offer the best position with regard to quietness.

The BIG problem with this hotel however is the limited car parking (51 spaces (underground) and on a 'first come, first served' basis). We paid the additional £10 charge for an early check into our room which meant that the car park had spaces available when we arrived at 12:45PM. However be careful, a number of the spaces leave part of the car exposed to things being dropped onto the cars from the windows of the rooms above at the rear of the hotel, so best to avoid these if you have any concerns of somebody dropping their 'tinny' out of the 4th floor window straight onto your bonnet. Quite why there are not 'catch nets' installed above this area I do not know... NO RECORD is kept of your car registration number so if there are any issues with your vehicle the hotel staff do not know who to contact. When we came down to our car this morning the car park was 'over full' as the result of lazy, inconsiderate, selfish people abandoning their cars anywhere and preventing others from getting out of the car park (Yes you idiots who parked by the bicycle racks, and the complete numbskull who parked actually on the car park down ramp...)

If you can't get in the car park then you are forced to take your chances in the local (very congested) neighbourhood (I wouldn't) or park in the Grafton Centre car park at £24.00 for anything over 5 hours...

So to sum up, if you are on foot, have a company car / get your car parking refunded, or have an 'old banger' then this may acceptable to you. I don't so I will not be staying again, which is a pity really because the hotel was actually pretty good for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Rear of hotel, top floor.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Crediton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Nice hotel friendly staff. Nice clean and comfortable room and very clean bathroom and shower. water pressure very low and no bath as an alternative. Very good nights sleep with no noise despite being on a busy main road.

No toiletries supplied, no hair dryer or fridge. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the rooms.

Good food in the restaurant at very good prices. Burger and a drink £9.99 other meals about £8.

Beer and lager £3 a pint bottle of rose wine £9,95. Very reasonable.

Good breakfast,£7.95 sausages, bacon, baked beans,scrambled eggs, toast. Preserves,cereal and fruit. Tea coffee and juice. All unlimited and children under seven eat for free at breakfast.

Good for one night stay.

Thirty minute walk to city center.(approx)

Room Tip: I stayed on fourth floor to the front of the hotel. 433 very nice and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Travelodge on Newmarket Road is an average budget accommodation in Cambridge. We stayed there for two nights and were quite satisfied.

Room and bathroom:
As I expected a very small room, I was surprised by the size. It wasn't big but totally sufficient. The furniture was pretty new. The room and bathroom were clean. The bathroom was pretty small and equipped with a shower curtain (which I generally don't like at hotels).

Breakfast:
There was a breakfast buffet (for extra charge) where you could choose between English breaktfast, cereals, croissants, fresh fruit, yoghurts etc. Everything I tried tasted good. The only downside: It was pretty cold in the restaurant.
If you're only up for a coffee, you can go to a Starbucks, which is just a few minutes walk away.

Service:
Service was OK. As it said on the homepage that you could get a hairdryer, I didn't bring one. When I wanted to borrow one at the reception, they told me that there were none available at the moment. Maybe they only got 20 or so hairdriers?

Location:
From the train station it takes about 7 minutes by car to get to the Travelodge. Directly in front of the building is a bus stop. According to the timetable it takes about 15 minutes to the town centre.
A few minutes walk away is a pretty large Tesco if you'd like to buy something to drink or some snacks (there's also a vending machine in the lobby if you don't want to leave the hotel).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 January 2014 via mobile

Was out side having a fag out the back and a guy and girl was very rude the language coming out of this young guys mouth was appalling as he worked there I had my two kids with me he was could Connor the girl said his name I'm not happy and will not being going here again I'm thinking about ringing in as well to complain hope this matter gets sorted

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2014

No matter how good a budget Hotel is the WiFi has to work properly, particularly if they charge £10 for it! Well it did not work for more than 30 mins......End of! Overpriced and useless!
Bathroom door handle hanging off, but frankly rather I would rather that all handles are hanging off, all the towels are ragged, no soap, a couple of bulbs out but the WiFi is still working. if you need to work and need WiFi to do it...useless hotel.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Standard Travelodge fare here - standard clean rooms, quiet, comfortable bed and clean functional bathroom. Selling point was the free underground carpark, which was great because it meant avoiding the sickening Cambridge central parking fees. Another was the location - 15 minute walk to the centre, and that walk is past pubs and restaurants down Newmarket Road - ideal if you arrive late and need some food (and dont want to eat in the hotel). It was very quiet here and seemed not even half full - the price was good.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Generally a good hotel for the money - but...

The shower in the very well appointed accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower and a very secure shower seat. Except I couldn't get the water hot, or even warm! When I mentioned the water temperature to reception staff I got a very half-hearted apology, which didn't really cut it.

I had an accessible room but the narrow single bed was so low. The hotel was unable to provide riser feet to raise the bed (despite them being available in other TLs) so they put a foam sofa bed mattress on top of the bed; it was too short so my feet hung over the end, the mattress was uncomfortable and I worried about falling out of bed it was so narrow!

NOTE: If you are arriving with a wheelchair you will be better using the setting down point in front of reception rather than coming in through the car park entrance as the turn as you come through the door (which has a lip) is very tight!

All said and done, we coped with the inconveniences and had a very enjoyable girls' weekend on a budget!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Travelodge Newmarket Road Cambridge
Address: 180-190 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8HE, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
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Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
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Hotel Class:2 star — Travelodge Newmarket Road Cambridge 2*
Number of rooms: 219
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