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“Good choice for an overnight en route to the Dover ferry”

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Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We chose Canterbury as a pleasant city to spend a night en route for the Dover-Dunkirk ferry. The Travelodge has been refurbished and rebranded in red and blue colours which look good, though we thought the fittings and extras a little spartan compared to other Travelodges we have stayed at. The wardrobe has limited hanging space, just one top shelf for clothes but no side shelves, there are no bedside tables, just a small space set into the bedhead, and there is no shower gel dispenser, just one very small bar of soap. Breakfast was fresh and served in a pleasant dining room - book online and save £1. I last stayed in the Chaucer Hotel in April 1965 when it was a Trusthouse branded hotel. I was delighted to stay again now, and it is just fine as a budget hotel for a comfortable short break a stone's throw from Canterbury city centre, and near to the Kent coast.

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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We had a lovely short break here. It was comfortable, clean and close to the city centre. The only bugbear is crossing that awful ring road! Its hard to avoid using those nasty, wee stained underpasses, but railings prevent you from crossing at surface level. Not Travelodge's fault of course! But Canterbury's traffic engineers seem to have a real dislike for pedestrians. There are few proper crossings, and you have to walk out of your way to get to them. Apart from that, the hotel is nicely placed to get straight into the city centre quickly. Over the road in the Whitefriars Centre is a Tesco supermarket. You have to go right into the centre to find it, but it is worth hunting out for nice inexpensive sandwiches, drinks and other essentials.
Canterbury is perfect for a short break, and you can reach everywhere on foot. It is lovely just to wander up the little atmospheric lanes and streets. We found all the main attractions that way, rather than deliberately searching them out. There are lots of eating places, and some nice real ales in the pubs. The students are very noisy and lively at night at the weekends, so be warned! If you want to hear singing of a more sublime type, go to the Cathedral for evensong at 5.30p.m. It is absolutely free, and is the experience many tourists overlook.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

Stayed here as a family on our way to France. Not a bad hotel, recently refurbished and very clean, the staff were also very helpful. We used the cafe for tea which was nice, the food was excellent. It's situated down a tiny back road and the parking has to be payed for, (£5) which is a bit much! Overall, it offered a nice stop over with good value for money, just make sure you factor the parking cost into your overall 'value' factor!

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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and found the hotel convenient for getting in and around Canterbury with good access to both stations. Try to avoid the underpass and use the crossings to access the Town Centre - it feels safer! Staff were friendly and provided excellent and courteous service, all you need is nearby with the a cinema opposite (in case it rains!) and a large supermarket at the rear of the hotel for any goodies needed for the room. Would recommend the breakfast at the Wetherspoons across the road. Despite being in the centre of town the room was spacious and fairly quiet - would certainly use again if in the area

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We were looking forward to our stay in the Travelodge as we had been camping for 3 weeks and it was great to have a nice bed to sleep in. Nicely furnished room light and large with tea and coffee making facilities. The room was far too hot on the evening which spoilt a good nights sleep. The window had been opened to its maximum but didn't help. This was the only gripe as the staff and breakfast was great.

Room Tip: We were on the first floor so I don't know if other rooms would have been any cooler.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Stayed here for a saturday night. Plenty of car parking and a fiver isn't bad for 24 hours parking. Had dinner and was good. Staff were all brilliant and really friendly. Huge rooms and lovely beds and pillows (well done travelodge first time in these new rooms and much better). Had no problems with being too warm even though it was a warm night. £77 a night is a tad expensive but still cheapest in canterbury. Drinks at the bar are a tad expensive too but that's how they make the money.. Lots of pubs nearby though. Breakfast not the best but worked again plenty of places to eat nearby but we was just being lazy.

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

This hotel has been refurbished since I last stayed there so it's much improved. The bed was extremely comfortable - if anything the pillows were too plump! Everything was clean, in good decorative order with a modern feel.
Excellent value for money all round (although I didn't pay for the breakfast you can get much better in town) even the parking at £5 per 24 hours.
Centrally located couldn't ask for more.

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Additional Information about Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central

Address: 63 Ivy Lane, Canterbury CT1 1TU, England (Formerly Swallow Chaucer Hotel)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Canterbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Canterbury
Price Range: £50 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel built around attractive old House & retaining Regency appearance & atmosphere. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central Hotel Canterbury
Swallow Chaucer Canterbury
Hotel Swallow Chaucer
Chaucer Hotel Canterbury

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