This hotel is desperately in need of modernising. I don't mind old fashioned - I'm no prude. I have stayed in military accommodation and hostels which have been as basic as it gets and comes straight from the 1960's in terms of styling. But despite my normally happy approach to hotels I have to say this Travelodge pushed my boundaries. Not just because of the ageing varnish on almost every wooden surface, not just because of the delaminating veneer and mildew on non-varnished surfaces, not just by the CRT television with a remote which wasn't even for that model or the out of date PAT testing on the appliances. No I was pushed to new levels of tolerance for the failings in the room which as a seasoned traveller I have just come to expect. A fresh smell is what I expect, my room smelled awful and sweaty. Equipment which is fully functional is what I expect, half the lights had no bulbs and the bed was collapsing on the right hand side. A feeling of cleanliness is what I expect, the wooden surfaces felt "sticky". I did not get what I expected at all. I am not going to be mean and list everything but I am going to advise anybody that thinks of going here to avoid room 133 which is the room I stayed in. You just need to look out of the window and onto the ledge at the uneaten packet of chips, the mug, the yellow flannel or the hundreds of cigarette butts (all by a window stating that to smoke in the room is chargeable but I'm convinced they don't spend the charge clearing the smoker's evidence that's for sure!) Note: You will need to take 3 £1 coins for the pay & display car park. Note: You will need lots of change if you wish to purchase anything as there is no cashpoint onsite and virtually everything is dispensed from a vending machine. It was icy on the path from the car park to the hotel entrance. A bag of salt was lying in the middle of the path, slashed open, but nobody had de-iced the path to help paying guests to use the path. Normally I am very forgiving but what I don't forgive is laziness or lack of pride and the owners of this hotel have both in bucketfuls. Shame on them for forcing their staff to apologise to people like me for their own visibly poor attitude. I don't hold the staff in any way responsible for the poor state of décor or the low standards of cleanliness. This Travelodge exudes a "Lack of Pride". The staff seem content to do their job, which is as it should be. The owners should be ashamed of themselves. If you want a peaceful, clean sleep in a comfortable hotel, go elsewhere folks. Positives - staff are polite. Breakfast was tired but edible - it all sits on a hot plate arrangement just getting harder by the minute so don't take too long coming down for it if you've paid. Its a Travelodge - they don't do high-brow but please think carefully before choosing to come here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Based on the edge of the industrial town of Walsall, Metro Inn Walsall is just a 24 minutes’ drive from the National Exhibition Centre. There is free WiFi access and free on-site parking is available upon registration on check in (please see Fine Print for details). The modern rooms feature a TV, an en suite bathroom, and tea and coffee making facilities. The centre of Walsall is short 8-minute drive from the Metro Inn Walsall, boasting a range of bars and restaurants. Alternatively, with an 18-minute car journey, guests can explore the Bullring Shopping Centre, home to a variety of restaurants and big name brands. For thrill seekers, Drayton Manor Theme Park is a 31 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Birmingham International Airport is also 18 miles from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Birmingham Walsall Hotel Birmingham