The last time we stayed at the Travelodge in Bucksburn was in July, 2012. After our experience then, I wrote a rather scathing review of the hotel, stating that it was in need of a complete refurbishing if it was going to continue to attract repeat business.
Well, two years later, we were returning to Aberdeen, and our favourite hotel had almost doubled its price because of a golf tournament. So we decided to bite the bullet, and return to the Travelodge, as it was only for one night.
Much to our surprise, the Travelodge management had actually listened to the suggestions of disgruntled travellers. The rooms have had a complete makeover; the reception desk is bright and cheerful; the windows in the rooms have been completely refurbished; and there is new carpeting throughout. The door frames seem to be the last remnant of the previous version of the hotel. You can see how worn they are.
The only thing that hasn't changed at all is the condition of the car park. I could swear that the weeds that were there in 2012 are the ones that are still growing now. And the car park still looks as though it hasn't received much attention. However, anyone who is complaining now about the condition of the interior of the hotel now should have seen it two years ago!
The rooms have been tastefully redecorated in blue and cream. Our bed was very comfortable; the tea/coffee/soup making facilities were clean; the nasty CRT television has been replaced by a small flat screen television, with multiple channels instead of the original four (however, it would have been nice to have BBC ALBA as a choice); and the bathroom has been modernized. The soap and shower gel dispensers are a major step up from the minuscule bar of soap which was previously provided; however, if you prefer bar soap, be prepared to bring your own.
As previously noted, there is a McDonalds and a carvery within a short walk, as well as a Lidl supermarket. There is a 24 hour Tesco in Danestone, which is just across the Don. Once Mugiemoss Road reopens, it will be easier to avoid the Haudagain Roundabout.
The hotel is on the flight path for the airport, but there are no flights in after 10 p.m. There are early morning flights in, so late sleepers should keep the windows shut, if possible.
All in all, we felt that the changes made to the Bucksburn Travelodge have made it a reasonable destination once again. It's convenient to town, and also for getting out of town. And the prices are reasonable, for the most part.
Now, if only they could do something about the car park...
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