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“Nice location but let down in a few areas - OK if you can get cheap enough”

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Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas Hotel
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Scarborough
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Nice location but let down in a few areas - OK if you can get cheap enough”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Like most people, we checked up on this hotel before going and there were mixed reviews on how good it was. For information we had a family room and they was myself, my wife and two children aged 4 and 7. The main bed was a decent size and comfortable, and the children slept on the converted sofa. We also had a sea view room which was good as well.
First, lets look at the positives. It was a handy location for the beach front and the town centre for the shops. The room in our case was generally clean although we have noted that other people have had cleanliness problems. However, our daughter found a scarf under the sofa bed, so the room was checked as thoroughly as it could have been during cleaning.
Next, the negatives.... The major one for us was the noise outside the room. As you would expect seagulls were about (as it is the seaside after all!), but they were making a racket until about 11.30pm and then started up again at about 3.30am. In between this time the sound of drunken people outside made sure that the sleep was broken up. As the windows were not double glazed the noise was not cut down at all really so this is some think to consider in our opinion. There were no toiletries in the room but if you go to reception then they can offer you a small bar of soap to get you going but would have thought that they would have put them in the rooms on arrival? I went and got a couple of bottles of cider and took them back to the room, only to find there was no bottle opener (even though was told there was one). The TV remote was missing on arrival and when we asked about it they said that they keep getting stolen from the rooms (why, I can only guess...). This wasn't too much of a bother as the TV could be controlled from the TV itself (for anyone who doesn't remember this is what TVs were like before the early 80's). The temperature button on the bath tap was missing and the shower curtain was not fitted correctly so it hung too far in the bath when having a shower. There was no bin liner in the waste bin under the desk and in terms of the safety bars on the windows for children, there was one missing on the centre window.
I think that's enough on the negatives side for the moment.
On other points, Breakfast was OK and basic but from what we could see there was just one guy trying to sort everything out including refilling all the breakfast items and clearing tables. So, it seemed like there was a staffing problem and we took a bit of pity on the situation and cleared our table for him. To be honest we only chose the breakfast as the kids eat free so it makes it more cost effective.
So, would we go back after considering all the points made above? It's a 'no' for a family stayover in our opinion but 'yes' for say a double room at £19 for a couple to use as a base when visiting Scarborough then it would be OK - but don't forget the ear plugs......

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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manchester
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

We booked 3 rooms aiming for a budget holiday during school holidays. This hotel is basic, there are no frills you basically get what you pay for. Rooms were not overly clean, we had cake crumbs on the carpet which were still there when we left 5 days later. You have to ask for anything extra like pillows, and there are no hair dryers in the room, although some are available at reception (if not booked out). The noise from creaking floorboards from the room above was at times intolerable. Parking is also an issue, Travelodge recommend the local NCP but this was full when we arrived. We ended up parking at the Palm Court car park £10 a day and it is locked at night. Breakfast is £8 per adult and up to two children per adult go free. On the plus side, the views from our room were brilliant, and more importantly the staff are friendly and very helpful. If you want basic, this is the hotel for you, but bear in mind by the time you add on parking and breakfast, this is probably not as good a bargain as first seems.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Hertfordshire
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Once you get over the lack of car parking, long winding corridors and the Travelodge soft beds all in all a brilliant location to be based in. It all hinges on what you've paid. £9, £19, £29 would all be value for money but anything higher and I'd possibly be rather disatisfied. The recommended car parking is fairly nearby and secure although one can take the risk of street parking overnight after a certain time. Breakfast was the usual Travelodge fare.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Mirfield, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

We have just returned from a 2 night stay here and before we arrived I was a little wary given some of the reviews I had read on here. All I have to say is some people will complain at the slightest of things. I've stayed in a Travelodge before so knew how basic they are.
Check in time at the hotel is 3pm and we arrived at 2.50 to find people already waiting to check in, once the receptionists started it didn't take long for us to get to our room. We were on the 4th floor and I had no problems with the room at all. I knew to ask at reception for an extra pillow and extra tea/coffee etc who let me take as much as I wanted. There is only 1 lift in the hotel but I had no problem using the stairs each time.
Our room was clean and basic, granted it wasn't a decent view but I didn't plan to spend a lot of time in it. The only thing I found annoying was the noise of the seagulls.
I didn't eat at the hotel so can't comment on breakfast but if you walk to the top of the road and cross over, there are a few decent priced restaurants in the area who do a decent breakfast.
Car parking - there is the Palm Springs multi storey car park a 5 minute walk away from the hotel which is £10 for 24 hours. We left our car in there the whole time we were in Scarborough. There is a short stay car park next to this one which is free between 6pm & 7am plus another about 10 mins away which charges £8 per 24 hours.
I would return back to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dovercourt, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Scarborough St Nicholas Travelodge -Good position - Poor attention to detail!

This Travelodge is in a great position to take advantage of the resort of Scarborough for families or couples on a budget. The problem is they have so many people staying for breaks the Travelodge suffers from poor maintenance and cleaning standards, they are too busy to provide a consistent standard of stay.

We stayed in room 419 located at the rear of the property with views across roofs line through seagull covers deposits on the windows that were not cleaned during our stay, room was compact room and okay for a couple for short break and you are only using the room to sleep. Poor maintenance was the toilet seat was loose and ready to fall off each sitting, something the daily cleaner should have brought to the attention of management if there is any, bathroom vanity light not working and the bath/shower temperature control faulty and broken. We arrived on a Sunday and left the following Friday, our biggest moan that eventually got resolved on the Wednesday evening, was due to a skin condition I got blood on the bedding sheet and duvet cover on the first day, we expected it to be automatically changed on the Monday by housekeeping, after repeatedly coming back late and asking the bedding was finally changed on the Wednesday night, not good enough, although with did receive an e-voucher.
Parking is a problem unless you have a motorcycle as we had originally planned, but travelled by car due to predicted heavy rain. Best advice is call at the number of tourist information offices and get a £5.00 daily parking permit for your stay, it's easy just to pull into the parking area and purchase this from the helpful staff on in the tourist office on the front next to the harbour. This permit allows you to park in long stay car parks in Scarborough, Whitby, Robins Hood Bay, Filey and other locations, this saves you a fortune. Parking outside the Travelodge and you will struggle to find a space overnight outside the parking restrictions after 6pm. We parked overnight on most nights, a short walk up the road in the long stay car park rear of Comet Electrical/Railway station and close to Tesco's store.

If on a budget reasonable priced meals with plenty of good offers can be found 150 yards away at the Brewers Fayre/Premier Inn, they hold a "eat as much as you like" Chinese Buffet on Tuesdays and Curry Buffet on Thursday's, not brilliant, but excellent value.
You may wish to consider the B & B Hotel next door that looked clean and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

Where do i start, this was a horrible,nasty cheap hotel. But oops wait the price i paid for 3 rooms wasnt cheap at all. The rooms were of a very basic standard. A family room consisted of a double bed a sofa bed and a desk. the bathroom was also basic. I have stayed in better bed and breakfasts and paid less. It remind me of a cheap youth hostel.
I have tried to complain to travelodge themselves and all they have done is fobbed me off. I will never reccommend this hotel and i will certainly not stay there again

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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middlesbrough
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

we stayed two nights and really enjoyed our stay. room spacious big comfortable bed. smashing clean bathroom. we used hotel as a base to explore Scarborough. Very good for the money paid. we are returning in September and staying five nights.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Travelodge Scarborough St Nicholas Hotel
Address: St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough YO11 2EU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Scarborough District > Scarborough
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