I was staying for 3 nights and specifically chose the Days Inn over a Travelodge or Premier Inn as previous stays at Days Inn lodges elsewhere in England were excellent.
The room was a good size and I liked the layout - the sink is part of the bedroom rather than in the shower-room , there is generous wardrobe space; the usual tea & coffee facilities and a small hairdryer. The window opens and the air-con works.
The choice of eating places right next door at the services was excellent - Starbucks, Greggs, Dominos, McDs, KFC, Mexican, M & S Food and others. The lodge is quickly & easily accessed from Jcn 10 of the A1M between Letchworth/ Baldock and Biggleswade (so quite a distance from Stevenage!)
Loads of TV channels
Not so good stuff:
The whole building was very warm. The air-con worked and the windows opened but despite having both the room was too hot and I ended up sleeping under a thin "fleece" blanket I carry with me in my car.
Cleanliness: The bedroom , bedding & towels were clean enough (although lamps hadn't been dusted in a while) however the shower room had weeks, or possibly months, worth of accumulated limescale and mouldy "seams". I left a maintenance request at reception the next morning but it wasn't tackled until the day after; some improvement was noted but the problem was so bad it would probably take a course of de-scaling attempts to make it good. The mould problem was still there; and a simple "mould & mildew" supermarket product would have sorted this out. I was going to clean it myself but was too tired after my days work to drive to the supermarket to pick up cleaning products.
The mattress was a bit thin & lumpy , but because I was sleeping on-top of the quilt it didn't bother me too much, the mattresses will definitely need an upgrade very soon.
I would stay again because of the convenience of location & variety of facilities BUT I would take a bottle of Viakal, mould & mildew remover and a thin blanket with me to ensure I was entirely comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The air-conditioned Days Inn Stevenage is off the A1 (junction 10) at Baldock Service Station. It has free Wi-Fi, free parking and is about 30 minutes from Luton Airport and Cambridge.Every spacious room at Days Inn Stevenage North is air conditioned, with an en suite power shower and a flat-screen digital TV with Freeview channels.Contact the hotel after booking to arrange early check-in (from 11:00) or late check-out (until 14:00) at an additional cost.The location at the service station means guests have easy access to a variety of shops and food outlets. Days Inn has a 24-hour reception.Days Inn Stevenage North is 50 minutes from London and Stansted Airport. Local attractions include Knebworth House and Gardens, and Duxford Imperial War Museum. ... more less
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