Recently I was asked if we would like to review a weekend away in Travelodge. There were a few destinations that we could choose from, we decided on Bournemouth. There was a special reason Bournemouth was chosen.
Bournemouth is about 4 hours away form us so we knew we had a long journey ahead of us. With 2 children in tow planning is the key thing. I made sure I packed loads of toys, games and colouring pencils to keep them entertained on the long journey. We decided to set off about 10am which is when bugs was ready for his sleep. We hoped he would sleep for a couple of hours in the car and by the time he woke up we would be over had way there. This however wasn’t the case as I had guessed and he decided to only sleep for about 45 minutes. I then had the task of keeping him happy for the rest of the way. Little Man was fine playing on my phone and looking out of the window, we played eye spy and sang songs.
We finally arrived in Bournemouth and found the Travelodge we were staying in, It looked fab from the outside and we couldn’t wait to get inside and see our room. Always the most exciting part of staying away in a hotel I think. When I walked in to the reception I was greeted by a lovely lady called Joanna, she was very welcoming and took my details for check in. She was extremely helpful telling us breakfast times and where to go, where our room was and where the lifts/stairs etc were.
We grabbed all of our luggage and headed up to the room, which was massive! It was a family room overlooking the sea and it was lovely. There was a kingsize bed, a camp bed for Little Man and a travel cot for Bubs. There was also a full length mirror, desk and chair and a mirror above the desk. Another handy little thing we found, there was a bottle opener which apparently they have in all rooms. There was a TV on the wall, however for the size of the room and how far away from the bed the TV was it was very small. In a room this size it would have been better if the TV was a bit bigger, This wasn’t a massive issue though just something we would have preffered.There was a massive amount of floor space for both of the kids to play on, I don’t think I have ever been in such a big room in a UK hotel. The bathroom was on the small side however this isn’t an issue for us, I mean who spends their holiday in the bathroom? There was a bath with a shower, basin and toilet.
The View from our room
Our massive room (there was a travel cot in the room, however I took our own as it has a foam mattress which is more comfy)
Tea making facilities in the room
Breakfast was a lovely choice of, scrambled egg, mushrooms, has browns, beans, tomatoes, sausage and veggie sausage, toast, cereal, fruit, juices and teas and coffees. The breakfast room is quite small but we had no problem getting a seat at all. It is a little squashed if you take a buggy down, so after our first day we didn’t take the buggy down again. The staff were fab, asking if all was Ok, cleaning tables quickly and making sure the food was all fresh and stocked up.
Whilst in Bournemouth we met up with some friends of ours which I am going to write about in more detail at some point this week. We met through a Facebook group when both of our children were born with Congenital Hypothyroidism. Both were born on the same day and ever since we met we have chatted and thought this was the perfection time to meet. On the Friday night we eat at Wetherspoons, Parkstone and Heatherlands. Melissa doesn’t drive and it was very close to where she lives so we all met there to grab something to eat.
On Saturday we decided to just head out after breakfast and see what there was to do. We ended up going on the Land-train right along the seafront which is £10 each adult and under 5s are free. The whole trip was about 45 minutes and was a fab way to see around the local area. Little Man loved it, not so sure about Bubs he wasn’t too sure what was going on.
My little surfer
After the land train we walked onto the pier where you can zip wire from the pier to the beach. This looked like so much fun and for only £26 for 2 people this isn’t a bad price. Little man went on the bungee trampolines and the carousel. We then headed to town and walked past the tethered hot air balloon. Now I have been in a hot air balloon before and was really scared it was fun though. This tethered balloon went really quite high though and I just didn’t have the nerve to go on it. The fact there was only 1 yes thats right, 1 line holding it down to the ground scared me so much. Apparently though on a good day you can see for up to 25 miles from it. Right opposite the balloon there was a mini golf course which was really busy, not something we were able to do with the kids. We had a quick look around the shops and then headed back to the hotel for a chill before tea time.
Tethered Hot air balloon
We decided to head out about 1700 for something to eat. This is quite early for us adults however we had both kids and had to make sure we eat when they were hungry. We headed off to Pizza Express which was about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The food was fantastic and there is something to suit everyone. This was Halloween night too and there were lots of people out dressed up which was fun. Both Little Man and Bubs were also dressed up. Even though we were away we had to get in the spirit. Once we had eaten we headed back to the hotel to meet up with Doug’s brother who lives in Bournemouth. We hadn’t seen him since I was pregnant with Little Man so it was nice to catch up with him and for him to meet the boys.
So all in all we had an absolutely fantastic weekend.
Positive points about the hotel and area…
- Lovely hotel, clean and staff were so friendly especially Dan and Joanna both were so friendly and helpful and made the hotel stay.
- Breakfast was lovely and there was a big selection
- Very nice big spacious room, clean, big beds and kids well catered for bed wise
- Hotel is in a fab location
- Lots to do
- on site parking
- lots to do in the local area
- Massive thanks to Joanna and Dan at the hotel they were outstanding
- Negative Points
- Bar gives prices for draft beer, however they have no draft beer at all
- Bathroom was very small
- Our side light on the my side of the bed was broken and taped up (not a biggie though)
- breakfast room was on the small side (again though caused us no issue)