Wednesday, September 15, 2010

10 Euro Hotel Rooms in Spain, 19 Pound Rooms in the UK, 19 Euro Rooms in Ireland: Thank You Travelodge!

As I've written in this blog before, the UK's Travelodge Chain saved my budget on a trip there two years ago. At the time, the British pound at that time was pounding the dollar (its better now) and we knew we had to cut corners wherever we could. We stumbled upon a sale, one that's being repeated, which allowed vacationers to book rooms for just 19 pounds a night. Sounds like a come-on, right? Not so! Travelodge was (and is) offering hundreds of rooms at these rates. We were able to book stays in several Scottish cities for less than 20 pounds a night.

Photo by Karen Bryan
Beyond the UK, Travelodge is offering rooms in Spain for just 10 euros per night and Ireland for 19 euros. The lowest rates are for those stays booked 21 days in advance. You'll pay either 10 euros or 10 pounds to book just 7-days in. The sale covers stays from Nov 1-Jan 31, with some blackout days.

The hidden extra value of Travelodge is that these rates aren't just for singles and couples, they also apply to families. In each property, many of the rooms are equipped with couches that handily transform into trundle beds, allowing 4 people to share a room comfortably. Travelodge does not charge extra for these rooms, bucking the British trend of sharply hiking prices for quad rooms.

And rooms are darn comfortable. The furnishings are Ikea-esque and well-maintained. Bathrooms are private and yes, small, but well-designed so they don't feel too cramped. There are never amenities like swimming pools or room-service at the hotels, and often the location of the motel is off the highway rather than in the heart of town, but these seem fair trade-offs for a stay this cheap.

For full information, head to the Travelodge site Do so sooner rather than later: the sale lasts only as long as the inventory of discounted rooms does.


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