Planning a trip to London? It can be an expensive place to stay.
We considered a variety of options when we were planning a five night stay in London. We wanted a central, walkable location, but we also wanted to keep expenses down. When my sister recommended Travelodge London Covent Garden, we got both. This budget hotel won't be right for every family, but it was a winner for mine.
Here's what you can expect at Travelodge London Covent Garden.
The location was our favorite thing about Travelodge London Covent Garden. It was close to everything we wanted to do – especially theatres in the West End. There are loads of good restaurants nearby – both local gems and familiar chains. We felt safe in this neighborhood, even after dark. The streets are filled with pedestrians until late.
Here are our favorite places that you can walk to in 10 minutes or less from the hotel:
- British Museum
- National Gallery
- Trafalgar Square
- Covent Garden Piazza
- Leicester Square
- West End Theatre
- Shopping on Oxford Street (don't miss Primark!)
- Piccadilly Circus
- Three Underground stations
The Travelodge's location was so convenient that we didn't use the Underground at all during our week in London. We walked nearly everywhere we wanted to go and used taxi/Uber when we had all our luggage.
A Family Room accommodates up to two adults and two children in one king-size bed and two twin beds. I have a teen daughter and a tween son who are too old to share a bed. This is an inconvenience for us in many hotels, but at the Travelodge, my kids had their own beds. There wasn't much space between them, but it worked.
Our room had a small-ish flat screen television where my kids discovered BBC's Horrible Histories, a long desk, small closet and bathroom with a shower and tub.
Most rooms at Travelodge London Covent Garden are pretty basic – which you should expect for the price you pay in this location. Our room was clean, but the beds, carpet and furniture were not new, nor high-end in our Family Room.
There was no air conditioning in our room. We were provided with a small fan and were able to crack open the window. We visited in June and the weather was not especially warm, but our room was stuffy around the clock. Plus, if you keep the window open, expect to hear some city noise.
Breakfast and WiFi are not included in all room rates. The rate we booked included both. It was convenient, and we were glad we added them.
There is an additional charge for parking – around £25 per night. Walking and public transportation, including Underground, taxi and Uber are the best way to get around London for most visitors.
We booked the rate that included breakfast, which wasn't much because kids eat free at the Travelodge breakfast buffet. The buffet includes a variety of hot and cold items. It was fun for my American family to try some British breakfast foods like beans and tomatoes.
The breakfast room was filled with families every morning. It's a popular option among guests.
I enthusiastically recommend Travelodge London Covent Garden for families. It's not luxurious, but the location and price could not have been better for my family.