We're in Kent, so not too far away. Wanting to make the most of our trip however, we decided to find somewhere to stay overnight close to the park.
I think the insulation and window Novotel Enjoy a relaxing and good value stay for all the family at the Novotel hotel chain.
We decided upon the Southampton Central Travelodge - just a short drive to Peppa Pig World, easy to get to and in a great location for shops and restaurants too.
We ended up staying for two nights, giving us a complete day down in Southampton, something we were very pleased about!
I was worried it would be too late, but check-in is open 24 hours so we had no problems. After finding a spot in the underground carpark we easily found out way to reception. With just my name we checked in within minutes and were in the lift to our room on the third floor - room I was surprised this wasn't included within the price, and the car park is pretty small. Room We were on the 'business floor' which was a quiet area. I did find this strange as we obviously had two children with us aged 2.
However with how tired we were the whole time, there wasn't much noise from them. Our room was spacious, clean and well presented.
There was plenty of space for the four of us, with a kingsize bed, two single beds and room for our travel cot as well.
We didn't actually request a travel cot when booking I assumed mentioning I had a 1 year old when booking would mean we had one , so I'm glad we came prepared with our own. Checking the website these are free to book though, just make sure to call ahead first! Our bed was very comfortable, with two plump pillows and a cosy duvet. There were no complaints from Indiana either, who looked very happy in her bed she didn't even wake when she rolled out haha.
Our rooms were cleaned and tidied whilst we were out, something I was not expecting during a two night stay. So it was lovely to come back to a tidy room again! The bathroom was small but had all you needed.
Fresh towels were provided for each of us as well as shampoo and soap. Hairdryers aren't included but are available on request. There was a spacious desk area, which was perfect for storing all the important bits and pieces we had aka keeping things away from Parker haha. Tea and coffee making facilities were included and replenished during our stay.
The kettle would be fab for making bottles too, so no need to bring your own. There was a small TV which had the usual Freeview channels, and you can access the wi-fi free of change for 30 minutes a day. The signal strength was fab too; we were able to watch Netflix on my Mac once the children were sleeping!
Overall we were hugely impressed with our room, and it provided a comfortable spacious base during our trip. The only problem we had though, was that it was SO hot. The lack of air conditioning and being on the third floor; our room felt like a sauna.
We were left this little card, which shows that they are aware of the problem though. We had to have it on all night as it was so hot - you couldn't open the window as the traffic outside was loud with it open. Despite the duvet being cosy, it was far too think for the heat, so it would have been useful for a sheet to be provided instead too. Breakfast There are two options for breakfast during your stay; the 'Lighter' which includes toast, croissants and cereals, or the 'Full' which includes a cooked option.
Both include unlimited teas, coffees and chilled fruit juice, and are 'all you can eat' - a perfect way to start the day! These can be pre-booked or you can choose to add this option once there. We of course went for the cooked option, and despite the restaurant area looking small we were really impressed! Especially as they offer Kid eats free if choosing the 'full' option.
The tables were clean and had everything you needed, and the highchairs were also spotless. The food was hot, tasty and you could tell it was all made with good ingredients.
The hot selection did get busy and food ran out quite quickly at some points. The staff were quick to check and replenish though, and you weren't left waiting long for your food. The kids loved the fruit selection there was SO much choice! The staff were also lovely and checked if we wanted our croissants warmed up, which was a great touch. The hot drinks were average, and the cups of juice were tiny!
It was all you could eat though, so we just made sure to refill a few times instead. Overall though we all thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts, and they were a great way to start a busy day.
As we had paid for parking for 24 hours, we decided to leave the car in the car par after checking out and have a little explore. The Travelodge is in an amazing location - out the front door and to the right is the West Quay shopping centre and town centre, as well as a huge retail park! Buses also pulled up out the front if you wanted to hop on and visit anywhere else too.
We had such a lovely couple of days away, and apart from the heat, we couldn't have had a better stay at the Travelodge. We had never taken the kids away on a UK break like this before, and it's definitely made me worry less, and want to travel more!
Very good connections to airport and London Excellent reception very helpful. The Travelodge is situated on your left. Clean room with everything we needed.
Disclosure - We received a two night stay and breakfast in exchange for our review. This is our honest opinion.
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