Hi my dog friends,
Hum & I were back in Manchester, this time at the Travelodge Olham @TravelodgeUK as she was doing some training nearby and I must say our visit started SO well…
The Travelodge Olham was very easy to get to for Hum (she isn’t good at following Mrs SatNav’s instructions usually but managed just fine ).
When we arrived, Mica the manageress was extremely friendly and made a fuss of me. She told us how they love pets and indeed have two rescue puddycats at the hotel! Watch out puddycats there is a new boss in town – me!
We got our key to our room and it was very good. Security is excellent and Hum was very pleased to find a large room with windows overlooking the canal outside! Very happy Hum indeed as she loves her views and especially likes water.
The room was pretty standard Travelodge with a large comfy bed for Hum; good pillows; basic tea and coffee facilities; big TV and plenty of mirrors; lights and sockets. Hum thinks it provides good practical comfort at a very reasonable price.
The bathroom was clean and again practical with a good shower but as ever, Hum was missing a bath mat and face flannel. She doesn’t understand the bath mat situation at all as the floor gets very wet indeed. On a plus side, the mirror did de-mist quickly which she approved of!
I made a den with my toys under the big bed and we were very happy indeed. We enjoyed lovely walks along the canal and everything was great at first…..
However, Tavelodge Oldham does have a few downsides to it.
First of all they don’t have a bar/restaurant/café so any extra drinks you might want or snacks come from a vending machine. You can top up your tea and coffee supplies at reception and there is a ‘Breakfast Box’ available but Hum didn’t fancy it as it consisted of a small box of cereal; a muffin and some fruit juice and not much else. She didn’t think it good value for money or particularly appetizing.
There is a dog friendly pub next door for lunch and evening meals so you can have those meals there but they don’t do breakfast. This means if you have a pooch with you, you might have to leave them while you visit the Subway across the road. If you want anything more interesting, you would need to head into Manchester to the very dog friendly Northern Quarter with its coffee houses and bistro bars.
However, Hum was on her training course so took me to a little café near the training venue for Brunch but it is a shame the facilities at Travelodge Oldham don’t have as much to offer as some other Travelodge Hotels. we have been to. Guess they are simply stuck for space…. Lee the Manager next day told us the Breakfast Box will improve so hopefully you will find a more fulfilling Breakfast if you and your Humans visit….
In the evening we ate at the dog friendly Boat and Horses next door which was very good and enjoyed a good night’s sleep. It was hot but there was a fan in the room which kept us from overheating!
Our next issue at Travelodge Oldham was after we came back from Hum’s training and the room hadn’t been cleaned. Hum was most upset and asked the lady at reception if it could be done. However, the cleaning staff were long gone and I don’t think Suzanna was keen to leave reception and clean a room.
In the end, Hum suggested we move to a new room which was clean and so this was the chosen solution. We moved all our belongings down the corridor to the other room (pretty much the same as the 1st one but with clean cups; towels etc.) and settled in again.
It is a shame we had this experience at Travelodge Oldham as overall it was a pleasant stay and the staff really were Extremely Nice and Friendly and definitely make pets welcome. But sorry guys, I can only give you a 3 Paw Rating at this time.