10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Standard Travelodge with added brats in cars...
"It was newish, clean and a standard Travelodge experience. Staff were friendly and we were given a family room. Previous comments posted still apply - the favourite evening entertainment of young people in St Austell seems to revolve around driving in and out of car parks sounding their horn and revving engines. However, in late Sept, this evening habit seems to be a bit less than previously reported, but still irritating. No problem parking the car at this time of year. Very convenient for Heligan and Eden Project, being roughly equidistant from both. Megavissey (7 miles) is v nice with good restaurants (Wheelhouse on the quay for excellent seafood and Alvorada in Church St, a privately owned little Portuguese restaurant). Followed the advice of a previous reviewer and went to Asda for breakfast (1 mile away) - v good value and cheapest fuel in St Austell.
Overall, its just a Travelodge so you should know what to expect. Shame about the brats in cars, though."
- Travel date: Fri 21st of September 2007
We were only here for 2 nights but will...
"We were only here for 2 nights but will definitely return.
We got a very warm friendly welcome from the reception staff and were allocated a very clean, tidy, and comfortable room. The bed was by far the most comfortable hotel bed I have evr slept in!
We were offered the option to have breakfast which I will definitely do next time as it seemed excellent value for money."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
Don't go there is you want a sleep
"The hotel itself was reasonably clean. The location was ok. The town of St Austell itself wasn't all that great. there didn't seem to be anything to do.
The staff in the hotel were really nice and friendly though.
The big minus for us was that there is a car park to the front of the travel lodge which is shared with Costa Coffee, McDonalds and Pizza Hut. In early evening the boy racers appear and they stayed till about 11.30pm, screaming around the car park, horns blaring and driving and reversing at dangerous speeds.
I know there isn't a lot to do in St Austell but surely the police could have moved them on?
I had my 3 year old daughter up until all hours trying to get to sleep to no avail.
So this really spoilt the stay for us.
We only stayed here because it was near to the Eden project and the Secret Gardens of Hellion.
We won't be returning."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of May 2007
Clean and a great base for West Cornwall
"A clean Travelodge with friendly helpful staff. A lift is on site.
A great base for visiting many attractions and beaches.
Costa coffee next door and a Bar Cafe on site. Pizza hut and McDonalds across the car park. Walking distance 10mins to St Austell, a bit run down at present but is starting to be redevelped. For breakfast try one of the nearby supermarkets, 2mins to Asda and 5mins to Tesco by car .
Would recommend this travelodge and they have said they do not overbook the rooms here which is a bonus."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of October 2006
Good solid hotel
"Stayed in at the end of Sept-early October 2006 for three nights.
This is a good solid hotel. Nice size, very clean room. Comfy bed and we didn't find the nearby road noisy so had three good nights sleep.
Location isn't particulary exciting I suppose, sharing a car park with Pizza Hut, MacDonalds, Costa Coffee and Bath Store but car parking was plentiful and seemed pretty safe.
Hotel is ten-minute stroll into town and is fairly close to numerous local tourist spots.
Eden Project is a 20 minute drive away, Mevagissey 10 minutes and Charlestown again 10 minutes away. We also travelled across to St Ives which is about an hours drive away.
St Austell itself is lacking any sign of a restaurant, pub grub only seems to the all that's on offer, although the food in The Station bar was very decent. Mevagissey and Charlestown are better options if looking for a restaurant rather than pub dining. Several reasonable pubs in the town centre though if your just after a beverage or two.
Hotel breakfast at Â£6.50 may seem a tad expensive but you can get a lot for your money. Basic buffet style breakfast, cereals, toast, scrambled egg, bacon, beans, potato rosti, tomatoes and mushrooms, croissents, with unlimited coffee, tea and orange juice, so you can if you like have a big breakfast and set yourself up for the day ahead.
All in all this was a very pleasant hotel is what we thought was a pretty good location."
- Travel date: Tue 3rd of October 2006
Clean and comfy, but boring and poorly positioned for tourists
"As others have said, this is a new, clean but uninspiring place to stay. It's a ten minute walk up the hill to the centre and train & bus stations, and about a ten minute drive to the touristy Charlestown. In short, it's poorly placed for tourists unless you're happy to jump in the car every time you want to go anywhere.
We paid Â£65 a night for the room - I couldn't help thinking that it'd have been more fun, and slightly cheaper, to stay in one of the many B&Bs in the area instead."
- Travel date: Fri 8th of September 2006
Travelodge need to up their game
"Well, it's a "Travelodge", so it was always going to be basic and uninspiring. But it also backs onto the main road, meaning you'll be woken by the rush hour traffic, if you have your window open. The decor already looks dated, despite this being a new hotel, and the bar area (which is on the 1st floor, strangely) looks like a transport cafe.
The rooms were reasonably clean, there was a TV with 4 channels, an adequate shower/bath and room to hang clothes. Bland, but clean. Having stayed in a few Premier Travel Inns recently, I have to say that Travelodge are losing out to PTI. PTI have tried to introduce a bit of style into their budget hotels, and sweeten the experience with more TV channels, shower gel, power showers, etc. Travelodge seem to be content with impersonating an 80s motel, which will surely harm them in the long run.
On the plus side, this Travelodge is well located for the Eden Project. It's also very near the town centre of St. Austell (though there can be no good reason why you would want to visit this charmless, tired little shopping area). The Travelodge shares its car park with a Pizza Hut (staffed entirely by 15yr olds, it seemed), a fly-filled McDonald's and a Costa coffee-shop. Across the road is a B&Q, so if you're lucky enough to have one of the rooms that doesn't back onto the main road, you can feast your eyes on the view of a large orange warehouse when you open the curtains in the morning.
In summary, the only things to recommend this hotel are its proximity to the Eden Project, its relative cleanliness and - at a push - its price. If the Eden Project opens its own reasonably priced hotel, this place will have no raison d'etre. And I doubt anyone will shed a tear over that."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
Newish hotel, no frills but reasonable
"For those unfamiliar with travellodges, it is a chain of hotels with basic room facilities. This newish hotel, offering 'bar' type meals and a buffet style breakfast is one of the better ones. Friendly staff. Food was reasonable, although some other diners' food was delayed because of the computer losing the order between the order point and the kitchen (10m) !!!. On bus route to Mevagissey. 20 minute walk to station (mainly uphill). Pizza hut restaurant 30m."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of August 2006
"After travelling for 8 hours in a car with a 6 month old baby, upon arriving at 3 a.m. we were told that the hotel had been overbooked and there was no room at the inn!!
Apparantly it is travelodge policy to overbook all their hotels, even though I was called at 6 pm to confirm I would be arriving, this still happened.
We were appalled. So if you want to be sure of a bed for the night, don't book a travelodge!"
- Travel date: Sun 6th of August 2006
"Stayed at this hotel the second night it was open (26/11/05)of course everything was new and ok but they had been let down with some kitchen equipment not being delivered but food was fine and the staff were superb,really helpful and friendly. Very convenient location about 4 minutes walk to town centre,Cinema pubs etc."
- Travel date: Wed 7th of December 2005