Anyone who’s been to university knows just how draining the post-exam period can be. The post-exam exhaustion is real. With the January blues added to the mix, it can be a nightmare. In an attempt to rid myself of the mid-January slump I booked a weekend away in Telford with a uni friend. The Ramada Hotel was a refreshing change from the deathly quiet scenes of university accommodation pre-term time.
Having never been to Telford before, I had no idea what to expect. The taxi driver dropping me to the train station also didn’t help by telling a story of how he got mugged in Telford. Thanks for the vote of confidence?! I soon found that my worries were classic small-town girl syndrome. I’ve been to cities before in Wales, but going to England felt like a big step out of my comfort zone.
The train journey to Telford from Aberystwyth was a relatively short one. I spent the time scrolling through social media and reading a new book I bought in the January sales. Since finishing Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I was apprehensive to dive straight into a new story. The Tattooist of Auschwitz has received a lot of mixed reviews, but it was an intriguing distraction from the repetitive thud of the train moving along the tracks.
From the exterior I had no idea what to expect. In my head I imagined a very basic Premier Inn-type setup. Although across the road from the Telford Shopping Centre, it doesn’t feel like a hotel you’d find on a busy city roadside. The interior was definitely a pleasant surprise, with bold red accents in the reception area and a neutral-toned bar/lounge area. The Ramada is also just around the corner from the Telford Central train station, making it easily accessible for anyone travelling via public transport.
I was particularly obsessed with the copper lighting fixtures in the bar. The entire setup looked as though it was plucked straight out of a Pinterest board and had a very cosy atmosphere which I never expected. Although basic, the Ramada also provides a hint of luxury.
As I wasn’t staying during a peak time the hotel was pretty empty – perfect for taking photos. It also meant that my stay was extremely peaceful and relaxing – especially when swimming in a completely empty pool.
The room followed the same décor as the bar/lounge area, with a cosy modern aesthetic. The room came with 24 hour wifi access, refreshments, and access to the gym/pool facilities. There’s also a sauna in the pool area, but unfortunately it was out of order during my visit. The room service menu was also the most extensive I’ve ever seen. This makes it extremely easy for those who don’t want to go out to eat. Everything you need for a short stay is provided or available at affordable rates. Throughout the hotel there were photographs of various artwork and picturesque landscapes from throughout the UK. This was both in the hallways and reception area, and within the rooms.
The only minor complaint I had regarding the room was that it was very warm. Even with the radiators off, the warmth was still pretty intense although not completely unbearable. Other than that, everything was perfect!
The décor was very clean cut with contrasting white and dark wood accents in the main room. This theme was also carried through into the bathroom, with beige and brown stone detail. There was also a notice on the back of the bathroom door stating that if guests had forgotten to bring toiletries during their stay, then they could be provided by the hotel. I thought this was a great little piece of information to advertise because there’s nothing worse than a last minute panic when you realise you don’t have any toothpaste.
The bed itself was extremely comfortable and when my alarm sounded at 9am the following day, I pressed snooze for an extra half hour. It was the first good night sleep I’ve gotten in about a month, dozing off at midnight as opposed to my usual 4am bedtime.
For a double room at the Ramada it was £42 per night, which was an absolute bargain for a 48 hour trip to Telford. Overall, I spent more money at Primark than I did on actual travel expenses i.e. train tickets and hotel room. I consider that to be a pretty successful trip!
*Disclaimer; all prices stated were correct at the time of stay and may be subject to change.
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