The Travelodge Swords – Summer Tier Points
In this… epic.
- When will I learn to jump on a fare?
- Wednesday Afternoon.. off to the airport
- EI273 Birmingham to Dublin Airport
- Into Dublin for some Donuts. And Pokemon
- The Travelodge in Swords, Dublin Airport
- Pre-Clearance fun at Dublin airport, 51st and Green Lounge
- AA291 Dublin to New York JFK – Business Class
- A Manhattan Char Siu Adventure
- Back in the Secure Area, Flagship Lounge and AAdmirals Club
- AA2652 New York JFK to San Francisco International – Transcontinental Business Class
- The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
- Do the BART into San Francisco, The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
- Sausalito: Which ferry to take?
- Halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Fooding around San Francisco
- The Crowne Plaza, San Francisco Airport
- Early start at San Francisco airport
- AA164 San Francisco International to New York JFK – Transcontinental Business Class
- The joy of terminal swaps, BA Pre-departure dining
- BA174 New York JFK to London Heathrow – Club World (Business Class)
- An Early Morning Change at Heathrow
- BA828 London Heathrow T5 to Dublin Airport – Club Europe
- Doughnuts and coffee shops – Exploring Dublin
- Once more with feeling at Dublin Airport
- FR666 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- 600 TP: Done
Price Paid: €100 (Advanced rate)
I headed into reception, to find a person having trouble paying for a room and struggling at the concept that Ireland uses the Euro as currency (as opposed to Sterling, before going off in a huff to the airport to exchange some of their money)
I smiled and presented myself – and my room key was given to me.
Yes ladies and gentlemen – an actual room key.
Never change Travelodge Swords. Never ever change.
With a key in hand, I headed upstairs to my room.
The room itself – is rather basic – but for a Travelodge, its pretty standard with a comfortable bed and a small TV.
Lonely chair is lonely.
As for the Internet connectivity – whilst it is provisioned free, connecting to it was a challenge in itself (with the Virgin DNS/DHCP servers being… an absolute pain up the backside). It took the best part of an hour for the laptop and phone to connect to their network
TV networks were a mixture of Irish and British content (with the Irish networks playing up the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland). I did a little typing and had a shower before calling it a night.
The bathroom was basic, but had the amenities you need like towels and bodywash and shampoo. Always welcome to see.
And artfully folded toilet paper
As I was shutting down for the night, another one of my Irish friends dropped me a message, and offered to give me a lift to the Airport in the morning. A very kind offer – and one I took up.
However, my ability to stay awake was drifting – and I set the alarms for a morning dawn chorus.
At 4:50am, the phone made its dawn chorus. I woke up – a little refreshed – and had a wash – readying myself for the days events.
By 5:15 I had dropped the key to the room off, and my friend was waiting to take me to the airport. It was time for the main adventure to begin…
Overall: The Travelodge Swords is one of my go-to properties in Dublin – mainly because it’s a known product at a normally reasonable price point. But it’s still a €50/60 property. For a €100, it’s not that special. I guess this is what happens when the Pope decides to come to town…
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