Travelodge to Open Seven Hotels in UK Before
Travelodge has unveiled plans to open seven hotels across the
UK in the next few weeks leading up to Christmas.
expansion, representing an investment of
£68 million for third party investors, will create 140 new jobs and will boost Travelodge’s
portfolio to 559 hotels.
The seven new Travelodge hotels are
located across the UK with two properties in the Capital (London
Brent Cross and London Harrow), three hotels in key business and
leisure cities: (Bath, Liverpool and Newcastle), and one in
Scotland (Inverness). The seventh hotel is situated in the
commuter belt area of Redhill, Surrey.
Six of the
hotels are new-build developments, apart from Liverpool John
Lennon Travelodge, which is an acquisition of a former Holiday Inn
Express hotel. Travelodge has taken a 25 year lease to operate
the hotel from Peel Land and Property Group and during the last
few months the hotel has undergone a £2 million refurbishment to
transform it to the new look Travelodge.
All of the new build
hotels, apart from Bath City Centre (Bath Spa), will feature the
Travelodge Bar Café, offering customers a breakfast, dinner and
bar menu, which includes an unlimited breakfast for customers with
children eating for free.
new Travelodge hotels all feature the next generation of
the company’s ‘Travelodgical’ contemporary room design. Together
with the bespoke king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed, this now
includes new bedside USB charging points; new softer LED ceiling
lighting, giving the room a warmer feel; ‘Comfort cooling’ and a
Samsung 32-inch digital television.
Travelodge Managing Director, Property said, “The growth of the
low-cost hotel sector continues, fuelled by businesses looking to
reduce travel costs and the new generation of independent leisure
travellers. Our seven new hotels support Travelodge’s drive to
extend its network of properties in key UK locations. With 559
hotels spread across the length and breadth of the UK you can now
find a Travelodge close to where you need to be and it’s the ideal
spare room for visiting family and friends over the Christmas
“Looking ahead, the UK still lags major markets
like the United States in its provision of good quality, low cost
hotels. More than 1 in 3 hotels in the US are branded budget,
compared to around 1 in 5 in the UK. With room to grow, we have
identified around 200 further locations where we believe we can
take Travelodge over the years ahead. We expect to further extend
our national network and also to add more rooms in London, where
with average hotel prices currently at almost twice the level of
the UK regions, customers are crying out for more good quality,
low-cost places to stay,” Paul added.