Travelodge is to open a total of 15 new hotels across the UK this year, bringing its portfolio to 558 locations in the UK, Spain and Ireland.

The new additions include five properties in London (Brent Cross, Bromley, Romford, Wood Green and Harrow), as well as hotels in Bath, Dudley, Inverness, Newcastle, Peterhead, Redhill, Stirling, Thurrock, West Bromwich and York.

The new properties will all feature the group’s next-generation “Travelodgical” room design, with the signature Dreamer bed, USB charging points, softer LED ceiling lighting, 32-inch Samsung TVs, and an “a new Italian acoustic door, to help create better conditions for sleep”.

Travelodge has also started construction of its largest ever new-build property, which will open in 2018 in the City of London.

The 395-room hotel will be located on Middlesex Street close to the Gherkin, and will feature an on-site restaurant.

Commenting on the expansion plans Peter Gowers, Travelodge CEO said:

“The march of the low-cost hotel sector continues, fuelled by businesses looking to reduce travel costs and the new generation of independent leisure travellers. To meet the growing demand, we are adding further capacity in key cities and expanding to new markets.

“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 250 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.”