Travelodge UK expansion

27 Oct 2008 by Mark Caswell

Travelodge will open 22 new hotels across the UK by the end of the year, in a £125-million investment programme.

The budget hotel chain is bringing its brand to Heathrow Central, central London (close to the Tower of London), Edinburgh, Cardiff Atlantic Wharf, Stevenage and Wolverhampton in the coming months, adding 1,949 rooms to its portfolio. The chain’s fourth Heathrow hotel will have 307 rooms starting from £29 a night, opening just in time for Christmas on December 23.

The hotels will be fitted out in the new Travelodge design unveiled last year (see online news August 2, 2007). Rooms will feature king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms, mood lighting, digital flatscreen TV and wifi internet access. The revamped Bar Café will follow the rooms’ fresh new red, white and blue colour scheme, and offers an all-you-can-eat £7.50 breakfast buffet as well as a new evening dinner menu.

Travelodge, which was voted fourth best budget hotel chain by Business Traveller readers earlier this year (see online news September 22), has announced the new hotel openings as part of plans to extend their estate to 1,000 hotels by 2020. The scheme should bring over 7,000 new rooms to the capital by the 2012 Olympics.

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Report by Liat Clark

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