Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, has opened seven new hotels across the UK today (8 June).
These seven properties are part of the 17 hotels the group announced earlier this year that it expects to open in 2021.
The seven hotel openings represent an approximate investment value of £70m for third party investors and have created nearly 150 new jobs. Locations include: Boston, Bristol (two hotels), Faringdon, Poole, St Albans and Witney.
The new hotels boost Travelodge’s operational portfolio to 592 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
The group is also opening its 12th Travelodge Plus hotel in St Albans, which is the company’s first hotel in the city. Travelodge Plus is the group’s “budget chic” hotel format.
Launched in 2018, Travelodge said the concept is designed around the needs of the budget traveller with “little touches” to make it easier to work and relax both inside and outside the room.
In addition, Travelodge is also opening four hotels that feature its SuperRoom product. This includes two hotels in Bristol, Faringdon and St Albans. This will boost the group’s stock to over 2,000 SuperRooms collectively across 55 hotels.
Four of today’s new openings also feature the company’s Bar Café concept. These new additions will boost the group’s portfolio to nearly 200 hotels now featuring a Bar Café.
Craig Bonnar, Travelodge chief executive said: “We are delighted to mark the start of the summer holiday season by extending our UK hotel network by officially opening seven new hotels in one day and taking the Travelodge brand to four new markets.
“These seven new properties not only extend our UK network to 578 hotels but also offer even more great value choice to business and leisure customers whilst playing a pivotal role in supporting local economies.”
He added: “With more Britons holidaying on British shores this year, we are well placed to support the nation with their Staycation breaks by having hotels in the right locations at a great value price.”