Travelodge has opened its first site in Braintree in collaboration with the local council, alongside chairman of Braintree District Council, Cllr Sue Wilson and cabinet member for housing, assets and skills Cllr Kevin Bowers.
The opening marks the first of seven hotels Travelodge is opening this summer
According to the group, the hotel has been developed and funded by Braintree District Council who has leased the hotel to Travelodge.
The hotel makes one of the group’s newly branded budget designs. It is Travelodge’s 594th hotel and 14th property in Essex. It has also created 20 jobs within the community.
Additionally, the new site offers 70 rooms with an on-site restaurant, The Bar Café.
The hotel is part of a “local regeneration” scheme which involved converting an existing old car and bus park into 35 residential apartments, a health centre, twin level car park and Braintree’s first Travelodge hotel.
All rooms feature a modern en-suite bathroom, power shower, comfort cooling, a 32 inch television, complimentary in-room tea and coffee making facilities and access to wifi.
The group said its Braintree site is to be managed by Charlie Glover who joined Travelodge in 2014 and has managed “a number” of Travelodge hotels within the estate.
Steve Bennett, Travelodge chief property and development officer, said: “Braintree Travelodge is centrally located and will certainly help attract new business and leisure visitors to the area.
“This is great news for the local economy as research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate with local businesses during their stay, which equates to a multi-million pound boost into the local economy.”