Travelodge to have four new hotels open before Christmas

Travelodge has announced the opening of four new hotels in time for Christmas as presidents hope to make money from families looking to travel during the festive season.

Two new London locations have already opened in Elephant and Castle and Manor House with another location in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.

The final location is in Cobalt Business Park in Newcastle where the hotel chain hopes to help win back business clients with more face-to-face meetings and remote working.

This means Travelodge will open 17 new hotels across the UK in 2021, creating 360 jobs with an investment of £175m, for a total of 595 locations across the UK, Ireland and Spain.

The new Travelodge at Elephant & Castle is one of four locations that opened before Christmas. (Travelodge/PA)

Chiefs said London hotels are the latest roll out of their luxury locations, known as ‘budget chic’, with some rooms larger as they try to take advantage of the growing market of travelers looking for a bit more luxury.

The Rival Premier Inn has also launched its premium economy rooms, as both brands have benefited from the accommodation boom during the pandemic.

Craig Bonar, CEO of Travelodge, said: “This year we have opened and introduced new Travelodges across the country, and many of these new openings have played a pivotal role in refurbishment programs across the UK.

“Adding a low-cost hotel like the Travelodge is an attractive option because it attracts visitors, creates jobs, and helps boost the local economy.”

Travelodge is rebuilding the brand after paying with a voluntary arrangement for the company last year to cut costs after it was hit by the pandemic.

The landlords agreed to the deal which eliminated around £144m from the rental bill.

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