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Travelodge opens new “budget-luxury” hotels

Travelodge has opened its first two new “budget-luxury” hotels in the UK as part of the brand’s expansion plans.

The new properties are located in the Docklands area of ​​London and Hexham in the north of England, two areas where Travelodge is looking to add more hotels.

The budget hotel chain announced earlier this year that it was shifting its core brand to high-end, budget design, following the success of its sub-brand of Travelodge Plus properties.

London Docklands Travelodge is located next to the East India DLR station and becomes the brand’s 78e hotel in the British capital. It has 350 rooms and is also Travelodge’s most sustainable property with rooftop solar panels, air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging stations.

The group also announced that London remains a key growth area and is “actively seeking” 127 hotel sites across the city.

Hexham Travelodge is the company’s first budget luxury hotel to open in the North of England. The property offers 69 rooms and is Travelodge’s 23rd property in the Northeast region with 16 other target sites on its radar.

Steve Bennett, Travelodge’s Director of Property and Development, said: “These two regions are growing at a rapid pace, especially as they are major vacation destinations attracting millions of visitors from all corners. from the United Kingdom.

“With more Britons choosing to stay in a budget hotel than any other type of hotel, there is a shortage of good quality, low cost accommodation in London and the North East.”

Travelodge now has 597 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Spain after opening five new properties so far in 2022.

Design features of the new luxury budget hotels include a redesigned reception area, LED lighting, and rooms offering “multi-dimensional space” with a desk and chair. The properties also offer a new coffee bar with counter seating equipped with built-in USB and laptop power outlets.