Poole North Travelodge is one of 17 hotels the group is opening in 2021. This expansion programme represents an investment of £175 million and will create 360 new jobs
Today, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain is delighted to officially open its second hotel this year in Poole, which is also the company’s seventh property in Dorset.
Poole North Travelodge is one of 17 hotels Travelodge is opening across the UK in 2021. Collectively this expansion programme of 17 hotels represents an approximate investment of £175 million for third party investors. It also creates 360 new jobs across the UK and will boost the group’s portfolio to 597 hotels.
Poole North Travelodge is located within Fleets Corner Business Park, which is owned by the international business of Federated Hermes, an investment manager. The hotel represents a multimillion investment for third party investors and has created 21 new jobs within the community.
The purpose built 81 room hotel, features an on-site restaurant called the Bar-Café and on-site car-parking. The hotel has been styled in the company’s contemporary brand design – which has been created by business and leisure customers. It offers family, double and accessible rooms from £29.
All rooms feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed which is produced by Sleepeezee who hold a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales. The Travelodge Dreamer bed sits within a mood lighting surround and
has spacious bedside shelves featuring his & hers charging ports. In addition all family rooms will include two individual beds for children.
The rooms also feature a modern en-suite bathroom, power shower, comfort cooling, to enable you to personalise the temperature of your room, a 32 inch Freeview TV, complementary in-room tea & coffee making facilities and access to Wifi.
Poole North Travelodge also features the company’s multimillion pound Covid-19 safety and social distance programme, called TravelodgeProtect+.
Poole North Travelodge is being managed by Carlos Barata, who joined the company six years ago and has worked across a number of Travelodge hotels in the South district including: Bournemouth, Southampton and the first Poole Travelodge hotel.
Carlos Barata, Hotel Manager, Poole North Travelodge, said:
“I am honoured that my hotel is one of the 17 hotels, Travelodge is opening this year and it’s great to mark coming out of lockdown with the official opening of our second hotel in Poole today. It has been very challenging opening a hotel in a pandemic but I am extremely proud to have built a fantastic team.
“I was looking for individuals who are passionate about delivering great customer service and I am delighted that I have a great team of local people in place. I received a record of number of applications and I was overwhelmed by the high calibre of applications received. As we offer flexible working hours, we have attracted a lot of parents as they can work around the school run and climb the career ladder whilst raising their family. My team and I have worked around the clock to get our hotel open ahead of lockdown restrictions easing for leisure customers from 17th May 2021.
“Poole and the Dorset region is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations and annually attracts millions of visitors, and with more Britons holidaying at home this year we are set for a very busy 2021. Our hotel will be a magnet to attract more visitors to the area which is great news for the local economy. As research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate during their stay with local businesses which equates to an annual multi-million spend.
“Our new hotel has got off to a good start and we are presently providing accommodation for workers who are currently allowed to travel and stay over. We have a multi-million Covid-19 safety programme called TravelodgeProtect+ in place, which is designed to keep our customers and teams safe and has been very well received by our business customers.
“In addition to getting ready for a busy summer season, I am also looking forward to developing my team and to help them to climb the career ladder at Travelodge. The majority of my team are parents and at Travelodge we are dedicated to supporting working parents, by offering flexible working hours around the school run; so that they can work, climb the career ladder and raise their family.”
Commenting on Travelodge opening a second hotel in Poole: Stephen Ellis, Senior Investment Manager at the international business of Federated Hermes, said:
“National and iconic hotel brand, Travelodge, opening a second hotel at Fleets Corner Business Park is a perfect extension of the amenities on offer. Strategically located in a well-connected area of growth and connections, Fleets Corner is a well-serviced next generation business park that blends flexible high specification industrial warehousing and office space with a coastal lifestyle. It is a prominent location from which regional, national and international businesses can prosper, and with the addition of the brand-new Travelodge hotel our business lifestyle offer will be enhanced even further for existing tenants whilst appealing to future tenants as we continue to grow”.