£7m Travelodge opens in Kent

Travelodge, Kent's first branded budget hotel chain has just opened the second of three hotels it's opening in Kent this year. Rochester Travelodge is the company's first hotel in the town and 14th in Kent.

Located in the town centre at Rochester Riverside, Countryside and Hyde's £419m regeneration scheme, the new purpose built 81-room hotel is close to the railway station, castle and cathedral.

Rochester Riverside invested £7m to build the hotel, which is leased by Travelodge and has created 25 new jobs within the community. andhas created 25 new jobs within the community.

The hotel features an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café, family, double and accessible bedrooms and a car park.

All rooms feature the company's signature luxurious king size Travelodge Dreamer bed which sits within a mood lighting surround and has bedside charging points. The rooms also feature LED ceiling lighting, providing a warmer ambiance, a 'comfort cooling' system, a 32-inch Freeview TV, WiFi and free in-room tea & coffee making facilities.

Travelodge, District Manager for Kent, Michael Johnstone said, 'Kent is growing atpace and attracting record visitor numbers year on year. However there remains a shortage of good quality and great value accommodation to fulfil this growing demand. This is why, we are strengthening our Kent network with a further three hotels this year.

'Collectively this expansion represents an investment of £18 million for third party investors and will create 65 new jobs.'

Johnstone continued, 'Rochester is our second opening in Kent this year and we are delighted to open our first hotel in the town by the railway station, cathedral and castle. This central location and our great value offering will certainly help attract more business and leisure travellers to the area.

'This is great news for the local economy, as our research shows customers will spend double their room rate with local businesses; which equates to a multimillion spend.'

Rochester Travelodge is being managed by Sharn Urand, one of the companies rising stars who started her career as a part time housekeeper and has successfully climbed the career ladder into management whilst raising a family.

'I am very proud to have built a fantastic team who are as passionate as me about delivering great customer service and going the extra mile. I am looking forward to developing my team members and giving them the same opportunities that I was given.'

'Our new hotel has got off to a flying start and we are gearing up for a very busy festive season, especially as we going to be the spare room provider for many visiting family and friends this Christmas and the Dickensian Festival.'