Travelodge opens 13th Esssex hotel

Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain which operates 591 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain has opened its first hotel in Maldon.

This is the town’s first branded hotel and the company’s 13th hotel in Essex, cementing Travelodge’s strong presence across all corners of the Essex region.

Maldon Travelodge, a 60-room hotel took 13 months to build and is the latest addition to the town’s largest retail park, Blackwater Retail Park. The hotel represents a multi-million investment for third party investors and has created 15 new jobs within the community.

The hotel offers free, on-site car park and a range of family, double and accessible rooms – which start from £29 and can be booked at: www.travelodge.co.uk

Maldon Travelodge has been designed in the company’s contemporary brand design. All rooms feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed, which sits within a mood lighting surround and has spacious bedside shelves featuring charging ports. In addition all family rooms include two individual beds for children.

The rooms also feature an en-suite bathroom, power shower, comfort cooling, to enable you to regulate the temperature of your room, a 32 inch Freeview TV, free in-room tea & coffee making facilities and access to Wi-Fi.

Maldon Travelodge also features the company’s new multimillion pound Covid-19 safety and social distance programme, called TravelodgeProtect+.

TravelodgeProtect+ has been developed by a dedicated cross-functional hygiene strategy team, in line with government guidance and will become the way Travelodge operates going forward. The programme includes:

Cleaning & Hygiene
· Comprehensive cleaning throughout its hotels using an antiviral disinfectant – effective against Coronavirus
· Additional post clean room checks with digital tracking in place to ensure consistently high standards
· Increased cleaning frequency in high touchpoints in public areas and rooms
· All linen and towels thermally disinfected
· Comprehensive training of every hotel team member on cleaning, hygiene and social distancing
· Installation of customer hand sanitizer stations in key locations in the hotel

Social Distancing
· Protective reception screens
· Signage to mark social distance points throughout the hotel including check-in markings
· Monitoring the number of customers in a designated area such as the reception area and lifts
· PPE provided for all hotel team members
· To minimise contact, housekeeping team members will not enter customer’s rooms during their stay
· Contactless payment
· Contactless check-out

Will Bone, Maldon Travelodge, Hotel Manager, said, “This year, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain celebrates 35 years of making travel affordable for everyone.

'To mark this milestone, we are delighted to open our first hotel in Maldon, which is also the town’s first branded hotel and our 13th Travelodge in Essex. With this opening we now extend our network of hotels across all corners of the Essex region.

'Maldon Travelodge is also great news for the economy as research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate with local businesses which equates to an annual spend of nearly £2 million.

“I am very proud to have built a strong team who are as passionate about delivering world class customer service, like I am. We have been working around the clock to get the hotel ready for the peak summer season.

'With Covid-19 safety measures at the forefront of our business and for customers, we have worked closely with our hotel teams that stayed open during the lockdown, government and industry bodies to develop our new Covid-19 safety programme called TravelodgeProtect+.

'This safety programme is designed to keep our customers and teams safe and has been implemented into all Travelodge hotels and also features in our new Workington Travelodge hotel.”