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Travelodge plans UK port cities expansion

Dover Travelodge exterior

Budget hotel chain Travelodge has opened its first hotel in Dover as the brand looks to expand in the UK’s ten busiest port cities.

Dover Travelodge features 108 guest rooms, a Bar Cafe and an on-site car park. It represents a £9 million investment for the property’s landlord, Legal & General, and Dover District Council’s development partner Bond City.

The hotel overlooks Dover Castle and is located close to the city’s cruise terminal. Each room features en-suite facilities with eco-friendly showers, a flat-screen TV, free tea and coffee-making facilities and wifi.

Travelodge says it is looking for a further ten hotel sites near the UK’s busiest cruise ports, representing a £60 million investment and 300 new jobs. Locations on the chain’s radar include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harwich, Hull, Liverpool, Newcastle, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tilbury.

The company says it has seen a boost in occupancy at its properties located near cruise ports as a result of an increase in Brits taking cruises.

Tony O’Brien, property director at Travelodge, commented: “Not only have we opened our first hotel in Dover but this opening also cements our presence at the UK’s top ten busiest cruise ship ports.”



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