Travelodge has 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 this year. The expansion programme not only represents an investment of around £175 million by third party investors, but is also creating 360 new jobs across the UK. It the group’s portfolio to 597 hotels.
Over 20 of the new jobs are at the new Poole North Travelodge within Fleets Corner Business Park, which is owned by the international business of Federated Hermes, an investment manager.
The 81-room hotel features an on-site restaurant and has been styled in the company’s contemporary brand design created by business and leisure customers. It offers family, double and accessible rooms from £29.
All rooms include the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed produced by Sleepeezee. The bed sits within a mood lighting surround and has spacious bedside shelves featuring charging ports. In addition all family rooms will include two individual beds for children.
The bathrooms have power showers, while other features include comfort cooling providing personal control of room temperature, a 32 inch Freeview TV, complementary in-room tea and coffee making facilities and access to wifi.
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 including Bournemouth, Southampton and the first Poole Travelodge hotel.
Barata says: “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.”
The hotel is offering flexible working hours, which has attracted a lot of parents wishing to work around the school run and climb the career ladder whilst raising their family. The hotel is currently open under Covid-19 rules but looking forward to a busy summer season.