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12th Dec 2006

Today, Chairman of South Lakeland District Council, Councillor Ian Stewart and local school girl, Heather Ramsay officially opened Kendal Travelodge - the first branded budget hotel to open in the town.

Kendal Travelodge is a 1.7 million investment for the town and was built in a record time to ensure it was ready to open for Christmas. The 43-room hotel has created 20 new jobs within the community and will offer rooms from 15*. Situated on the main road into Kendal (A591) at Helsington, Kendal, LA8 8AA, the new Travelodge is ideally located for the business and leisure traveller.

To celebrate the official opening of Kendal Travelodge, VIP pupils from St. Marks Primary School were set a project of drawing their "Dream bedroom". The Chairman of South Lakeland District Council, Councillor Ian Stewart selected the winning picture, which was drawn by Heather Ramsay aged 10 years.

Heather won a weekend stay at a UK Travelodge hotel of her choice for her family and her picture will be hung in the hotel reception area. All participating children were awarded a goodie bag.

The Chairman of South Lakeland District Counci,l Councillor Ian Steward said: "I am delighted to open Kendal Travelodge today and wish the hotel every success for the future. This new hotel will fill a real local need for budget accommodation and I am thrilled that it has created so many new jobs. I wish them the very best for the future."

Janet McCormack Kendal Travelodge's Manager said: "There is a desperate need for low-cost accommodation within Kendal and our new Travelodge hotel will help to fill this demand. It's situated on the main road into Kendal (A591) which is an ideal location for business and leisure travellers who need quick and easy access to Kendal and its surrounding areas. Local residents can also benefit by accommodating family and friends at the hotel to avoid the additional stress at home, which is ideal for the festive season ahead. We offer a comfortable room from as little as 15, which is the smart choice for any type of stop-over."

Kendal Travelodge will offer a choice of either Family, Double or Disabled access rooms. Each room provides a comfortable setting with en-suite bathroom luxury king size bed colour TV and free tea and coffee making facilities.

The hotel has been built using locally sourced; Natural Lakeland Stone to ensure it is in keeping with its rural surroundings. Local contractors and manufacturers were used to build the hotel to integrate Kendal Travelodge into the community.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Travelodge is opening 17 new hotels across the UK. Locations include: Peterborough, Caterham, Romford, Barnstaple, Stansted, Ludlow, Hatfield, Kendal, Birmingham Maypole, Ayr, Manchester Trafford Park, Hereford, Croydon, Watford, Birmingham (Five Ways) and Sheffield (city centre). Over 400 new jobs will be created as a result of these new hotel openings.

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Images of the opening and the hotel building are available on request.


For further information please contact:
Shula Gillam, PR Executive - 07863 342 317

Notes to editors:

*15 room rate is an introductory opening offer; the leading rates at Camberley Travelodge will start from 26 per room per night.

Travelodge has approximately 300 hotels throughout the UK. These are conveniently located in most major UK city centres.

Travelodge offers an online booking service at and also via telephone on 08700 850 950.

Competitively priced, Travelodge room rates start from just 26 per room, per night. (26 room rates are subject to availability and can only be booked online).

Travelodge was the first budget hotel brand to launch in the UK in 1985.

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