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11th Dec 2007


No room at the inn? Not this year. To evoke the true spirit of Christmas, Travelodge is opening its doors and offering couples called Mary and Joseph a free night's stay; at any one of its 322 UK hotels.

The 'gift' of a free night's stay is to make up for the hotel industry not having any rooms left on Christmas Eve over 2000 years ago when the original 'Mary and Joseph' had to settle for the night in a stable.

Today's Mary and Joseph will stay in a spacious Travelodge family room which can also cater for a baby and a manger. A free car-parking space will be provided for the donkey and there are plenty of 29 rooms available for the Shepherds and Wise Men to book. The couple can stay anytime from Christmas Eve to the Twelfth Night.

Jason Cotta, Travelodge Operations Director, said: "The phrase no room at the inn is something that resonates with us in the hotel business. Therefore this year we have decided to evoke the true spirit of Christmas and invite Mary and Joseph as our guests."

To claim their free Travelodge night's stay, Mary and Joseph just need to register their details at: They will be asked to send proof of ID. Upon receipt of the requested information a voucher will be sent to them to use between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night.

Further information on the Mary and Joseph free night's stay offer is available at


For further information, please contact:
Travelodge Press Office
T: 01844 35 8703

Notes to Editor:
- All applicants must be UK citizens, be over the age of 18 years of age and must have an email address
- Couples need to be married and proof of ID is needed for each partner
- No entries will be accepted without proof of ID
- The closing date for emailing entries is 17th December 2007
- Only one person from an household can apply
- Only one free room is available per entrant
- A free Travelodge room for Mary and Joseph is available from the 24th December 2007 till 5th January 2008
- Room bookings are subject to availability
- The free room cannot be exchanged for a cash value
- The free room cannot be given to someone else to use
- No travelling, food, beverages, telephone / Internet costs will be covered within the offer
- The offer is not open to Travelodge employees and their spouses
- Travelodge do not accept responsibility for any entries, replies and / or vouchers lost, delayed, damaged or not received for whatever reason
- Travelodge reserves the right to provide an alternative prize similar in quality and value.
- Travelodge will not be liable for any cancellations, alterations or modification to the promotion or Prize for any reason which falls outside its control
- All entrants will be required to participate in postevent publicity if required

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