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THE TRAVELODGE TOP TEN

26th May 2005


Number one budget hotel brand issues list of most popular UK hotels.

We Brits love a bargain whether it's a free upgrade on a flight or a two-for-one offer. With prices from as little as £26*, Travelodge already has an undeniable reputation among business and leisure travellers on the hunt for great value accommodation. However, the UK's leading budget hotel brand is today going an extra step on behalf of discerning Brits looking to make the most of their money by releasing a list of ten of its most distinctive hotels that contradict the traditional perception of what and where a Travelodge is.

Whilst every room across the Travelodge estate offers the same amenities, the ten hotels listed below don't fit the standard Travelodge mould. These hotels offer an extra-special stay thanks to breathtaking views of the Scottish highlands, for example, or architecture dating back 200 years. So, whether you're on business and looking for some rest and relaxation or on a trip with friends or family, read on to see where you can find these Travelodge treats throughout the UK:

Travelodge's Top Ten from North to South (more detail at end):
1. Travelodge Inverness Fairways
2. Travelodge Durham
3. Travelodge Barrow-In-Furness
4. Travelodge Harrogate
5. Travelodge Halifax Central
6. Travelodge Stowmarket
7. Travelodge Cambridge Central
8. Travelodge Bath Central
9. Travelodge Leamington Spa
10. Travelodge Kings Cross

Guy Parsons, Travelodge Sales & Marketing Director, commented on the list; "These hotels are often a surprise to customers as they tend not to match their preconceived ideas of a Travelodge. They are always very popular, particularly when you compare rates to other hotels in similar areas. One hotel in Bath offers a double room for £290 - that's more than ten times as much as the nearest Travelodge! Although there are times when you do want five star accommodation, I find it simply staggering that hotels are willing to charge visitors such high rates. The savings made when staying with Travelodge could make your visit all the more memorable and that's what we're about: offering everything you need for a good night's sleep and nothing you don't, leaving you free to spend your money on other things."

Specific rooms can't be booked in advance but all is not lost! Customers staying at any of the above hotels can request a special room at the time of checking in depending on availability - just be sure to wear your best smile!

To make the most of Travelodge's great prices, book online at travelodge.co.uk and bag yourself a room from just £26. Be sure to book early to get the best possible deal.

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For further information, please contact:
Jo Begbie
Travelodge
0121 521 6624
jo.begbie@travelodge.co.uk

Note to Editors:

Photograpy available of all hotels.

- The Travelodge top ten was voted for by Travelodge employees in April 2005.

- Travelodge offers rooms in hotels outside London from £26 when booked in advance online at travelodge.co.uk (rooms start from £46 in Central London).

- Travelodge offers comfortable, warm and welcoming double, family and accessible rooms. A family room caters for two adults and two children, both under 16 years. All rooms are en-suite, with luxury king size beds, colour TV, internet access** (at additional cost) and free tea and coffee making facilities.

- Some Travelodge hotels have on-site licensed Bar Cafés, offering a full range of drinks, tasty snacks and evening meals. All Travelodge hotels have vending facilities for snacks and drinks and those without restaurants can still provide breakfast and evening meal options.

- Travelodge currently has 268 locations throughout the UK.

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

- The latest BDRC British Hotel Guest Survey (February 2005) named Travelodge as the joint number one hotel brand in the UK and the number one budget brand. Travelodge was also named as "The Most Improved Budget Brand".

Book online at travelodge.co.uk to reserve a room starting from £26 (£46 in Central London). Be sure to book early to get the best possible deal. The next best rate is available online or via the award-winning Travelodge Reservation Centre on 08700 850 950.


The Travelodge top ten in detail:

Travelodge Inverness Fairways
With Fairways Golf Course next door, this Travelodge offers beautiful views of the course and surroundings as well as the chance to practice your swing or enjoy a good walk (depending on your point of view!). It's also a mere four miles from Loch Ness, giving leisure and business travellers another good reason to stay.
Travelodge Inverness Fairways, Castle Heather, Inverness, IV2 6AA

Travelodge Leamington Spa
This Grade 2 listed Travelodge building opened earlier this year, having previously served as the grand Regent Hotel. The multi million pound refurbishment produced a unique blend of old and new by maintaining the external façade of the original building and mixing it with the modern Travelodge style internally.
Travelodge Leamington Spa, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4AT

Travelodge Durham
This Travelodge is on the site of the old Durham goods train station originally built in 1844. Since conversion, Travelodge Durham has 23 of its 57 rooms on the site of the old station, four are in the station master's house, the old waiting room serves as the reception area and four bedrooms are situated across the old tracks.
Travelodge Durham, Station Lane, Gilesgate, Durham DH1 1LJ.

Travelodge Cambridge Central
This award-winning Travelodge was designed by architects Proctor and Matthews of Cambridge. It's a real eye-catcher based on its bold blue colour scheme and it stands head and shoulders above other hotels in the area as a result.
Travelodge Cambridge Central, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7DY.

Travelodge Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Barrow is a Victorian town surrounded by beaches and inspiring scenery and the Travelodge exceeds the region's reputation thanks to its beautiful lake views. Reinforcing Travelodge's suitability for families, the hotel also has an assortment of friendly wild ducks, geese and rabbits living nearby!
Travelodge Barrow in Furness, Cocken Villa, Walney Road, Barrow in Furness LA14 5UG.

Travelodge Kings Cross, Central London
This Grade 2 listed building has a French Baroque-style façade, making the 140-bed Travelodge a good example of an Edwardian commercial building. Now Travelodge Kings Cross and modernised from the original structure, the building was part of residential housing first built in 1767 on Grays Inn Road.
Travelodge Kings Cross, Willings House, Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London.

Travelodge Harrogate Central
This 46-room hotel offers fantastic views from the first, second, third and fourth floors as the hotel is ideally located near the Valley Gardens, said to be one of Alan Titchmarsh's favourite gardens! At night, the trees surrounding the park are lit with various coloured lights, creating a really special atmosphere.
Travelodge Harrogate, The Ginnel, Harrogate HG1 2RR.

Travelodge Halifax Central
Parts of this Travelodge date back 200 years as it was built in a converted mill. Opening in 1803, the Dean Clough Mills was one of the world's largest carpet mills before closing in 1982. The first to fourth floors of the hotel have all the original stonework and masonary on view giving it an extremely interesting interior.
Travelodge Halifax Central, Gate 9, Dean Clough Industrial Park, Halifax, HX3 5AY.

Travelodge Stowmarket
The rear of this 40-room hotel overlooks miles and miles of fields, offering travellers to Stowmarket and Ipswich a very relaxing, peaceful environment away from the hustle and bustle.
Travelodge Stowmarket, A14 Westbound, Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3PY.

Travelodge Bath Central
An impressive Grade 2 listed building, this Travelodge is also close to the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, making it a delightful place to stay when visiting one of Britain's favourite towns.
Travelodge Bath Central, 1 York Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2EB

Footnotes
* £26 room rate available online (£46 for hotels in central London)

** Internet Access available at most hotels - customers should confirm at the time of booking

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