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TRAVELODGE OPENS LARGEST BUDGET HOTEL IN THE HEART OF GUILDFORD

1st Jul 2005


An £8 million contemporary design hotel that has created 30 new positions.

Rooms from just £26, book at www.travelodge.co.uk.

Today, Travelodge, the UK's number one budget hotel brand* has opened its 270th hotel, the largest budget hotel in Guildford. The £8 million, contemporary design hotel is located in the heart of Guildford, near the town centre, ideal for leisure and business guests.

The 152-bedroom hotel opened a month ahead of schedule and has already created 30 new positions within the region. Following a really successful opening, a further five positions have been created in the Bar Café restaurant. For further information, please contact Michael Johnston, hotel manager, on 0775 465 4519.

Room rates start from just £26, and this is per room, not per person. There is a choice of either a double, family or disabled room, each offering a comfortable setting with en-suite bathroom, luxury king size bed, colour TV with in room entertainment which offers pay on demand movies, telephone and Internet services and free tea and coffee making facilities. Free on site car parking is also provided for guests.

The hotel has a licensed Bar Café that offers a full English breakfast menu; eat as much as you like at £6.50 per head, children under the age of ten years eat for free. Throughout the day and evening an a-la-carte menu is available which offers tasty snacks, main meals, pizzas and deserts. An excellent range of wines and spirits is also available. A new childrens menu has been launched at Guildford Travelodge which offers a childs main meal at £2.50 each.

Michael Johnston, Guildford Travelodge Hotel Manager said: "There has been a great shortage of budget accommodation in the Guildford area and people have been forced to pay the extortionate room prices charged by three and four star hotels, in some cases paying up to £150 per night. This is not the case anymore; Guildford Travelodge is the largest budget hotel in the area and is the smart choice whether staying for business, leisure or if you are simply visiting family and friends.

As consumer champion, Travelodge has launched a revolutionary search tool facility on its website www.travelodge.co.uk which shows customers exactly where there are available rooms within the UK at the low-cost rate of £26 (and £46** in Central London). This new search service will allow customers to find all Travelodge hotels that have a £26 / £46 room rate at a glance. If their preferred hotel is not available at this particular rate at the time they would like to travel, up to twenty of the next nearest hotel options will be provided at the same rate.

Over the next six years, Travelodge is planning to open 15,000 new rooms and create over 4,500 new jobs. In 2005, Travelodge is opening a new hotel every ten days and has the biggest expansion programme in place within the UK budget hotel sector. Travelodge has also completed a £20 million refurbishment for all of its hotels within the UK.

Attached is an image of the Guildford Traveloge team. Also available is an image of the Guildford Travelodge team having a well deserved rest after the opening!

Guildford Travelodge is located at Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford, Guildford GU1 1BD. Telephone: 0870 191 1795.

For further information please contact:
Shakila Ahmed
PR Manger
Direct Line:0121 521 6638
Mobile: 07802 702 499

Note to Editors:
*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".

**Travelodge room rates start from just £26 per night and £46 Central London These rates are subject to availability and can only be booked online at www.travelodge.co.uk. Rooms can also be booked by calling 08700 850 950.
50% of bookings are via the web .

Travelodge has 270 hotels throughout the UK, located in most major city centres. Over six million people stay with Travelodge every year

Travelodge is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and for the first time since the company began in 1985, Travelodge has developed a new modern brand identity which reflects the warm welcome and good night's sleep that Travelodge offers its customers.


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