Today Travelodge unveiled its second generation Travelpod - the world's first mobile hotel room. This latest version has been designed with new features in response to findings from the initial Travelpod trials in 2006.
The modified Travelpod is 40% bigger than the initial prototype. It has been styled in the hotel company's contemporary room design, incorporating a red, white and blue colour scheme and has the following new features:
- Air conditioning
- Flat screen TV
- DVD player with a collection of DVDs
- Ambient lighting which includes bedside lights and a illuminated headboard
- Tea / coffee making facilities
- Washroom with biodegradable toilet and washbasin with running water facilities
In addition, the furnishings are made from recyclable timber and lighting has been designed to use low wattage bulbs. The room comes complete with a luxury double bed, bedside lights, duvet, pillows, fully carpeted floor, window blinds, dressing table with light, mirror and chair.
The palatial pod is sealed in a 6 metre (length) by 2.4 metre (width) x 2.6 metre (height) clear polycarbonate glass box but inside, the features replicate the conventional Travelodge hotel room just recently re-designed.
Leigh McCarron, Travelodge's Director of Sleep said: "The Travelpod is a ground breaker in outdoor accommodation. We ran some tests on the original Travelpod concept last year and those findings have been used to develop this second generation model for customer trials."
The new Travelpod will be tested over the next couple of months and the general public will have the opportunity to participate in trials by entering a prize draw at www.travelodge.co.uk.
The Travelpod is the ultimate accessory for lovers of outdoor entertainment. It's the world's first mobile hotel room that can be transported to any out door event such as a music festival, sporting event or any other major outdoor event.
For further information, please contact:
Travelodge PR Manager
T: 01844 35 8638
Notes to editor:
- For high resolution images of the Travelpod, please call Shakila Ahmed on 01844 35 8638
- Full details on the prize draw can be found at www.travelodge.co.uk in the What New section
- The second generation Travelpod is transported as a trailer behind a vehicle
- The Travelpod was produced by Anthem Promotions in Banbury - www.anthempromotions.co.uk
Travelodge became the first budget hotel company to launch in the UK when it opened the Barton-under-Needwood Travelodge in Staffordshire in 1985. Travelodge currently has 320 hotels (over 20,000 rooms) - nine in Ireland, three in Spain and rest in the UK. Hotels are conveniently located in city centres, near attractions, airports and at the roadside. The chain plans to have 1000 hotels in the UK by 2020 and be the biggest hotel company in London by the 2012 Olympics. New Travelodges opening this year include: Heathrow Terminal 4 5, London Euston, London City Road, Eastbourne, Holyhead, Blackpool and Windsor.
Six and a half million people stayed with Travelodge in 2006 and 83% of reservations are made online at travelodge.co.uk, where room rates start from just £15 per room, per night. Travelodge offers double, disabled-access or family rooms catering for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 16. All rooms are en-suite, with luxury king size beds, colour TV and free tea- and coffee-making facilities.