Travelodge is the UK’s fastest growing and most recognised budget hotel company.
In 1985, Travelodge opened the UK’s very first budget hotel on the A38, in Barton under Needlewood. Today the company is the country’s fastest growing and most innovative hotel chain with over 500 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Travelodge Barton under Needwood, the first Travelodge to open in 1985
Travelodge is the largest hotel brand in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cambridge. Around 80% of Travelodge hotels are now located in major city centres, towns and popular holiday hotspots. The Travelodge brand has a range of hotel designs including: purpose built hotels, grade ll listed buildings, office conversions, acquisitions of existing hotels and co-partnerships with leading pub companies, supermarkets and retailers.
This year Travelodge will open 41 hotels and create 1,000 new jobs across the UK. Twelve of the 41 new Travelodge’s opening this year are located in London - further cementing the Company’s position as the biggest hotelier in the Capital. Included in these openings is Travelodge’s 500th hotel at Stratford, near to the Olympic Stadium, Greenwich, Excel, Teddington, Crystal Palace, Sidcup and Enfield. In addition to these openings Travelodge is also opening further hotels in key British cities this year. Locations include: Edinburgh, Liverpool, Chester, Sunderland and Bradford.
Our Mission Statement
Last year, 74% of the population in the UK stayed away from home, but only 38% of them stayed in a hotel.
The reason that more people don’t stay in hotels is simple – they just can’t find a good quality hotel where they want to stay, at a price that’s right for them.
Travelodge’s objective is to make hotels available to everyone by consistently offering our customers great value hotels where they want to stay.
The company has a target to expand to 1,100 hotels and 100,000 rooms by 2025. This is the equivalent of opening a new hotel every ten working days, and will be achieved via organic growth (building new hotels, converting existing hotels and changing use in existing office buildings).
A Values Based Organisation
Travelodge has four values which guide every decision that we make:
An eCommerce Business That Happens To Sell Bedrooms
Travelodge is an e-commerce business and offers its best room rate online. Today 90% of room bookings are via Travelodge.co.uk.
Last year, Travelodge sold c7 million rooms, 40% of these were for £29 or below. One million rooms were at £19 or below
The Travelodge Revenue team daily check the rates of every hotel in the UK, to ensure that Travelodge room rates are the most competitive within the marketplace.
As a result www.travelodge.co.uk is the UK’s most visited hotel website.
Our People At The Heart of Our Business
What makes Travelodge unique is its people. There are over 6,000 people employed across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
In the last four years, 35% of people joining the Company were previously unemployed - many of them being "long term" unemployed.
Travelodge believes that everyone joining the Company should have the opportunity to develop a meaningful career. Last year 75% of internal management positions were filled internally.
Travelodge has created a unique 12 week Management Development Programme (MDP) that fast tracks entry level staff into hotel management. The programme is available to all employees regardless of their current position or length of service and to date more than 300 staff members have been promoted via this route.
In addition, one in ten of Travelodge employees has achieved or is studying towards a National Vocational Qualification. A number of managers have also been sponsored to study towards a Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management.
In April 2011, Travelodge launched the UK’s first budget hotel management apprenticeship programme for school leavers. The scheme titled JuMP (Junior Management Programme) is a fast track route into management and provides A -level students (18+) with a real alternative to going to university. On this programme school leavers can continue their education, obtain work experience, receive a salary and become a manager by the age of 21.
Travelodge aims by 2015 to have 45% of its managers via the JuMP programme.
Did you know?
- Annually over 13 million people sleep in Travelodge hotels
- Travelodge beds come with a royal warrant
- Travelodge serves 2.2 million breakfasts every year
- Every day Travelodge staff make 33,000 beds
- The most popular dish served in the Bar Café is fish and chips
- Queen Victoria once stayed at Leamington Spa Travelodge in room 107 and used room 108 as a dressing room
- Redditch Travelodge was a former farmhouse and is set amongst a rural backdrop
- Durham Travelodge was a former railway station and the hotel’s corridors were the platforms
- Uxbridge Travelodge is the world’s first modular build hotel
- The following Travelodge hotels all offer a sea view room – Scarborough, Blackpool South Promenade, Bournemouth, Newquay, Eastbourne and Berwick