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History of Travelodge

Overview 

Travelodge (see also Premier Inn, Ibis) is a hotel chain which spans across the globe. Some of the countries the hotel group operates in are United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Many of the Travelodge hotels operate as an independent company and therefore have no link with the brand in other countries. 

Travelodge USA 

The company was founded by Scott King and incorporated in Southern California in 1939 and their logo was created in 1954 by Robert Hale. In Fact it was one of the first motel chains to be established within the US. First Travelodge opened in San Diego (and headquartered for many years)  just after one year since the company’s inception. Travelodge, in its early years highlighted itself as a budget motel offering lower rates and practical accommodations. The hotel chain also highlighted that its hotels were located in convenient locations close to downtown areas and near local restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping malls and theatres.  However, today Travelodge offers various tiers covering a range of clients from low cost priced properties to full service high rise hotels.

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In 1996, HFS Inc acquired Travelodge operations in North America for US$39m including the trademark rights and the franchise system. HFS Inc owned hotel chains such as Days Inn and Ramada. However, HFS later merged with Cendant Corporation where Cendant hotel services were spun off as Wyndham Worldwide.

Company Mascot 

Sleepy Bear mascot is strongly associated to Travelodge. It is a half awake teddy bear wearing a robe with Travelodge logo. The Teddy Bear also features wearing a sleeping cap and slippers. The company has always targeted families with children. Kids would receive a free toy bear when they stay in the sleepy bear den room, of which every Travelodge had at least one.  Travelodge also owns a chain of lower price motels called Thriftlodge. Thriftlodge also includes a mascot, a teddy bear with a baseball cap and a T-shirt with Thriftlodge logo and the name TJ on it.

Popular Travelodge Hotels

Travelodge Belfast 

Travelodge Belfast

This hotel is based in Belfast centre which is a 10-minute drive from George Best Belfast City Airport. The hotel is also close to Great Victoria Street Rail Station and 10-minute walk from both Queens and Ulster Universities. There is also an abundant supply of pubs and restaurants closeby. Travelodge Belfast features a 24-hour front desk along with spacious rooms and a traditional restaurant. The restaurant serves a varied international menu and selection of beverages. The rooms are decorated in a modern style featuring a modern bathroom along with tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms also include Tv with satellite channels and wifi is available throughout the hotel for free. Breakfast buffet serving continental dishes is available each morning.

Address: 15 Brunswick Street, Belfast, BT2 7GE, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Central Euston 

Travelodge London Central Euston

Travelodge London Central Euston is located close to London Euston rail and underground station. It is within walking distance from Kings Cross and St. Pancras International. Cricket fans can visit Lord’s Cricket ground whereas Wembley stadium is also a short journey via the underground. Perfect location for families and exploring London. Madam Tussauds, Leicester Square and London Zoo are also closeby. Rooms feature a modern decor that consist of a comfy king size bed, plenty of pillows and comfy duvet. There is an on-site restaurant serving morning and evening meals. There is also a superior room option that offers blackout curtains and mood lighting for a peaceful nights sleep. Superior rooms also feature a stylish new room design, adjustable shower and a coffee machine.

Address: 1-11 Grafton Place, London, NW1 1DJ, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Covent Garden 

Travelodge London Covent Graden

Travelodge London Covent Garden is based in the heart of London’s tourist spot. This location is perfect for anyone interested in diverse and stylish restaurants, designer stores, amazing theatres and fascinating street performers. Soho, Oxford Street and Leicester Square are within a short walk as well as The Royal Opera House. Hotel features modernised rooms that include comfy beds, pillows and on-site restaurants serving daily breakfast and evening meals.

Address: 10 Drury Lane High Holborn, London, WC2B 5RE, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Central Marylebone

Travelodge London Central Marylebone

Based in the heart of the capital, Travelodge London Central Marylebone is just a short walk from Mayfair and shopping hubs of Marylebone High Street. You are well placed to explore London with Hyde Park and Regent’s Park on either side of you. Madame Tussauds is round the corner and you can reach London Zoo by foot. Moreover, this is a perfect location for shopping, parks and to visit nearest tourist attractions nearby.

Address: Harewood Row, Marylebone, London, NW1 6SE, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Central Kings Cross

Travelodge London Central Kings Cross

Located in the dynamic area of Kings Cross Travelodge London Central Kings Cross is an ideal option for all guests. Kings Cross is a booming transport and business hub featuring a wide variety of elegant bars and restaurants, where you will have lots to choose from. The British Museum and British are within walking distance. Kings Cross is a great place for those of you you would like to venture further. The area provides excellent transport links to all areas of London as well as major UK cities and Europe. All rooms feature a cosy king size bed, ideal for a peaceful night sleep along with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet.

Address: Willings House, 356-364 Grays Inn Road,Kings Cross, WC1X 8BH, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Central Southwark

Travelodge London Central Southwark

Travelodge London Central Southwark is based only minutes away from London’s famous South Bank and from the River Thames. This hotel is an ideal location to explore major cultural and family attractions. National Gallery and Tate Modern are perfect attractions for Art lovers. Good news also for families as London Aquarium, London Eye and Tower Bridge as just a short walk from this Travelodge hotel. Moreover, famous historical attractions like the Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the Globe Theatre are all virtually on your doorstep.

Address: 202 – 206 Union Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0LX, United Kingdom

Travelodge London Central City Road

Travelodge London Central City Road

Located in the heart of London Travelodge London Central City Road is within easy reach of some of London’s best attractions. This includes the West End which is well known for its shopping, theatres and restaurants. You are also close to East London, where you will have a chance to explore trendy Shoreditch, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. All rooms feature a cosy king size bed, ideal for a peaceful night sleep along with four plump pillows and a cosy duvet. Furthermore, for convenience there is an on-site restaurant and bar serving breakfast and tasty evening meals

Address: 1-23 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AG, United Kingdom

Travelodge Edinburgh Central

Travelodge Edinburgh Central

Travelodge Edinburgh Central is located in the heart of the city. It is a 10-minute walk from Waverley train station and is situated in the perfect location to explore Edinburgh. You can catch a sightseeing bus to capture the tourist attractions or you can just stroll around by foot. Famous landmarks nearby include Edinburgh Castle and Scottish Parliament. You can also visit the Grassmarket which is a vibrant and lively area of the city featuring amazing shopping malls Edinburgh has to offer and some of the most vibrant electric bars. Furthermore, Travelodge Edinburgh Central is the perfect base for a stay during Edinburgh Fringe Festival during the late part of summer.

Address: 33 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TA, United Kingdom

Travelodge Edinburgh Central Princes Street

Travelodge Edinburgh Central Princes Street

Travelodge Edinburgh Central Princes Street hotel places you in the centre of the Scottish capital’s most energetic locations. You will have the opportunity to visit big stores shops and relax in the elegant Princes Street Gardens. This Travelodge hotel places you near the Holyrood Palace, along with Scottish National Gallery and the amazing Edinburgh Castle. To achieve dazzling views of the whole area, do make sure to climb Arthur’s Seat. Hotel guests can benefit from a wide variety of food and drink choices within convenient walking distance from this hotel.

Address: Meuse Lane, off Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2BY, United Kingdom

Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street

Travelodge Edinburgh Central Queen Street

Edinburgh Central Queen Street hotel is based close to some of the best tourist attractions the city of Edinburgh has to offer. This includes the awe-inspiring castle, Holyrood Palace and Scottish National Gallery. For shopping lovers you are not far from high end shopping at Harvey Nicks. Alternatively if you’re in town in late summer for the fringe festival you’ll be close to many of the main venues, including the Stand Comedy Club and the Playhouse.

Address: 30-31 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JX, United Kingdom

Travelodge Manchester Central Arena 

Travelodge Manchester Central Arena

Perfect place to explore the city of Manchester, Travelodge Manchester Central Arena is less than a mile away from Manchester Victoria Railway Station. In addition at your doorstep you can also find a wealth of shopping attractions and facilities. Visit the Arndale Centre for all your shopping needs.Moreover, you are just a short trip away from the famous Manchester Arena, Printworks Entertainment Value, the Palace Theatre and the O2 Apollo Manchester. Great news also for Football fans as you can find Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium and Manchester City’s Ethiad Stadium just 4 miles away from the hotel.

If you are searching for a quiet stay then Business Floor Plan is the perfect option for you which can guarantee you a room in one of the quieter floors. Travelodge Manchester Central Arena has a fresh new look and features a new room design with Dreamer bed ensuring a great night’s sleep for all customers.

Address: Great Ducie Street, Manchester, M3 1PT, United Kingdom

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly is located just half a mile from Manchester Piccadilly railway station. The hotel features a convenient base for a big range of leisure activities. You can visit  Museum of Science and Industry for an amazing educational trip or you can visit Manchester Aquatics centre which features plenty of family friendly leisure activities. For adrenaline pumping activity why not visit the Vertical Chill Ice Wall? Moreover, you can also visit Palace Theatre, Manchester Arena,  which is a short walk away and perfect for entertainment lovers.

Address: 31 Piccadilly, M1 1LU, United Kingdom

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