Travelodge launches in West Sussex ahead of further county openings

The Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Rex Whittaker, joined Tony O’ Brien, Travelodge UK Development Director to officially open East Grinstead’s first Travelodge hotel.

East Grinstead Travelodge a multi-million investment for the landlord and as created 17 new jobs, the plan for eight more in West Sussex would represent an investment of £65 million for third party investors and create a further 160 new jobs.

The hotel has been styled in Travelodge’s latest brand design and offers family, double and accessible rooms. Rooms feature the company’s signature luxurious king size Travelodge Dreamer bed which sits within a mood lighting surround and has bedside charging points. Family rooms also include two individual beds for children.

At the official event opening of East Grinstead Travelodge, the company also announced that West Sussex is a key growth area and that they are actively looking for a further eight hotel sites across the county. Target locations include: Brighton, Bognor, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Hove and Shoreham-by-the-Sea.

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge UK Development Director said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th anniversary in West Sussex by opening our first hotel in East Grinstead.

'Over the last three decades, Travelodge has become famous across the county for offering unbeatable value and making travel affordable for everyone, which has helped attract more business and leisure travellers to the area.”

“As we look to the future, West Sussex is a target growth area for Travelodge. The local economy is growing at pace and with increasing visitor numbers to the area, there is still a shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price.

'Therefore to meet this growing consumer demand we are actively looking for eight hotel sites in the following locations: Brighton, Bognor, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Hastings, Haywards Heath, Hove and Shoreham-by-the-Sea.

'Collectively this expansion programme would represent an estimated investment of approximately £65 million for third party investors and create around 160 new jobs.”

East Grinstead Travelodge is being managed by Ewa Stecko, who joined the company ten years agoas a Housekeeping team member. Ewa is one of thousands of Travelodge employees who have joined the company in an entry level position and successfully climbed the career ladder into management – via the in-house management development programme.

Stecko said, “I am very proud to have built a fantastic team who are as passionate as me about delivering great customer service. Our hotel has got off to a flying start and customers are loving our rooms, especially the luxurious Travelodge Dreamer bed.”

“Looking ahead, business on the books is very encouraging and we are set for a very busy festive season. This is great news for the local economy too; as research shows our customers will spend £2 million annually with local businesses during their stay.”

Whittaker said, “I am delighted to welcome Travelodge to East Grinstead. This investment and job creation is a great addition to our business community. Having a branded budget hotel in the town centre will certainly help attract new business and leisure travellers to our historic town, which will give a great boost our local economy.”