In A UK First – Travelodge Opens Its 508th Hotel with Topshop

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    Edinburgh’s largest hotelier Travelodge is delighted to announce the opening of its 13th hotel in the city with Arcadia Group Ltd – the UK’s largest privately owned clothing retailer.

    In a UK first, Travelodge has opened a 96-room Travelodge hotel above Edinburgh’s largest Topshop store in the city’s prestigious retail heartland, Princes Street. The four storey hotel which represents an investment of £10 million has been built in Scotland’s very first steel frame grade ll listed building. In addition to this hotel, Travelodge has also opened an 85-room hotel in a grade ll listed property on Queens Street. This development represents an £8.5 investment and has been built in line with the Company’s ‘Metro’ style hotel model. Both investments have created 40 new jobs within the Edinburgh community.

    Travelodge’s Managing Director, Paul Harvey was joined by Malcolm Roughead OBE, Chief Executive of Visit Scotland to officially open both hotels.

    Paul Harvey, Travelodge, Managing Director said: “As Edinburgh largest retailer we are delighted to be opening a further two new hotels in the city centre. Since 2008, we have invested £64 million into Edinburgh and today we have 13 great hotels across the city. By offering rooms from £19 we are making Scotland’s capital more accessible to business and leisure customers.”

    “With over 16 million people annually visiting Scotland, the need for good quality low cost accommodation is in great demand and our objective now is to grow our properties in other key areas across Scotland. To fulfil this need we are working with our retained property agents Sandy Cameron & Co to find new sites.

    “This autumn we are opening a 60-room hotel in Fort William and I am delighted to announce that we have just exchanged on a new property in Glasgow city centre.”

    Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Investment in Scotland’s tourism industry is key to Scotland’s future. There are almost £2 billion worth of projects underway to improve tourism infrastructure across the country and Travelodge’s investment is another welcome addition to this. Edinburgh continues to be one of the jewels in the crown for Scottish tourism and the opening of another two hotels is testament to the city’s eternal appeal.”

    Daniel Fountain / 08.06.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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