Southport is now home to its first ever Travelodge venue, after the chain opened a hotel in the seaside resort earlier this month.
Travelodge has invested £5.7 million into the hotel, which has created 15 local jobs and was officially opened by Sefton mayor, councillor Maureen Fearn, and Southport MP John Pugh (pictured).
The new Travelodge is a grade II listed building including a clock tower – in fact, guests can stay in this part of the venue, as 17 of the 101 guest rooms are part of the structure.
The clock tower in the Ribble Building, an 1884 construction on Lord Street, is also fully working now after Travelodge restored the clock.
Before being a Travelodge, the building had been a train station and a bus station during its history. It also went through a period of dereliction for around a decade and was then recently made into a new development featuring the Travelodge as well as a restaurant.
One event around the opening of the brand new hotel was a children's Easter Egg Hunt, featuring the Easter Bunny.
With the opening of its Southport venue, Travelodge now has 513 hotels in its portfolio. This latest opening is one of 15 planned for this year.
The brand is also investing £57 million into a hotel modernisation programme, bringing a new type of room to every one of its hotel venues. This will be 80 per cent complete by the coming autumn.
The manager of the new Southport venue, Sarah Hill, has spoken of Travelodge's delight at opening its first hotel in the location. The accommodation is situated near the beach and other attractions which makes it a brilliant affordable option for people taking visits to the area, she said.
The Southport hotel includes Travelodge's new style of room – which was designed by hotel customers. There is a Travelodge Dreamer bed in each room.
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