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Travelodge

Travelodge
Locations:32 MSAs
Associated names:Little Chef
Introduced:1985
Predecessors:Granada Lodge, Innkeepers Lodge, Purple Hotel, Little Chef Lodge
Successors:Days Inn, Welcome Lodge, Redwing Lodge

Travelodge is a budget accommodation chain which spread to roadsides across the country, including most Moto motorway services.

Now owned by Dubai International Capital, Travelodge customers usually book in advance, which means its hotels tend fill up even if they are in isolated locations. Since the advent of hotel comparison websites, some people have been caught out as they didn't realise many Travelodges are traditional motels and can't be safely accessed without a car.

As Travelodge provides the hotel only, in most locations dining is limited whatever is available across the road.

History

It is based on the US brand of the same name, which is now totally separate but was once owned by Trusthouse Forte. Having owned the American brand since 1973, in 1985 Forte opened hotels in the UK named Forte Travelodge, starting with the Barton-under-Needwood branch on the A38 northbound.

These new lodges were advertised as the UK's first cheap hotel options, primarily aimed at road users. They were aiming for 100 branches by 1991, and spread to city centres, and to Ireland and Spain. The new Forte Travelodge received a boost when the recession hit in the late 1980s, as businessmen were looking for cheaper accommodation and became loyal Travelodge customers.

A number of branches were converted from Forte's previous budget accommodation chain, Little Chef Lodge. By 1990 they had 56 branches in the UK, and were looking to open 50 more. These mostly opened in conjunction with Little Chef, a Forte restaurant chain that would become almost inseparable from Travelodge until the two were split up in 2003.

When Forte and their brands were purchased by Granada, their own Granada Lodges became Travelodges. Welcome Break was sold shortly afterwards, and those partner motels were changed to Welcome Lodge. Whereas Forte had lost interest in Travelodge and had wanted to sell it, Granada thought it was a very desirable part of the Forte empire.

Despite this, some hotels have closed, usually due to changes in the road network or changes to the neighbouring restaurants. These have then been bought by other names such as Redwing Lodge or Rivington Lodge. As Travelodge is no longer owned by a motorway service area operator, there is no guarantee that any more motorway sites will open.

Locations

Travelodge operate at almost all Moto services. They are: [view on a map -  Download KMLrefine search]

A-road Services

Travelodge can be found at many A-road services:

Former Locations

Travelodge no longer operates at the following locations:

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