Today Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, officially opened its Newark hotel.

The addition of the Lombard Street hotel on the site of the former Robin Hood Hotel and a Mansfield hotel, which opened today, will expand Travelodge’s Nottinghamshire network to nine and make Travelodge the largest branded hotel chain in the county.

Newark’s Travelodge is the group’s 585th hotel. The 66-room hotel is located in Beaumond Cross, making it the ideal base for business and leisure travelers. It represents a multi-million dollar investment for third party investors and has created 13 new jobs in the local community.

The Travelodge at Beaumond Cross (46816120)

The building is a Grade I listed and rich in local history as it dates from the Edwardian Times. Previously known as the Robin Hood Hotel, elements of the original building have been retained. The hotel is above and behind the original facade of the building.

Both hotels have been designed in the company’s contemporary branding, designed by business and leisure customers, offering family, double and accessible rooms from £ 29.

The Travelodge Newark has officially opened.  (46816142)The Travelodge Newark has officially opened. (46816142)

All rooms have a bespoke luxury Travelodge Dreamer king size bed manufactured by Sleepeezee who holds a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.

The rooms also have a modern bathroom, a massage shower and comfort cooling so that you can adjust the temperature of your room individually, a 32-inch Freeview TV, free tea and coffee making facilities in the room and access to WiFi.

Newark Travelodge also runs the company’s multi-million dollar Covid-19 safety and social distancing program called TravelodgeProtect +.

It is run by Julia Frisbee, who joined the company in 2011 as a part-time receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge (46816153).It is run by Julia Frisbee, who joined the company in 2011 as a part-time receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge (46816153).

It is headed by Julia Frisbee, who joined the company in 2011 as a part-time receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge and successfully climbed the corporate ladder into management.

As soon as Julia joined the company, she found her niche and fell in love with working in a hotel.

Julia and her team toast the opening.  (46816161)Julia and her team toast the opening. (46816161)

Endeavored to learn all aspects of hotel operations, she took on extra shifts and proactively learned about housekeeping, reception, and back office duties.

In 2015, Julia secured a position in Aspire, the company’s in-house fast-track management development program.

On the program, Julia received all the qualifications and skills to become a hotel manager. She completed her degree within six months and was promoted to Hotel Manager at Retford Travelodge in 2016.

Last year Julia battled tough competition and secured the position of hotel manager in Newark as she wanted to oversee the development and management of a newly built hotel.

Julia said: “It is great that Travelodge is opening two hotels in Nottinghamshire and becoming the largest branded hotel chain in the county.

“Opening our first hotel in Newark-on-Trent during a pandemic was challenging, but I’m very proud to have built a fantastic team that worked 24/7 to get the hotel open before the lockdown restrictions for leisure customers from May 17, 2021.

“Newark-on-Trent is a historic market town full of history, with a dramatic castle and major tourist attraction, but there is an urgent need for high quality, affordable accommodation.

“Our hotel will fill that void and be a magnet to attract new visitors to the area. We expect a busy summer as the saying will be big this year.

“This is also good news for the local economy, as research shows that while staying with local businesses, our customers spend on average double their room rate, which equates to millions of dollars a year.

“Our new hotel has got off to a good start and we are currently offering accommodation for employees who are currently allowed to travel and stay overnight. We have set up a multi-million dollar Covid-19 security program called TravelodgeProtect + that is designed to keep our customers and teams safe and has been very well received by our business customers.

“In addition to preparing for a busy summer season, I look forward to growing my team and helping them climb the career ladder at Travelodge. Most of my team is made up of parents. At Travelodge, we support working parents by offering flexible working hours around the school run. so that they can work, climb the corporate ladder and raise their families. “

Commenting on the opening of the Newark-on-Trent Travelodge, Kevin Damarell, director of Lindum, who developed the hotel, said: “The Robin Hood Hotel, a well-known and prominent building in Newark, has been vacant for 20 years and is in ruins. Lindum is proud of it To be part of the team that put it back into operation as the first Travelodge hotel in town.

“We had to work within the requirements of the heritage experts who asked us to preserve and protect some of the original features.

“It was a complex, interesting and at times challenging building project, but today it is a clear reminder of what can be achieved through an ambitious yet sensitive renovation of the city center.”