The Travelodge in Newcastle is set for a major upgrade with new ‘deluxe’ rooms and a cafe bar

A North Staffordshire hotel is about to undergo a major upgrade as part of Travelodge’s ‘radical’ transformation plans. The chain has unveiled a new ‘budget-luxury’ design concept for its UK hotels – including its site in Lower Street, Newcastle.

The company says the upgraded hotels will have a new upscale look and feel, with a redesigned reception with decorative panels, soft LED lighting, leather benches and wooden floors.

The “next generation bedrooms” will feature Travelodge’s signature beds, new blackout curtains, bedside USB ports and updated bathrooms. They will also include a large desk and office chair, separate ‘comfortable statement chair’, TV with Freeview and complimentary tea and coffee.

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The new makeover will also include a fresh coat of paint with Travelodge’s classic navy blue scheme, lullaby-inspired artwork, white decor in the bathrooms, and rugs made from recycled fishing nets.

Other features include durable carpets made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles, energy-efficient lighting, motion-sensing controls, and aerated showers and faucets. There will also be an on-site restaurant called the Bar Cafe which will offer dedicated areas for business and leisure travelers alike, including counter seating, booths and benches for large groups.

CGI shows what Travelodge’s new ‘budget-luxury’ hotel reception area will look like

Travelodge General Manager Craig Bonnar said: “Travelodge has been a pioneer in the UK hospitality industry since opening the UK’s first budget hotel in 1985.

“Today, we are evolving once again by launching a new high-end budget hotel design while maintaining our excellent value price proposition.

“This is our most radical transformation to date and was created in response to ever-increasing customer expectations. design and warm touches really matter in today’s world when staying for business or pleasure.”

Each Travelodge will have an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café
Each Travelodge will have an on-site restaurant called the Bar Café

Travelodge’s new budget-luxury design will be rolled out across its portfolio of sites, with 60 hotels slated for upgrade this year. This includes two hotels in Staffordshire – in Newcastle and Tamworth – and three hotels in London as well as in Southampton and Thame, Oxfordshire, close to the Travelodge headquarters.

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