In a welcome boost for the tourism industry and visitor economy in White Cliffs Country, Sandwich - the historic Cinque Port and capital of Kent’s Golf Coast - has got its first branded hotel. Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, has opened its first hotel in Sandwich at Discovery Park, the leading science park in Kent where pharmaceutical giant Pfizer together with other leading health science companies are located.
Travelodge Opens First Branded Hotel In Sandwich
Sandwich Travelodge represents a multi-million investment for third party investors and has created 18 new jobs within the community. This is the group’s 593rd hotel and its 17th property in Kent.
The 75-room hotel, which has on-site car parking, has been styled in the company’s contemporary brand design, created by business and leisure customers. Sandwich Travelodge offers family, double and accessible rooms from £29 – all of which feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed, produced by Sleepeezee (who hold a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales).
The Bar Café restaurant offers a great value breakfast & dinner menu and a bar service with a range of aperitifs such as a gin menu, a broad range of red & white wines, prosecco and champagne. Travelodge’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will also be available with social distancing measures in place. Sandwich Travelodge features the company’s multi-million pound Covid-19 safety and social distance programme, called TravelodgeProtect+.
Sandwich Travelodge is being managed by Colleen Piper, who joined Travelodge nearly four years ago and has over 20 years of experience working in the UK hotel industry.
The opening of Sandwich Travelodge will be a welcome boost for the tourism & visitor economy in White Cliffs Country
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Sandwich Travelodge where the Chairman of Dover District Council, Cllr Mike Conolly, The Mayor of Sandwich, Cllr Paul Graeme and Travelodge Chief Property & Development Officer, Steve Bennett officially opened the hotel.
Steve Bennett, Travelodge Chief Property & Development Officer said:
“We are delighted to open Sandwich’s first branded hotel and our 17th Travelodge hotel in Kent. Sandwich Travelodge will be a great addition to the town and will certainly help attract new visitors to the area. This is great news for the local community as research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate with local businesses during their stay, which equates to a multi-million pound boost into the local economy.
“As we look to the future, Kent is going from strength to strength, especially as more Britons are holidaying at home and this trend is set to continue. Kent is a top Staycation destination, however there still remains a desperate need for good quality and low cost accommodation in the county and we want to fill this growing gap."
Cllr Michael Conolly, the Chairman of Dover District Council, said: “We’re delighted to see Travelodge opening in Sandwich. It’s the perfect location to discover Sandwich, its world-class links golf courses, and the wider area. The hotel will also be popular with business travellers, located close to Discovery Park which is home to a growing number of major international companies. It’s great to see Travelodge continuing to see opportunities to invest in the district following the opening of the Travelodge at St James Dover in 2018.”
Cllr Paul Graeme M.B.E., The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sandwich, said: “I am delighted that Sandwich will have the 593rd Travelodge at Discovery Park. Its presence will assist the growth of Discovery Park and the business and commerce sector in Sandwich and East Kent. The new Travelodge will be a welcome addition to the tourist offer in East Kent and particularly in Sandwich, which of course is a fantastic destination whose history and tourism offers are unique.”