Newark Travelodge officially opens its doors to customers at the former Robin Hood Hotel site
Today, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain has officially opened its hotel in Newark.
The addition of the Lombard Street hotel, on the site of the former Robin Hood Hotel, and one in Mansfield, which also opened today, brings Travelodge’s network in Nottinghamshire to nine and makes Travelodge the county’s biggest branded hotel chain.
Newark's Travelodge is the group’s 585th hotel. The 66-room property is located at Beaumond Cross, making it the ideal base for both business and leisure guests. It represents a multi-million investment for third party investors and has created 13 new jobs within the local community.
The building is Grade II listed and steeped in local history, as it dates back to the Edwardian Times. It used to be known as the Robin Hood Hotel and elements of the original building have been retained, with the hotel is sitting above and at the back of the building’s original façade.
Both hotels have been styled in the company’s contemporary brand design which has been created by business and leisure customers and features family, double and accessible rooms from £29.
All rooms feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed which is produced by Sleepeezee who hold a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.
The rooms also feature a modern en-suite bathroom, power shower, comfort cooling, to enable you to personalise the temperature of your room, a 32 inch Freeview TV, complementary in-room tea and coffee making facilities and access to Wifi.
Newark Travelodge also features the company’s multimillion pound covid-19 safety and social distance programme, called TravelodgeProtect+.
It is managed by Julia Frisbee, who joined the company in 2011 as a part-time receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge and has successfully climbed the career ladder into management.
As soon as Julia joined the company, she found her niche and fell in love working in a hotel.
She was eager to learn all aspects of operating a hotel and took on extra shifts and proactively learnt about housekeeping, reception work and back office duties.
In 2015, Julia secured a position on the Aspire, the company’s in-house fast track management development programme.
On the programme Julia obtained all the qualifications and skills to become a hotel manager. She graduated within six months and in 2016 she was promoted to hotel manager at Retford Travelodge.
Last year Julia fought tough competition and secured the position of hotel manager at Newark as she wanted to oversee the development and management of a new-build hotel.
Julia said: “It’s great to mark coming out of lockdown with Travelodge opening two hotels in Nottinghamshire and becoming the county’s largest branded hotel chain.
"Opening our first hotel in Newark-on-Trent during a pandemic has been challenging but I am extremely proud to have built a fantastic team who have worked around the clock to get the hotel open ahead of lockdown restrictions easing for leisure customers from 17th May 2021.
“Newark-on-Trent is an historic market town steeped in history with a dramatic castle and a big attraction for holidaymakers but there is a desperate need for good quality and low cost accommodation.
"Our hotel will fill this gap and be a magnet to attract new visitors to the area. We are expecting a busy summer as the saycation is set to big this year.
"This is also great news for the local economy as research shows our customers will spend on average double their room rate during their stay with local businesses, which equates to an annual multi-million spend.
“Our new hotel has got off to a good start and we are presently providing accommodation for workers who are currently allowed to travel and stay over. We have a multi-million Covid-19 safety programme called TravelodgeProtect+ in place, which is designed to keep our customers and teams safe and has been very well received by our business customers.
“In addition to getting ready for a busy summer season, I am also looking forward to developing my team and to help them to climb the career ladder at Travelodge. The majority of my team are parents and at Travelodge we are dedicated to supporting working parents, by offering flexible working hours around the school run; so that they can work, climb the career ladder and raise their family.”
Commenting on the opening of Newark-on-Trent Travelodge, Kevin Damarell director of Lindum who developed the hotel, said: ‘‘The Robin Hood Hotel, which was a well-known and prominent building in Newark, spent 20 years standing empty and decaying so Lindum is proud to have been part of the team that’s brought it back into use as the town’s first Travelodge hotel.
"We had to work within the requirements of the heritage experts, who asked us to preserve and protect some of the original features.
"It’s been a complex, interesting and at times challenging construction project but one that now stands as a prominent reminder of what can be achieved through ambitious yet sensitive town centre regeneration.”