Travelodge officially opens its first hotel in Dover

  • Dover Travelodge has created 30 new jobs within the local Community
  • At the Opening, Travelodge announces it wants to double its portfolio in Kent and is looking for 12 new hotel sites, including Deal/Sandwich
  • This expansion represents an investment of £60 million for third party investors and will create 300 new jobs  

Today, the Leader of Dover District Council, Councillor Keith Morris, and Chairman of the council, Councillor Sue Chandler, joined Travelodge UK Property Director, Tony O’Brien to officially open the company’s first hotel in Dover.

Dover Travelodge, a purpose built, 108-room hotel with Bar Café and on-site car-parking represents a £9 million investment for the landlord, Bond City, and has created 30 new jobs within the local community.  It overlooks Dover Castle and is one of the first businesses to open at St James retail & leisure development.   

The hotel has been styled in the company’s latest contemporary brand design. All rooms feature the bespoke luxurious king-size Travelodge Dreamer bed which sits within a mood lighting surrounded – which also features spacious bedside shelves for smart devices and USB charging points.  All family rooms include two individual beds for the children. 

The rooms also feature LED ceiling lighting, providing a warmer ambiance, Travelodge’s ‘comfort cooling’ to enable to regulate the temperature of your room, a 32 inch Freeview TV, complementary tea & coffee making facilities and Wifi.   

The hotel’s Bar Café offers a breakfast, dinner and bar menu. Travelodge’s ‘Unlimited’ breakfast menu is just £8.95 per person and for each paying guest two children eat for free. 

At the official opening ceremony of Dover Travelodge, Kent’s first branded budget hotel operator announced that it is looking to almost double its portfolio in the county and is seeking a further 12 hotel sites.   This expansion represents an investment of £60m, a job creation of 300 and will boost  Travelodge’s portfolio in Kent to 25 hotels. 

Locations include: Beckenham, Bluewater/Ebbsfleet, Canterbury,  Dartford, Deal/Sandwich, Folkestone, Gillingham/Rochester,  Herne Bay/Whitstable, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Swanley and Tonbridge.

Tony O’Brien, Travelodge Property Director said:  “Today is a double celebration for Travelodge. Not only have we opened our first hotel in Dover but this opening also cements our presence at the UK’s busiest cruise ship ports. Dover was the outstanding port and we are thrilled to bring good quality accommodation at a great value price in the heart of the town centre, close to the cruise and ferry terminals.”        

“Looking forward, Kent remains a key growth area for Travelodge. The county’s reputation as a great short break destination is flourishing and attracting record visitor numbers. However, there is still a shortage of branded budget accommodation across Kent. Therefore to meet this growing consumer demand we are looking for 12 new hotel sites across the county.  This expansion will nearly double our presence in Kent to 25 hotels and represents an investment of £60 million and a job creation of 300.”     

The Leader of Dover District Council, Councillor Keith Morris, said:  “Travelodge was one of the first tenants to sign-up for the St James development, and we’re delighted to see the new hotel open for business. It’s particularly pleasing to see this investment create 30 new jobs, and we thrilled that Travelodge is looking for future sites in Deal and Sandwich as well as across the Kent county.”

Councillor Keith Morris continued:  “Dover Travelodge is perfectly located for visitors to enjoy everything on offer at St James but also have Dover’s rich array of attractions on their door step. This includes: Dover Castle, The White Cliffs, Dover Museum and the Bronze Age Boat, many of which are within walking distance of the hotel. Not to mention the close proximity to Dover’s magnificent waterfront, and the ferry and cruise terminals at the Port of Dover.”

Dover Travelodge is being managed by Paula Brown – who started with the company seven years ago as a team member at Margate Westwood Travelodge.

Paula is one of hundreds of Travelodge managers who have successfully climbed the career ladder from an entry level position in to management.  Paula was promoted to her first management job in 2013 at Canterbury Whitstable Travelodge.

Paula Brown, Hotel Manager, Dover Travelodge said: I am very proud to have built a fantastic team who are as passionate as me about delivering great customer service. Our new hotel has got off to a flying start and customers are loving our new look rooms, especially the Travelodge Dreamer bed. Also our unlimited breakfast menu has been a big hit especially as children get to eat for free.” 

“Looking ahead, business on the books is very encouraging and we are set for a very busy 2018. This is great news for the local economy too; as research shows that our customers will spend £2 million with local businesses during their stay.” 

For further information, please contact: 

Travelodge Press Office, Tel: 01844 35 8703, Email:   

Notes to Editors

  1. Dover Travelodge is located at: Unit 8, St James St, Dover. CT16 1QD
  2. Dover Travelodge is the company’s 13th hotel in Kent.  
  3. The other hotels are located in:  Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Dargate, Dartford, Dover, Dunkirk, Gillingham, Gravesend, Maidstone, Ramsgate and Tunbridge Wells
  4. The opening of Travelodge Dover now means that the hotel chain operates hotels at UK’s busiest cruise ports. This includes: Dover, Greenock, Harwick, Liverpool, Leith, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tilbury (Thurrock) and the Tyne (Newcastle).
Posted on 26/04/2018