A new budget hotel, in the heart of Eastleigh town centre has been officially opened by the outgoing Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Wayne Irish.
The 60 room Travelodge which has created 15 new jobs, cost £3.4 million and is part of the Councils plan to redevelop the degenerating town centre into a popular shopping and leisure destination.
The new Eastleigh Central Travelodge is part of a mixed-use development that also provides retail outlets (currently vacant) and replaces the original planned development of affordable housing and retail units.
The hotel is an ideal base for leisure and business travellers who don’t travel intend to travel to Eastleigh by car as the Hotel has been built with no car park – car users are advised on the website to use the council’s 37 space 24 hr surface car park some distance away but it is located just a few steps drom the railway station with direct links to London, Southampton and Winchester and is just one short stop from Southampton Airport.
Declaring the hotel officially open, the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Wayne Irish said,
”I’m really delighted to officially open the new Travelodge Hotel in the heart of Eastleigh town centre. It’s a very impressive building and is already proving extremely popular with visitors and I’m sure it will be very successful”
Mary Shepherd, Eastleigh Central Travelodge Hotel Manager claimed that the Hotel would attract new visitors into the town by offering cheap accommodation from as little as £19 a room, a claim repeated on the company website. However Eastleigh News – anxious to review the hotel by actually staying in it – was unable to book a room for less than £35.75 exclusive of breakfast, ‘cancellation insurance’ and parking within the next two months.
Room prices can even rise up to £69 per room on a weekend.
The manager also claimed that the “opening demonstrates the real growing need for good quality budget accommodation from business and leisure travellers visiting the area” adding:
“Our bookings data shows the hotel is off to a flying start. With the hotel expected to be fully booked for the Jubilee Bank Holiday and the summer months, we are confident that Eastleigh Central Travelodge could soon become one of the Company’s best performing hotels in the country.
“We will boost the local economy by over £1 million. As our research shows the average Travelodge customer will spend on average £36 a day in local shops, restaurants and bars during their stay.”
A Travelodge family room caters for either two adults and two children or three adults. Each room has en-suite facilities with eco-friendly showers, a flat screen TV with 18 free digital channels, free tea and coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi.
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