Hotel chain wants base in Berkhamsted


A hotel chain has sent a letter to council bosses in the hope of securing land in Berkhamsted for a new Travelodge.

The firm is also targeting other upmarket places like Radlett, St Albans and Harpenden in the hopes of opening more budget hotels.

It comes after Travelodge launched a new 81-room hotel in Aylesbury this week through a development funded by the district council via a low interest loan from the Public Works Loan Board.

The rental deal agreed between Travelodge and the district council, plus the income from two other site occupiers mean that Aylesbury Vale is set to generate a double digit return on its investment.

Last year a hotel funded in a similar way was opened in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

A spokesman for Travelodge said: “We find that a lot of councils have land or buildings yet they just sit on them. Aylesbury and Eastleigh were creative and it has worked for all of us.”

A total of 124 councils, including Dacorum Borough Council, have been written to by Travelodge and the firm, which already has eight hotels in Herts, is in advanced talks with a further five authorities across the country.