Milestone for Travelodge as 600th hotel launches at iconic cricket venue

Travelodge, the UK’s pioneering budget hotel chain, has proudly opened its 600th hotel, situated at the iconic London Oval Cricket Ground.

The significant milestone was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Travelodge Chairman Martin Robinson, CEO Jo Boydell, ex-England Cricket Captain and Surrey County Cricket Club Director Alec Stewart OBE and Surrey County Cricket Club CEO Steve Elworthy.

The new London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge is a 95-room establishment developed in collaboration with Surrey County Cricket Club. Positioned conveniently for both business and leisure travellers, the hotel is just a minute’s walk from the Oval Underground Station.

This opening not only marks Travelodge’s 600th hotel but also its 81st in London, creating over 30 new jobs in the process.

Featuring Travelodge’s new premium look and feel design, the London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge includes a redesigned reception area, next-generation rooms and the new restaurant concept, 85 Bar Café. This ensures that business travellers, leisure guests and cricket fans have a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Sustainability has been a critical focus in the hotel’s design, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating and an Energy Performance Certificate rating of A. The hotel boasts numerous sustainable features such as Air Source Heat Pumps for water heating, EV car charging points, roof-mounted solar PVs, green roofs, low energy lighting with motion sensors, and aerated showers and taps to reduce water usage.

This hotel is Travelodge’s first new UK opening of the year, with six more hotels currently under construction in Rotherham, Colchester, and Bristol, and three additional locations in London – Bermondsey, Beckenham and Chiswick. The company also plans to commence construction on a new hotel in Stratford, London later this year.

Travelodge is committed to expanding its UK network, with over 300 target locations identified for new hotel sites, including more than 100 in London.

This expansion aims to drive investment and create local jobs, supporting local economies.

Darren Bennett, the hotel manager at the new London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge, has been with the company for seven years. He began as an Assistant Hotel Manager at London Stratford Hotel and has since managed several Travelodge hotels across London.

Jo Boydell, Chief Executive of Travelodge, commented:

London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge is a special opening for us, as our 600th hotel. Since opening our first hotel in the UK in 1985, Travelodge has grown across the UK, Ireland, and Spain, and we now operate over 46,000 rooms, employ 13,000 colleagues and welcome over 22 million business and leisure customers to our hotels each year.

We are very proud to open this hotel at the iconic Oval Cricket Ground, in partnership with Surrey County Cricket Club. This hotel has been built to high standards, with sustainability an important factor of the design. It features our new premium look and feel design with our redesigned reception area and next generation rooms, as well as our brand new restaurant concept, 85 Bar Café. We are already receiving great feedback from guests, and we look forward to welcoming lots of new guests through a busy cricket season this year.

We are focused on continuing to grow our portfolio, with over 300 locations identified for new hotels across the UK as well as 20 target locations in Spain – which would create even more jobs and provide further choice and great value to more business and leisure travellers.”

Steve Elworthy, CEO at Surrey CCC, added:

It’s great news that the brand new London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge has opened its doors to the public. The partnership between ourselves and Travelodge will provide cricket fans and visitors to the area with a quality option to stay in the area that is minimising its impact on the environment.

For further information about the new London Oval Cricket Ground Travelodge or any other Travelodge locations, please contact your Global Travel Management Account Manager.