15 jobs created as Travelodge prepares to open new Boston hotel
Employees at a new Travelodge in Boston are looking forward to a busy summer season amid expectations of a booming staycation market.
Business customers are already staying at the 56-room hotel with parking on The Quadrant in Wyberton, which is due to open to the general public on May 17, according to the government’s timetable from the pandemic.
The hotel has created 15 jobs, one of 17 hotels the group will open in 2021 as part of a £ 175 million expansion program aiming to create 360 new jobs.
Boston Travelodge is the company’s 19th hotel in Lincolnshire and represents a multi-million dollar investment for third party investors.
Family, double and accessible rooms are available from £ 29.
All rooms feature the Travelodge Dreamer bespoke luxury king-size bed from Sleepeezee, which comes with a Royal Warrant from HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Travelodge Dreamer bed is in an atmospheric light environment and has spacious bedside tables with charging sockets for him and her.
In addition, all family rooms have two single beds for children.
The rooms also have a modern bathroom, a massage shower and comfort cooling so that you can adjust the temperature of your room individually, a 32-inch Freeview TV, free tea and coffee making facilities in the room and access to WiFi.
Boston Travelodge also runs the company’s multi-million dollar Covid-19 safety and social distance program called TravelodgeProtect +, which includes cleaning with antiviral disinfectant and PPE for staff.
Boston Travelodge is run by Vicky Smith, who began her career as a receptionist and successfully climbed the corporate ladder into management while raising a family.
Vicky started as a receptionist at Grantham South Witham Travelodge in 2017 because she needed a flexible hour job so she could work for her six children around the school run.
Desperate to learn all aspects of working in a hotel, she was promoted to supervisor a year later before being promoted to hotel manager for the Peterborough Eye Green Travelodge in 2019.
Vicky said, “We are very excited to bring Travelodge to Boston and to be one of 17 new hotels Travelodge opens this year.
“It is very difficult to open a hotel in a pandemic, but I am very proud to have built a fantastic team.
“I was looking for people who are passionate about great customer service and I am delighted to have a great team of locals on site.
“I received a record number of applications and was overwhelmed by the record number of high profile applications.
“Because we offer flexible hours, we have attracted a lot of parents as they can work all-round school and climb the corporate ladder while raising their family.
“The team is currently being trained at nearby Travelodge hotels and we will be working around the clock to get our hotel ready for the summer season.”
She added that the new hotel will help meet the demand for such accommodations in the area.
Vicky said, “There was an urgent need for quality, affordable accommodation in Boston, and our new hotel will certainly fill that void and be a magnet for new visitors to the area.
“We expect a busy summer as the Staycation hits big this year.
“This is also good news for the local economy, as research shows that our customers spend an average of double their room rate while staying with local businesses, which equates to millions of dollars a year.”
The hotel is near the new home of Boston United FC and a short drive from Boston’s bustling harbor. This makes it an ideal place for both business and leisure travelers.