A new £4.4 million budget hotel close to the centre of Lynn will open later this year, managers have announced today.
The long-awaited Travelodge hotel is one of 19 the chain says it plans to open during 2016, as part of a £140 million national investment programme.
Managers say the 68-bedroom hotel at the junction of Hardwick Road and Nar Ouse Way will create 15 new jobs.
Plans for a hotel on the site were first mooted in late 2011 as part of a wider pub and hotel scheme involving Travelodge and pub chain Greene King.
But, while the Hungry Horse pub on the site opened in late 2013, the Travelodge part of the scheme appeared to have stalled until today’s announcement.
However, its chief executive Peter Gowers said: “The value hotel market continues to go from strength to strength, boosted by ever more cost-conscious businesses and the growth in independent leisure travel.
“These new hotels, many with our new bar café restaurants, mark another important step in our drive to deliver greater quality for our customers.
“Our recently completed £100 million hotel modernisation programme has raised quality levels and led to strong growth from business customers to complement our traditional strength in leisure travel.”
The company, which also plans to open a new hotel in Thetford this year and operates sites at Long Sutton and Spalding, has also signalled its intention to develop new hotels on 250 other sites.