“It’s three-star experience, but not as you know it,” says David Hennessy of the Tifco Group – Ireland’s second- largest hotel group. He’s speaking of the new Travelodge Plus Hotel in Dublin city centre which has been recently completed and will be open to the public in 2023. “That will become very clear to our customers as soon as they step inside the door”
The group boasts a will offer something very new to strong and wide- ranging stable of hotels, across its Owned and Managed portfolio in Ireland including brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hard Rock, Hilton and Travelodge. David is Group General Manager with responsibility for the Travelodge portfolio of their varied offer.
The Travelodge brand – which has over 560 hotels in the UK – is well known in the budget category of hotels but the new Travelodge Plus will offer something very new to this sector.
Located on the corner of Townsend Street and Moss Street, it is ideally situated between Tara Street and Pearse Street stations, within easy walking distance of all the City centres main business, shopping, entertainment and conference venues.
David sees that domestic sector recovering very quickly with the early evidence of pent-up demand. For the international sector, it will take a little longer and the hope is for a return to normality by 2023. The speed of the bounce back could be faster than expected, however.
“Traditionally, Travelodge is a budget accommodation provider,” says David in explaining the new concept. “Traditionally, their locations will be on the periphery of cities or on major road networks or airports”.
“The Travelodge Plus concept was developed to provide a full-service value offering in key locations”.
There are three key elements to the Travelodge Plus concept: The new look Travelodge Plus rooms feature contemporary décor, blackout curtains and signature king size Travelodge DreamerTM bed for a restful night’s sleep, a 32′′ Samsung Freeview TV and plenty of power throughout with desk and bedside USB charging points. The Travelodge SuperRoomsTM, of which the hotel boasts 175, offer all the features of our Plus rooms, with added comforts.Wake up and smell the coffee with an in room Lavazza A Modo Mio fresh capsule coffee machine, followed by a refreshing Hansgröhe Raindance 3jet shower. Enjoy a choice of firm or soft hypoallergenic pillows, and mood lighting for a restful night’s sleep and a 43′′ Samsung TV. And of course, the Ground Floor Food & beverage offering, designed to suit every occasion – eat, drink, work, meet, socialise or simply kick back and relax; whilst staying connected with plenty of power and USB charging points throughout.
Designing their food-and- beverage offering under their own bespoke label, David says that they have worked hard on developing a casual, stylish offering with a modern feel in a very comfortable space. He feels that it will do really well with over 260 seats across the restaurant, bar and lounges as well as a very cool heated terrace – attractive to city-centre office workers, tourists, Convention Centre delegates and visitors being accommodated in this 393 bedroom hotel.
The service of the food offering will feature a number of innovative elements in response to their target market and the changing requirements of consumers, including the ability to pre order from your desk in nearby offices, or indeed from your room in the hotel.
“The Travelodge PLUS Dublin City Centre will give you all the great value you’d expect from a Travelodge, with added style and comfort we think you’ll love” says David. “The hotel has been thoughtfully designed with both business and leisure travellers in mind.”
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