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Travelodge Hotels (UK) Overview

Thame, England
10000+ employees
1985
Company - Private
Travel & Tourism
Unknown / Non-Applicable
For over 30 years, we’ve been providing everyone with unbeatable value in travel. Whilst that hasn’t changed, the speed at which we’re growing certainly has. Today we’re one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing hotel chains ... Read more

Company Updates

  • WE ARE HIRING We have some exciting opportunities for Part Time Housekeeping and Team Members to join the team at our Kings Cross Travelodge. As a housekeeper, delivering clean & fresh rooms and giving excellent customer service to our guests is essential for us here at Travelodge & you would play a big part in this & ensuring all guests have a fantastic experience. BENEFITS: - 50% off Travelodge rooms, food & drink and discounts for friends and family - £50 voucher of the anniversary of your joining date - Up to 20% on Vodafone pay-monthly bundles - Double pay for hours worked on a Bank Holiday, triple pay on Christmas Day - Plus many more! To apply for these positions or see all current vacancies, please follow the link below: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQRdt

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    Travelodge to expand across London representing a £55 million investment by third parties - Hospitality & Catering News

    Today, one of London's biggest hotel chain's Travelodge has announced it's looking to grow its portfolio of hotels in North London with a further 11. The sites it is looking to invest in include: Angel Islington, Barnet, Edgware/Mill Hill, Golders Green, Hillingdon, Ladbroke Grove, Northolt/Greenford, Pinner, Rickmansworth, Wembley Park and West Hendon.

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Travelodge Hotels (UK) – Why Work For Us?


TRAVELODGE ANNOUNCES CHRISTMAS RECRUITMENT DRIVE OF 875 JOBS

Travelodge, one of the UK’s largest independent hotel chains which operates over 550 hotels across the UK, Ireland and Spain is looking to fill 875 positions in the countdown to Christmas.

The company is looking to fill 850 positions based in Travelodge hotels across the country for the following roles: Receptionist, Team Member, Guest Room Cleaner and Bar Café Team Member. There are also 55 roles available for Hotel Manager and Assistant Hotel Manager roles too.

For its forthcoming six new hotel openings which are all scheduled to open from now till Christmas in: Newcastle, Bath, Inverness, Redhill, Melksham and London Harrow, Travelodge is recruiting for 120 new roles.

At Travelodge head office, 21 positions are available in the following departments: Finance, Human Resources and IT.

In addition, Travelodge is also recruiting for four Maintenance Engineers across the UK supporting our ongoing regional hotel maintenance programme.

To find out more about these jobs and careers at Travelodge, please visit:  https://www.travelodge.co.uk/careers/.

Craig Bonnar, Travelodge Chief Operating Officer said: “At Travelodge a job is for life and not just for Christmas. We are currently recruiting for 875 permanent positions throughout the UK which includes positions in six of our forthcoming new hotels.  Joining a hotel company opens the door to training, career progression and even roles in new countries.  If you have passion, determination and a real desire to look after people then we will help you learn the rest.”

“At Travelodge, we are committed in developing our people. We have a successful in-house management development programme in place that has helped hundreds of colleagues climb the career ladder into management via an entry level position. The world certainly is your oyster in the hospitality industry”. 

Travelodge is committed in developing its people and offers further education and training opportunities across the business. To date over 500 Travelodge employees have graduated into a management position by undertaking the in-house development programme called Aspire.

Travelodge welcomes nearly 19 million customers every year and currently has 10,000 colleagues currently working across the business. It is a growing company that has identified the potential to grow its business with a further 250 hotels over the next ten years.

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Building the favourite hotel for value doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of passion, desire and hard work from everyone who works here. While it’s a challenge we thrive on, it’s also why our values are so important to us. Together they create the experiences our customers want to return to, and an environment and culture which will inspire us too. 

THINK CUSTOMER

Making customers feel special is at the heart of what we do. We care about them, we listen to them. Taking ownership when they have problems and making sure we resolve them.

WANTING BETTER

Every day we take the responsibility for improving things for our customers, the business and ourselves. It all comes down to making a positive contribution, aiming to get things right first time and learning from our mistakes if we don't.

ONE TEAM

To succeed together, we work together. Building working relationships by listening to opinions, sharing ideas and giving each other the reliable support we need.

To us, who you are, where you’re from and what you believe really matters. We believe in treating each other as individuals for a start, and making the most of our own personalities. But there’s a bit more to it than that. We see our differences as a fantastic opportunity to bring us together. So we can each learn more, combine our talents and build on our capabilities. For our benefit and that of our customers. It all goes into making Travelodge a fascinating, ever-changing place to work.

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What we offer

Inspired, rewarded and valued for who you are. That’s what’s on offer here. So whether you want that opportunity to influence and progress quickly, a role with flexible hours that will compliment your busy family life or simply the chance to share your passion for hosting and greeting customers, you can wake up to it here.

Benefits

Whatever your role with us, you’ll enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic and supportive atmosphere. There are financial benefits too, of course including excellent compensation packages, great holiday entitlements, pension contribution deals and our Thanks Card that will give you 50% off Travelodge bookings and food and drink at Bar Cafe sites. Your contribution over the year won’t go unnoticed either. Every year — around the time of your start date anniversary — we’ll credit your Travelodge account with £50 to have a free stay on us.

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EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (EAP)

A free 24-hour advisory line offering guidance and support about work and home life.

EMPLOYER PENSION

With an eye on your future, you'll be auto-enrolled into an employee / employer pension.

BONUS

Depending where you join us, you may be entitled to a bonus based on our performance.

RETAILER DISCOUNTS

Our voluntary benefits platform will give you a host of discounts at many retailers.

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James 

Regional Finance Manager

What do you do at Travelodge?

I am a Regional Finance Manager and I have financial responsibility for 150 hotels. I set and monitor hotel budgets, look after financial reporting, and ensure the hotels meet financial targets. It’s certainly challenging at times but exciting too.

Have you always worked in finance?

Like hundreds of other people at Travelodge, I’ve been lucky enough to develop a new career within the business. 

I joined 12 years ago and I have worked in a number of roles, mostly within hotels and the operations function. However, I have a head for numbers and the world of finance always called out to me.

How did you go about changing careers at Travelodge? Was it easy?

It was very easy. Travelodge is incredibly supportive in terms of encouraging and supporting career development. When I told my line manager I was interested in switching careers, he could not have been more helpful. Lots of colleagues at Travelodge have done the same thing. Supporting career progression is one of Travelodge’s great strengths as an employer.

The move happened incredibly quickly, and Travelodge has also sponsored me to study for my accounting qualifications too. I’ll be studying for four years in total, when I finish I will be a chartered accountant, which is incredibly exciting for me.

Describe life at Travelodge in three words?

Friendly, open and customer-focused.

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Travelodge Aspire Programme

Here at Travelodge, we’ve recently launched a new career development programme for our colleagues working in hotels. The Aspire program gives our team members three different career path options, each with structured training and the chance to study towards a diploma. Aspire Traveller is specifically designed to support team members who want to become hotel managers in future. Our first intake in May 2016 has seen 120 team members start on the path to become our future leaders. Here are Steph’s thoughts on the program so far:

Why did you join Aspire?
“I joined the Aspire Program as I had a vision of what I wanted to do with my career. I know I want to stay at Travelodge and feel ready to move to the next stage.”  

How did you find the joining process?
“I found the joining process with Travelodge and the Learning & Development Team very simple.”  

What are you most excited about learning?
“The overall learning and moving forward to hopefully becoming an Assistant Hotel Manager or Hotel Manager in the future”  

What did you think would be the biggest challenge? 
“For me my biggest challenge was meeting everyone for the first time not knowing what to expect.”

How did you find your first Aspire workshop and what did you learn?
“My first workshop was fantastic! Mark is a credit to the Travelodge Team and he explained everything easily. I felt he would be there all the time along my journey. I learnt so many different techniques to management; team building games, EDIC communication, feedback, SMART objectives the list is endless.”

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    "Travelodge - Housekeeping London"

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    Current Employee - Housekeeper in London, England
    Current Employee - Housekeeper in London, England
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    I have been working at Travelodge Hotels (UK) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Manager and supervisor are very nice, helpful and friendly.
    -Good hours as London Travelodge's are always going to be busy.
    -Lots of flexibility as of when you want to work.
    -Staff benefits.
    -As we have to clean rooms within a time frame the time usually goes quite quickly.
    -Caters for people who have health problems. (E.g if you're older and have back/heart problems, they'll keep you cleaning on one floor. If you have asthma they'll provide you with a mask, if you have sensitive skin like me they'll provide you with gloves.)

    Cons

    -Sometimes its a dirty job but someone has to do it. (Most housekeepers on Glass door complain that Travelodge should pay £7.50 for each room cleaned but that's unrealistic and shows how lazy you are if you expect to be payed per room)
    -Can get very warm in the hotel so turn on air conditioning in the room you're cleaning.
    -Can be a little physically exhausting but is good for someone who wants to get fit.

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Travelodge Hotels (UK) Photos

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Travelodge Hotels (UK) Interviews

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    Housekeeper Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Horsham, England
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Travelodge Hotels (UK) (Horsham, England) in September 2017.

    Interview

    i applied online. then the next day i got a phone call from the head office i'm guessing? not the actual store i applied to but someone overseeing everything? she booked me in for an interview the next day. i went in, had a very informal chat. one of the receptionists even offered me coffee or tea. the manager was very understanding and kind. there wasn't many questions for me but more a discussion about what the job would be like for which i really preferred, it was very nice. she couldn't take me round the rooms because they were full up but booked me in for a induction/orientation for friday and then to start work on the saturday. overall a very quick and brilliant interview experience.

    Interview Questions

    • online they ask about why you want to work for travelodge and what experience you have   Answer Question
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Travelodge Hotels (UK) Awards & Accolades

  • Finalists for Best Recruitment Team, In-House Recruitment Awards, 2017
  • Best Internal Communications, CIPD Recruitment Marketing Awards, 2016
  • Ranked 10 in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table, The Sunday Times Fast Track League, 2016
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