Born and raised in Aylesbury, the manager of the new £5.3 million Travelodge says he is ‘thrilled’ to be running the company’s first hotel in his home town.
Imran Mohammed, 32, started his career as a receptionist at Thame Travelodge in 2005, working his way through the ranks until he was put in charge of the 22 staff at the new 81-room hotel.
The site, which is part of the £100 million Waterside development programme, has been open for several weeks, but an official ceremony attended by councillors and Travelodge’s chairman was held there last Friday.
Mr Mohammed said: “There has been a desperate need for a Travelodge in Aylesbury for some time and I am so pleased that we have opened a hotel in such a prime location.
“The hotel has got off to a flying start and business on the books is looking very encouraging.
“We have already got local residents booking in their family and friends for the festive season.”
All the rooms at the hotel overlook the canal and the site includes a bar café.
Travelodge claims the rooms have a ‘sleep inducing colour palette’ to ensure customers have a good night’s sleep.
Councillor Neil Blake, leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council, said the hotel’s arrival ‘demonstrates how the town’s regeneration is gathering pace’.
Mr Blake said: “All of the positive and hard work is really starting to pay dividends and the addition of a hotel in the centre will encourage more visitors, whether for pleasure or business.
“We wish Travelodge a very successful future.”
A range of rooms are on offer at the hotel, including family, double and accessible, with prices starting at £29 a night.
Brian Wallace, Travelodge chairman, said: “Aylesbury Travelodge is ideally placed to be the smart choice for business and leisure travellers visiting the area.”