Friday 21 June 2013 by Formelia Alberthine

Sharp increase in people sleeping rough in Travelodge hotels

The number of people sleeping rough in Travelodges has increased by 13% in the last year, according to figures released by the franchise.

The sharp rise has come as a surprise to industry observers, with many having as much difficulty in understanding why a person voluntarily paying to stay in a homogenised prison, as a Travel Lodge customer has getting a comfortable night’s sleep.

A spokesman for the AA’s hotel inspection unit, John Mack, said he would rather sleep on a mortuary table for the rest of his life than rest his bones on a mattress with the memory of a goldfish.

“Bedding down for the night in a Travelodge and expecting anything other backache and a crick in your neck from the air conditioning, is akin to expecting Google to pay their fair share of tax,” he told reporters.

Travelodge growth

Travelodge customer, Sheila Mount, defended the hotel, imploring critics to remember just how re-assuring the company branding which adorns every one of its hotels actually is.

“Walking into a building which looks exactly the same as the last one you were in, no matter where you are, is a very soothing prospect.”

‘To know, that there is somewhere that will take you in and subject you to the same torrent of dissatisfaction as they did at the other end of the country is wonderfully comforting.”

“It’s just like the NHS really.”

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