Travelodge has predicted to boost the economy in Walthamstow by £2m per year after it opened its first hotel despite objections from residents

The hotel in central Walthamstow

The hotel in central Walthamstow

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A fourteen-storey hotel which was described as ‘ugly’ when it was narrowly voted through by the council’s planning committee has opened next to Walthamstow Central Station, following a prolematic build process.

The Travelodge Hotel, which cost £9million and now towers over Hoe Street and Selborne Road, begun trading on Friday, two years after it was initially expected to open.

In 2013 contractors Solum Regeneration halted works twice over safety concerns.

First, a brick fell onto a car parked below and then neighbours complained about scaffolding falling onto rail tracks.

The company and its supporters believe the 107-room hotel will boost the economy in the borough.

Walthamstow Travelodge is being managed by Bhavin Desai, who started his career as a receptionist in 2008.

He has recruited a 19-strong hotel team from people who live locally.

Mr Desai insisted the hotel was good for other businesses.

“By attracting new visitors to the area, we will annually boost the local economy by £2 million, as our research shows the average Travelodge customer will spend on average £36 in local businesses during their stay,” he said.

Mayor of Waltham Forest, councillor Terry Wheeler, and Travelodge revenue director, Tom Edwards opened the hotel.

Mr Edwardssaid said: “There is a desperate need for good quality accommodation within the area and our new hotel is centrally based to offer the best value to business and leisure customers.

Councillor Wheeler said: “This is a great chapter in the ongoing story of regeneration in the borough.

“This hotel will help support the local community and will make it easier for people to accommodate their visitors.

“It is ideally situated close to three train lines in the heart of Walthamstow and will encourage visitors to London to stay here, to the benefit of local businesses and the night-time economy.”

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3:31pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Villagelife says...

True, there is a desperate need for quality accommodation but in the meantime here's a very ugly Travelodge...
True, there is a desperate need for quality accommodation but in the meantime here's a very ugly Travelodge... Villagelife
  • Score: 8

3:46pm Tue 2 Sep 14

John J C Moss says...

"Prolematic"?

I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle?
"Prolematic"? I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle? John J C Moss
  • Score: 5

3:48pm Tue 2 Sep 14

John J C Moss says...

John J C Moss wrote:
"Prolematic"?

I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle?
Walthamstow is not a high-rise suburb. It is a shame we had to suffer this, but it should bring some spend into the Town Centre from those staying overnight. Unless they leave early and return late.

Wonder where they will park?
[quote][p][bold]John J C Moss[/bold] wrote: "Prolematic"? I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle?[/p][/quote]Walthamstow is not a high-rise suburb. It is a shame we had to suffer this, but it should bring some spend into the Town Centre from those staying overnight. Unless they leave early and return late. Wonder where they will park? John J C Moss
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

SpursSupporter1 says...

Who actually designed this monstrosity the ugliest looking place ever surely? Its a blight on the place
Who actually designed this monstrosity the ugliest looking place ever surely? Its a blight on the place SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 5

1:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

mdj says...

The concept of hotels as a regeneration tool in this borough is very sound, given our location between the City and the exit routes from London for midweek business visitors.

But it's very ironic to see this view put forward by Mr Wheeler, who of all people symbolises the two decades of stagnation and lack of vision that has needlessly stunted this borough's potential.

And why, yet again, is it assumed that the cheapest, ugliest and nastiest visual prospect will be sufficient for the people of this long--suffering borough?
The concept of hotels as a regeneration tool in this borough is very sound, given our location between the City and the exit routes from London for midweek business visitors. But it's very ironic to see this view put forward by Mr Wheeler, who of all people symbolises the two decades of stagnation and lack of vision that has needlessly stunted this borough's potential. And why, yet again, is it assumed that the cheapest, ugliest and nastiest visual prospect will be sufficient for the people of this long--suffering borough? mdj
  • Score: 6

11:52am Wed 3 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

John J C Moss wrote:
John J C Moss wrote:
"Prolematic"?

I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle?
Walthamstow is not a high-rise suburb. It is a shame we had to suffer this, but it should bring some spend into the Town Centre from those staying overnight. Unless they leave early and return late.

Wonder where they will park?
Tescos at Highams Park?
[quote][p][bold]John J C Moss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John J C Moss[/bold] wrote: "Prolematic"? I hope that's not a reference to the expected clientelle?[/p][/quote]Walthamstow is not a high-rise suburb. It is a shame we had to suffer this, but it should bring some spend into the Town Centre from those staying overnight. Unless they leave early and return late. Wonder where they will park?[/p][/quote]Tescos at Highams Park? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

5:56pm Wed 3 Sep 14

NorthcoterE17 says...

It really is ugly. The logo is too dominant. The only good thing about it is we cannot see it from our road!
It really is ugly. The logo is too dominant. The only good thing about it is we cannot see it from our road! NorthcoterE17
  • Score: 3

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