A room with a view

BUDGET HOTEL chain, Travelodge, plans to brighten up its guests’ overnight stay by providing a more uplifting view from the window. At the chain’s new London City Airport property, where rooms have views such as a railway viaduct, the runway or distant industrial wasteland, guests can now ask for one of 10 of the world’s most scenic views, as chosen in a Travelodge survey.

Each view comes in the form of a transfer which you request when you check-in. You can choose any one of 10 views, each of which is free of charge, and Travelodge staff will fix it to your room window. So, instead of seeing a Docklands Light Railway train passing close by, you’ll get a view of India’s Taj Mahal, the Yorkshire Dales or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The other seven views nominated were a Caribbean beach, Northern Lights in Greenland, Niagara Falls, Blue Skies and Sunshine, Lake Windermere, the Manhattan Skyline, Ayres Rock and the Sphinx and Pyramids.

Wayne Munnelly, sleep director of Travelodge, says: “Ninety-seven per cent of Britons said that a wonderful view is uplifting, making them feel happier, and we always like to keep our customers happy. We, therefore, thought it would be a nice idea to give our guests a choice of their favourite view while staying at a Travelodge.” Munnelly confirmed that, if the scheme proved successful, it would be rolled out to all Travelodges.