FOUR Wearside hotels are set for a facelift as part of a £500,000-plus refit.
Travelodge has unveiled plans to spend £520,000 refurbishing two hotels each in Sunderland and Washington.
The work is part of a £100million nationwide investment programme by the hotel chain, which will also see the firm open 15 new venues and create 1,000 jobs.
Refurbishment work will be carried out at the chain’s hotels in Low Row and High Street West and each side of the A1M at Washington’s Moto service area.
The four venues will be completely fitted out in a new company-wide design, including a bespoke luxury king-size bed called the Travelodge Dreamer.
Chief executive Peter Gowers said: “2014 marks the next stage on our journey to build a new Travelodge that is Britain’s favourite hotel for value.
“During the last year, we modernised more than 200 of our hotels across the country and we are on schedule to transform the majority of our portfolio by this autumn, with our hotels in Sunderland and Washington a part of that.
“With this further investment in new hotels, we’re delighted to be expanding into great new locations where our customers want to go, for both business and leisure.
“As result of our ongoing trading and expansion we’ll be recruiting 1,000 people this year, offering a further boost for local economies and creating more opportunities for career development in the growing hospitality industry.”
Two more hotels are being developed in Sunderland this year.
The former Gas Board building in Hind Street will become part of a £6million Premier Inn site on St Michael’s Way, which will see a five-storey hotel with 125 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms built.
Work is expected to be finished in February 2015.
A 161-bedroom Hilton hotel is also due to be built next to the Stadium of Light, creating up to 150 jobs.
Work on the hotel is due to start in the spring an opening date anticipated for summer 2015.