Listed hotel group chooses EL for 40th Lodge

Posted On Monday, 30 April 2007 02:00 Published by
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East London's first City Lodge-operated hotel has opened
By Roux Van Zyl

East London's first City Lodge-operated hotel opened on Friday.

Situated on Union Avenue, Selborne, the R22-million Road Lodge opened 26 of its 90 rooms and is expected to be fully operational during May.

"We are very pleased to have the hotel in East London as it not only adds meaningfully to the city's accommodation offering, it also helps us to increase our footprint on the East Coast with City Lodge group hotels now operational in Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and George," said Clifford Ross, chief executive of the City Lodge Hotels group.

"Later on this year we are hoping to extend this footprint further with the opening of Road Lodge in Richards Bay," he added.

The hotel group has shown an interest in East London since 1988 when it approached the municipality about putting a City Lodge on the Court Crescent site on the beachfront.

It was part of the unsuccessful casino bid which included a City Lodge on the casino site at Signal Hill above the harbour.

Construction on the three-storey Road Lodge in East London started late last year, making it the 40th hotel in the JSE-listed City Lodge Hotels group.

The group already has two Lodges in Port Elizabeth.

Previous reports have stated that the Buffalo City region was attracting more visitors than ever, increasing the need for new hotels.

In East London, work has already started on the R133 million second phase of the Regent Hotel on the Esplanade.

Still in the planning stage are projects at two sites on the beachfront.

Daily Dispatch

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