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Travelodge couple's 22-year stay
David Davidson
David Davidson says the hotel room means better access for his wife
A couple who have lived in Travelodges for more than 20 years are to have a room named after them.

David Davidson, 79, and his wife, Jean, 70, have a flat in Sheffield but have lived in the hotels near Newark, Notts and then Grantham, Lincs, since 1985.

The couple have spent about 100,000 but said they do not have to worry about bills, cooking or making the bed.

Room 1 of the Gonerby Moor Travelodge near the A1 will now be called The Davidson Suite, complete with a plaque.

We do have to be a bit choosy about what we keep in our room as it can fill up easily
David Davidson, long-term resident
The couple stayed at the first ever Travelodge in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire and liked it so much they began to stay more and more often, finally choosing the hotel in Newark.

By booking 12 months in advance, they pay 90 a week and have all housework done by maids while often eating at the nearby Little Chef.

World War II veteran Mr Davidson said: "We get great rates because we book well in advance and we even have our own personal housekeeper. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

"We do have to be a bit choosy about what we keep in our room as it can fill up easily - but our must-have item is our framed personal photograph."

He continued: "The Travelodge room suits us so much better than our first-floor flat in Sheffield, which has no disabled access for Jean. It's important as she now suffers from a bone disease and uses a wheelchair."

And, of course, the couple use the hotel chain when they go on holiday.

Paul Anstey, Travelodge director of operations for the North, said: "We know Travelodge has really loyal customers throughout the UK but the Davidsons are unique - they've literally made a Travelodge into their home."


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