Thursday, May 23, 2024

News: Forge Island prepares for fit out as hotel opens for bookings


The new multimillion pound Travelodge Hotel being built on Forge Island in Rotherham has begun taking bookings for when it opens this summer.

Forge Island is the town centre's new landmark leisure destination being delivered by Rotherham Council in partnership with Muse. The £47m development includes an 8-screen boutique cinema operated by The Arc Cinema, a 69-roomed Travelodge Hotel as well as six independent restaurants on the riverside, including The Rustic Pizza Company, Estabulo, and Sakku Samba.

The hotel, the first Travelodge in the borough, is now is bookable for stays from July 8 2024.

The four storey hotel is being built by Bowmer + Kirkland on the north of the Forge Island site. It was designed with a metal top and brick base in grey. The new Rotherham hotel will be in Travelodge's new-build budget luxe hotel brand. It has also been confirmed that it will incorporate the new Bar Café concept offering unlimited breakfast, tasty evening meals and fresh barista coffee.

In 2022 Travelodge announced that it was evolving its core brand product to a new budget-luxe premium look and feel design which includes all the low cost efficiencies you would expect from Travelodge, but with the added benefit of thoughtful, stylish design and homely touches throughout its interiors.

Standard rooms (with new décor and signature king size "Dreamer" bed) are priced at £77.99 for the saver rate and £89.99 for the flexible rate.

Also on Forge Island, Arc Cinemas is currently recruiting for a general manager.

The job advert reads: "The Arc Cinema will be opening its doors to offer an ultra high specification luxury cinema experience to customers in Rotherham. A brand new build, scheduled to open in August 2024, with 8 screens, The Arc Cinema will offer something special for all movie lovers. State-of-the-art facilities offering the ultimate blockbuster experience, while smaller screens provide a more intimate movie watching atmosphere. All screens feature VIP electric recliner seats as standard.

"We pride ourselves in taking great care of our customers, and on becoming a central part of each community that we serve."

On the food and beverage offer, incoming outlet, Rustic Pizza Co has provided an update on Forge Island progress.

The Rustic Pizza Co was founded in 2017. Its base at Lakeside in Doncaster offers authentic Neopolitan style pizza, Italian hand-pulled coffee and rustic breakfasts.

A recent update to Facebook said: "We attended a site visit at Rotherham Forge island this week and to say we are excited would be an understatement! We will be starting our fit out in the next couple of weeks and we can’t wait to bring Rustic to Rotherham!"

Forge Island website
Travelodge website
Arc Cinema website
Rustic Pizza Co website

Images: Travelodge / Rustic Pizza Co / Facebook


Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 11:36 AM  

Judging by the state of other nearby hotels, it won't be long until RMBC fills it to the brim with unsupervised addicts, another roaring success

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 12:27 PM  

Cannot agree more with above especially with the scum that spend all day in the town centre it will be just be somewhere else for them to meet up and ruin it!!!

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 1:55 PM  

Should think Travelodge will be in control of the hotel's destiny, not addicts, RMBC or misanthropes like you two.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 2:50 PM  

Talk about being positive!

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 3:10 PM  

Nice to see so much positivity on here, well done all.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 4:25 PM  

Plenty of travel lodges up and down country full of 'dingy people'wouldnt be surprised if same happens in Rotherham, probably get free passes for cinema too.Nothing would surprise in this mad country!

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 4:30 PM  

Unless you spend all day hanging around town how would you know?

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 4:31 PM  

You don't half talk a load of old rope.

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 4:32 PM  

Forge Island will be a roaring success despite all the mealy mouthers

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 4:33 PM  

Well done Travelodge. Pity the Millers couldn't have given you a flying start by staying in the Championship!

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 5:40 PM  

A couple of sadsacks

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 7:15 PM  

Every town center development that is posted on this blog is met with disparagement and cries of "we don't need (insert name of development) we need more restaurants/bars/nightlife" or complaints at the lack of investment from the council. The council has invested in Forge Island and as a result you are getting new restaurants, a hotel with a bar, and a cinema. Have you all not got what you wanted?

Anonymous,  May 23, 2024 at 11:29 PM  

Firstly, what on earth is a dingy person? Secondly how do you know what sort of people "travel lodges" are full of? Thirdly, who would be handing out free cinema tickets? . And fourthly, what happened to you as a child to make you have such a sad and jaundiced view of the world?

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 6:45 AM  

There are some people who are never satisfied with the world around them and feel the need to complain about everything they see, hear or feel. Unfortunately for those of us who actually feel some affection for our town, these people vent their spleen on here.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 8:25 AM  

Try living in Bramley / Hellaby and you might get a taste for why some poeple have such a distain for RMBC and why they don't trust them to get anything right. And that includes filling hotels with migrants without any consultation or prior notice to the local community.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 11:25 AM  

They are not going to fill a brand new hotel in the towns flagship development with asylum seekers, therefore rendering it useless as a hotel. End of story.

I know RMBC has previous for many stupid decisions, but they are not THAT daft.

Stop moaning and get using the new facilities when they are open, it's the only way it'll be a success.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 8:11 PM  

They won't fill it the first six months but wait while they realise no ones coming ......bye bye forge island

Martin,  May 24, 2024 at 9:10 PM  

Do you honestly think Travelodge would have invested millions of pounds in this development without undertaking any due diligence? Clearly they believe this to be a viable and profitable venture unlike the majority on here.

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 11:29 PM  

Could someone translate this into English please?

Anonymous,  May 24, 2024 at 11:44 PM  

Always look on the bright side of life…

Anonymous,  May 25, 2024 at 7:39 AM  

Agree 100% with Martin's post. My translation request was for the post before his.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2024 at 2:39 PM  

I've lived in Bramley all my life. What is your problem?

Jez May 25, 2024 at 6:47 PM  

Roughly translated the 8.11pm post is saying that the Travelodge will be empty during it's first six months of operation but then the hotel management will realise that no one is coming and Forge Island will be moved to Doncaster Airport where no one goes either.

Anonymous,  May 25, 2024 at 9:13 PM  

Continued HS2 blight, huge warehouses and the accompanying polution. Want me to carry on?

Anonymous,  May 25, 2024 at 9:16 PM  

There are businesses that located to the business parks near to the airport, because of the airport. So get your facts right.

Jez May 26, 2024 at 8:37 AM  

I said "to Doncaster Airport", not "near to the airport", so my facts were right.
Also why don't you try getting a sense of humour?

Anonymous,  May 26, 2024 at 1:42 PM  

I bet there are businesses that located close to the airport when it was operational now wish that they hadn't.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2024 at 1:59 PM  


Anonymous,  May 26, 2024 at 11:56 PM  

No school tomorrow but it's still way past your bedtime

Anonymous,  May 27, 2024 at 5:52 PM  

Most of the businesses which relocated to the airport will never get off the ground

Anonymous,  May 29, 2024 at 7:11 PM  

"99 Lead Balloons..."

Anonymous,  May 31, 2024 at 1:06 PM  

Wait until it floods.

Anonymous,  May 31, 2024 at 11:52 PM  

When has Donny Airport ever flooded?

Anonymous,  June 4, 2024 at 5:40 PM  

Worst airport I have ever flown from.

Anonymous,  June 5, 2024 at 2:35 PM  

It didn't inspire confidence selling parachutes in the duty free shops.

Anonymous,  June 5, 2024 at 2:51 PM  

True, but where else can you buy butterscotch?

Anonymous,  June 5, 2024 at 7:58 PM  

Or lucky heather

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