A lease to run the Holiday Inn Express hotel at Liverpool John Lennon airport has been taken over by Travelodge.

The 100-room hotel is now trading as Travelodge Liverpool John Lennon airport and will be revamped by the end of the year.

The property is the budget chain’s 549th hotel and fourteenth in Merseyside.

Peel Land and Property Group was the owner and operator of the Holiday Inn Express under a franchise agreement.

The company has granted a 25-year lease to Travelodge and is also investing to convert the hotel into Travelodge’s new contemporary brand design.

This new investment includes upgrading all rooms, replacing beds as well as adding bedside USB charging points, Samsung 32 inch digital TVs and softer LED ceiling lighting.

The hotel’s restaurant is also being refurbished and a Travelodge Bar Café is being installed to offer the company’s new unlimited breakfast, dinner and drinks menu.

This refurbishment is expected to be completed by the end of the year and the hotel will operate as normal during the work.

Travelodge property director Tony O‘Brien said: “The local economy is growing at pace and with increasing visitor numbers to the area, there is a big shortage of good quality accommodation at a great value price.

“With our new airport hotel, we are offering unbeatable value at all the key business and leisure points across the city.”