Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Longest time spent in hotels - David and Jean
Davidson sets world record
SHEFFIELD, UK--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-setting the world record for the Longest
time spent in hotels.
Photo: David Davidson says the hotel
room means better access for his wife
The couple have spent the last 22 years
residing in one Travelodge or another because they find the
living both cheaper and easier than existing in the first
floor one-bedroom flat that they own.
With all utilities, bedmaking, and laundry
included in the price, it didn't take the couple long to work
out that the cost of Travelodge living could be less than
their flat-owning situation.
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."
Room 1 of the Gonerby
Moor Travelodge near the A1 will now be called The
Davidson Suite, complete with a plaque.
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.
The couple have spent about £100,000
but said they do not have to worry about bills, cooking or
making the bed.
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.
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."
The previous Guinness world record for
the Longest time spent in a hotel was set by Alan Partridge
who spent 182 days in the Linton Travel Tavern.
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December 9, 2009