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  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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