British couple make roadside hotel a home from home

  • World
  • Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Britain's roadside hotels may appear soulless and uninspiring, but for one elderly couple the Travelodge chain of motels is better than any old people's home. 

Pensioners David and Jean Davidson have discovered the joy of not having to cook or clean or worry about security, and have made a Travelodge their home for the past 22 years. 

According to British newspaper reports, the Davidsons have spent a total of 97,600 pounds ($197,700) on motel costs so far -- spending 12 years in a Travelodge in Nottinghamshire, eastern England, until 1997, and then moving to another in neighbouring Lincolnshire, where they still live. 

"For us it's a better and cheaper option than an old people's home and we're well looked after," 70-year-old Jean Davidson said. 

Her husband, a 79-year-old retired banker, added: "There is always something going on outside our window. Our room looks out on to the car park and the slip road where lorries pass by throughout the night." 

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