(3 Feb 2021)
Whitbread, owner of the Premier Inn and hub by
Premier Inn hotel brands, is gearing up to open four new hotels in
The properties, scheduled to open in the coming
months, include a super-sized Premier Inn in Glasgow city centre, a hotel on Edinburgh’s Princes Street as
well as the most
northerly Premier Inn in the UK at Thurso in the Highlands.
The hotels will add more than 550
bedrooms to Premier Inn’s portfolio in Scotland and are
expected to create around 150 year-round jobs.
“We expect that this summer will be a busy year for staycations so it’s fantastic to have four new Premier Inn hotels
opening in such popular locations in Scotland – from prime city
centre sites to adventure tourism hotspots,” said Alex Flach,
Development Director at Premier Inn. “Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, we are
committed to growing our network of Premier Inn hotels in Scotland
and see strong long-term demand for our bedrooms in both urban and
popular leisure locations. Our goal is to deliver new Premier Inn
bedrooms into strategic locations where our brands are not
currently represented and where we wish to improve our network and
product for our guests.”
The 249-bedroom hotel in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square
(pictured) was handed over to Premier
Inn’s operation team on Friday, 15th January. The hotel will be the first in Scotland to include
the Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant brand and grows Premier
Inn’s network of hotels in the centre of Scotland’s largest city
to over 1,200 rooms.
On Edinburgh’s world-famous Princes Street,
Whitbread will open a new 136-bedroom hotel, adding additional
capacity to one of Premier Inn’s strongest markets. The opening also increases Premier Inn’s network
to over 1,000 bedrooms in Edinburgh city centre.
The most northerly Premier Inn will open in Thurso
in May, located on the North Coast 500 tourist route in the
Highlands, which is becoming increasingly popular for staycations
and adventure tourism.
Completing the line-up is a new Premier Inn
and Beefeater in Hamilton town centre, where Whitbread is
responding to a high-level of demand from business travellers and
regenerating a key city centre site.
Whitbread has been growing strongly in leisure
locations in Scotland in recent years, with new additions to its
network at Aviemore (February 2020) and Oban (February 2019) as
well as extensions to popular trading hotels in Edinburgh and
Outside of the UK, Whitbread’s expansion plans are
focused on Germany where it has a pipeline of
12,000 hotel rooms across 68 hotels.