18 MARCH 2016
Investing £21m into the city and creating 100 new jobs
Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson and former Scotland rugby captain, Andy Nicol, teamed up today, (Friday 18th March), to officially open two new Premier Inn hotels in Edinburgh, including Scotland’s first hub by Premier Inn, following a total investment of £21m and the creation of 100 new full and part-time all year round jobs.
The launch of the adjacent hotels on East Market Street, off the Royal Mile, included a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony by the Lord Provost, Andy Nicol and Simon Ewins, Chief Operating Officer at Premier Inn and hub, followed by the unveiling of an art competition by pupils at Royal Mile Primary School and songs by the school choir.
Highland dancers, a piper and a harpist from St George’s School for Girls and characters from The Edinburgh Dungeon bringing to life some of the city’s famous history added to the grand celebrations, which were enjoyed by over 100 guests who were invited on tours of the two hotels.
The new innovative hub is the only hotel in the world that allows guests to control their room settings using an Apple Watch. Customers can use an app on Android, iPhone or Apple Watch to book, check-in, customise their room or even control their Smart TV’s.
Both hotels, located a stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s historical street, the Royal Mile, boast impressive views over of the city. Premier Inn features a Thyme restaurant, bedrooms which showcase the company’s latest high-spec, modern design, a 40" flat screen TV and a luxury king-size Hypnos bed.
Simon Ewins, Chief Operating Officer for Premier Inn and hub, said: “It is really important for us to work closely with the local community to involve them in our launch day plans and I can’t thank them enough, especially the Lord Provost, Andy Nicol and all of our guests who all helped make it a very special day.
“My congratulations go to both winners of the Royal Mile Primary School art competition and thanks and appreciation to all of the pupils from both schools who provided a real buzz of excitement to the occasion.
“The positive feedback we’ve received so far has been fantastic, especially for our first new hub in Scotland, which I’m confident will continue thanks to the brilliant team we have on board at both hotels, who I’m immensely proud of.”
Nicola Johnston, Head Teacher at Royal Mile Primary School, said: “Working with Premier Inn and giving the pupils new learning experiences has been fantastic and a great way for us to build even stronger links in the community.
“Firstly, they offered to spring clean, weed and tidy our playgrounds and paint our nursery wall, then we were invited to take part in the art competition, which the pupils really enjoyed, especially the winners Daniel Besana and Ellen Buckley.
“However, being asked to sing at the official launch was definitely the icing on the cake and a memory the children will keep for a long time.”
The new openings takes the number of hotels in Scotland to 68, which is part of Premier Inn’s expansion plan that will see the company extend its current number of bedrooms UK-wide to 85,000 by 2020.
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
hub by Premier Inn is a new generation of smartly designed hotels in the heart of the city. The stylish compact rooms, featuring digitally enhanced connectivity, make hub by Premier Inn the smart choice for those looking for a contemporary and affordable hotel in a must have city centre location.
The brand’s first hotel opened on St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden in November 2014 and has already won awards for its innovative technological design. hub attracts guests staying in the city for business or pleasure, striking a chord with digitally savvy city travellers, looking for a stylish modern base whilst they explore the capital.
In April 2015, hub by Premier Inn was awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating in Breeam’s environmental assessment – and is currently is the only hotel in the UK to have achieved this highest rating.
hub is a brand new concept hotel owned by Whitbread and is sister brand to Britain’s most loved hotel chain Premier Inn – which was named the UK’s top rated hotel chain by Which? recently.
hub by Premier Inn is due to open in Edinburgh and Brick Lane by the end of February 2016 and there are plans for a further ten hotels - with another eight sites in London and two more in Edinburgh already secured. These sites include prime city centre locations such as Kings Cross, Westminster and Rose Street in Edinburgh.
About Premier Inn
Premier Inn has been named the UK’s top rated hotel chain for 2015, according to the Which? UK Hotel Chains Report and with over 700 budget hotels and more than 60,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland, our customers are never far from a great night’s sleep. Our hotels are in more locations than any other UK hotel brand for the ease and convenience of families, couples and business travellers alike.
All our bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, a luxurious Hypnos bed, TV with Freeview and free WiFi. A bar and restaurant is situated inside each hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices including an all you can eat ‘Premier Breakfast’ from only £8.75 with kids eating free.
Customers who book direct through the Premier Inn website are able to exclusively enjoy Saver Rates. These rates are exclusively available through premierinn.com – terms and conditions apply.
Premier Inn is also open in Germany, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Thailand and Indonesia.
Last year (2014-2015), over 80% of Premier Inn hotels achieved a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - which recognises the accommodations, attractions and eateries that make perfect trips possible.
Premier Inn is Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s biggest corporate supporter and we have already raised £5 million of our £7.5million fundraising target with work already underway on a brand new Premier Inn Clinical Building at the hospital. The funds raised go towards supporting the care of some of the sickest children across the globe.
About Premier Inn in Scotland:
Premier Inn now has 68 hotels in Scotland including the new hub by Premier Inn
Over 6,000 rooms in Scotland
Premier Inn employs over 1,800 people in Scotland