Premier Inn doubles up in Dublin Eight
Whitbread PLC (‘Whitbread’), the parent company to Premier Inn, has secured its eighth location in Ireland at Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8. The acquisition grows Premier Inn’s network of trading and pipeline bedrooms in Ireland to more than 1,500 rooms.
The Usher’s Quay development site, which has full planning permission for a 100-bedroom hotel, was acquired from Warren Private and Greenleaf for an undisclosed sum. In acquiring the freehold investment, Whitbread intends to build out the development itself, subject to any changes to the existing planning consent.
Matt Gent, Development Manager for Whitbread in Ireland, said:
“Usher’s Quay is exactly the type of location we are searching for in Dublin city centre as we seek to grow Premier Inn’s presence across the city. It is in an excellent position for our customers in an area which has very few hotel options currently, and the existing planning permission means we can deliver the new Premier Inn hotel at pace. Acquiring the site gives us two fantastic locations in Dublin 8 and it takes us another step towards our goal of 2,500 Premier Inn rooms across the city.”
Whitbread has been building its network of Premier Inn hotels in Ireland since the opening of its first city centre hotel at South Great George’s Street in November 2018. It currently operates two Premier Inns in Dublin city centre, a site at Swords near Dublin Airport, and is scheduled to open two further hotels in Dublin and one in Cork over the next six months.
Across Ireland, Whitbread believes there is capacity for over 3,000 Premier Inn bedrooms.
The Usher’s Quay acquisition continues Whitbread’s relationship with Warren Private and Greenleaf. The companies delivered the South Great George’s Street Premier Inn and are currently on-site constructing the first Premier Inn in Cork which is due to open in the New Year.
Mark Elliot, Managing Director at Greenleaf, said:
“The Usher’s Quay hotel site is an exceptional development opportunity, and I was very pleased to work with Whitbread to secure the location for Premier Inn. It continues our partnership of delivering well-positioned hotels in Dublin and Cork for the brand and I am certain it will be a very popular destination on opening.”
The next Premier Inn hotel to open in Dublin city centre is at Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 this autumn (151-bedrooms) followed by the opening of the large (262-bedroom) Premier Inn at North Docklands in December. The first Premier Inn outside of Dublin in Cork is currently scheduled to open in January 2024.