Whitbread has expanded its already impressive
portfolio of Premier Inn hotels in the UK to the Isle of Man.
The 85-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Thyme
restaurant is located on Market Street in Douglas.
All 85 bedrooms feature a 40" flat screen
TV, a king-size Hypnos bed and free WiFi, while the on-site Thyme
restaurant will serve Premier Inn’s popular breakfast as
well as light evening meals. The hotel also uses the latest
technology to offer guests self-service check-in facilities.
The new six-storey hotel and restaurant was
developed by Isle of Man-based property developer Dandara, which
handed it over to Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, last
month. The hotel welcomed its first guests on Monday, 24
Managing Director of Premier Inn UK Simon Ewins,
said, “We’re thrilled to have brought a latest generation Premier Inn hotel to the Isle of Man. The new hotel represents a
significant multi-million-pound investment into the island, has created quality new jobs and diversifies the choice of hotel
accommodation for leisure and business visitors. We have high
hopes for the hotel given its central location and the Island’s
strong year-round business and visitor economies.”
new roles have been created at the new Premier Inn, with
recruitment focused through the Isle of Man Job Centre and
University College Isle of Man.
Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK,
said, “As we look to continue to establish and promote the
Isle of Man as a quality visitor destination we are committed to
significant investment in our visitor economy. Key to our success
is the diversification of our offer to satisfy the requirements of
a wider range of audiences. It is fantastic to see such a
well-known and respected brand support our confidence in the
visitor and business economy. We are delighted that Premier
Inn is here to welcome both new and returning visitors as they
choose to visit the Isle of Man for business or to make the most
of our diverse landscapes and wildlife, wide range of outdoor
activities, delicious local delicacies and extraordinary heritage.
As a UNESCO Biosphere region, the Isle of Man truly is a special
place to live, work and visit.”
With more than 800 hotels, Premier Inn is the
UK's largest hotel chain. Outside of the UK,
Premier Inn's expansion plans are focused on Germany where it has
two hotels open in Frankfurt and Hamburg and more than 7,000
Premier Inn bedrooms in its secured development pipeline.