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Premier Inn opens its most northerly hotel in Thurso



A new 85-bedroom hotel in Thurso has opened today, creating the most northerly Premier Inn in parent company Whitbread’s network.

The opening, which is the fourth new Premier Inn hotel to open in Scotland this year, is well-timed for a summer of staycations and adventure tourism in the UK.

Located on Ormile Road, the hotel brings Premier Inn’s latest format bedrooms to the town made famous by the North Coast 500 – and has created 35 new permanent new jobs.

Richard Aldread, head of construction for Whitbread in the UK regions, said: “We have been extremely busy in Scotland this year with four new hotel openings in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hamilton and now Thurso.

“Together the new hotels add 566 Premier Inn rooms to our growing network in popular urban and leisure locations in Scotland and we are continuing to invest with a further 60-bedroom extension to our popular Edinburgh Princes Street hotel which currently on-site.”

Fred Berman, director at Pentland Property, which developed the hotel for Whitbread, said: “It has been a pleasure working with the Whitbread team and our contractors Morrison Construction who have delivered an excellent new hotel.”

In total, Whitbread expects to open around 3,000 new Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn bedrooms this financial year.

The new openings to date in Scotland include a new Beefeater restaurant at Hamilton and Scotland’s first Bar + Block Steakhouse restaurant, which opened as part of the new Premier Inn at St Enoch Square in Glasgow.

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The company is also currently looking for new locations for Premier Inn across Scotland in Dunblane, Ballater, Callandar, the Isle of Skye and Largs, as it continues to grow its brands in strategic locations where it sees long-term demand for affordable accommodation.

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