Premier Inn is to open properties in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Thurso and Hamilton in the coming months, ahead of what it hopes will be “a successful summer of staycations in Scotland”.

Several of these hotels were slated to open in 2020, but were delayed by the onset of Covid-19.

A new “super-sized” Glasgow property will open imminently on the city’s St Enoch Square, featuring 249 rooms and Whitbread’s first Bar and Block restaurant in Scotland.

Around 15 miles southeast of Glasgow the group will also open a Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant in the town of Hamilton, where the firm says it is “responding to a high-level of demand from business travellers”.

A 136-room Edinburgh hotel is also set to open on Princes Street, increasing Premier Inn’s portfolio in the city to over 1,000 rooms.

Finally Premier Inn will open its most northerly property in the town of Thurso in May, situated on the North Coast 500 tourist route in the Scottish Highlands.

The new hotels will add over 550 rooms to the group’s portfolio, and join recent Scottish openings in Aviemore (February 2020) and Oban (February 2019).

Commenting on the news Alex Flach, development director at Premier Inn, said:

“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.

“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.

“We’re actively on the lookout for new opportunities to make it even easier for both leisure and business travellers to enjoy the country affordably.”