Premier Inn will open a new hotel in the Isle of Wight town seaside resort town of Sandown later this month.

Located on the town’s esplanade, the 100-room property is scheduled to open on February 26, although it will initially only be open “to guests staying for work, education, or other legally permitted reasons”, under current lockdown rules.

The hotel’s Cookhouse and Pub restaurant will remain closed for the time being, with an opening date set to be confirmed “ahead of the popular summer months”.

Commenting on the opening Niall Hyslop, new openings manager for Premier Inn Sandown Esplanade, said:

“While we’re opening our Sandown hotel in unusual circumstances due to coronavirus restrictions, we’re excited to be welcoming guests travelling for work, for education and for other legally permitted reasons at the end of the month.

“We are extremely grateful for the warm welcome we have received in Sandown since announcing our plans to open a new hotel and restaurant on the Esplanade.  We are investing here for the long-term and are very much looking forward to becoming part of the community.

“Though we are opening our doors with a limited service in line with government restrictions, we expect the hotel and restaurant will be fully operational later this year.  Premier Inn hotels in leisure locations like Sandown were very popular last summer and once we’re allowed to welcome leisure guests and open our restaurant fully in Sandown, we’re expecting strong demand from guests and local diners.”

The Premier Inn Sandown Esplanade will be the group’s third property on the Isle of Wight, joining the Premier Inn Isle Of Wight (Newport) and Premier Inn Isle of Wight Sandown (Merrie Gardens)

Last week Whitbread outlined plans to open four Scottish properties in the coming months, ahead of what it hopes will be “a successful summer of staycations”.

Premier Inn to open four Scottish properties ahead of “summer of staycations”