Premier Inn has officially opened its largest UK property this week, with the 630 room hotel located at Gatwick’s North Terminal.
The new build property is located directly opposite the terminal, next to the Sofitel hotel, with the airport reached by taking a short walk through the passenger drop off area.
Room 333 is also significant in that it is the brand’s 50,000th room, and even has a special gold plaque outside the door.
This is one of a nine openings by the budget chain in the Greater London area planned before the end of 2013, including the recently opened Premier Inn on Leicester Square.
Patrick Dempsey, managing director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants said: “Reaching 50,000 rooms across the portfolio is a great achievement that we are very pleased with. Our growth across Greater London is particularly exciting as it means we can offer even more people a great night’s sleep in the best locations and we look forward to opening many more over the next few years.”
Bookings are open at premierinn.com and each room (averaging 21.4 sq m) caters for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under) and includes an en-suite bathroom, a king size bed, TV with Freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, and 30 minutes of free wifi access (24 hour access costs £3), as standard.
The hotel also offers all you can eat breakfast for £8.25 each, with kids under 16 eating free when one adult orders. There is a Costa coffee franchise in the lobby near reception, as well as the main bar and restaurant, Thyme, which serves pub classics and pizza.
This property does not currently have the new noise meters installed though, as the scheme is still on trial (see online news November 27).
For more information visit premierinn.com.
Report by Scott Carey