Premier Inn celebrates 50,00th room

Budget hotel giant Premier Inn is celebrating a double milestone after opening its largest UK premises and at the same time extending its portfolio beyond the 50,000-room mark.

The Premier Inn at Gatwick Airport was officially opened on Friday (November 30th), the result of a £60 million investment by the hotel chain's owner Whitbread.

It means the Premier Inn now, for the first time, operates more than 50,000 hotel rooms across the UK.

"Reaching 50,000 rooms across the portfolio is a great achievement that we are very pleased with," said Patrick Dempsey, managing director at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants.

"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."

The Gatwick hotel follows the recent opening of a new Premier Inn in Leicester Square, while the company has plans to open a total of nine hotels in Greater London by the end of 2013 as part of a major expansion drive for the chain.

This expansion is also helping to fuel hotel recruitment, with the Gatwick Airport Premier Inn alone creating 77 new hospitality jobs.

"It is great to see companies like Premier Inn continuing to expand and being passionate about getting young people and the long-term unemployment back into jobs," commented Mark Hoban, government minister for employment.

Each bedroom at the new Gatwick hotel caters for up to two adults and two children and includes an en-suite bathroom, a king size bed, TV with Freeview, tea/coffee making facilities, and a desk area with 30 minutes free Wi-Fi Internet access.

The hotel also offers Premier Inn's all you can eat 'Premier Breakfast' service.

"We are delighted to be opening our biggest Premier Inn hotel allowing people who are travelling to and from Gatwick Airport to have a great night’s sleep," commented Jon Walters, general manager at Premier Inn London Gatwick Airport.

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