Premier Inn opens new Oxford city centre hotel

Premier Inn has announced the opening of its new flagship location in Oxford city centre at Paradise Square today (23 July), a few metres from the Westgate Shopping Centre.

The new 90-bedroom hotel brings Premier Inn’s latest format bedrooms, including its enhanced Premier Plus rooms, into Oxford city centre for the very first time.

Whitbread, which owns the Premier Inn hotel chain, started working on plans for the hotel in 2013 following the acquisition of a 1980s office building which originally occupied the site.

The group said that the redevelopment provided the opportunity to “improve and enhance” Paradise Square, a public space adjacent to the hotel, and 27 new jobs have been created at the hotel on opening.

Richard Aldread, head of construction in the UK regions and Ireland for Whitbread, said: “We spotted the opportunity to bring Premier Inn’s affordable bedrooms into the heart of Oxford city centre around the time the plans to redevelop the Westgate Shopping Centre were being discussed.

“With the help of a talented team of designers and development professionals, and the support of city council officers, we have built a superb new hotel in a challenging setting. It’s a proud moment to see the hotel open and I have no doubt that it will be extremely popular with our business and leisure guests and play a positive role in supporting the city’s economy.”

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