Premier Inn will open the doors to its new flagship location in Oxford city centre at Paradise Square tomorrow (Friday 23rd July), just a few metres from the Westgate Shopping Centre.
The new 90-bedroom hotel brings Premier Inn into the heart of Oxford city centre for the very first time and the company anticipates that 35,000 guests will stay at the new Westgate hotel every year.
“we have built a superb new hotel in a challenging setting”
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 redevelopment provided the opportunity to improve and enhance Paradise Square, 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.
“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”
“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.”
Rick Mather Architects and Allison Pike Partnership designed the Westgate Premier Inn to reflect its historic location in the city. The brick hotel building steps down in height from the Westgate Shopping Centre in the west to the more domestic scale of the Friary Centre to the east.
Planning permission for the development was granted by Oxford City Council in December 2017 with construction of the hotel commencing in July 2019, as the Council seeks to encourage overnight visitors to stay for longer and spend more in the city.
The Oxford city centre (Westgate) hotel is the second Premier Inn to open in Oxford this year, following the opening of a 123-bedroom hotel at Botley in May, and grows the brand’s network of hotels in Oxford to four locations.
To book Premier Inn Oxford City Centre (Westgate) go to www.premierinn.com