Premier Inn has opened the doors of its latest hotel in central Bangor.
The 85-bedroom hotel is the eighth Premier Inn in Northern Ireland and takes the business to 800 bedrooms across the country.
Located on Castle Park Avenue, metres from Bangor Castle and within walking distance of Bangor Marina and the town centre, the hotel is a £8m investment by Conway Group in conjunction with Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, which has created 35 year-round jobs on opening.
The opening represents the latest phase of Premier Inn’s investment in Northern Ireland and follows the granting of planning consent for a 51-bedroom extension of the Lisburn Premier Inn (consented in mid-June).
Alderman Bill Keery, mayor of Ards and North Down, welcomed the new addition to Bangor’s accommodation offer, and said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Premier Inn to Bangor with this fantastic new hotel. It will make a very significant contribution to the accommodation offering locally and is much needed as we begin to explore other exciting opportunities for the town that will attract more visitors over the next five years.
“The Council has recently signed a £50m agreement for a mixed-use redevelopment of Queen’s Parade and, as part of the Belfast Region City Deal, has secured £60m for the regeneration of a two-mile stretch of the coastline from Pickie to Ballymacormick Point – plans that will reimagine Bangor for both residents and visitors.”
He added: “I would offer my very best wishes to all the staff team in Bangor who have been working so hard to get the hotel open. I hope you have a fantastic summer season and many successful years ahead in Bangor.”