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Compact hotel to open in Edinburgh as part of £150m development

Premier Inn will open both a regular hotel and Hub hotel on the Caltongate development.

Hub by Premier Inn which will open at the Caltongate, Edinburgh.
Premier Inn

A compact hotel is one of two set to open on the derelict Caltongate gap site in Edinburgh.

An international consortium headed by Artisan Real Estate Investors are planning on building a £150m mix of leisure, retail and offices linking New Street and East Market Street with Waverley station and the Royal Mile.

It will be centred around a £6.5m civic square with office space, 28 retail units, 145 residential units and 40 affordable homes.

On Monday, Artisan announced that two Premier Inns would open on the site. This includes a 127-room hotel and a 130-room Hub by Premier Inn, the first of the more compact hotels to open outside of London.

Both will sit next to each other with entrances on East Market Street and Cranston Street.

With planning permission yet to be approved, building work on the site is expected to start next year.

John Bates, from Whitbread Hotels, said: "This is another outstanding deal for Premier Inn. It gives us more than 257 new bedrooms in central Edinburgh and also our first new Hub by Premier Inn outside London.

"We are now set to have two great Premier Inn products side-by-side in a superb new development in the heart of the Old Town - and close to Waverley Station. It is more exciting growth for us in Scotland and another big result for our customers."

The deal has been welcomed by developers Artisan.

Managing director Lukas Nakos said: "There has been huge interest in the site from hotel operators around the world, and I am pleased that an operator of Whitbread’s stature and pedigree has chosen to significantly invest in the city.

"High quality hotel provision will be the cornerstone of our development, and it’s great to see how innovative leisure concepts such as the Hub will add vibrancy, excitement and colour to our plans. We will be placing strong emphasis on the quality of design and materials to ensure both hotels reflect their historic Royal Mile setting – as well as ensuring that the wider area benefits from the increased visitor spend."

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