Premier Inn to expand in Dublin city centre with new 180 bedroom hotel
Whitbread, which owns the Premier Inn hotel chain, has purchased the Twilfit House development site in Dublin 1.
The group intends to build a new 180-bedroom hotel on the site.
Located close to O’Connell Street, Temple Bar, Trinity College and other tourist attractions, the site is Whitbread’s first freehold acquisition in Dublin.
The group said it represented a "significant" step in Premier Inn’s expansion into Ireland as the business looks to fulfil a requirement for 2,000-2,500 bedrooms in Dublin.
"Securing Twilfit House is an important landmark in Premier Inn’s expansion into Ireland and builds strong momentum to our acquisition drive in Dublin," Kevin Murray, head of acquisitions (North & Ireland) for Whitbread, said.
"Being close to many major tourist attractions and great transport links makes Twilfit House an excellent location for a Premier Inn hotel and we expect it to trade very well on opening."
The group is also "actively pursuing" other live freehold and leasehold opportunities, including potential office-to-hotel conversions and going concern purchases, as it seeks to expand in the capital.
This is the second Premier Inn hotel to be secured in Dublin city centre after Whitbread confirmed last autumn it had secured planning permission for a 97-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on South Great Georges Street.
In addition it has an existing 213-bedroom hotel at Dublin Airport.