The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Patricia McAllister, cut the ribbon to mark the grand opening today of the district’s hub by Premier Inn Marylebone. The new hotel, at 191 Old Marylebone Road, is the 8th Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn to open in Westminster.
The new hub occupies the corner of Old Marylebone Road and Marylebone Road, and offers 296 bedrooms over 13 storeys, making it the tallest hub by Premier Inn so far. Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the hub replaces a former 1980s office building.
The small bedroom format of the hub model is Whitbread’s compact brand, and brings affordable hotel rooms to central London and puts local employment and investment at the heart of its ethos. The new Marylebone hub has created 50 jobs, working with Job Centre Plus and Westminster Council’s Employment Service.
As well as The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster, present at the opening event were Cllr Sara Hassan, Westminster City Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Skills and Opportunities, Hester King, Project & Programme Manager for Whitbread, Richard Brooks Harley, Whitbread apprenticeships delivery manager and Elaine Newstead, Whitbread Operations Director for hub by Premier Inn.
Adorning the side of the new hub is a stunning, site-specific piece of public art, commissioned by Whitbread. The piece, by artist Mila Furstova, follows a theme of motherhood, referencing the former Queen Charlotte’s Hospital which formerly occupied this site. A large format set of interlocking vitreous enamel coated aluminium panels make up the installation, which can be seen from the Marylebone Road aspect of the new hotel.
“It is wonderful to see the Whitbread group prioritising recruitment of local people to work in their new Marylebone hotel. The Council works to connect our residents with the career opportunities offered by prominent brands such as Premier Inn across Westminster, and this is a great example of how businesses are working with us to ensure local people have first choice of new jobs.”
Councillor Sara Hassan, Deputy Cabinet Member for Skills and Equalities, at Westminster City Council
“hub by Premier Inn Marylebone sets a new standard for branded budget hotels in central London. It is in a superb location, a few hundred metres from tube and rail connections, with all the amazing businesses in Marylebone and Paddington a short distance away.
“It is also a first for the hub by Premier Inn brand in offering skyline views of the capital – a unique feature of the location that I think will go down very well with our guests. We are all extremely proud of this latest addition to our network of hub by Premier Inn hotels in central London and are grateful to everyone who helped us to deliver it.”
Hester King, Project and Programme Manager for Whitbread