Scarborough’s new hotel is booked up before it opens

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SCARBOROUGH’S new town centre Premier Inn is fully booked for the Easter weekend – even though it doesn’t open its doors to the public until Monday.

SCARBOROUGH’S new town centre Premier Inn is fully booked for the Easter weekend – even though it doesn’t open its doors to the public until Monday.

Reservations opened just four weeks ago and bookings have flooded in.

Bogdan Rosu, general manager, said: “It’s very good, especially considering we’re not even open yet.

“For the next three months we’re already at 35 per cent occupancy and for Easter weekend and the one before it we’re full.

“We would expect this to shoot up even more when we open, as people can call in and book in person.”

The 74-bedroom hotel consists of 38 staff, who have been on site for the past two weeks preparing for the opening.

The number of staff is likely to double during the summer months.

The 74-bedroom development, on the corner of Vernon Road and Falconers Road, is Scarborough’s first purpose-built hotel for more than 70 years.

It has been built on the former Boothby’s garage site and features a Brewer’s Fayre restaurant.

Mr Rosu, who is originally from Romania and most recently worked at Premier Inn Stockport South, said: “The building is very nice and quite different architecturally to many other Premier Inns.

“It blends really well with the other buildings in town.”

He has been in Scarborough since January 10 making preparations for the hotel opening, which takes place at 11am on Monday.

An official opening ceremony will take place in around three weeks’ time.

Mr Rosu said: “It has all gone very smoothly. When I started the project I was a bit scared because I didn’t know what to expect, so it has kept me on my toes.

“But seeing it progressing so quickly every day has been fantastic - I couldn’t believe it.

“Now I just can’t wait to open the doors and see the place full of people.”

He said: “The staff can’t wait until it opens and they can get on with the day-to-day job.”

Premier Inn has more than 580 hotels in Britain and Ireland.

The company was first launched as Travel Inn in 1987 and then re-launched as Premier Inn in 2007.

The last purpose-built hotel in the town is believed to be the Ryndle Court in Northstead Manor Drive, built in 1939.