New Premier Inn hotel in Scarborough's North Bay finally opens

Scarborough’s new Premier Inn hotel in the North Bay has finally opened its doors to the public after sitting dormant due to the coronavirus pandemic, albeit with no grand ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By George Buksmann
Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:32 am

The new 105-bedroom hotel features Premier Inn’s latest bedroom design and Thyme restaurant format.

Marie Dukes Brown, New Openings Manager for Premier Inn, who opened the Scarborough North Bay hotel said: “We’re looking forward to opening the doors to our new and extended hotels, playing a positive role in the community and helping visitors to experience all that Scarborough has to offer this summer and beyond.”

The hotel had planned to open in November last year but the final date had to be repeatedly postponed and did not open its doors until last Friday.

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The new North Bay Premier Inn on Burniston Road opens with staff Sara Sumner, left, manager Ruby Young, Liz Connelly and Meg Dillinger.

Guests who are currently allowed to travel under current Government guidelines are now able to book rooms, such as for business use.

The wider public will be able to book a room as a guest from May 17 onwards, in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown when leisure facilities are allowed to reopen.

A total of 21 new jobs have been created on opening and it is expected that a further nine jobs will be created later this year.

Vacancies are advertised in the Scarborough Jobcentre Plus and online via the Whitbread Careers website.

Housekeeping duties with Keeley Campling, left, and Sara Sumner.

“We’re investing strategically in seaside locations as approximately half of all Premier Inn guests stay with us on leisure breaks every year," said Ms Dukes Brown. "Our seaside hotels are particularly popular with guests looking for a short ‘staycation’ break or an extended stay."

Construction at the North Bay site began in February 2019 after receiving planning permission for the five-storey hotel the previous year.

Work is also continuing on the development of an extension to Premier Inn’s existing hotel in the town centre.

The conversion of Scarborough’s former Constitution Club on Huntriss Row into a 90-bedroom extension will take the total number of rooms at the Falconers Road hotel to 164.

Scarborough's new Premier Inn hotel has finally opened its doors.

Approval for the demolition of the building was originally granted in 2015 but, due to rising development costs, the plans were changed for a second time before demolition work on the building began.

Work was forced to stop abruptly in January 2017 when heritage groups were successful in having the front of the building Grade II Listed; much of the rear of the property had already been demolished.

Plans to transform the now listed building were passed in May of the same year but work on the site stalled and did not continue until late 2018.

Whitbread, Premier Inn’s parent company, said that builders are “on-site” and construction is expected to be completed by “early autumn” 2021.