The Isle of Wight’s new 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel on Sandown Esplanade is set to open on Friday, 26 February. At this stage the team there will only be welcoming guests allowed to stay under government regulations, such as for work or education.
This means the hotel’s Cookhouse and Pub restaurant will not be open for food or drinks. However, the Premier Inn staff hope that this ‘soft opening’ will lead to happier times by the summer, with strong demand from both staycation guests and local diners.
Commenting on the opening, Niall Hyslop, New Openings Manager for Premier Inn Sandown Esplanade, said:
“While we’re opening our Sandown hotel in unusual circumstances due to coronavirus restrictions, we’re excited to be welcoming guests travelling for work, for education and for other legally permitted reasons at the end of the month.
“We are extremely grateful for the warm welcome we have received in Sandown since announcing our plans to open a new hotel and restaurant on the Esplanade. We are investing here for the longterm and are very much looking forward to becoming part of the community.
“Though we are opening our doors with a limited service in line with government restrictions, we expect the hotel and restaurant will be fully operational later this year. Premier Inn hotels in leisure locations like Sandown were very busy last summer and once we’re allowed to welcome leisure guests and open our restaurant fully in Sandown, we’re expecting strong demand from guests and local diners.”