Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Premier Inn unveils no frills £19-a-night pod rooms

Premier Inn unveils no frills £19-a-night pod rooms

Premier Inn is about to get even more luxurious, with "pod"-type rooms less than half the size of their standard ones".

Plus of course prices start at just £19, which ought to head off 99 per cent of complaints.

Whitbread said it conducted extensive research that revealed guests were willing to forego traditional expectations - such as large rooms and super-central locations - in favour of a lower price.

They will offer twin single beds that can be pushed together to make a double bed, air conditioning, a TV and WiFi.

Zip will be located on the outskirts of major towns and cities, with rooms costing from £19 a night.

The rooms have been created by PriestmanGoode, the design consultancy behind first-class cabins for Air France, Lufthansa and Swiss airlines.

It has secured a second location in Southampton that will have 140 rooms and is searching for more sites.

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Alison Brittain, Whitbread chief executive, said Zip would let the company access a wider range of customers, including those who are "on a particularly tight budget but still expect and deserve the basics done brilliantly".

Whitbread said it expects to open 4,000-4,500 Premier Inn rooms in the United Kingdom and Germany in 2019, aiming to cash in on the trend of holidaymakers and business travelers towards cheaper accommodation.

The FTSE 100 firm has tested its new hotel format with six Zip rooms on sale for several months at an unspecified Premier Inn hotel.

Photo Credit: A Zip by Premier Inn room.

Premier Inn is now Britain's biggest budget-hotel chain and owned by Whitbread.

Some rooms will have "small windows", while other will have "lightboxes" - guests will be allocated rooms randomly on arrival and will not be able to pre-book a room with a window.

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