Whitbread PLC has opened a new hotel in Cork City, Ireland. The 187-bedroom hotel is the first Premier Inn to open outside of Dublin.
Matt Gent, Development Manager for Whitbread in Ireland, said: “Premier Inn Cork is an important milestone for Whitbread in Ireland. The hotel gives us a presence outside of Dublin for the first time and sets us up for further growth in towns and cities across Ireland as we work to deliver a network of Premier Inns across the country.
Premier Inn Cork City Centre is located on Morrison’s Quay and sits on the same site as the former Moore’s Hotel. The hotel was sensitively developed alongside three own-door office buildings, and more than 40 team members have been recruited to welcome guests.
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment at the Irish Government, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Premier Inn to Cork with this multi-million euro investment and initial 40-strong workforce. Cork is the fastest growing city in Ireland and people from home and abroad are eager to visit so with that in mind, I wish the Premier Inn team every success with the opening.”
The Cork City Centre Premier Inn was developed by Warren Private and Greenleaf, with Elliott Group leading the construction. Construction began in August 2021 and the hotel was completed on November 24th, 2023.
Mark Elliott, Managing Director of Greenleaf, said: “The entire project was a pleasure to work on and we wish Whitbread every success for the future, here in Cork and elsewhere across Ireland. As ever, I would like to make particular mention of Darragh Elliott and his excellent team at Elliott Group as they carried out the full design and build of the hotel and completed it on time and within budget which is a significant achievement for a site as challenging as Morrisons Quay.“