Work begins to expand Kendal's Premier Inn

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MANAGERS of an hotel chain believe Kendal’s economy will be boosted by the expansion of one of its properties in the town.

Work has just begun on a 37-bedroomed extension at the town’s Premier Inn, on Maude Street, next to the Wakefield Arms.

The development, which is set to be unveiled in early 2013, will add to the hotel’s 55 current bedrooms and will create new jobs, although the exact figure is yet unknown.

Richard Rose-Coulthard, general manager of the Premier Inn, which opened in September 2009, said: “Tourism in the area has increased, which has led to a demand for more hotel rooms, so we look forward to welcoming more guests to enjoy a night with us.

“The hotel is perfectly situated for both leisure and business travellers desiring good value accommodation that doesn’t compromise on quality.”

And Graham Hedley, project and programme manager for Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, which owns the Wakefield Arms, said he believed the development would attract more visitors to Kendal, boosting the local economy.

“Our investment is good news for Kendal and I look forward to opening the hotel and promoting the town as one of the UK’s best tourist attractions,” said Mr Hedley.

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“The hotel is proving very popular with our guests as a result of its convenient location for the Lake District National Park and Yorkshire Dales and the 37-bedroom extension we propose will make it even better.”

The expansion comes as part of a national project for the group, which has seen a 14.3 per cent increase in total sales this year.

Through a mixture of new openings and extensions to hotels across the UK it is hoped bedroom numbers will be increased from 50,000 to 65,000 by 2016.

Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel brand with more than 650 hotels spreading from the north of Scotland to Cornwall.

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8:09pm Tue 18 Dec 12

craggy says...

In the finest tradition of the pedantic Gazette commentor may I be the first to point out that the correct grammar is "a hotel" and not "an hotel".
Thank you.
In the finest tradition of the pedantic Gazette commentor may I be the first to point out that the correct grammar is "a hotel" and not "an hotel". Thank you. craggy
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8:33pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Lakeuk says...

Craggy- careful, are you sure you're right - I'll be back in an hour or in a hour
Craggy- careful, are you sure you're right - I'll be back in an hour or in a hour Lakeuk
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8:53pm Tue 18 Dec 12

craggy says...

Think about it!
Think about it! craggy
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7:18am Wed 19 Dec 12

tom watson says...

You're both wrong, it's an Otel ain't it.
Longlands School for Boys circa 1960.
You're both wrong, it's an Otel ain't it. Longlands School for Boys circa 1960. tom watson
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8:06am Wed 19 Dec 12

craggy says...

tom watson wrote:
You're both wrong, it's an Otel ain't it.
Longlands School for Boys circa 1960.
Only if it moved down south.
[quote][p][bold]tom watson[/bold] wrote: You're both wrong, it's an Otel ain't it. Longlands School for Boys circa 1960.[/p][/quote]Only if it moved down south. craggy
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8:14am Wed 19 Dec 12

Moonbase says...

'One of the best tourist attractions'?
Congested traffic,charity shops and a big white elephant called K Village.
10 out of 10 for his positive thinking, he's got more faith than 'Billy Graham'.
'One of the best tourist attractions'? Congested traffic,charity shops and a big white elephant called K Village. 10 out of 10 for his positive thinking, he's got more faith than 'Billy Graham'. Moonbase
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8:53am Wed 19 Dec 12

Ambience says...

Is there anywhere for people to park their cars?
Is there anywhere for people to park their cars? Ambience
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10:46am Wed 19 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

Good point Ambience. Where IS their car park?
Good point Ambience. Where IS their car park? zaney5
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12:14pm Wed 19 Dec 12

craggy says...

Doesn't take long for the usual armchair whingers to turn a good news story into a moan does it?
There is a car park located just behind the building, but you wouldn't know that because your too busy putting everybody down.
Doesn't take long for the usual armchair whingers to turn a good news story into a moan does it? There is a car park located just behind the building, but you wouldn't know that because your too busy putting everybody down. craggy
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5:25pm Wed 19 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

For crying out loud craggy, seriously, get a grip. I was asking a perfectly normal question. I had no idea if they even had a car park, but that you so much for enlightening me. Next time try it without the insulting tone.

You spend half your life complaining about "armchair whingers" but strangely enough that's exactly what you come across as. I don't think I've ever seen one positive post coming from you anywhere on this site.

Grow up.
For crying out loud craggy, seriously, get a grip. I was asking a perfectly normal question. I had no idea if they even had a car park, but that you so much for enlightening me. Next time try it without the insulting tone. You spend half your life complaining about "armchair whingers" but strangely enough that's exactly what you come across as. I don't think I've ever seen one positive post coming from you anywhere on this site. Grow up. zaney5
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7:02pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Kendmoor says...

*an grip
*an grip Kendmoor
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8:33pm Wed 19 Dec 12

zaney5 says...

Kendmoor wrote:
*an grip
:-)
[quote][p][bold]Kendmoor[/bold] wrote: *an grip[/p][/quote]:-) zaney5
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6:40pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Pringle1982 says...

craggy wrote:
Doesn't take long for the usual armchair whingers to turn a good news story into a moan does it?
There is a car park located just behind the building, but you wouldn't know that because your too busy putting everybody down.
A car park which you have to PAY to use even if you are eating or staying there!!
[quote][p][bold]craggy[/bold] wrote: Doesn't take long for the usual armchair whingers to turn a good news story into a moan does it? There is a car park located just behind the building, but you wouldn't know that because your too busy putting everybody down.[/p][/quote]A car park which you have to PAY to use even if you are eating or staying there!! Pringle1982
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6:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Adamrules says...

Well surprise surprise, kendalians are moaning! We live in an average size town, and if a big company like premier inn is expanding in our town then it's a good thing! Who cares about parking? Tourists will pay far less than they would in the centre of Manchester or Bowness! There is a car park behind the county hall which is 2 minutes away and lets not forget new road. Most premier inns in town centers or city centers will charge to park for obvious reasons. Our town is trying to expand, stop moaning about irrelevant things and let it happen!!!!
Well surprise surprise, kendalians are moaning! We live in an average size town, and if a big company like premier inn is expanding in our town then it's a good thing! Who cares about parking? Tourists will pay far less than they would in the centre of Manchester or Bowness! There is a car park behind the county hall which is 2 minutes away and lets not forget new road. Most premier inns in town centers or city centers will charge to park for obvious reasons. Our town is trying to expand, stop moaning about irrelevant things and let it happen!!!! Adamrules
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