HOTEL giant Premier Inn has officially opened a £5 million new hotel in South Cumbria.

The 62-bedroom venie is situated on North Road in Barrow-in-Furness and the company says it has helped create 21 jobs.

The hotel includes an on-site Brewers Fayre Restaurant, offering a breakfast, snack and dinner menu for guests.

Danny Ward, of Premier Inn, said in a statement: "We want to be able to offer our customers value for money wherever they plan on staying, even a prime location like Barrow-in-Furness."

Premier Inn are looking at opening a hotel in Ambleside after taking over a former University of Cumbria building near The Struggle.

But the proposal has divided many with some welcoming the move and others concerned it will adversely hit the town's smaller B&B and guesthouse trade.

Of its new investment in Barrow, Premier Inn says each bedroom caters for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under).

It includes an en-suite bathroom; a king size bed; remote control TV with Freeview; tea/coffee making facilities, and a desk area with 30 minutes free WiFi Internet access.

The site will also offer the All You Can Eat ‘Premier Breakfast’ in the on-site restaurant from just £8.25.

Premier Inn says it offers all guests a no quibble ’Good Night Guarantee’ – which means if customers are not 100 per cent satisfied with their stay they will get their money back.

With over 600 hotels nationwide, Premier Inn says it is now at more locations than any other hotel chain in the UK with rooms starting from £29 for a family room for four.