Digital connections for hotel
Premier’s Hub is global first for Apple Watch
Premier Inn’s new Hub hotel in Edinburgh will be the first in the world that will allow guests to control their room settings using an Apple Watch.
Visitors can use an app on Android, iPhone or Apple Watch to book, check-in, customise their room or even control their Smart TVs.
The hotel is one of three opening in the city as part of a previously announced £35 million investment that will take the total number in Scotland to 68 and the number of bedrooms UK-wide to 85,000 by 2020.
Simon Ewins, chief operating officer for Premier Inn and Hub, part of the Whitbread group, said: “Hub is a new concept for us which we are really excited about, especially as this is the first one in Scotland and outside of London.”
Clive Wilding, project director for New Waverley said: “The opening of the two hotels at New Waverley marks an exciting turning point for the regeneration of this historic part of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
“It’s been a great working partnership with Whitbread, and together we are at last breathing new life into what has been a neglected part of Edinburgh’s historic city centre. The new hotels are already in good company – just along the street lie the Waverley Arches, a vibrant and completely different retail and leisure quarter which is already creating a real buzz around the city.
“The new hotels will contribute to this exciting mix at New Waverley which is continuing to attract more people back to the area, whether to live, work or visit.”