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02/12/2015 | Happy 1st birthday to hub by Premier Inn

A year on from launching hub on St Martin’s Lane, we celebrate a phenomenal first 12 months of trading. hub by Premier Inn remains a unique hotel concept, offering guests an unrivalled digital experience in the heart of the city.

It’s partly thanks to our clever hub app, which works on your Android, iPhone or Apple Watch and has seen more than 40,000 downloads this year. Using the app, you can book a hub room in less than a minute. You can also use it to check in and control your room’s lighting and temperature.

We estimate we’ve saved our guests a combined total of over 1,000 hours throughout the year by innovatively weaving technology into the hotel experience – that’s our app, check-in kiosks, smart TVs and super-fast free Wi-Fi, as well as in-room augmented reality maps that come alive with recommendations of local restaurants, theatres and museums.

Our green credentials are cutting edge too. In fact, we’re the only UK hotel rated ‘outstanding’ by BREEAM. Designed with sustainability in mind, hub uses 100% certified renewable energy from a combination of wind, hydro and biomass fuels; it generates its own electricity while heating water for showers; and it’s fitted with energy efficient lighting.

The upshot is that Londoners, tourists and business travellers alike can’t get enough of this state-of-the-art hotel.

Since opening last November, we’ve welcomed nearly 60,000 guests to hub St Martin’s Lane, with an impressive 90%+ occupancy rate. We’ve served around 72,000 cups of complimentary tea and coffee in our Proven Dough Deli+Bar, along with a whopping 20 breakfast combinations and more than 30 menu options through the day. Our Trip Advisor reviews are 95% positive, putting us in the top 15% of the site’s London hotels. It’s a fantastic result for a new entrant to the capital’s hotel market.

Simon Ewins, chief operating officer for hub by Premier Inn, said:

“We’re so proud of what hub by Premier Inn has achieved in its first year. We always knew the demand was there for a brand that offered stylish rooms in the heart of the city at an affordable price. Digital connectivity, smart design and our brilliant hub team are what set us apart from competitors.

We’re really excited about growing the brand, with investment in London and Edinburgh in the coming months. Our key focus will be how we move the brand forwards and expand our offering. We’re looking at even more digitally enabled smart TVs that allow mirror screening, and a new bigger room type.”

Right now, we’re poised to launch our second hub hotel - due to open in London’s Tower Bridge in just a few weeks. You can book a room today, so download the app and get ready to check in!