New Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds to create up to 28 jobs

The official opening of the new Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds.

The official opening of the new Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

A new 75-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds, created through the conversion of former council offices in Raingate Street, has been officially opened.

The Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds.

The Premier Inn hotel in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

The £650,000 investment by Premier Inn, which is part of the Whitbread group, will create up to 28 jobs, with the hotel also including an on-site restaurant offering a breakfast, snack and dinner menu for guests.

The opening ceremony was performed by the Deputy Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Julia Wakelam, who said: “It was a pleasure to open such a well-run hotel with a friendly and efficient team. It is a tribute to Bury St Edmunds that Premier Inn have selected our town to add to their portfolio. I wish the hotel all the very best.”

Lucy Hills, cluster general manager for Premier Inn, added: “We’re delighted to be opening our first hotel in Bury St Edmunds. We’ll be offering guests a modern, comfortable and affordable place to stay in the town, which will be of the highest standard.

“We hope the new hotel will encourage more visitors to the town, helping boost tourism in the area. The location is just a small walk away from some of the towns most ancient landmarks, such as St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds Abbey as well as minutes away from the modern high street shops and restaurants.”

The refit of the former Shire Hall building, which formerly accommodated Suffolk County Council staff, was carried out by Ipswich-based Barnes Construction on behalf of M & D Developments.