Budget hotel chain easyHotel, owned by easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, opens its new 125-bedroom Glasgow hotel today (Thursday) two weeks ahead of schedule with rooms priced from £9.
Located on Hill Street, the property was previously owned by an easyHotel franchisee, Glasgow eH (Trading), until falling into administration. Sir Stelios acquired the hotel six weeks ago for £2.3m.
A third company-owned property, a 103-bedroom hotel in Croydon, will open in the summer.
easyHotel are now looking to acquire further office blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s to convert into hotels.
The Glasgow hotel is expected to benefit from the boost in business Scotland this year created by the Commonwealth games and the Ryder Cup.
Simon Champion, easyHotel chief executive said: "I am delighted that we have been able to recruit local staff so that we are ready to open our doors two weeks ahead of schedule. We look forward to bringing value to tourists and business customers alike - giving them added spending power for the rest of their Glasgow visit".
Rates for the rooms, which measure 10sqm, start at £9 for the first five bookings taken every night during January, February and March 2014. The usual starting rate will be £15 for Sunday to Friday and £19 on Sundays. Pricing will follow the budget airline principle of early booking attracting lower prices.
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