Budget hotel chain Travelodge has announced plans to expand its Aberdeen hotel by taking over an adjacent, vacant retail unit.
The move will add another nine rooms to the hotel, which currently has 119 rooms.
The company said it was also looking for its fifth hotel in the city, and is already planning to invest over £500,000 refurbishing its existing four hotels.
Both Aberdeen Airport and Aberdeen Central Justice Mill Lane Travelodge hotels received a complete brand refurbishment toward the end of 2012. Aberdeen Bucksburn and Aberdeen Central Travelodge hotels will undergo their refurbishments in March this year.
The work on the extension at Aberdeen Central Justice Mill Lane Travelodge hotel will take nine weeks beginning in spring of this year. The hotel will remain open for business during this period.
Tony O'Brien, UK development director for Travelodge Hotels, said: "The demand for good quality, low cost accommodation is growing at great pace in Aberdeen and, as a result, the city has become one of the strongest performing hotel markets in the country. So, we are delighted to be adding additional rooms to our Justice Mill Lane Travelodge hotel and looking for a new hotel site.
"Our retained Scottish agent, Sandy Cameron & Co, is actively looking for a suitable location in Aberdeen, so that we can boost our portfolio to five hotels in the city."