Government Minister ‘Checking Out’ The UK’s Smallest Hotel
In January, Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health Justin Tomlinson checked out the UK’s smallest hotel from the UK’s biggest hotel company: Premier Inn.
The Hotel in the College
The hotel was built by Novus Property Solutions in 2019 and is located within the walls of Coventry’s Hereward College. Featuring just 3 bedrooms, this miniature Premier Inn is part of the hotel chain’s “Force For Good” programme; a partnership project with Coventry’s Hereward College.
The college is a specialist provider of real-world skills and training for young people with disabilities and additional needs. This educational facility gears its students up for independent living and boosts their employability prospects.
Premier Inn is UK’s biggest hotel company with more than 800 locations nationwide but the chain’s tiniest hotel at Hereward is seen as a real positive asset to the people of the West Midlands region and to the UK as a whole.
(You can read more about the hotel build in our blog article here.)
The state-of-the-art mini-hotel functions primarily as a training facility for the college’s 270-member student body, affording young people the opportunity to learn employable skills in the hospitality industry.
Furthermore, the Hereward College Premier Inn is completely indistinguishable from any other Premier Inn hotel. The hotel comes complete with a reception desk, corridor and linen room, and each room features three en-suite bedrooms.
Even the ‘do not disturb’ signs on the doors and the tea & coffee making facilities are the very same that each Premier Inn guest are accustomed to seeing during their stay.
From guest relations to housekeeping, the facility will enable young people to learn all areas of hospitality in a realistic hotel environment.
As an added benefit, the young people taking part in the programme also have the opportunity to undertake supported internships, which have the potential to develop into paid roles in Premier Inn hotels across the country.
Alan Nixon, CEO at Novus Property Solutions
“Delivering projects that have lasting impacts in the communities we operate in is at the heart of what we do. The success of this facility at Hereward College is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff involved at Premier Inn, the college and here at Novus.
“To be recognised by the Minister for Disabled people is an incredible achievement for everyone involved and we’re looking forward to following the progress those living with disabilities make as a result of the project.”
The tiny hotel at Hereward is the second Premier Inn of its type. The hotel company also has a three-bedroom training facility at Shropshire’s Derwen College, which also supports young people with additional needs.
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