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Sleeperz Hotels to open in £1bn Dundee waterfront development

Sleeperz Hotels, the innovative UK budget hotel company, is to open its fourth UK hotel in partnership with Dundee City Council, as part of a £1bn regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront and railway station.
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee will be a 120 bedroom property in a stylish curved concourse above a new £22m redeveloped rail station, with panoramic views over the River Tay and onto the new waterfront plaza.

David Myers, chief executive of Sleeperz Hotels, said: “Sleeperz Hotels is an innovative fast growing company with ambitious plans to expand our portfolio of UK lifestyle hotels and is delighted to secure such an exciting development.

"Dundee’s waterfront regeneration is one of the biggest of its kind ever to take place in Western Europe and will transform the city as a leisure, tourism and retail destination.

"Dundee needs to increase its bed stock and visitors to the city will benefit from our distinctive brand of stylish contemporary rooms and ultra-convenient location at affordable prices."

Since opening its first UK hotel in Cardiff in 2008, less than 300m from Cardiff rail station, Sleeperz Hotels has been leading a modern revival of the classic British railway hotel.

The company specialises in building stylish and affordable city centre lifestyle hotels, often on awkwardly shaped land, close to mainline rail stations.

Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff was followed by the opening of a 98-bedroom hotel in Newcastle in January 2012 and the creation of a new ‘rooms based’ sister brand of budget hotel called Cityroomz – with a first opening in Edinburgh in May last year.

Sleeperz Hotels offer free and fast wi-fi, laptop safes, innovative space saving furniture, wet rooms and tea and coffee making facilities as standard in every room. Sleeperz offers its guests a cooked and continental breakfast and an all-day brasserie menu is available in its lounge and bar.

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee will sit at the centre of the 8km waterfront development next to its marquee attraction, a new £45m V&A at Dundee – a regional branch of the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum of arts and design - expected to open in 2016.

The waterfront development is a 30 year project to regenerate a 240 hectare stretch of the North bank of the River Tay.

The addition of restaurants, bars, hotels and the flagship V&A Dundee is predicted to create over 700 new tourism jobs, attract three million extra visitors and generate a further £1bn of spend in the city’s visitor economy.

The opening of Sleeperz Hotel Dundee will create up to 30 local jobs and generate further opportunities for local hospitality industry and catering suppliers to benefit from working with the company.

Mike Galloway, director of city development at Dundee City Council, said: “We are delighted to have attracted Sleeperz to our waterfront redevelopment in Dundee.  This new hotel will provide further high quality accommodation for the many hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to the V&A Museum and it will create a powerful new landmark entrance into our city.”

Since opening for business Sleeperz Hotels has won a string of awards. These include two RIBA awards for architectural excellence from The Royal Institute of British Architects, for Cardiff (2010) and Newcastle (2012) and recognition from as one of Britain’s Top-10 Family Friendly Hotels.

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