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Zip by Premier Inn

25 February 2019 09:14

Whitbread's new no frills brand, Zip by Premier Inn is a new direction for the UK's largest hotel chain, with the first site opening in Cardiff city centre in March.

The concept of the brand is to "do the essentials brilliantly, then take away everything else." Customers get an 8.5M square room with a convertible bed, small windows or "light boxes", a power shower, overhead storage and of course, a television system.

Airwave was tasked to provide a  cost-effective, guest-room entertainment system with a low footprint,  mirroring the aesthetics and reduced space of the bedroom.

Airwave installed IP network infrastructure, (including switches, routers and network patching) to support an AirMedia IP interactive information system (see here) This is used as a central interface, hosting features such as hotel information, room extras and screen sharing functionalities. Of course, the provision of guest information on the room's television hardware removes the need for in-room literature - unwanted clutter benefitting Zip's minimalist concept.

Further assisting space-efficiency, Airwave used bespoke brackets to wall-mount 138 x Samsung SMART hospitality TVs -  131 x HG32EE690 and 7 x HG32EE590 for Zip's universal access rooms.

A 65" Cello TV was also wall-mounted in Zip's lounge area, showing Sky Sports and enabling guests to relax in the hotel's communal space,