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NB—In a celebration commemorating the hotel’s 125-year-history, the Algonquin
Resort celebrated its re-opening in June, following an 18-month renovation of
The Algonquin first opened in
June 1889 and became the nation's first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott
International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, when it opened in
March 2014 following an 18-month “rafters to registration” renovation.
Southwest Properties and New
Castle Hotels & Resorts purchased the hotel from the provincial government
in 2012 with the intent of restoring the estate.
“For more than a century the
iconic Algonquin Hotel has anchored New Brunswick’s tourism landscape and brought
a very vibrant part of this province’s heritage to life,” New Brunswick Premier
David Alward said in a release.
“Throughout the renovation
process, we were very cognizant of the fact that we had been entrusted with a
piece of New Brunswick's history,” said Jim Spatz, chairman and chief executive
officer of Southwest Properties. “We set out to preserve the authenticity of
this cherished hotel and simultaneously elevate it to meet modern expectations
for a luxury resort.”
Toronto designer Robynne Moncur
of Moncur Design created the Algonquin’s guest rooms and public spaces. The
hotel's new décor reflects its Victorian origins and features a living
room-style lobby with a two-sided fireplace.
Originally developed as a summer
resort, The Algonquin is now a year-round destination.
Guests staying for business or
pleasure throughout the year will enjoy radiant heat flooring in the guest
rooms and the hotel's brand new indoor pool including a three-story waterslide
and fitness center. The recently re-opened Spa at the Algonquin, now an Aveda
Concept spa, has been expanded to include a salon and offer guests a variety of
honey-based treatments harvested from the resort's own hives.
“When the Algonquin first opened,
it catered to visitors who were looking for an escape from their day-to-day
lives; a respite from the heat of the city in the clean fresh air of the
Canadian Maritimes,” said David Buffam, chief executive officer of New Castle
Hotels & Resorts. “Today's
travellers also are looking for more than a place to sleep. They want to
experience something different, something they won't find at home. Every detail
of the Algonquin reflects the people and the passions of the Charlotte Coastal
Region, giving guests an experience exactly like no other.”
Jim Kaufmann, president of North
American Lodging for Marriott International, Inc., said the company is trilled
to welcome the Algonquin Resort to Autograph Collection. “This grand hotel is
the true embodiment of the independent spirit for which Autograph Collection is
known,” he said.
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The grand opening festivities
were highlighted by a flash mob of local performers and citizens under the
artistic direction of Ron Kelly Spurles, artistic producer of New Brunswick's Festival by
“Our opening ceremonies showcase
the history of the hotel, but also reflect the deep connection we have to the community
of St. Andrews,” said general manager Tim Ostrem. “Everyone involved in the
production is a member of our community, and many volunteered their time and
talent to make sure we had a launch that was worthy of this grand dame. It is
no exaggeration to say that everyone in this town is, in some way, connected to
our hotel and from the outset we have done our utmost to incorporate the area
in everything we do.”