TROIS RIVIERES, Que. — When Patricia McClintock of PMA Design & Associés started working on the renovation of the Delta Trois Rivières Hotel, it was part of the Delta brand, but during the reno, it became a Delta by Marriott.
The renovation covered 169 guest rooms and two junior suites. They are currently working on the lobby and expanding the Convention Centre to 80,000 square feet, and will also be adding 60 to 65 more guest rooms in the future.
“That makes it a combination retrofit and new-build due to the extension,” said McClintock.
“Trois Rivières seems to be going through a revitalization, with a lot of events happening. They are not just depending on guests from Montreal and Quebec City.” The community of 136,000 is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, midway between the two larger cities.
The Delta by Marriott is the largest property in town, and was acquired by a local private investment company from InnVest REIT in late 2015. “The owners had a vision for the town and the hotel, and our role as designer was to retrofit the Canadian Delta into a Marriott Delta. Every brand has different requirements, and we integrated all the requirements Marriott wanted,” said McClintock.
“At the same time, we retained a Quebec feel, since Trois Rivières is a francophone city.”
They started with the guest rooms and corridors. They re-laid out everything including the bathrooms, eliminated carpet and introduced luxury vinyl flooring. “Housekeeping finds the floors easier to maintain; they help avoid allergies, and the vinyl looks like wood.”
“We created an environment that was calm and soothing, reinforced by a neutral palette with punches of blue in the cushions on the bed and on the couch. The blue was rich and blended with gray, beige and white and with the furniture,” McClintock said.
The rooms are also tech-savvy. Guests can come into the room and plug into the computer and media centre, just as they do at home. All the plugs are located in the headboard and desk lamp. The desk component integrates the desk, luggage rack and television. The floor lamp is attached to the wall to minimize clutter. The headboard lamps are attached to the bed. The room feels like it is floating — and gets rid of bedskirts.
“This makes the life of the housekeeper a little easier, improving the quality of the room so it appears to be more spacious and less cluttered.”
The overall retrofit is expected to cost $40 million.