TORONTO — Manga Hotels capped off two years of acquisitions and renovations with a Pinnacle Award late last year. And there are more projects coming to fruition this year for this family-run firm, including renovations to the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport and a new Hyatt Place hotel on that site.
Manga is a
hospitality success story that started off with just one 30-room motel 30 years
ago and now includes 18 current hotel holdings and 12 affiliated restaurants in
Canada and the U.S., under multiple major brands including Marriott, Hilton,
Intercontinental and Hyatt as well as the independently branded Atlantica Hotel and the soft
branded Hollis a DoubleTree by Hilton. Manga Hotels now encompasses a collection of over 3,300 rooms, with
more in the pipeline for both Atlantic Canada and Toronto.
Over the past couple of years, the company has re-branded two DoubleTree Hotels, in Halifax and at the Toronto Airport, as well as opening two Starbucks outlets, and a new Turtle Jack's Muskoka Grill. They have also moved to a larger office, taking over half a floor at 10 Carlson Court, near Toronto Airport and next to Manga's Crowne Plaza.
The plans for next year call for even more new-build hotels to be added to the portfolio and for extensive renovations of some of Manga's other properties.
starting work on a project in Toronto at 203 Jarvis Street in April 2019. It will be a high-rise mixed use building with a hotel and residential apartments.
Currently the company is working on an over 400-room project in the Greater Toronto Area, Hyatt Place Toronto Airport and the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn, St. John's. The Hyatt Place Toronto Airport will break ground in the second or third quarter of this year on what is currently the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport. The eight-storey Hyatt Place, designed by Chamberlain Architect Services, will bring 196 guest rooms to the area.
The new 12-storey, 150 room Hilton Garden Inn hotel in downtown St. John’s on the corner of New Gower Street and Hamilton Avenue, will be opening in July 2019.
In addition to the new builds coming online, Manga is currently renovating and enhancing Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, Holiday Inn Halifax Airport, and the Atlantica Hotel Halifax — a $60 million total investment.
The company will be expanding the footprint of the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, raising the number of guest rooms to 528 from 493. The guest rooms will be taken down to the studs in a renovation that should be completed by April 2020. They will also be adding more meeting space attached to the hotel.
The two hotels on the site — The Crowne Plaza and the Hyatt Place — have different client bases, but will complement each other. If there are larger conventions in the Crowne Plaza's expanded meeting space, some of the guests could stay at the smaller, select service Hyatt Place hotel.
Manga is also adding 33 guest rooms in a new wing at the Holiday Inn Halifax Airport; renovating the Atlantica Hotel in Halifax; and redesigning the food and beverage concept at the Delta Fredericton Hotel.
“We are excited about each of these projects because of their capacity to either set or raise the bar in their respective markets,” said Sukhdev Toor. Manga hotels is constantly looking at their assets and determining where they fit in the portfolio and the market, and how to make them better, which can involve fixing up or repositioning.
“We are also lucky to have a fantastic team of over 2,000 with us at Manga, of hard-working, dedicated, committed individuals,” as Neelu Toor noted during the Pinnacle Awards presentation last year. Manga Hotels has a commitment to “doing it right and consistently exceeding guest, partner and business expectations.”