TORONTO—Hilton Hotels Canada could top 100 Canadian hotels in 2014, says Vito Curalli, executive director, Canada, Latin America & International.
New hotels since January 2013 include DoubleTrees in Regina, Gatineau-Ottawa, Toronto and Kamloops, and Hampton Inns by Hilton in Chilliwack, BC, at Calgary Airport North and at Winnipeg Airport.
One of the latest openings is the 129-room Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. John’s Airport, located at 411 Stavanger Dr. It is the first Hampton property in St. John’s.
The hotel is owned and operated by Manga Hotels, an Ontario-based private company that acquires, builds and manages properties in Canada and the U.S.
Owner Sukhdev Toor notes that he is excited to bring a Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton to St. John’s and says, “this brings an estimated 50 new jobs to the St. John’s area so we are glad to add that to the local economy.”
Hilton’s current tally is 91 hotels in Canada. Hampton is the largest Hilton brand with 39 hotels. Hilton also has 10 Homewoods, 21 Hilton Garden Inns, 14 Hiltons, two Embassy Suites and five DoubleTree by Hilton hotels.
DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown opens
DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto, formerly The Metropolitan, is open following a multi-million dollar renovation.
At present, 60 per cent of the hotel’s guest rooms have been refreshed, with further upgrades underway to guestrooms, suites, lobby and meeting space. Renovations will continue this spring, and include modern updates across the landmark 26-storey, 486-room property. The transformation is being led by the hotel’s new ownership and management company, Bayview Hospitality Group.
DoubleTree by Hilton has opened four new hotels in Canada in just three months, John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, pointed out. “With its central location and upscale offerings, this hotel is ideally-suited to accommodate both business and leisure guests in Toronto.”
Long recognized as an iconic property for business and leisure travellers, the hotel has 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities and 18 flexible meeting rooms, including a 3,484 square-foot ballroom.
Hemisphere’s Restaurant Bistro, the CAA Four Diamond rated on premise restaurant, is debuting a refreshed food and beverage concept led by 30-year culinary veteran, chef Raymond Cheung. Menu offerings will include a range of gourmet meat and seafood such as seafood linguine with smoked coral sauce, cider glazed Atlantic salmon, smoked paprika marinated steak salad and garlic and thyme brined chicken.
“We are excited to open our doors and welcome guests to DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown, and are thrilled to become part of this globally-recognized and respected brand,” said Umesh Srivastava, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown.