MISSISSAUGA — From humble beginnings in 1986, when the Toor
family acquired its first small hotel in St. Catharines, Ont., Manga Hotels has
grown to include 16 hotels, with another one being acquired this month in Buffalo,
N.Y., a Hilton Garden Inn now under construction, a Hyatt Place Toronto Airport
in the pipe, and three downtown Toronto properties planned over the next few
Manga will be acquiring the Hampton Buffalo Airport, the second of
its U.S. properties. The company also owns the Aloft Buffalo Airport. This will bring Manga’s
room tally to 3,110.
A 12-storey Hilton Garden Inn under construction in
downtown St. John's, N.L., will open in late 2018. The deal is signed for a Hyatt Place Toronto Airport, and construction should begin at the end of this year.
700 rooms for Toronto
Manga also plans to invest a total of $300 million in three
downtown Toronto properties over the next few years.
They plan to build a 230-room hotel and 220 condos, with construction
beginning next year, Sukhdev Toor, president and CEO told CLN in a recent interview.
Another site in the entertainment district will be home to a 220 room hotel, with no residential component.
The third site will be a new-build 240-room hotel. These hotels will both be upscale, lifestyle
Manga owns, operates, designs and builds hotels. Their
portfolio includes full service, select and extended stay brands and one
independent, the Atlantica in Halifax.
Manga is very active in the Halifax market, owning 22 per
cent of the hotels in that city. Manga recently converted the Holiday Inn Dartmouth to a DoubleTree at a cost of $14 million. This includes adding a Starbucks location.
They recently completed the $17 million transformation of
the Travelodge Toronto Airport to a 292-room DoubleTree Toronto Airport, including gutting all the washrooms, adding
more meeting space, adding a Starbucks and replacing the former Casey’s restaurant with a
new-generation Turtle Jack’s.
“We buy older assets, reposition them and change the brand,” Toor told CLN. “Some hotels have been tired for a
long time and need a cash injection.
“We want to meet all the guest needs, we want to exceed
expectations, with nice exterior design and cutting edge technology. We have
many long term associates, as we believe in recognizing talent and moving them
up to better positions,” he said.