Good year for Hilton all-suites brands. Sheraton Red Deer renamed Cambridge. Casino of the Rockies reno. Festival Inn sold by CBRE. Sunray purchases Hockley Valley Resort. Palm acquires Princes Street Suites. YVR Marriott rooms transformed.

Another good year for Hilton all-suites brands

Bar at the new Hilton Garden Inn/ Homewood Suites by Hilton, Ottawa Downtown.

Bar at the new Hilton Garden Inn/ Homewood Suites by Hilton, Ottawa Downtown.

MCLEAN, Va. – For the All Suites brands by Hilton, consisting of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, 2018 was a successful year marked by growth domestically and abroad. All three brands achieved major milestones, including the opening of the category’s 30th Canadian property and 1,000th property overall.

The All Suites brands will continue their international expansion throughout 2019, with more than 25 properties in the pipeline throughout the Americas and Asia, and more than 580 properties in the pipeline in total. All three brands are focused on growing their presence in Canada, with Homewood Suites by Hilton continuing its dedicated effort in Latin America and Embassy Suites by Hilton making forays in the Middle East.

Last year, the All Suites brands made significant headway in Canada, tapping into the country’s record-setting tourism boom. In addition to reaching 30 opened All Suites hotels, the stage has already been set for future growth as over 20 per cent of all Hilton properties in the Canadian pipeline are in the All Suites category.

“The All Suites brands by Hilton had a banner year in 2018 thanks to the incredible support we received from both team members and owners,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head and senior vice president, All Suites brands by Hilton. 

“From the opening of the category’s 1,000th property and international expansion, to taking part in unique projects like Hilton’s first tri-branded property and Home2 Suites by Hilton’s first modular build hotel, collaboration with our owners and teams was and will continue to be the secret to our success as we capitalize on opportunities this year.”

The All Suites brands by Hilton grew its pipeline in 2018 with 187 new signed deals across the globe, bringing the total combined pipeline to more than 580 pending hotels. Notable signed deals include Embassy by Hilton Makkah KAAR in Saudi Arabia, Homewood Suites by Hilton Austin Central I-35 and Home2 Suites by Hilton Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada.

Sheraton Red Deer renamed Cambridge Red Deer

Guest room at Cambridge Red Deer.

Guest room at Cambridge Red Deer.

RED DEER, Alta. – Temple Hotels Inc. has announced that Sheraton Red Deer will change its name to Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre effective April 1, 2019. The property is the largest first-class all-inclusive Conference Centre in Central Alberta and will continue to offer its award-winning services, value and comfort without interruption.

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre will continue to be managed by Atlific Hotels. The hotel offers 241 rooms including superior and deluxe guest rooms and suites. The property also features a 24-hour business centre, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, soothing sauna and steam bath, and a 45,000-gallon heated indoor pool. 

A wide range of onsite food, beverage and entertainment options are also available and include Joe’s Deli, R&R Grill, Garden Terrace Lounge, Bellinis Sonic Lounge and Longriders, the hotel’s country saloon and dance hall. 53,000 SF of exhibition and meeting space accommodates up to 2,200 guests including 16 meeting rooms, a ballroom and full catering and banquet facilities helmed by an award-winning culinary team. 

Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre offers free parking with four onsite Tesla Supercharging stations, free wireless Internet and other popular amenities including Capri Salon, featuring hair, nail and other aesthetics services and a fashion retailer, Side Street Women’s Clothing.

“Cambridge Red Deer joins established independent Cambridge properties in Eastern Canada and allows us to grow a proudly Canadian Cambridge portfolio,” said Sanjay Rateja, vice-president, Operations, Temple. “We are very excited to offer Albertans a premiere integrated independent hotel, conference and special event venue. Cambridge Red Deer offers a wealth of exceptional amenities and services that will make any visit to Red Deer special.”

Nature inspires Casino of the Rockies reno

CRANBROOK, B.C. — The St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook, BC has announced a significant renovation of their on-site Casino of the Rockies, which first opened in 2002. Work for the redesign is set to begin on April 8, 2019, and is expected to take under three months, wrapping up on June 30, 2019. The casino will be open through each renovation phase and minimal impacts to the guest experience are expected. 

“We can’t wait to unveil the bold nature-based design concept that celebrates the Ktunaxa First Nations’ connection to the earth, and highlights flora and fauna native to the mountains and foothills in our backyard,” says Barry Zwueste, CEO of St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino. 

“While our plans to refresh the look and feel of the casino are significant, the prefabricated installations of this sophisticated design will allow us to maintain operations and complete our project in a very tight timeframe.”

As the former site of a residential school that operated from 1912 to 1970, St. Eugene is no stranger to transformation, and the redesign of the resort’s Casino of the Rockies will continue the evolution of this year-round destination on the rise. 

Plans include revamping the gaming floor with design elements inspired by nature and brightening the space significantly with ambient lighting to reflect day and night-time skies. A new, full-service restaurant concept will also be introduced to the casino for more nightlife options and live entertainment. The welcoming new lobby area will also house the guest services desk and a Grab and Go counter for visitors looking for a quick snack or coffee. 

The renovation project will begin with phase one of the gaming room and lobby/guest services area, followed by the restaurant and lounge remodel before wrapping up with phase two in the gaming room. The completely refreshed and updated Casino of the Rockies will launch in the summer, for guests to enjoy in addition to the world-class golf, hotel, RV and spa facilities. 

Festival Inn, Stratford sold by CBRE

STRATFORD, Ont. — CBRE was retained as exclusive advisor and agent to Sylvanacre Properties Ltd. in the sale of its 179-room Festival Inn in Stratford, Ont. to a private investor last month.

The hotel provided an opportunity for a new owner to renovate and reposition under a nationally recognized brand or remain independent. There was also an opportunity to re-engineer the F&B offering and kick-start the group meeting business. Current F&B offerings include Anne Hathaway Restaurant and Frankie’s Lounge. 

The property features 6,456 sq. ft. of function space, and indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and business centre, along with 320 surface parking spaces. There are ten acres of excess land on the approximately 20-acre site, which may be repurposed from their current agricultural use.


Sunray purchases Hockley Valley Resort

TORONTO — Colliers International Hotels recently announced the sale of the ±299-acre Hockley Valley Resort and Adamo Estate Winery on behalf of Hockley Valley Resort Limited and LJP Corporation to Sunray Group of Hotels Inc. 

Hockley Valley Resort, which is only a one-hour’s drive from downtown Toronto and 40 minutes to Pearson International Airport, is the closest year-round resort to the Greater Toronto Area. 

The property offers 104 guest rooms and suites, 16,100 sq. ft. of meeting space, three farm-to-table restaurants with two patios, plus four additional F&B outlets, and a unique array of attractions including an 18-hole championship golf course, 15-run ski and snowboarding hill, and 8,000 SF destination spa. The offering also included the highly successful 77-acre Adamo Estate Winery which opened in September 2016. 

Sunray Group of Hotels Inc. added Hockley Valley to their current portfolio of 42 Canadian properties.

Palm company acquires Princes Street Suites

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Edinburgh Collection is pleased to announce that it has acquired the luxurious Princes Street Suites as of today’s date, bringing a touch of luxury to the eclectic accommodation group. Toronto-based Palm Holdings is the marketing umbrella for a number of family owned businesses including The Edinburgh Collection that have been working together over three generations with operations in USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The Princes Street Suites is an award-winning apartment hotel that won the 2019 Scottish Hotel Awards’ Family Hotel of the Year category in Edinburgh and the Lothians for the second year in a row. 

The 37 one, two and three bedroom apartments enjoy an unrivalled city centre location with a striking roof terrace commanding views of the city skyline and Edinburgh Castle.

Ricky Kapoor, managing director of The Edinburgh Collection said: “Edinburgh is a robust market where we are long term investors with a good mix of corporate, leisure and event business. The Edinburgh Collection is well placed to cater to this with each of our Edinburgh properties offering its own unique character, appealing to a different kind of customer. The Princes Street Suites offers a luxurious edge to our portfolio and our team are looking forward to marketing it effectively from within our group.”

The Edinburgh Collection is passionate about keeping the same high standard of customer service at the Princes Street Suites, which previously was managed by RBH. Princes Street Suites will retain existing staff and will bring in-house the outsourced housekeeping staff, with the 22-person team led by GM Alain Martzolff. 

By coming under The Edinburgh Collection group, Princes Street Suites will now benefit from collective local marketing expertise and group promotions with branding consistent with the rest of the group.

Vancouver Airport Marriott transforms guest rooms

RICHMOND, B.C.–The Vancouver Airport Marriott unveiled today its transformed guest experience that included new guest rooms, recently redesigned as a part of the ongoing reinvention of Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International. 

The Vancouver Airport Marriott is one of numerous hotels within the brand’s portfolio across North America that is introducing this modern and sleek design. The unexpected look for the Marriott provides an elevated experience that today’s travellers want and need. 

Located at 7571 Westminster Highway in Richmond, B.C., the hotel is less than six kilometers from Vancouver International Airport (the hotel operates a complimentary shuttle to and from) and 12 kilometers from downtown Vancouver. The property offers guests convenient access to the Richmond Centre Mall and the Richmond Olympic Oval. 

The reimagined rooms offer a spacious and upgraded look complete with tailored solutions that are as inventive as its guests. Based on consumer insights, locally inspiredaccents offer a sense of place, closets are open to alleviate fears of leaving clothes behind and the work surface provides flexibility to freely move and use technology wherever the guest desires. Bathtubs have been replaced with deluxe walk-in showers and spa-like lighting to provide a relaxed and upgraded bath experience. 

The Vancouver Airport Marriott features the Marriott Hotels Greatroom lobby – a stylish hub of the hotel that serves as a great social gathering place for both day and night. The contemporary décor and layout provideguests with a space to relax, collaborate with colleagues or grab a night cap. Guests can enjoy a variety of great food and drink options as well as seamless connectivity with free Wi-Fiand essential technology. 

The Vancouver Airport Marriott participates in the Marriott Hotels’ Signature Bourbon Program, an innovative on-property experience for guests and visitors featuring world-renowned bourbon brands, such as Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek, signature cocktails, pours, and locally-curated bourbon flights 

Meeting planners have a lot to celebrate with Vancouver Airport Marriott’s Meeting Space that is tailored to foster collaboration. All meeting spaces include a flexible set up, able to adapt to a variety of formats and group sizes to ensure every team’s meeting space is perfectly suited to their needs. 

Marriott Hotels brand is in the midst of a massive transformation, evolving everything from hotel design to associate training. The Vancouver Airport Marriott represents this evolution, echoing the sentiment thatguests value personalized experiences and creativity.

Last year, Marriott Hotels introduced travellers to its mobile innovations global roll-out, its industry-pioneering two-way chat feature Mobile Request on the Marriott Mobile App. A first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix in the summer of 2015 changed the future of in-room entertainment.