OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS as of Jan. 23, 2018

Three new hotels for Choice bringing total to 329. Pangea Pod Hotel to open in Whistler this spring. Comfort opens more than a hotel a week in 2017. Country Inns & Suites changes its name. IHG plans a dozen new Canadian hotels in 2018.

Photo showing interior, courtesy of Pangea Pod Hotel.

Photo showing interior, courtesy of Pangea Pod Hotel.

Pangea Pod hotel set to open in Whistler

Canada's first micro hotel is set to open in Whistler, B.C., this spring, appealing to travellers who like the feel of a boutique hotel but want an affordable price point. The $10 million new Pangea Pod Hotel will host 88 self-contained sleeping pods that will be available for nightly rentals. 

The pods are similar to the capsules popularized in Japan or the “sleep boxes” that recently debuted in Massachusetts. Each pod comes with a memory foam double mattress, LED lighting, charging ports, a mirror, and a fan. While the pods do have a lockable cabinet for valuables, hangers and hooks for clothes, and a storage area for luggage, only a curtain separates you from the outside hallway. 

Pods sit stacked on top of each other, a bit like bunkbeds, so travellers in the upper pod have to use steps and a leather strap to swing themselves into the pod. Bathrooms are shared and feature 60 individually accessed components, including separate shower, toilet, and vanity rooms in order to prevent long lines from forming. Ski equipment is stored in a separate lockable space outside the pod. 


Three new hotels for Choice in Q4/17

TORONTO — Choice Hotels Canada is pleased
to share it opened three new hotels during the fourth quarter of 2017. With
openings from Regina to Bathurst, Canada’s largest hotel franchisor closed out
the year with a total of 329 properties across the country.

“Our
newest properties are spread across three provinces and provide travellers with
convenient, comfortable accommodation, whether they’re travelling for business
or leisure,” says Brian Leon, managing director, Choice Hotels Canada. “We are
so pleased to have these new additions join the Choice family of hotels and are
confident they will be well-received in their respective markets”.

Fourth
quarter Choice Hotels Canada openings include:

  • Econo Lodge, Regina, SK (67-room
    conversion)
  • Quality Inn & Suites,
    Bathurst, NB (75-room conversion)
  • Quality Inn & Suites,
    Brampton, ON (133-room conversion)

The
company expects to open three hotels in the first quarter of 2018.

Comfort opens more than a hotel a week in 2017

ROCKVILLE, M.D. —The Comfort Hotel brand finished 2017 by opening 58 hotels and increasing the pipeline to nearly 300, one of the largest in its history. Franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, the new Comfort hotels reflect the brand's transformation and new design, which includes a refreshed, modern look and feel.

In 2016, the Comfort brand launched the multi-phased Move to Modern initiative to enhance all hotels in the portfolio and deliver a better, more consistent experience for guests. Encompassing public spaces and guest rooms, Move to Modern has resulted in hundreds of renovations nationwide and affirms the brand's commitment to ensuring that every Comfort hotel has an up-to-date, refreshed look and feel. The brand's transformation strategy has resulted in an increased pipeline, with more than 140 franchise agreements executed in 2017.  

Country Inns & Suites changes its name

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson London South, Ont.

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson London South, Ont.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand, announced it has changed its name to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

This strategic name change will allow the brand and the individual hotels to leverage the global recognition and strength of the Radisson brand. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza and Park Inn by Radisson.

The consumer-facing changes will be made in stages throughout the first half of 2018. Changes will include a new visual identity, updated logo and refreshed marketing and hotel collateral.

“We are thrilled that Country Inn & Suites will have a new name aligning it more closely with our Radisson brands,” said Ken Greene, president, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “By aligning with our Radisson brands, Country Inn & Suites hotels will benefit from increased name awareness among new and prospective guests, while retaining its brand essence of modern country warmth enjoyed by our current guests.”

The brand has over 480 hotels in the United States, Canada, Latin America and India. In certain circumstances, some hotels might continue to use the former name past 2018.

IHG plans a dozen new Canadian hotels in
2018

TORONTO
— 2018 is going to be a big year for IHG in Canada, and particularly in
Ontario where IHG will be opening Canada’s first ever Kimpton Hotel. Plans call for a four-star Kimpton hotel in the neighborhood of Bloor-Yorkville in Toronto, slated to open in mid-2018.  Owned and developed by InnVest Hotels LP, Kimpton’s new boutique hotel will be a full conversion of the current Holiday Inn Toronto Bloor Yorkville. The 13-storey property will have 189 guestrooms, including 18 suites and one presidential suite, 2,000 sq. ft. of ground level meeting space and a Bloor St.-facing leased restaurant and bar.

The 12 new
properties to open this year include:

1. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Kelowna, B.C.

2. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Moncton, N.B.

3. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Niagara-On-The-Lake , Ont.

4. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Trois Rivieres Ouest, Que.

5. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Saskatoon East – University, Sask.

6. 
Holiday Inn Express &
Suites, Ottawa Downtown, Ont. (Conversion)

7. 
Holiday Inn & Suites,
Calgary Airport North (with Burger Theory), Alta.

8. 
Holiday Inn & Suites,
Calgary South – Conference Centre (Deerfoot Meadows), Alta.

9.  Staybridge Suites,
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont.

10.  Staybridge Suites, Saskatoon –
University, Sask.

11.  Staybridge Suites, Vaughan, Ont.

12.  Kimpton Hotel, Kimpton Toronto
Downtown (Yorkville), Ont.