Courtyard by Marriott opens in Burlington. Colliers' year-end updates. Days Inn New Brunswick. Motel 6 now in Cranbrook, B.C. Travelodge ends 2018 with three conversions plus first new-build in 10 years. Toronto's Cannabis Air Hotel.

Courtyard by Marriott opens in Burlington

BURLINGTON, Ont. — Courtyard by Marriott Hotel has opened its doors in Burlington, Ont., the company announced on Dec. 12.

Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard’s latest contemporary room design, the new hotel provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. Located at 1110 Burloak Drive, the 135-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Burlington Hotels Group Inc. and managed by Burloak Hospitality Management Ltd. Both of Burlington, Ontario. 

Adjacent to the Burlington Convention Centre, the Courtyard Burlington is located 40 minutes from downtown Toronto and offers guests convenient access Canada’s Wonderland, Niagara Falls, Burlington Botanical Gardens and the scenic waterfalls of Hamilton. 

Courtyard's latest room design offers hybrid zones for working, sleeping, relaxing and getting ready. Indirect lighting and a neutral, tone-on-tone color palette makes for a soothing and calm environment. 

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to business travelers,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president and global brand leader, Classic Select Brands. “Today’s technology has changed how people travel. Our guests want a room that has purpose and flexibility that enables a seamless transition between relaxing and working. Courtyard is designed to offer them a relaxing and functional space to work the way they want to, when they want to.” 

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington guest suite.

Courtyard by Marriott Burlington guest suite.

The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that enable technology. Upon arrival, guests can store bags on the “Luggage Drop” and plug personal devices into the “Tech Drop” ledge for seamless technology integration. 

Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the new guestroom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area for relaxing or for working. The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room. 

An upgraded, more spacious layout creates an enhanced bathroom experience. A “Shower Nook” housing shampoos and towels, makes amenities accessible without having to leave the shower. 

The Courtyard Burlington features the brand’s latest lobby design, where guests can enjoy an open and modern environment outside of their rooms. The newly designed Bistro is the epicenter of the lobby, which fosters social connections and collaboration with more flexible and informal seating options. The Bistro offers guests a wide variety of “made to order” breakfast, lunch and dinner items, “grab and go” options, and also features an array of specialty cocktails, beer and wine for guests to unwind at the end of the day. 

Frank Vismeg, managing director for Burlington Hotels Group and Burloak Hospitality Management Ltd., who is overseeing the hotel operations, has extensive international experience with Hilton Hotels, Sheraton and InterContinental Hotels Group, and a strong network of relationships with government, industry and service organizations. “The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel will bring new jobs and guests to our city, which is good for our local economy and good for Burlington,” said Vismeg.

The construction of the hotel was developed by TriAxis Construction Limited, a well-respected construction management firm with over 25 years of experience and expertise in the industry. 

“As development and construction manager for the hotel, our professional and committed team has ensured that every aspect of the hotel was built to the highest quality and with utmost attention to detail, to meet or exceed the highest standards set by Marriott,” said Domenic Fuda, president of TriAxis Construction Limited and an equity partner in Burlington Hotels Group Inc. 

“With this exciting Courtyard by Marriott project, we will be offering one of the world’s leading hotel brands to the Burlington, Oakville and QEW corridor, consisting of upscale facilities, impeccable accommodations, excellent culinary experiences, and professional and friendly service with a European flair,” said Sandra Stewart-Fearnside, general manager. 

“We are very proud to be the first to bring the very successful Courtyard by Marriott brand to the Burlington/Oakville area and to finally meet the extraordinary demand for a first-rate hotel next to the Burlington Convention Centre,” said Jack Moreira, owner of Burlington Convention Centre. 

Throughout the hotel, guests can connect with ample electrical outlets. The business library features a separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status. 

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 30 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal are conveniently located by side exits. 

The six-storey hotel features a heated indoor saltwater pool, a fitness centre and guest laundry, and offers 1,800 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 120 people. The hotel is adjacent by a heated and covered walkway to the Burlington Convention Centre that features an additional 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space accommodating up to 1,200 guests. Rates begin at $169 per night. 

Colliers' 43 lodging transactions for 2018

Days Inn Fredericton, New Brunswick

Realstar Hospitality continues to grow its franchise portfolio with the opening
of a 102-room Days Inn by Wyndham in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The newly
renovated property features an onsite restaurant & bar, over 2,000 square
feet of space for meetings and events, along with a business centre.

“We’re excited to offer
quality and affordable lodging accommodations under the Days Inn by Wyndham
brand,” said Kamal Mostofa, hotel owner. “Restaurants, shopping and numerous
attractions are just minutes away, allowing our guests to relax and enjoy their
stay whether for business of pleasure.”

Each standard room
includes a flat screen TV, microwave, mini-fridge and work desk. Kitchenette
suites are available upon request. Guests will enjoy complimentary hot
breakfast, an indoor pool and outdoor seasonal pool, fitness centre and free
Wi-Fi access.

“With more than 110 Days
Inn by Wyndham hotels across the country, continued development in markets like
New Brunswick is important in order to provide our guests with a wider
distribution of hotels to choose from,” said Irwin Prince, president & COO,
Realstar Hospitality. With another four hotels on the books and numerous other
projects on the horizon, the brand continues to be well-positioned for robust
growth in 2019.”

Conveniently located in
the heart of Fredericton at 958 Prospect Street, the hotel is close to UNB, New
River Beach, Hopewell Rock and Bay of Fundy. Reservations can be made by
visiting  or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

Motel 6 now in Cranbrook, B.C

TORONTO, Ont. – Realstar Hospitality recently announced the opening of its latest franchised Motel
6 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. This is the fourth location in British
Columbia for the brand, adding to the growing franchise system in Canada.

The conversion property updated its look to
feature the award winning contemporary Motel 6 phoenix design. All 35
newly-renovated guestrooms include comfortable and contemporary furnishings,
free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and micro-fridges.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors as
a Motel 6 and welcome travellers from around the world,” said Sung Oh, hotel
owner & GM. “Guests can enjoy our clean, comfortable guestrooms while being
minutes away from local attractions such as Casino of the Rockies, restaurants
and entertainment.”

Guests can enjoy the convenience of
complimentary morning coffee in the lobby, a coin laundry facility and an
outdoor seasonal swimming pool.

“As we continue to
focus on disciplined conversions, 2018 has proven to be a successful year for
the Motel 6 brand,” said Irwin Prince, president & COO, Realstar
Hospitality. “There is tremendous opportunity for growth across the country and
we look forward to announcing additional conversions in 2019.”

Travelodge: 3 openings + first new-build in 10 yrs.

Travelodge Alma, Que., guestroom.

Travelodge Alma, Que., guestroom.

CALGARY — Travelodge Canada
ended 2018 with a burst of hotel openings. Adding to its portfolio of 100 hotel
was its first new construction hotel in over ten years, located in Pincher Creek,
Alberta, followed by three conversions, each in different corners of the
country: Abbotsford on the west coast, Brandon in central Canada, and Alma in

Travelodge by Wyndham Pincher Creek exterior.

Travelodge by Wyndham Pincher Creek exterior.

Travelodge by Wyndham Pincher Creek opened its doors in October, followed by two
hotels opening in one week: Travelodge by Wyndham Alma in Quebec, a
30-room hotel, opened Nov. 28, followed by the 61-room Travelodge by
Wyndham Abbotsford Bakerview in British Columbia on Nov. 30, a Best
Western conversion. The brand then welcomed a 73-room full service Travelodge
by Wyndham Brandon in Manitoba on Dec. 12.

“We are thrilled to welcome all four of these great
hotels,” said Trevor Hagel, executive vice-president, operations, Travelodge
Canada. “We’re especially pleased to open our first new build hotel in over 10
years, and to open our fifth location in the Quebec market, where we’ve been
steadily growing over the past few years.”

Travelodge by Wyndham Abbotsford Bakerview guestroom.

Travelodge by Wyndham Abbotsford Bakerview guestroom.

Hagel added, “While it’s certainly not the norm to
have four hotel openings in such a short period of time, it truly showcases
the strength and agility of our fantastic Canada-wide team. It’s their
dedication and support that allows us to grow, while continuing to provide
excellent support to our franchisees.”

The brand’s strength was highlighted this spring by
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, when 21 Canadian locations were honoured with the
prestigious “Best of Travelodge” award at the Wyndham Global Conference; a
total of 39 per cent of the group of global award winners. Criteria included QA scores,
guest reviews and Wyndham Rewards enrollments.

Lodging Development TL Corporation, operating as Travelodge Canada, administers
the Master License for Travelodge and Thriftlodge in Canada. Travelodge is
one of Canada’s largest hotel chains with over 100 independently-owned hotels
and nearly 9,000 rooms.


Toronto's Cannabis Air Hotel

Toronto's Cannabis Air hotel.

Toronto's Cannabis Air hotel.

Toronto is officially home to a cannabis-friendly luxury hotel, according to an article by Lilly Paltsev published recently. The hotel, called Cannabis
Air, is the first of its kind in  Canada. Cannabis Air is located right in the
downtown core at 53 McCaul Street, a few blocks away from Union Station, the
Eaton Centre and Queen Street West. The hotel celebrated its official opening
just last month.

Cannabis Air is also described as the first luxury hotel in the world to feature
smoking lounges. Each one-bedroom suite is equipped with a private outdoor
smoking lounge, and ensuite living room and kitchen.