OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS May 14, 2019

Six more properties for Hotel Equities

ATLANTA, Ga. – Last week, Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (HE), announced they have been selected as the strategic partner for Kelowna, B.C.-based Braemar Group, to operate six hotels located in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The hotel portfolio consists of four premier Choice branded hotels and one Best Western Plus currently open and operating, as well as aTownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel expected to open in Q3 2019.

The hotel portfolio has a combined total guest room count of 596 and growing, with future development projects in the pipeline. To accommodate Braemar Group’s plans for further portfolio expansion, they partnered with best in class owner, operator and developer, Hotel Equities. Hotel Equities recently opened a Canadian office encompassing all disciplines including operations, sales and marketing, revenue management and accounting to support their growth in market.

“We continue to expand our Canadian hotel portfolio with owners with whom we are aligned, who seek a strong managing and development partner,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “We recently celebrated the opening of our Canadian office and, with a regional team in country, we have the ability to immediately grow revenue and optimize our owner’s top-line and profitability. We look forward to adding value for our new partners at Braemar Group and we welcome the new team of associates to the Hotel Equities’ family.” 

Since deciding to shift focus to development and portfolio growth, Braemar Group selected Hotel Equities as the management partner for their hotel assets. The new partnership is expected to facilitate Braemar Group’s portfolio expansion.

“Hotel Equities’ presence in market was immediately felt through their ability to capture business,” said Rod Hazard, president of Braemar Group. “Their performance results and the impact their culture brings to the communities they serve are both characteristics we were seeking in a partner. The partnership also affords us the ability to offer our associates added benefits and resources, such as continued education through their learning and development programs. We look forward to working with their team of professionals to take our portfolio to the next level.”

Courtyard by Marriott event attracts dignitaries

Dignitaries attending the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Courtyard by Marriott, Burlington. From left: Domenic Fuda, Equity Partner, Courtyard by Marriott Burlington and President, Triaxis Construction; Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP Oakville North-Burlington; Paul Loehr, Regional VP, Development Marriott Canada;  Frank Vismeg, Managing Partner, Courtyard by Marriott and Burloak Hospitality Management Ltd.; Councillor Paul Sharman, City of Burlington Ward 5; Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington; Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Jack Moreira, Partner, Courtyard by Marriott and President, Burlington Convention Centre; Gary Carr, Regional Chair, Halton Region; and Stephen Crawford, MPP Oakville
Dignitaries attending the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Courtyard by Marriott, Burlington. From left: Domenic Fuda, Equity Partner, Courtyard by Marriott Burlington and President, Triaxis Construction; Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP Oakville North-Burlington; Paul Loehr, Regional VP, Development Marriott Canada; Frank Vismeg, Managing Partner, Courtyard by Marriott and Burloak Hospitality Management Ltd.; Councillor Paul Sharman, City of Burlington Ward 5; Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington; Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Jack Moreira, Partner, Courtyard by Marriott and President, Burlington Convention Centre; Gary Carr, Regional Chair, Halton Region; and Stephen Crawford, MPP Oakville

BURLINGTON, Ont. — The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held recently for the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Burlington.

“We were very honoured that several top government officials and local business executives were in attendance at the official Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony for our new upscale Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Burlington,” said Frank Vismeg, managing director. 

“Our very special guest at the event was Premier Doug Ford, who committed to attend the Grand Opening of the hotel prior to becoming Premier, and we were delighted that he was able to take time from his very busy schedule to join us in celebrating our official opening of the new upscale hotel. 

“Thanks to everyone who graciously attended the Grand Opening ceremony and especially to the incredible staff from the Courtyard by Marriott hotel and the Burlington Convention Centre for making the event a major success.”

Four Seasons Montreal opened May 8

MONTREAL — The Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is now open as of May 8.

“We can’t wait to receive our local community, as well as world travellers, into our luxury ecosystem for the full Four Seasons experience, right in downtown Montreal,” says Gonçalo Monteiro general manager, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal. “With summer and all its great festivals and events just around the corner, spring is the perfect time for us all to enjoy Montreal’s trendsetting style and culture.”

With interiors designed by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier in collaboration with Montreal-based architect and designer Philip Hazan, the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Montreal features white marble, gold elevators and pink and grey velvet walls.

Situated on the hotel’s third-floor lobby level is the Social Square, an open-concept series of spaces where Montrealers can mix with international visitors. The Social Square includes the new Marcus Restaurant + Terrace and Marcus Bar + Lounge — a new brasserie concept and the first Canadian restaurant by chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, focal points will be sustainable seafood, a raw bar, local vegetables and grains as the culinary team works closely with local producers and growers.

Originally announced in 2016, the 169-room hotel will feature direct access to the adjacent Holt Renfrew Ogilvy; an intimate spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre; a skylit indoor pool; and a fifth-floor ballroom with outdoor terrace. The hotel will also feature special programs for parents and pets, and luxury valet service.

Hilton’s Q1 development pipeline

MCLEAN, Virginia—Hilton’s development pipeline shows no sign of slowing down, and CEO and president Chris Nassetta said the company expects momentum to continue. “We achieved 7 per cent net unit growth in the quarter,” he said. “We remain on track to deliver approximately 6.5 per cent net unit growth for the year.”

The company opened 12,100 guestrooms in the quarter, or 10,000 net additional rooms, and approved 29,300 new rooms, resulting in a pipeline of 371,000 rooms worldwide as of 31 March. Approximately 200,000 of those pipeline rooms are located outside of the U.S., according to the company’s earnings release.

At the end of the quarter, the company had 5,704 hotels open, comprising 914,633 guestrooms.

Marriott launches home rentals in 100 markets

HVMI rental in Costa Rica.
HVMI rental in Costa Rica.

BETHESDA, Md. — At the end of April, Marriott International announced Homes & Villas by Marriott International, a home rental initiative offering 2,000 premium and luxury homes located in over 100 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. As of last week, when the offering launched, members of Marriott Bonvoy can earn and redeem points at these highly-curated homes, providing even more choice of accommodations that suit a range of travel needs around the world.

“The launch of Homes & Villas by Marriott International reflects our ongoing commitment to innovation as consumer travel needs evolve,” said Stephanie Linnartz, global chief commercial officer, Marriott International. “What started out as a pilot a year ago is now a global offering, providing our guests with the space and amenities of a home backed by a trusted travel company, and the very best in loyalty benefits.”

Marriott’s expansion into home rentals was developed as a result of the 2018 pilot under the brand extension Tribute Portfolio Homes. Of the guests who booked a home during the pilot, which was only available in select European cities, nearly 90 per cent were members of Marriott Bonvoy and over three quarters were travelling for leisure with family and friends. During the pilot, the average guest stay was more than triple the typical hotel stay. These insights, along with Marriott’s commitment to providing travellers with unique and different accommodations including spacious homes with one or more bedrooms, large kitchens, in-unit laundry and more, played an important role in guiding the selection of luxury and premium homes, as well as the key leisure markets available at launch that complement the core offerings of Marriott’s hotel portfolio.

Toronto luxury reimagined at The Ritz

Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.
Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.

TORONTO — Toronto’s five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel has unveiled newly reimagined Club Level guest rooms and suites, Club Lounge, and Spa My Blend by Clarins arrival experience.

Led by award-winning global interior design firm DesignAgency, the Forbes Five-Star awarded hotel now boasts newly reimagined guest rooms and suites, among the largest in the city, on the hotel’s Club Level floors. The 20th floor Club Lounge, an exclusive private lounge with picturesque views of the CN Tower and Lake Ontario, also has a newly enhanced look and feel.

The hotel’s general manager, Franck Arnold, said of the reimagination: “This new design direction is a celebration of the history and the spirit of Toronto. Our world-class, dynamic city is a very special place within The Ritz-Carlton portfolio, and we are proud to unveil something truly spectacular for our guests.”

Guest Rooms: Stately elements pay homage to the history of the hotel’s physical location, near the site of the first Ontario (Upper Canada) Parliament buildings. Luggage detailing and bold, straight design lines take inspiration from the rail system, the pillar of early Canadian travel. 

Suites: Redesigned Club Level suites, including the 2,400-sq. ft. Ritz-Carlton Suite, feature thoughtfully planned living spaces that balance business and personal needs and bespoke furniture.

Club Lounge: The Ritz-Carlton Club level combines intimacy, comfort and exclusivity with the personalized service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton. The elevated Club Lounge experience now features a sophisticated, streamlined design and new culinary offerings inspired by the city, overlooking Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. Rich, saturated colours, luxurious marble, and greenery create the perfect frame for the spectacular views. 

Spa My Blend by Clarins: The award-winning Spa My Blend by Clarins unveils a newly redesigned spa arrival experience, showcasing the services and products from My Blend, advanced skincare developed by Dr. Olivier Courtin and available exclusively at Spa My Blend by Clarins in the Americas.

Comfort breaks ground in Cochrane, Ont.

From left: Graham Marsh, Choice Hotels Canada; Swin Jawanda, Harinder Brar, Dan Tache, and Jessie Madaan.
From left: Graham Marsh, Choice Hotels Canada; Swin Jawanda, Harinder Brar, Dan Tache, and Jessie Madaan.

COCHRANE, Ont. — Choice Hotels Canada is thrilled to announce that they have broken ground another new build Comfort Inn & Suites, Cochrane, with a ground-breaking ceremony held on Tuesday, May 7. 

Cochrane, Ontario is a great market for Choice Hotels to expand its presence along the Trans-Canada highway.  With exceptional properties in North Bay, New Liskeard, Kirkland Lake, and Kapuskasing, the new Comfort Inn & Suites Cochrane will provide another exceptional new-build hotel with 81 guest rooms, indoor pool, free hot breakfast and unlimited WiFi. 

TownePlace Suites Fort Mac

The 24-hour In a Pinch market and On Us coffee service offer guests the chance to get their snack and caffeine on whenever they feel the need.
The 24-hour In a Pinch market and On Us coffee service offer guests the chance to get their snack and caffeine on whenever they feel the need.

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — A new 95-suite hotel has now opened its doors welcoming guests to the heart of Fort McMurray. On average, a TownePlace Suites opens every six days. 

The TownePlace Suites hotel was built for travellers looking for a simple and friendly place where they can settle-in, keep their routine, and easily connect to the Fort McMurray area. The new hotel located at 321 Sakitawaw Trail, will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Mikisew Cree First Nation, Royop Hospitality Corporation and Calgary, Alberta based MasterBUILT Hotels, who will also manage the hotel.

“We are excited to introduce the TownePlace Suites brand to the Fort McMurray area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, TownePlace Suites. “At TownePlace Suites, we get it. We want to go above and beyond to do everything we can to make our guests feel comfortable. We encourage our guests to be real, and help them to do so by providing a seamless residential atmosphere with a friendly staff who genuinely care about our guests. That is what our brand is all about, and this property is a great example of that.” 

All service team members are thoroughly trained on local knowledge and look forward to connecting guests to the local area. The hotel’s floor-to-ceiling TowneMap also helps guests instantly acclimate themselves to Fort McMurray by featuring great places to eat, play and live (explore). The TownePlace Suites Fort McMurray is located eight minutes from downtown and 13 minutes from Fort McMurray International Airport. The new hotel offers guests convenient access to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Fort McMurray Heritage Village and MacDonald Island Park.

Ideal for travellers who need accommodations for longer stays, this new property offers studio and one-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, as well as separate living/working and sleeping areas. 

Renovated suites at Hotel Le Crystal

TORONTO — Hôtel Le Crystal Montreal celebrated their newly renovated boutique hotel with a lunch in Toronto recently.

Located just one block from Ste Catherine Street with its legendary boutiques and restaurants and one block from the Centre Bell which is home of the Montreal Canadiens, concerts and more, the hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s historic sites and funkiest bars.

“As an independent hotel, we can cater to both the business and leisure traveller with our own innovative ideas and thoughtful inclusions,” says the Hôtel Le Crystal’s vice-president and general manager Eric Hamel. “Not only are its founders Montrealers, but we have a policy of hiring locally and supporting local producers.”

The hotel, which launched in 2008, boasts 131 spacious suites with a minimum size of 495 sq. ft. Every bed in the hotel is a king and the hotel also features 6,000 square feet of meeting space, making it as popular with corporate event planners as with wedding groups.