OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS Oct. 23, 2018

Svart Norway hotel looks like a spaceship

SVART-Expedition. Photo-credit-Snøhetta-Plompmozes-min

SVART-Expedition. Photo-credit-Snøhetta-Plompmozes-min

SVART, Norway — The state-of-the-art hotel in Svart, Norway, is no ordinary experience. Set to open in 2021, from the
outside, it looks like a spaceship has landed in front of the Svartisen
Glacier. Extending from the shoreline by the foot of the glacier and into
the clear waters of the Arctic fjord, it offers 360-degree views of the
incredible scenery and heightened proximity to nature. 

It is the world’s first
hotel to be designed after the energy-positive Powerhouse standard — an
eco-friendly movement inspiring people to build structures that add value to the
environment and reduce energy consumption. Svart is located just above the Arctic
Circle
, where
the summer days are wondrously long and the winter nights are bright with
northern lights.

Ramada opens its 100th hotel in China

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has opened its 100th Ramada by Wyndham in China, the 194-room Ramada Plaza Fuxian Lake. Wyndham is well-established in China with over 1,400 hotels. It is the largest U.S.-based hotel company in China. Worldwide, the company has nearly 9,000 hotels and 20 brands. 

Wyndham, which acquired the
international rights to the Ramada flag in 2004 with just 14 hotels in China,
has steadily grown the brand’s presence in key business and leisure travel
markets including Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen, and Chongqing. Today, the Ramada brand’s footprint consists of over
850 locations in more than 60 countries around the world.

“The increasing travel habits
and spending among China’s burgeoning middle class – which is expected to grow
to more than 500 million people by 2022 – continues to drive the need for a
range of quality, value-driven accommodations throughout the country, from
urban to rural destinations,” said Bob Loewen, executive vice president and
chief operating officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Pomeroy purchases Alyeska Resort and Hotel

ANCHORAGE,
Alaska — Pomeroy Lodging has entered a contract to buy Alyeska Resort and Hotel
Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska, approximately 64 kilometres southeast of
Anchorage. The purchase includes a 300-room hotel and the Girdwood ski area, and is expected to be
finalized by the end of this year.

Pomeroy
Lodging, based in Grande Prairie, Alta., operates 18 hotels in western Canada including the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (formerly Delta Hotel Kananaskis).

Stefan Nasalski.

Stefan Nasalski.

When asked about plans for the Alaska resort, Pomeroy president Stefan Nasalski said the company is still “early in the process,” according to the article in the Anchorage Daily News. The company plans to make more announcements later this year.

“As our plans firm up, we’ll be in a better position to talk,” Nasalski said. He declined to disclose the sale price.

The resort and related property were appraised at $45.8-million this year for tax purposes, according to the Anchorage Property Appraisal Division. About $34-million accounts for the value of its land, buildings and other structures.

The resort is nearing its 60th year of operation, Alyeska spokesman Eric Fullerton said. He declined to say who initiated the sales discussions. Nasalski also declined to say.

Chelsea murals honour Toronto performing arts

TORONTO — Colourful murals celebrating downtown Toronto’s performing arts are adding to the visual vibrancy of the Downtown Yonge area. Commissioned through a partnership of the Downtown Yonge BIA and Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, the theatre-themed murals are the work of renowned artist Pam Lostracco. 

“Pam is taking drab concrete and turning it into an eye-popping attraction, as befits the excitement of the neighbourhood,” says Downtown Yonge BIA executive director and chief operating officer Mark Garner. “Live theatre has always been a big part of Toronto’s thriving downtown, and this is a great way to celebrate the productions that continue to keep the area vibrant.” 

Murals surrounding the Chelsea’s parking ramp are divided into panels – to resemble a film strip – and include colourful elements that highlight the evolution of theatre on Yonge Street. Reflective paint, beams of colour and a unique marquee overhang welcome guests as they drive down the ramp; including a scene from Phantom of the Opera – riffing on the signature song All I Ask of You with a caption, “All I ask is … a stay at the Chelsea!” This otherwise unadorned enclosure was brought to life with vibrant colours and memories. 

“We wanted this mural to showcase the history of theatre on Yonge Street and reminisce on the hotel’s involvement as the go-to entertainment hotel,” says Robert Housez, general manager of Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. “Pam’s artistic talents really brought the theatre theme to life.” 

The Chelsea murals add to public realm improvements spearheaded by the Downtown Yonge BIA, including two 22-storey murals celebrating Yonge Street’s musical heritage on the sides of a building at 423 Yonge St.