OPENINGS SALES AND RENOVATIONS Aug. 14, 2018

“Nowhere Special” hostel to open Dec. 18

ROSSLAND, B.C. — The new, modern hostel to open at the base of Red Mountain Resorts is called “Nowhere Special,” but it promises to be a go-to place for younger travellers when it opens on December 18, 2018. Travellers can book it starting next month.

The hostel, a partnership made up of Red Mountain Ventures and Columbia Basin Trust, broke ground in April.

“The modern hostel movement has established itself as the ‘go to’ place for the younger generations and is dramatically different from the youth hostels we stayed in as young adults,” explained Howard Katkov, CEO of Red Mountain Ventures. 

“It is important to keep [the resort] accessible for all and Nowhere Special will provide a great option for those who are on a budget when determining where to stay on their visit. Further, we’ve made sure our approach and design to Nowhere Special makes it one of the coolest places to stay.”

The 11,000-sq.-ft. hostel will accommodate up to 82 guests and feature a variety of floor plans catering to different needs for privacy and price. A typical room will sleep four and share an ensuite bathroom with up to eight individuals.

Operating under the mantra “everything you need and nothing you don’t,” Nowhere Special will offer amenities such as indoor bike and ski storage, a tech-friendly lounge, an outdoor fire pit with two gas grills and a community kitchen.


Premiers re-open the Algonquin Golf Course

Marking the official reopening of the Algonquin Golf Course, a Canadian national treasure, Jim Spatz, executive chairman Southwest Properties; Canadian Premiers Stephen McNeill, Nova Scotia; Bob McLeod, Northwest Territories; Wade MacLauchlan, Prince Edward Island; Brian Gallant, chairman of The Council of the Federation and Premier of New Brunswick; Sandy Silver, Yukon; Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut; Scott Moe, Saskatchewan; and Jeremy Buffam vice president New Castle Hotels & Resorts.

Marking the official reopening of the Algonquin Golf Course, a Canadian national treasure, Jim Spatz, executive chairman Southwest Properties; Canadian Premiers Stephen McNeill, Nova Scotia; Bob McLeod, Northwest Territories; Wade MacLauchlan, Prince Edward Island; Brian Gallant, chairman of The Council of the Federation and Premier of New Brunswick; Sandy Silver, Yukon; Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut; Scott Moe, Saskatchewan; and Jeremy Buffam vice president New Castle Hotels & Resorts.

ST.-ANDREWS-BY-THE-SEA, N.B. — Canada's premiers helped kick off a new chapter for one
of Canada's oldest and most celebrated golf courses following the annual
Council of the Federation summer meeting in Saint Andrews, N.B.

New
Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, joined by fellow premiers from across the
country, took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official re-opening
of the Algonquin Golf Course following a two-year, $3 million renovation designed
by renowned Canadian golf course architect Rod Whitman.

“The Algonquin Golf Course is a national treasure
which has earned a reputation of being one of Canada's most impressive
courses,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This redesign will help
maintain that well-deserved reputation and draw more visitors to Saint Andrews,
one of New Brunswick's most scenic and historic communities.”

“The
Algonquin played an early and significant role in the birth of Canada’s golf
culture,” said Jim Spatz, executive chairman of Southwest Properties which owns
the resort with New Castle Hotels & Resorts. 

The
first Algonquin Golf Club opened in 1894 on pastureland that once belonged to
Sir Leonard Tilley, a Father of the Confederation. The clubhouse, opened in
1896 near the current 17th green, is recognized as the oldest in
Canada.  

“The rich history and seaside setting
at the Algonquin combine for a unique golfing experience that generations of
players have enjoyed,” said Jeremy Buffam, vice president of New Castle Hotels
& Resorts, which also operates the resort and golf course. Whitman’s work
on Cape Breton’s Cabot Links earned recognition as one of the world’s 100
greatest courses, and one of the world’s eight most beautiful courses.

“Rod
Whitman re-imagined an award-winning course by showcasing the incredible vistas
that surround it,” noted Matthew MacKenzie, general manager of the Algonquin
Resort. 

In addition to the Algonquin Resort,
over its nearly 40-year history, New Castle Hotels & Resorts has managed
some of eastern Canada’s most renowned golf resorts including Deerhurst Resort
in Huntsville, Ontario, and Keltic Lodge at the famous Highlands Links in Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia.  Digby Pines Golf
Resort and Spa in Digby, Nova Scotia is part of the company’s present portfolio.
 

The Algonquin Golf Course is open to
the public from April to October.

Colliers' coast-to-coast portfolio sale

TORONTO — Colliers International Hotels has announced the sale of the 252-key Holiday Inn St. John’s in
Newfoundland, 216-key Holiday Inn Sarnia in Ontario, 210-key Ramada Plaza
Calgary Airport in Alberta and 190-key Holiday Inn Express Kelowna in
British Columbia, on behalf of an institutional owner. 

The hotels were marketed for sale on an individual basis and were
purchased by three buyers in separate transactions. The Holiday Inn St. John's and Holiday Inn Sarnia were sold in March to Sunray Group; the Ramada Calgary Airport went to Kudos Holdings Inc. in March; and the Holiday Inn Express Kelowna was sold to BCMI Group of Companies in July.

Days Inn opens in Kingston, Ont.

TORONTO, Ont. – Realstar
Hospitality has announced the official opening of its latest Days Inn franchise
location in Kingston, Ont.

Prior to opening, the
hotel refreshed its look in all guest rooms, public spaces and the building’s
exterior. In order to enhance the guest experience, the project included
extensive upgrades to bedding, flooring, furniture and brand new hotel artwork.
Each of the 76 spacious rooms feature free Wi-Fi Internet access, mini-fridge,
microwave and Keurig coffee maker.

“Days Inn is one of
Canada’s strongest hotel brands and we’re excited to be joining their family,”
said Ramesh Vora, hotel owner. “Guests will not only enjoy our first-class
accommodations, they will benefit from our prime location – just minutes away
from local attractions, restaurants and entertainment.”

Additional onsite
amenities include complimentary Daybreak Café breakfast, an indoor pool and hot
tub, onsite bar, meeting space and a business centre, along with free parking.
Pet friendly rooms are also available upon request.

“We’re so pleased to
announce the opening of Days Inn by Wyndham Kingston,” said Irwin Prince,
President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “From the lobby to the guest rooms,
this full renovation brings the hotel to ‘like-new’ status, with amenities that
will satisfy the needs of today’s travellers – perfect for both business and
leisure alike.”

Comfort announces new build hotel in Bowmanville

Comfort, the largest
brand in the Choice Hotels Canada family, has announced its latest hotel in
Bowmanville, Ont. The brand continues to grow at an aggressive pace with
Comfort Inn & Suites Bowmanville being the 62nd Comfort hotel to open in Ontario and the
147th across Canada. There are six more new build
Comforts scheduled to open in Ontario over the next year, as well as one in
Quebec in 2019 and two in Alberta in 2020.

The newly-built property
boasts 72 guestrooms, a business meeting room, a heated indoor pool, an
exercise room, guest laundry, free Wi-Fi and, like all Comfort hotels, a
complimentary hot breakfast. Amenities at this property are suited to please
business and leisure travellers, as well as families. The property is located
at 5 Spicer Square, with easy access to Highway 401.

“We’re seeing some great
opportunities in secondary and tertiary markets in Ontario and across the
country for development of new build Comforts, and Bowmanville was a perfect
fit,” says Brian Leon, president of Choice Hotels Canada. “Our team actively
looks at markets with little or no branded hotel presence and municipalities
that are supportive and happy to have a hotel like Comfort come to town.”

Bowmanville is located
east of Toronto in the municipality of Clarington. Nearby attractions include
the Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area, Clarington Outdoor Adventure Park,
Rotary Park and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. The Canadian Tire
Motorsports Park is located just north of Bowmanville and hosts minor grand
prix races and major car racing events by NASCAR and the United Sports Car
Championship each year.

RLH Corp. opens first refreshed Signature

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — RLH Corporation, formerly known as Red Lion Hotels, has
officially opened their first Signature property following the brand’s dynamic
refresh last year. 

Located in the SOMA
district and blocks away from the Westfield Center and Moscone Center, Signature San Francisco is
a revitalized, vibrant and bold boutique hotel featuring 34 guest rooms
(including two suites) outfitted with mid-century modern furniture to craft a
retro feel. 

Through its playful
atmosphere, Signature captures the earnest mentality of a bygone era while
bringing the golden age of travel to life through smart design with retro
touches and modern conveniences. Tapping into the Americana nostalgia,
Signature provides a “cheap
chic” line to appeal to all road-trippers from boomers to millennials.

Topping off Marriott dual brand in Dartmouth

Jim Spatz, executive chairman of Southwest Properties, Guido Kerpel, regional vice president of New Castle Hotels & Resorts and Fred George, president & CEO JLK Global Fund International top off the new Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn hotels slated to open in Dartmouth early next year.

Jim Spatz, executive chairman of Southwest Properties, Guido Kerpel, regional vice president of New Castle Hotels & Resorts and Fred George, president & CEO JLK Global Fund International top off the new Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn hotels slated to open in Dartmouth early next year.

SHELTON, Conn. — Pouring the final slab of rooftop concrete, officials of New Castle Hotels &
Resorts
, a leading hotel owner, operator and developer, along with Southwest Properties of Halifax, Nova Scotia and
JLK Global Fund International marked the structure complete milestone on a 178-key
Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn hotel in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

The project,
scheduled to open in January 2019, will include a 106-room Courtyard by
Marriott and an 84-suite Residence Inn in the Dartmouth Crossing lifestyle center and
in close proximity to the Burnside
Business Park,
the largest eastern seaboard business park north of Boston
or east of Montreal.  The park is home to
2000 enterprises and more than 30,000 employees.

“Halifax regional tourism is on a steady growth trajectory, having increased nearly
six percent in 2017 and more than 23 percent since 2012,” said Guido Kerpel
regional vice president of New Castle. “Our Hampton Inn and Suites in the same area
has far exceeded everyone’s expectations, so we feel confident that two strategically
selected Marriott hotels will go a long way to meet the varied needs of a large
swath of the travelling public, in particular, the points-conscious business
traveler,”

New Castle and Southwest have partnered previously on the Residence
Inn Moncton, New Brunswick, the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton
Halifax-Dartmouth in Nova Scotia and The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, New
Brunswick. 

Federal funds for two Lac-Saint-Jean hotels

L'Hôtel Universel Alma

L'Hôtel Universel Alma

ALMA, Que.
— Notre Hôtel and l’Hôtel Universel Alma have been granted repayable
contributions in the amounts of $324,550 and $605,000, respectively, to
modernize the properties. The funding, granted under Canada Economic
Development for Quebec Regions’ (CED) Quebec Economic Development Program, was
used to carry out major works in the two properties’ rooms and common areas.

“Lac-Saint-Jean
offers many attractions and activities to please the most demanding tourists,
enthusiasts of wilderness, gastronomy and culture. It is one of the major
drivers of our economy,” says Richard Hébert, Member of Parliament for
Lac-Saint-Jean. “I am therefore very pleased to announce the Government of
Canada’s support for two major hotels in the region. By supporting tourism
businesses, the Government enables Quebec to expand its offer of tourism
destinations both on domestic and foreign markets. This is concrete action for
promoting Quebec’s tourism regions.”

Nôtre Hotel.

Nôtre Hotel.

Notre Hôtel is a charming small hotel located in downtown Alma; it operates in the leisure and business markets. Its 30 rooms are now completely renovated. The shareholders have given themselves the mandate to set themselves apart from other three-star establishments in the region by the quality/price ratio proposed. 

The Hôtel Universel Alma, the only four-star establishment in the Lac-Saint-Jean-Est RCM, is favourably located near major tourist attractions in the region, including the Véloroute des Bleuets and the Pointe-Taillon national park. It provides an experience that will please the most demanding clients: 71 renovated rooms, a pool and a spa, a complete range of services at its health centre, a bar lounge in a relaxed setting, and much more.