Recent openings, sales and renos

Minto Suite Hotel Ottawa, Motel 6 Stony Plain, AB, a new eatery for Thompson Toronto, changes at Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Homewood Suites Halifax and Marriott's first Canadian Autograph are all featured in this month's Openings, Sales & Renos.


Minto Suite Hotel converting to premium rental property

OTTAWA—Minto Properties Inc. plans to convert Ottawa’s Minto Suite Hotel to a premium unfurnished and furnished rental property beginning in March, with occupancies starting in early summer.

The repositioning of the hotel, which opened 25 years ago, marks a strategic shift aligning with the company’s growth strategy.

“Our business has evolved beyond its roots, with Minto expanding its footprint nationally,” said Minto Group CEO Michael Waters. “This requires us to focus on what we do best and that means making some tough decisions to get out of specific lines of business—ones we are very proud of, but which no longer support our overall business objectives.”

The property houses 255 hotel suites and 163 furnished suites. During the transition, hotel operations will continue, complemented by a mix of furnished suites and unfurnished residences. By late fall, the transition will be complete, with the hotel suites converted to a mix of premium unfurnished residences and furnished suites.

Motel 6 Stony Plain completes guestroom renovation

TORONTO—Motel 6 Stony Plain, in Alberta, has completed an overhaul in all 72 guestrooms that includes upgrades to bedding, the installation of 40-inch flat-screen LCD TVs and a new colour palette.

All guestrooms and suites in the 100-per-cent smoke-free property feature an expanded cable channel lineup and free high-speed Internet access. Also available are extended-stay rooms with kitchenettes.

“Our latest renovations offer travellers a refreshed experience,” said the hotel’s general manager Brenda Sareault in a release. “We’re confident guests will be pleased with the modern upgrades during their stay with us.”

Locations across Canada feature the Motel 6 new construction prototype design, offer complimentary morning coffee and are pet friendly. Children under 18 stay free with a guardian.

More than 1,100 company-owned and franchised locations operate throughout the United States and Canada.

Chase Hospitality Group unveils Thompson eatery

TORONTO—The Thompson Hotel and The Chase Hospitality Group have announced the opening of Colette Grand Café and Bakery in Toronto’s King West District. Slated to open this spring, the new upscale eatery will be taking over Scarpetta’s location in the Thompson Hotel, located at 550 Wellington St.

Steven Salm, Michael Kimel and Michael Steh, the team behind The Chase and The Chase Fish and Oyster, will be creating a modern approach to traditional French cuisine with a menu overseen by the company’s executive chef Steh, according to a release.

“The restaurant, café, and outdoor pavilion will be a wonderful addition to the Central King West district. We love the neighborhood, and cannot wait for Colette to be a part of it,” stated Salm.

The ground floor restaurant will be entirely reinvented by Chase Hospitality and Audax Architecture. The renovated space will be the new home of Colette, an upscale eatery with seating for 100, and Colette Grand Café & Bakery, which will offer quick service dining and a pastry and retail counter with grab-and-go options.

Temple buys Radisson Hotel Saskatchewan

WINNIPEG—Temple Hotels Inc. has agreed to buy the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina for $32.8 million and undertake a three-year, $6 million renovation consisting of guestroom and lobby refurbishments.

The 10-storey hotel, which opened in 1927 in downtown Regina, features 224 guestrooms, restaurant, lounge, tea room, almost 14,000 square feet of meeting space, indoor whirlpool, steam room, exercise facilities, business centre, a member’s club and leased-out barbershop, salon and spa, bakery and vending areas.

Atlific Hotels and Resorts will manage the property.

Hotel Saskatchewan will represent Temple’s fourth property in Saskatchewan, comprising a total of 771 guestrooms. Temple’s other properties include the 179-guestroom Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort, in Moose Jaw; 118-guestroom Wingate Inn, in Regina; and 250-guestroom Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre, in Saskatoon.

Aloft Calgary University open soon

STAMFORD, CT—Starwood Hotels’ Aloft brand will make its Western Canada debut this April in Calgary, adjacent to the University of Calgary.

The brand’s third Canadian property and one of its first conversion projects, Aloft Calgary University will feature 143 loft-style rooms. Other amenities include a full-service day spa, an indoor splash pool, 24-hour fitness centre, spin studio, WXYZ bar, casual second-floor restaurant and 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space outfitted with a 50-inch flat screen with laptop connectivity.

In addition, the Aloft Calgary University will feature the brand’s signature platform bed, walk-in shower, free WiFi and plug-and-play charging stations, along with links to each guestroom’s 42-inch LCD TV.

Homewood Suites Halifax accepts reservations

HALIFAX—Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown is accepting reservations for stays starting June 15.

Owned and managed by SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, the 135-room property will feature a SilverBirch Conference Centre with fully equipped meeting rooms providing high-speed wireless Internet and all-you-can-eat food and beverages through Connections Café.

In addition, the hotel will offer complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast daily, grocery delivery service and, Monday to Thursday, Welcome Home dinner.

Other amenities include covered parking; fitness facility and indoor pool; and self-serve laundry and dry cleaning services.

The hotel is offering, at its studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, pre-opening specials with rates starting from $175 and extended-stay rates as low as $152. It is also offering a pre-opening group rate for 10 or more rooms per night starting from $169.

New Castle opens first Canadian Autograph

SAINT ANDREWS, NB—Officials with New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International, Inc.unveiled the greatly anticipated renovation to New Brunswick’s landmark Algonquin Resort last month.  

The iconic resort is the nation’s first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels.

The Southwest/New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 to undertake the “rafters to registration” refurbishment. Tim Ostrem, GM (above, left) and Marriott vice president Manlio Marescotti were on hand to hang the Autograph Collection plaque.