PHOENIX, Ariz. — Two Best Western brands will make their debut in Canada starting this year, as GLō breaks ground in Kanata, an Ottawa suburb, and a 90-room Vīb comes to Calgary. Both hotels will be new-builds.
“Vīb is a
boutique product, designed for urban locations and tight spaces. Our prototype can fit on a site as small as
10,000 square feet (about a quarter acre).
We're targeting all urban locations in Canada (Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal, Vancouver, plus a multitude of other smaller urban settings) for
Vīb,” said Ron Pohl, Best Western's senior vice-president, and chief operating officer.
“GLō is the “suburban
cousin” to Vīb. Still very hip in
nature, but it is designed to be built on larger sites, typical in secondary and
suburban markets,” he added.
The 69-room GLō
project in Ottawa is just west of the city, in suburban Kanata. They are hoping to break ground very soon (now that the weather has warmed
up) and plan to open during the first half of 2018.
“Best Western is targeting all urban areas for Vīb, whereas GLō can be
developed virtually anywhere,” said Pohl. “If there
are other mid-scale hotels in the area, then there can be a GLō, as well.
Best Western broke
ground on its first three GLō’s in September 2016 – in Goshen, Ind.;
Nashville, Tenn., and Sheboygan Falls, Wisc. The first Vīb opened in Turkey in January and
two others – one in Springfield, Missouri and one Staten Island, N.Y., are under
“We are seeing lots of
success and interest build for both of our new brands – it’s a very exciting
time for us,” said Pohl.