Northland Properties opens hotels in NS and SK

VANCOUVER — Northland Properties, parent company of Sandman and Sutton Place, started the month by announcing the openings of the Sandman Signature Saskatoon South and the long-awaited Sutton Place in Halifax.  

The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax opens Sept. 8

VANCOUVER — Northland Properties, parent company of Sandman and Sutton Place, started the month by announcing the openings of the Sandman Signature Saskatoon South and the long-awaited Sutton Place in Halifax.
View from The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. Source: Sutton Place Hotels.

Inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Nova Scotia and influenced by their symbiotic relationship with the Nova Centre and The Halifax Convention Centre, The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax promises unmatched modern luxury with their highly anticipated opening September 8th.

Robert Pratt, president, The Sutton Place Hotels.

“Our entire organization is so excited about the opening of this fabulous hotel,” said Robert Pratt, president, The Sutton Place Hotels. “Our partner, Joe Ramia, has been wonderful to work with and together we have built a beautiful hotel of which all of Halifax can be proud. It combines modern elegance, gorgeous views of the harbour and Citadel Hill with the warmth of genuine Nova Scotia hospitality.

“We are so grateful to our team, led by general manager Mark Schaay, for the incredible job they have done preparing for this opening under extraordinary conditions,” he added.

The contemporary and elegant design of The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax takes inspiration from the luxury brand’s legacy of refined European elegance, the upscale and modern charm of Argyle and Grafton Street, and the city’s maritime heritage.

The sophisticated and spacious lobby complete with an elegant décor of Italian marble walls and extravagant lighting is a perfect place to relax while checking-in, or before dining at the award-winning onsite restaurant, Chop Steakhouse & Bar. The harmonious dark navy and gold design hues reminiscent of nautical heritage can be found throughout the hotel, including all 262 guest rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy exceptional comfort with built-in and automated in-room amenities, spa-inspired bathrooms, and floor to ceiling windows that perfectly capture the spectacular views of downtown, The Halifax Waterfront Harbour, and historical Citadel Hill. 

Mark Schaay, general manager, The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax.

CLN spoke to Mark Schaay, general manager of the hotel, on opening day, just after the first guest had checked in. While there’s no big ceremony due to COVID-19, the hotel has placed red ribbons on the guest room doors for the first guests to cut, and has provided gifts for all of them. Asked which features make the hotel so special, Schaay was hard pressed to choose just one. “The views from the rooms are spectacular and the best part is that all the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. The design of all the public spaces is beautiful, with a traditional nautical theme — marble walls and brass fixtures. The design in the rooms is tied to that theme as well.”

Schaay also talked about the in-room technology that enables guests to use their phone to control the lights and the heating, ventilating and air conditioning. There is no paper collateral or guest binder — all the information guests need is available via the TV.

Opening during COVID means cleanliness is paramount. The hotel has the Sutton Place PureClean program, a partnership with Ecolab, and daily self-audits of the rooms are performed. And of course, “being a new hotel has its advantages,” Schaay said.

Guest Bathroom, The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. Source: Sutton Place Hotels.

Sandman Signature Saskatoon South

Sandman Hotel Group, Canada’s fastest-growing hospitality company, is excited to announce the highly anticipated opening of their first Signature-branded hotel in Saskatchewan, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel.

Guestroom at Sandman Signature Saskatoon South.

Located east of the South Saskatchewan River at 2815 Lorne Ave, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel will immediately catch your eye when driving along Circle Drive, as the hotel is well-known as Saskatoon’s first six-story wood-framed building. When entering, guests will notice the ultra-modern and highly contemporary interior design as they are welcomed by a team of dedicated hospitality experts, committed to providing guests with an elegant, relaxed, and comfortable experience.

“The entire Sandman family is so excited to be part of the opening of this fabulous property in south Saskatoon.  It is our third hotel in Saskatchewan and our first Signature.  We are fully committed to the growth and success of the city and are pleased to be an ongoing supporter of Saskatoon’s culture and economy.  It gives us all great pride to present this level of quality and genuinely caring service for which the prairies are so famous,” said Robert Pratt, president of Sandman Hotel Group.

Monique Simon, general manager, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South.

The hotel offers 230 spacious guest rooms and suites with upgraded room amenities, luxurious bedding, and deluxe bathrooms. Guests will soon be able to enjoy the indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, and the convenience of having two well-known Canadian restaurant brands on-site:  Denny’s (opening later this month) and Chop Steakhouse & Bar (opening November 2020).

General manager Monique Simons, and her team invite everyone to take advantage of the hotel’s opening celebration rate by booking online at to enjoy a premium guest experience at Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel starting as low as $109 a night.

About Sandman Hotel Group

Sandman Hotel Group was founded in 1967 by the Gaglardi family with the opening of their first hotel in Smithers, British Columbia. Sandman now owns and operates 61 hotels in 4 countries with 56 hotels across Canada, three in the U.K., one in Ireland, and one in Texas.