OPENINGS SALES AND RENOS Dec. 15, 2020

An opportunity in South Bruce Peninsula

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula recently completed a Market Feasibility Study for a Resort Hotel Development on the beautiful Bruce Peninsula on a large waterfront parcel of land in downtown Wiarton, Ont. This development would be the first branded hotel on the Peninsula.

The site is located directly on the waterfront, within the South Bruce Peninsula submarket. Proximity to leisure demand generators is excellent, as the site is centrally located at the southern tip of the peninsula. There are more than 2.5 million annual visitors to the region generating roughly $300 million per year in economic impact.

Recreational activities in the are include national parks and beaches, boating kayaking, scuba diving, cross-country skiing, hunting, hiking along the Bruce Trail, hockey, showshoeing, rock climbing and snowmobiling. Also, every February, Wiarton is host to the Wiarton Willie Festival, which attracts 10,000 people over a two-day period.

Corporate demand also generates room nights for area hotels throughout the region. Notable contributors include area hospitals, agricultural and utilities industries, and travelling sales people. Destination group demand also emanates from the Great Toronto area.

For more information, see the Marketing Pitchbook. 

Crowne Plaza Toronto to reopen

TORONTO — Manga Hotels Inc. is excited to welcome guests back on January 4, 2021, to the fully-renovated Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. This 528-room hotel went through a significant renovation right down to the bones. No was was left unturned with the most updated design and technology. The hotel will be home to the new feature restaurant, The Canner Kitchen and Social.

Four Seasons Whistler opens Braidwood Tavern

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler announces the new Braidwood Tavern, a craft kitchen and social house located at the heart of the recently renovated alpine property. A contemporary take on the classic mountainside tavern, Braidwood’s warm and welcoming atmosphere captures the lively charm of Whistler.

Inspired by British Columbia’s seasonal bounty, celebrated chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval presents mountainside tavern classics created with the highest quality, locally sourced produce. The menu is paired with a hand-picked selection of rotating seasonal craft beers, highlighting the best micro-breweries across the Sea-to-Sky region. Large communal tables and an open layout allow for friends to gather while keeping mind of physical distance. Located steps from the world-renowned ski hills, Braidwood is a destination for guests and locals alike – to share elevated public house dishes, and recap the day’s adventures with another round.

“Food to me is a very social experience, and at Braidwood, our emphasis is on re-energising familiar dishes and presenting them in a way that creates community and social connection – sharing with those around you,” says Richard Sandoval, CEO and Founder of the global Richard Sandoval Hospitality group. “Whistler’s culinary scene is very unique and vibrant, and we’re excited to create a modern update on a classic food styling.”

Braidwood’s menu highlights include the green chile burger, made from Canadian-raised grass-fed beef and topped with roasted poblano pimento cheese; local Brohm Lake duckling carnitas poutine with poached duck egg; and local elk salami and arugula pizza with Calabrian chiles. The cocktail program features playful cocktails such as the Chai Mezcalita, crafted with mezcal, tequila blanco, in-house made apple chia syrup, and a dash of locally-made juniper citrus bitters.  An extensive, hyper-local craft beer program features a dynamic range of inventive taps including funky sours, crisp pilsners, and juicy IPAs.

In step with Chef Sandoval’s culinary vision, Vancouver-based studio Box Interior Design delivers a welcoming and chic design aesthetic, invoking the warmth of your favourite uncle’s cabin. The space is wrapped in dramatic braided wood-panelling, made from woven reclaimed pine, cedar, and spruce and is the namesake feature of the restaurant.

“The elements have age, have place,” say Box Interior Design founding Principals Jay Brooks and Cynthia Penner. “Using indigenous and reclaimed woods such as fir and cedar, and natural textiles such as wool, gives a feeling of authenticity and integrity.”  The interior design picks up on cabin vocabulary – timber cladding, stone hearths, warm light – without ever being literal. Additionally, a rotating roster of local artists, curated by Whistler Contemporary Art, showcases work from the region’s rich artistic community.

Victorian Hotel gets financing from CFO

VANCOUVER — As Vancouver eagerly awaits the return of cruise ships, conferences, and leisure tourism; CFO Capital continues to provide financing for the hard-hit hospitality & retail sectors from coast to coast.

CFO Capital recently financed the historic Victorian Hotel and the Victoria Block Retail located at Homer & Pender in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Mataj Architects opening and pipeline projects

Rendering showing TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Chatham, Ont.

Mataj Architects has a number of projects opening and in the pipeline for 2021.

One of their projects is a new build TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Chatham, Ont. Construction is planned for Spring-Summer 2020 and should take 13 months.

Rendering showing Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Brantford, Ont.

Mataj Architects are planning to start construction next year in:

  1. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Brantford, Ont.
  2. Hyatt Place in Oakville, Ont.
  3. Hotel Vie by Marriott in Vaughan, Ont.
  4. Hyatt Place in Windsor, Ont.
  5. Hampton Inn in Collingwood, Ont.
  6. Holiday Inn Express in Barrie, Ont.
  7. Home2 Suites in Ottawa Ont.
Rendering showing Hyatt Place in Oakville, Ont.