REOPENINGS, SALES & RENOS August 11, 2020

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney sold

SYDNEY, N.S. — CBRE Hotels & Colliers Hotels are pleased to announce the sale of the Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney to Irwin Simon of 3332078 Nova Scotia Company. The 145-key Hotel is located in the heart of the downtown waterfront district in Sydney, Nova Scotia. CBRE & Colliers acted as joint advisors to the Vendor, Temple Hotels. 

TownePlace Suites Hamilton nears completion

HAMILTON — The TownePlace Suites on Hamilton Mountain is nearing completion. Anupam Kothari, president of the Mississauga-base Kothari Group, said they expect construction to be completed in mid-September. “It’s about 80 per cent complete,” he told the Hamilton Spectator.

Kothari Group teamed up with Oakville-based Sigma Group in the spring of 2019 to begin construction of the $20-million, four-storey, 125-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel behind Shoeless Joe’s on Upper James near the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. “The structure is completely done, it’s all interior work now.”

The new hotel is aimed at the extended-stay traveller and each room will have a full kitchen. When it opens, the project is expected to create 35 full-time jobs. Kothari said previously the hotel’s proximity to the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Airport also bodes well for business.

Silver Star Motel Vernon for sale

VERNON, B.C. — Cushman and Wakefield ULC are selling The Silver Star Motel, a 20 suite, two-storey, boutique motel located at 3700 32nd Street in Vernon, B.C. 

Consisting of two legal parcels, sprawled across a 10,641 square foot lot, The Silver Star Motel is situated on the northwest corner of 37th Avenue and 32nd Street. Set along a main arterial route, The Silver Star Motel offers incredible walkability to nearby amenities including restaurants, cafes, banks and retail shops. The opportunity may exist to reposition the property to increase the revenue.

This property is located in a prime downtown Vernon location with excellent visibility and accessibility along Highway 97. It is a well-performing 20 suite boutique motel with a manager’s residence and on-site amenities. The well-kept furnished suites have three-piece bathrooms and some are equipped with kitchenettes. The hotel is 25 minute drive to Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

Kananaskis Nordic spa teams up with Crosswaters Resort

KANANASKIS, Alta. — The Kananaskis Nordic Spa is thrilled to announce its reopening on July 24, in tandem with the reopening of neighbouring property Crosswaters Resort. Renowned for their stunning settings and hydrotherapy offerings, the Spa and the Resort have shifted their service offering in response to COVID-19 and are readily accepting guests at revised capacities with enhanced health and safety measures in place.

“The health and wellbeing of our guests is at the heart of what we do, and I am thrilled to welcome the public back to embrace the elements, discover the benefits of hydrotherapy, and find refuge here in the Kananaskis Valley,” said Alexandra Sharpe-Keene, Vice President of Spa Operations, Kananaskis Nordic Spa. “Wellness routines have been so important over the past few months and I look forward to seeing the Kananaskis Nordic Spa become a key part of peoples’ self-care rituals once more.”

The Spa and the Resort closed temporarily on March 18, 2020 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Now, with the greenlight from Alberta Health, a new adult-only Picnic and Spa Package has been launched that includes guaranteed access to the coveted wellness amenities available at the Resort and the Spa’s hydrotherapy pools coupled with a gourmet picnic dinner for two. In keeping with provincial guidance, the Spa’s saunas and steam rooms remain closed.

Hotel Z’s pools and other B.C. openings

Hotel Zed: The Hotel Zed pools are now OPEN! Hotel Zed has been able to re-open their pools and hot tubs on a “reservation” system. Guests can book their pool time at the front desk and that way, limit how many people are on the deck and promote social distancing. Hotel Zed staff thoroughly clean after each time slot. They also have lots of other huge outdoor areas to enjoy the summer weather with safe social distancing. The Victoria hotel has a beautiful grass backyard for picnics and lounging, and Hotel Zed Kelowna has a killer rooftop patio with BBQs and views of Okanagan Lake! Connect to learn more.

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver reopens for summer. Just steps away from a diverse mix of downtown Vancouver neighbourhoods – that include Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and False Creek – the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver is perfectly located for visitors looking to explore the city. From open sky flightseeing and cycling city tours to an expansive shopping district and an array of eclectic dining options, Vancouver offers the quintessential urban retreat. Visitors can also unwind in the clouds at Western Canada’s only Spa by JW, located on the hotel’s 17th floor. The spa officially reopens Friday, July 17 under new enhanced safety protocols. The hotel welcomes guests to explore the best of Vancouver with three new offers and a new package for those travelling for work, leisure or to celebrate a special occasion:Stay longer, Save More Package – Guests who stay a minimum of 3 nights, save 25% on booking, using code D3Q.Buy One, Get the Second at Half Off – Guests who book two rooms for the same dates, get the second room half off, using code BOG.Experience Local Package – Guests are encouraged to experience Vancouver like a local with this package that includes daily self-parking, using code ZJL. One vehicle per registered room.  Elopement package – see full details attached Connect to learn more.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort:The very nature of the Tofino encourages people to escape, relax and replenish! Pacific Sands’ all-suite accommodations offer the perfect home-away-from-home, that makes social distancing a breeze on the resort’s expansive oceanfront! Surf Sister, Pacific Sands’ onsite surf school, has reopened with new safety protocols in place to continue their surf teaching, while Surfside grill has expanded its patio area even further. The resort has also launched a new Family Amenity Arrival Gift to welcome travellers. It includes popcorn, sand-pales, colouring books for kids, s’mores packs, hot chocolate, and a bottle of wine for mom and dad. Check out their live cam to view the ability to distance. Connect to learn more.

Pan Pacific Whistler: The Pan Pacific Whistler team is delighted to welcome travellers back to Whistler this Summer. With the welcome back offer, BC Residents can enjoy up to 25% off the Best Available Rates on a two-night stay, plus complimentary parking (C$28.00 value per night). Pan Pacific Whistler is a haven of comfort with two thoughtfully designed properties nestled between Whistler’s majestic mountains and within its vibrant village. Both Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside welcome guests to replenish and experience true contentment after a long day of mountain biking, adventuring or exploring all that Whistler offers. Connect to learn more.

Watermark Beach Resort: Visit the South Okanagan this summer with Watermark Beach Resort. The family-friendly resort has implemented thorough Health and Safety Guidelines to keep its staff, community and guests safe during their time in Osoyoos. Whether you are looking to relax with your friends while wine touring or plan a family trip with the little ones, Canada’s desert awaits. Connect to learn more.

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront reopens with a new look

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and Hotel General Manager Christopher Marz.

KINGSTON, ONTARIO (July 17, 2020) – InnVest Hotels announces today that the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel will re-open its doors with a new look.

For over 50 years, the Holiday Inn Kingston Hotel has been an iconic part of the Kingston Waterfront community. Decades of travelers, both business and leisure have celebrated milestones within its walls. Over the past several months, the hotel has been undergoing  an extensive renovation which includes all aspects of the facility with extensive guestroom upgrades shifting to upscale contemporary lines , modernization of the dining experience and enhancing the public areas by repositioning the spaces to further capture waterfront views.

“We are now at a phase of our renovations where we look forward to welcoming back our guests and the local community to a revitalized Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel. The guestrooms incorporate the serenity of nature with the functionality of the latest technology and conveniences – making us the best choice for work and play. We look forward to our unique new restaurant and patio experience coming online in August” , said Christopher Marz, newly appointed General Manager.

“This significant investment into the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Hotel was the right thing for the property, our guests and hotel team.  We are proud to own the best place to stay in Kingston and look forward to welcoming our long standing guests back, said Jeff Hyslop, senior vice-president of asset management at InnVest Hotels.

Fairmont Waterfront opened August 7

VANCOUVER — Fairmont Waterfront, the luxury hotel brand’s dynamic harbour-front property, announced today that the hotel will reopen its doors to guests and visitors on Friday, August 7, 2020. The hotel closed on March 24, 2020, in an effort to support halting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

” ‘Being Waterfront’ has always meant being active in the wellbeing of our community—the people, environment and industry. Welcoming and taking care of others is at the very heart of what we do and who we are,” says Ken Flores, general manager, Fairmont Waterfront. “Today this includes keeping our guests and colleagues safe through preventative measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety, while also supporting existing local partners to enhance operational protocols and procedures, we look to offer guests the luxury experience they expect from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, in a newly adapted process of service. We are in this together—it is a belief that has always been at the core of Fairmont Waterfront.”

To celebrate the reopening of the hotel, Fairmont Waterfront will be offering a Stay Close offer that features one complimentary night with every night booked. This offer can be booked until August 22, 2020 and is available for stays through December 31, 2020, giving the opportunity to book stays further in the future.

Apartment style hotel is opening in Griffintown

MONTREAL — Griffintown Hotel is opening its doors in Montreal. Touted as the first concept of its kind in the city, this apartment-hotel is designed to provide its guests with a vivid “neighbourhood-type” experience within the city’s Griffintown district — located between the downtown core and Old Montreal.

The new hotel will offer complete one- and two-bedroom condo-style apartments (395 to 845 sq. ft.) — a concept that has proven itself internationally. Each apartment features a full kitchen, living room and one or two bathrooms and are designed to comfortably accommodate up to five adults for a long stay.

“Launching a new apartment-hotel concept in the midst of a pandemic is quite a challenge, but we believe it demonstrates the need for an essential service like ours,” says Laura-Michèle Grenier Martin, general manager of Griffintown Hotel. “Our vision is perfectly in tune with today’s reality. We offer a safe and autonomous environment while providing hotel standards and services.”

Hotel amenities include a 24-hour reception and security service and an indoor garage.