HAMILTON, Ont. — The ownership and management of TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hamilton is proud to officially open its doors on Tuesday, November 17. This new 125-suite hotel is built for travellers looking for comfort and a friendly location where they can settle in, meet, maintain routine and easily connect to Hamilton and the surrounding area. Located at 1195 Upper James Street and highly visible from the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, this all-suite hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise. General manager Satish Palasseri and director of sales Julie Sutton-Yardley will lead the management team at the property.
The hotel is a joint venture between Sigma Group, Kothari Group and Sahar Hospitality. “Since the start of this project in 2019, we have been anticipating and are thrilled to open our doors and a tremendous step during these unprecedented times,” said Anupam Kothari, president of Kothari Group.
“We’re excited to bring the TownePlace Suites by Marriott to Hamilton. With the support of the City of Hamilton, our business partners, suppliers and Marriott International, we’re incredibly proud and excited to be part of the tremendous growth in the city of Hamilton,” explained Andy Jasuja, chairman of Sigma Group.
Construction took 18 months, Anupam Kothari told CLN on a tour of the hotel, adding that if you subtract the three months lost to COVID, construction took just 15 months from foundation to opening.
The hotel is one of the first Generation 5 TownePlace Suites hotels. “We were about to go ahead with the hotel when we saw these plans for Generation 5,” and decided the new prototype had many of the features they needed, said Anita Dharamshi, managing partner of Sigma Group.
“We believe TPS Hamilton is our first Gen 5 in Canada,” said Paul Loehr, Marriott International, regional vice-president, Canada, Development. “The developer made some modifications to prototype, so it’s closer to 90 per cent Gen 5 prototype vs. 100 per cent. We think it looks great.”
“TownePlace Suites is all about living, working, and feeling comfortable and at home,” added Julie Sutton-Yardley, director of sales for the hotel. “It’s an urban extended stay brand — five day stays are our sweet spot. It’s about urban living and experiencing a sense of place — getting to know Hamilton and the surrounding area. We also have Marriott’s Commitment to Clean — we’re visibly cleaning and wiping down surfaces. We want to exceed all those standards.”
TownePlace Suites by Marriott is a hyper-local brand, as shown by the giant map in the lobby. Sutton-Yardley said that both Tourism Hamilton and Ontario Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) 3 have worked tirelessly providing information and grants to fund personal protection equipment.
“It’s a home away from home, with an open living area. People can hang out in the lobby — we have lots of plug-ins and space where people can spend time with colleagues and family,” said Dharamshi.
“On behalf of Marriott International in Canada, I congratulate Sigma Group of Companies and Kothari Group on the opening of their TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hamilton. The hotel’s opening demonstrates the strength and resilience of the extended-stay model while creating value for our guests and owners,” said Loehr.
The TownePlace Suites Hamilton seamlessly blends comfort and convenience with the heart and soul of hospitality. Located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Hamilton’s newest extended stay hotel is ideally located a short ten-minute drive to the city center, John C. Munro International Airport and minutes to Lincoln Alexander Highway. Guests will enjoy complimentary breakfast, rooms with full kitchens, an indoor saltwater pool and fitness center. Living life uninterrupted during their stay, guests can take advantage of the business center, laundry, free Wi-Fi and complimentary parking.
The guestrooms are large, ranging from 400 for a standard suite to 750 square feet for a two-bedroom. Kitchens are well-lit and have open shelving and basic kitchen supplies. There’s a functional closet with an iron and ironing board. Guestrooms feature 65-inch televisions with STAYCAST streaming, meaning film and television content are provided via a high-speed Internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. There are interconnecting rooms, particularly useful for family stays. The first-floor rooms are hyperallergenic. While TPS is pet-friendly, only certain rooms are designated for pets. Of the 125 guestrooms, 12 are accessible.
Two main floor meeting rooms include the Upper James board room accommodating up to 12 and the Mount Hope is ideal for events and meetings for up to 32 people. The hotel is pet friendly too! It is only a short drive to experience the wonders of the region’s historic sites, waterfalls and outdoor experiences in the parks and conservation areas. Delve into the city’s arts and cultural scene; street festivals, galleries, the annual SuperCrawl and film festivals. Sports and entertainment venues abound in this urban hub guests will be able to call their second home.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott is an award-winning hotel brand that is ideal for travelers who need accommodations for extended stays. The brand’s simple yet innovative design, features personal touches and playful details allowing guests to live uninterrupted. Offering studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, the brand offers thoughtful spaces for living and working. There are currently over 445 properties across the United States and Canada.