aloft debuts in Montreal and other stories
MONTREAL, QC—The aloft Montreal Airport, the first hotel in Starwood’s new lifestyle brand, opened June 5. Aloft hotels are meant to be modern, fresh and fun, with loftinspired design.
They even have their own language, according to a Starwood release. For example, wxyzSM means clink! mix, meet and mingle over music and cocktails.
Developed and owned by the joint venture between Silver Hotel Group and Northampton Group Inc., the 136-room aloft Montreal will offer a variety of intuitive technologies, atmospheric public spaces and an array of amenities.
“The sleekness and dynamism of the aloft lifestyle complements the sophistication and style of Montreal, where we are proud to make our global debut,” says Brian McGuinness, vice president of aloft and element hotels worldwide.
“Youthful-minded travelers will appreciate the aloft brand’s emphasis on creativity, culture and fun.”
The centerpiece of each aloft room is the plush platform bed, and large bathrooms complement the guest experience with oversized wal-in showers and amenities created by bliss spa.
Each aloft room also is a combination office and entertainment centre with wireless Internet access and plug & play, a one-stop connectivity solution for electronic gadgetry such as PDAs, cell phones, MP3 players and laptops -- all linked to a large flat panel LCD television for optiimal sounds and viewing.
The aloft brand has announced 88 development projects in more than 10 countries.
In 2009, the aloft brand plans to open more than 50 hotels, broadening its international footprint and domestically positioning aloft hotel in markets previously underpenetrated.
Other aloft hotels are scheduled to open shortly in Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Lexington, Massachusetts, Ontario Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Beijing. aloft hotels scheduled to
Best Western acquires Wayside Inn
LLOYDMINSTER, AB—Atlific Hotels is proud to announce that the Best Western Wayside Inn Suites in Lloydminster, Alberta is the newest addition to its ever growing portfolio. Recently acquired by Temple Real Estate Investment Trust (TREIT), this is the ninth TREIT property to come under management of Atlific Hotels.
The Best Western Wayside Inn & Suites provides affordable 3.5 star accommodations offering 128 guest rooms and suites. Best Western Wayside Inn & Suites also features three restaurants on the premises including, Louise Family Restaurant serving American/Greek cuisine, David's Steakhouse serving American cuisine, and Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant serving American/Greek cuisine.
Bellstar to manageCanmore resort
CALGARY—Calgary-based Assured Developments Ltd. celebrated the grand opening of Blackstone Mountain Lodge, the company's recreational condominium resort, recently. Assured has engaged resort manager, Bellstar Hotels & Resorts to operate the property. Blackstone opened to the public on June 1.
“Bellstar is pleased to have this opportunity to manage a first class resort in Canmore,” noted Bellstar president & CEO, Ed Romanowski. “Blackstone Mountain Lodge is our largest resort in Canmore and our operations team looks forward to delivering exceptional resort experiences to owners and guests. We are grateful to Gene Fabro and his team at Assured Developments for choosing Bellstar as the resort manager.”
Buccaneer Inn goes smoke free
NANAIMO, BC—Following the lead of the Vancouver Island Health Authority and in response to guest requests, The Buccaneer Inn recently implemented a 100 per cent smokefree policy. The response has been wholeheartedly supportive.
“Designating the inn a completely smoke-free property was a great decision,” said owner, Dave Ilyn. “Our location across from Newcastle Channel and the Harbourside Walkway allows our guests who smoke to take a short walk and enjoy the oceanside park across from us, and keeps our property smoke-free for our other guests and employees,” he added.
Grand opening for Days Edmonton S.
EDMONTON, AB—Days Inn - Edmonton South celebrated its grand opening June 12 with a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony. Located at 10333 University Avenue near trendy Whyte Avenue, the 100 per cent smoke-free new construction hotel features 85 guest rooms, a 24-hour business centre, fitness facilities, free Daybreak Café breakfast and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
The hotel celebrated its grand opening with a reception that included facility tours, guest speakers and music by local jazz musicians. Special guests in attendance included Irwin Prince, president & COO, Days Inns - Canada and Gurcharan Dhaliwal, co-owner, Days Inn - Edmonton South.
More Deltas to get hybrid heating
VANCOUVER—After reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent at the Delta Whistler Village Suites, Sempa Power Systems Ltd., has been contracted to install its patentpending technology at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort and Delta Winnipeg.
In addition to the dramatic GHG emissions reductions, the hybrid heating system has cut the hotel's energy expenses by $70,000, a 30 per cent reduction in total energy costs. The system also has reduced the overall energy consumption at the hotel by 10 per cent, or 10,000 gigajoules.
Sempa's hybrid heating technology automatically switches between fossil fuel sources and electricity depending on which source is the most cost efficient at any point in the day. This in turn minimizes costs, decreases GHG emissions and increases energy efficiency. In 2007, Sempa received the Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada.
Sempa is in talks with Delta Hotels in Vancouver and Victoria for similar projects. Most major hotels and resorts in the community of Whistler, BC, are using Sempa's hybrid heating system.
Edmundston hotel has waterslide
EDMUNDSTON, NB—The Best Western Edmundston Hotel, located at 280 Boul Hebert in Edmundston, New Brunswick, is owned by Sylvain and Rino Cyr. The non-smoking hotel offers 134 guest rooms including four suites.
Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool with kids' waterslide, hot tub, fitness center and a complimentary continental breakfast deluxe. Hotel guests have easy access to a variety of attractions such as the New Brunswick Botanical Garden and the Edmundston Golf Club. Rates start at $125.00 per night.
Ground breaking Woodstock Microtel
WOODSTOCK, ON— Ontarinns Inc. of Toronto broke ground June 17th on a 74-room Microtel Inn & Suites hotel at 811 Athlone Avenue in Woodstock, Ontario. The hotel – scheduled to open in early 2009 – is located at the intersection of Highways 401 and 403 in a rapidly growing area.
Microtel Inns & Suites is an award-winning chain of all new-construction economy/ limited service hotels. The new Woodstock hotel will showcase the brand's new prototype design, which is contemporary and streamlined, with enhancements that guests would not ordinarily expect to find in an economy hotel.
Ontarinns Inc., also owns and operates Microtel's first hotel in Canada that opened in Parry Sound, Ontario in 2006.
Additional Microtel hotels in Canada are being developed in London, Ontario, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, Halifax, Kentville and Sydney, Nova Scotia, Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John, New Brunswick; and St. John's (Airport), Newfoundland.