According to CBC News, the city of Calgary has announced its plans to convert three downtown towers into residential housing and hotel units.
OPENINGS, SALES AND RENOS March 10, 2020
Hilton’s All-Suites brands. Hotel Equities announces Four Points by Sheraton Campbell River. Streetcar and Dream buy the Gladstone. Travelodge Timmins reopens.
Hilton’s All Suites Brands
MCLEAN, Va. — The last ten years have been an exciting period of growth and innovation for the All Suites brands by Hilton, and 2019 was no exception. The All Suites brands by Hilton: Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, end the decade with a footprint of more than 1,100 open properties across the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. After celebrating brand milestones including Embassy Suites by Hilton’s 35th anniversary and Homewood Suites by Hilton’s 30th year, the brands head into 2020 with a pipeline of nearly 590 properties which includes several new urban, resort and international locations.
After a decade marked by new building methods, flexible prototypes, industry-firsts in sustainability and exciting new locations – the All Suites brands are looking to make the next ten years even bigger than the last.
The All Suites brands by Hilton continue to grow their pipeline with 40 new signed deals in the fourth quarter alone, ending 2019 with a total combined pipeline of nearly 590 pending hotels. Noteworthy signed deals this quarter include Embassy Suites by Hilton Panama City Beach, Homewood Suites by Hilton Montreal Downtown, and Home2 Suites by Hilton Quebec City in Canada.
Hotel Equities announces Four Points Campbell River
ATLANTA, Ga. Earlier this month, Hotel Equities (HE) announced plans for the development of a new Four Points by Sheraton hotel to be located in Campbell River, B.C. The new hotel is owned and being developed by We Wai Kai Nation. Hotel Equities is providing development services for the new-build and will operate the hotel upon opening. This property will be the ninth Four Points-branded property in HE’s growing portfolio.
“We are so proud to partner with We Wai Kai on this new hotel,” said Joe Reardon, chief development officer for HE. “Their vision to create much-needed accommodations aligned with We Wai Kai’s mission will be enhanced through their decision to partner with one of Marriott’s most loved brands, Four Points by Sheraton. We look forward to further promoting their culture through this new development.”
With construction slated to begin in Q3 of this year, the forthcoming Four Points by Sheraton-Campbell River will combine Four Points’ classic-modern aesthetic with a timeless nod to the natural serenity inspired by the oceanside communities of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands. Travelers, shoppers, outdoor adventurers, and marine enthusiasts alike will experience five star accommodations nestled in a unique town-by-the-sea.
The We Wai Kai culture is proud to be foundationally rooted in their ancestral history as they look to the future to ensure their next generation is able to thrive in modern society. We Wai Kai Chief, Brian Assu, sees several economic benefits to stem from the new development including job creation and economic prosperity which are of utmost importance to Chief Assu. “In addition to contributing to building a diversified economy, our ability to lift up our community by providing capacity building opportunities supports our overall mission. We couldn’t be more pleased to bring our vision to fruition with the support of the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott, and with the operational expertise Hotel Equities provides.”
Campbell River is nicknamed the “Salmon Capital of the World” and is located on Vancouver Island at the southern end of the Discovery Passage – the 16 mile long channel and key shipping route is off the coast of mainland British Columbia. Campbell River has a population of approximately 36,000 people and is located 230 miles northwest of Vancouver, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area and home to nearly 2.5 million people.
Streetcar and Dream buy the Gladstone Hotel
TORONTO, March 04, 2020 – Streetcar Developments and Dream Unlimited, are pleased to announce the purchase of Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel, the city’s oldest continually operating hotel in the vibrant and dynamic WestQueen West community.
The Gladstone, currently owned by the Zeidler family, underwent a major renovation in 2005 led by architect Eb Zeidler, to preserve the landmark building’s historical significance. Under the vision and leadership of Christina Zeidler, the Gladstone Hotel became an internationally recognized cultural tourism destination and a hospitality industry leader. The younger Zeidler has managed the business for the past 15 years, making it a hub for the arts in Canada and winning the Mayor’s Toronto Arts and Business Award in 2019.
“The decision to sell the hotel is a personal one,” says Christina Zeidler, president, Gladstone Hotel. who has plans to move on to other creative projects. “I looked for someone with the vision to carry on the legacy of the Gladstone Hotel. Someone who understands the historic significance but also its cultural significance. It took a long time to build the culture around the Gladstone. The commitment to continue to grow this vision is a dream come true.”
“We have great respect for the West Queen West community and believe the Gladstone Hotel is a unique representation of the neighbourhood’s art, culture and diversity,” says Les Mallins, founder and president of Streetcar Developments. “We look forward to amplifying the hotel’s offerings with our refreshed vision, enhancing the current building while ensuring the property remains a staple within the community.”
Zeidler continues, “Really it is the best possible scenario, not just for the building but for the staff and patrons who love this property and the culture around it. I have personally known the Streetcar team for years, as neighbours to the Gladstone, but also, significantly, as city builders.”
Both Streetcar and Dream have a track record of supporting Toronto’s cultural community and restoring historic landmarks. In 2012, Streetcar Crowsnest opened its doors and has since become an arts and culture hub in the city’s east end. Dream’s Distillery District is Canada’s premier arts, culture, and entertainment destination, which has the largest collection of Victorian architecture.
“We are excited to add the Gladstone hotel to our portfolio of character buildings of historical significance, which includes the Bay Street Collection, Distillery District, and the Broadview Hotel,” says Michael Cooper, chief responsible officer of Dream Unlimited. “We believe in building inclusive communities, and designing exceptional places to create, inspire, and bring the community together.”
Streetcar and Dream transformed The Broadview Hotel, a 127-year-old landmark, into a luxury boutique hotel, bringing a much needed amenity to Queen Street East and its community. By acquiring the Gladstone Hotel, the partnership retains ownership of two historic properties, bookmarking the city from east to west. They look forward to being stewards to the Gladstone Hotel, while ensuring it is a cultural destination for many years to come. Crescent Hotels & Resorts will oversee both properties as the hotel management company.
CBRE Hotels was privileged to advise Zeidler in reviewing strategic options for this historic property and finding a buyer with a vision that could embrace the Gladstone’s heritage, thoughtful building restoration, cultural and social community awareness and business foundation. Streetcar and Dream are set to take ownership of the property later this month.
Travelodge Timmins relaunches
TIMMINS, Ont. — Travelodge Canada is extremely pleased to announce the re-launch of its Timmins location in Ontario, Canada – the Travelodge by Wyndham Timmins.
The Travelodge by Wyndham Timmins is now operating under new management and recently celebrated its official re-launch on February 26th, 2020, after completing significant renovations throughout the entire property. Specific improvements include a complete modernization of all guest rooms and existing conference/banquet rooms, which are capable of comfortably hosting up to 60 people for corporate and social events.
The re-launch was a great success, being attended by local clients, suppliers, staff and representatives of Travelodge Canada. Guests were treated to complimentary food, drinks, a selection of door prizes and tours of the newly renovated property. The 91-room hotel also features free continental breakfast, complimentary wireless internet, free outdoor parking and an on-site fitness center.
“We are thrilled to announce the Travelodge by Wyndham Timmins location is operating under new management, and has now completed extensive renovations” said Trevor Hagel, vice-president of operations, Travelodge Canada. “This refreshed property will treat guests with friendly service and a comfortable stay, that is centrally located in the downtown Timmins area, near numerous local attractions.”
All Travelodge Canada locations participate in the Wyndham Rewards guest loyalty program, giving guests the ability to earn Wyndham Rewards points or Aeroplan points with every qualifying stay.