The hotel marked the occasion with a special event with local dignitaries and community leaders, including Calgary Mayor, Jyoti Gondek; MLA for Calgary-Buffalo, Joe Cici; Calgary Ward 7 Councillor, Terry Wong; Tourism Calgary leaders Carson Ackroyd, Fraser Abbott, David Woodward and Cindy Good; representatives from Travel Alberta, including Darlene Fedoroshyn and Rhonda Hughes; Eduardo Hernandez from Hilton Hotels & Resorts and renowned Calgary-based chocolatier, Bernard Callebaut.
The event included Bossa-Nova-themed décor, live jazz music provided by Johnny Summers Band, a retro candy bar provided by The Sugar Cube, chocolate cigars provided by Bernard Callebaut Chocolaterie, authentic cigars provided by Zigarren, cocktails and tapas provided by Fonda Fora, in addition to guided tours of the hotel.
“We opened The Westley Hotel when pandemic measures were still in effect, so the 1st-anniversary celebration marks a milestone for us to reflect on and celebrate the challenges that the hotel and our team members have overcome to establish a unique place in Calgary’s hotel landscape,” said Ian Jones, general manager. “It is rewarding to have the unwavering support of the community, our government leaders, including Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta, and our industry partners and suppliers who are committed to the success of the hotel, and we are proud to showcase The Westley Hotel experience we have created.”
Establishing connections to the Calgary community is a central pillar for The Westley Hotel. The hotel has announced a partnership with the Love For Lewiston Foundation and its mission to educate, create awareness and ultimately raise funds to find a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The organization’s efforts directly support SMA Research and The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Together, The Westley Hotel and the Love for Lewiston Foundation aim to bring joyful experiences to families who need them most. Beginning July 2022 to July 2023, The Westley Hotel and Fonda Fora will donate a one-night retreat to the deserving guardians of medically complex children through the Love for Lewiston Foundation.
In the photo, from left to right: Jyoti Gondek, Calgary Mayor; Asheet Ruparell, hotel ownership; Ian L. Jones, general manager - The Westley Hotel; Melissa French, COO Silver Hotel Group. Photo courtesy of Silver Hotel Group.