By Waheeda Harris
Canadians will have more options for hotel accommodation in the new year. Here’s what’s opening from coast to coast in 2012.
Four Points Sheraton, a popular choice for business travellers, will open properties in Edmonton, Alberta, in February and Kelowna, British Columbia, in December. Delta Hotels will open a new hotel and conference centre in Saguenay, Quebec, in the spring, renovating and updating an existing Holiday Inn hotel to a four star property.
The International Hotel Group has three new hotels to add to its holdings, with the Holiday Inn Conference Centre opening in Edmonton in January following a $4.2 million upgrade from the former Greenwood Inn, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites in northern British Columbia’s Dawson Creek in March and the Holiday Inn Polo Park at the expanding Winnipeg Airport in April.
Marriott has three new properties including the Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn Marriott at the Calgary airport in January, with another Courtyard Marriott opening in eastern part of Ottawa.
Shoppers will appreciate the new Aloft Hotel from W Hotels opening in Vaughan Mills, Ontario (north of Toronto), in April, near the popular mega-mall and the NASCAR Speedpark and Canada’s Wonderland.
Those with an overnight layover at Toronto Pearson Airport have new option from Groupe Germain this spring, with the opening of an Alt Hotel, accessible via the LINK train.
For those looking for luxury, Toronto’s downtown will boast three new options: Trump International Hotel and Tower, opening January 31 in the heart of Bay Street; the new Four Seasons Hotel scheduled to open its doors in the summer in upscale Yorkville, while the elegant Shangri-La Hotel will opens its second property in Canada at University Avenue and Adelaide Street in August.