By WAHEEDA HARRIS
Good news for travellers: Several new hotels are opening their doors in Canadian cities in the next few months, and some have just opened their doors for the summer. Here’s what’s new and fabulous for the latter half of 2012.
Hotel Elan, a boutique property focused on the business traveller, will be opening this fall. The 62-room hotel will have Asian-influenced decor and one- and two-bedroom suites with stainless-steel kitchens, Jacuzzi-tub bathrooms and bonus business amenities like in-suite meeting rooms.
Visitors to Alberta’s capitol can choose the Holiday Inn Sherwood Hotel and Conference Centre, opening in September. It’ll be attached to the Millennium Place Sports Complex, so hotel guests will be able to enjoy year-round skating, swimming and soccer.
Business travellers to Winnipeg have a new option with complimentary shuttle service to and from YWG: the Holiday Inn Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park. Opening in late August, the hotel is a mere 10 minutes from downtown and the Polo Park Mall.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto will open in August as part of a 65-story high-rise in the city’s Financial District. The 202-room hotel will have a three-story atrium overlooking University Avenue and will incorporate the Bishop’s Block, one of the city’s oldest structures.
The Four Seasons Toronto reboots its presence in the city’s Yorkville neighbourhood with a brand new hotel/condominium on the eastern edge of the fashionista and celeb area. Opening in October, this luxe hotel will feature Café Boulud from Chef Daniel Boulud.
The Templar Hotel, part of the Design Hotels Group, quietly opened its doors in May, with eight stories and 27 sleekly styled modernist rooms—each one with an iPad. The hotel has a rooftop bar, Monk Kitchen, helmed by Chef Roberto Fracchioni, and the Japanese-influenced Onsen Spa.
The venerable Ritz Carlton Hotel has renovated and reopened in June, after a $200 million investment. New at the Ritz is Le Jardin du Ritz, a botanical-themed patio restaurant with its own duck pond, a project of Chef Daniel Boulud. The hotel also includes the city’s largest suite at 4,700 square feet.