Canada’s Top Projects
The snowy neighbour of the US can sometimes be overlooked as the smaller sibling. While the United States is among the most vibrant markets in the global hospitality industry, any savvy hotel owner or operator would do well to remember that Canada has a robust and thriving project pipeline of its own.
Canada’s pipeline currently features 43 projects that, once completed, will yield 7,571 rooms. The biggest cities in hotel development are Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa. The majority of the 43 projects currently are under construction, with nine of them preparing to open for guests by the end of this year. Twenty others will make their debut in 2018.
Let’s take a look at two big individual hotels that are currently under development in Canada’s project pipeline:
Hotel X Toronto
Currently in the pre-opening phase, the Hotel X Toronto will offer a total of 406 rooms. This unique lakefront resort brings Toronto a cutting-edge mix of hospitality, sports and entertainment options in an urban setting. Housed in a modernistic tower, the property rises 29 stories above the scenic waterfront below.
Hotel X Toronto is the only hotel on the historic grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition, located just inside the iconic Princes’ Gates and opposite the Direct Energy Centre. It is also connected by a skybridge to the Allstream Centre. The property’s unique sports and entertainment concept, along with a lavish garden setting and spectacular views, create an unparalleled guest environment. Hotel X Toronto also aspires to be a LEED certified project, which means a high level of environmental sustainability. These aspirations are in evidence immediately, as the property features a living green wall behind the reception desk and has clusters of live trees and greenery planted in the lobby.
Hard Rock Casino Ottawa
Currently in the planning process, this hotel aims to open in the second quarter of 2019. When complete it will have a total of 400 rooms to offer. This conversion from the old Rideau Carleton Casino will encompass a dramatic renovation. Phase one will include updates to the arrival area, porte cochère, signage, racetrack and grandstand. Pending required approvals, the subsequent expansion program will bring the addition of a Hard Rock Hotel, Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, a Hard Rock Cafe & Center Bar, a Rock Shop where fans can purchase the brand’s iconic merchandise, innovative music displays and memorabilia from the brand’s curated collection, as well as more than 13,000 square meters of gaming space with additional slot machines and table games.