5 New Canadian Hotels

Where to lay your head during your summer travels 


 

Check out these five new hotels that have recently opened across the country.

Alt Griffintown, Montreal

This 154-room hotel from Quebec’s Groupe Germain Hospitalité is located right in the middle of trendy Griffintown. The unique building is made of aluminum panels and bricks that were recycled from old buildings in the neighbourhood. The area is ripe with hipsteresque bistros and boutiques and it’s also just a short walk from the city’s Old Port and iconic Lachine Canal. The hotel focuses on the basics, so you won’t find a valet or a doorman here, just a beautiful, modern space with friendly staff.  

Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

This Aboriginal-themed hotel is scheduled to open officially in mid-June in downtown Vancouver. At the crossroads of Gastown and Chinatown, the 18-room boutique hotel will give guests an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s First Nations’ culture. Guest rooms are located on two floors of the Vancouver Native House Society building, and each room has a unique theme with various spirit animals and original indigenous artwork decorating the space.  

Aloft, Calgary

Recently opened in Calgary’s northwest, this trendy new offering features 143-guest rooms, an ultra-modern design and a lobby lounge complete with a pool table. It also boasts an impressive list of amenities including a spin studio, a spa, an indoor pool, a bar that serves up signature cocktails and a “grab n’ go” eatery.  

Mere Hotel, Winnipeg

This 67-room boutique hotel is situated near the edge of the Red River and offers amazing views from many of its guest rooms. With a focus on simplicity, Mere doesn’t provide room service or flashy amenities, but its ultra-modern design is fresh and comfortable. It’s also a short walk from the Forks, and a new, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant—Cibo Waterfront Café—has opened in the same development for easy access. Bonus: each room has it’s own Nespresso coffee machine.

The Algonquin Resort, St. Andrew’s-By-the-Sea, N.B.

This historic hotel isn’t technically new but it recently re-opened after a two-year-long closure during which it underwent an epic, $30-million renovation. The Algonquin Resort was purchased from the provincial government in 2012 by Marriott International and became the company’s first Canadian Autograph Collection hotel—a group of independent and iconic hotels. Overlooking picturesque Passamaquody Bay, the 233-room resort also boasts two restaurants, an indoor and outdoor pool, a private beach, a golf course, a spa and even an outdoor fire-pit with loaner guitars. 

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