Investing in our Hotels: Highlights from 2014

December 31, 2014

Airline Hotels significantly invests in the hotels that we own and operate to keep them in great condition for the long-term. Throughout 2014, we have invested over $5.9 million in our 9 hotels across Canada. This means: updated hotels for our guests to enjoy, buildings that our associates would be proud to build their careers in, and a portfolio of modernized mid-market hotels that are competitive in each market.

Here are some of the capital upgrade highlights from 2014:

 

Ambassador Hotel & Conference CentreAmbassador Hotel

  • Purchased in March 2014.

 

Country Inn & Suites Regina

  • Replaced case goods in all 79 hotel rooms.
  • Installed new tile in lobby.

 

Country Inn & Suites Saskatoon

  • Replaced case goods in all 76 hotel rooms.
  • Installed new tile in lobby.

 

Country Inn & Suites Winnipeg

  • Replaced case goods in all 75 hotel rooms.
  • Installed new tile in lobby.
  • Completed room renovations, with new lighting, soft-seating and artwork (on top of what was done in previous years!)
  • Installed new laundry area.

 

Four Points Edmonton South

East 75 Lounge

  • Total overhaul and rebranding of restaurant to East 75.
  • Addition of new lounge in Four Points.
  • Demolition of a conference room and complete build of a new Business Lounge.
  • Complete demolition and renovation of all 139 guest room washrooms and entrances.
  • Replaced hallway carpets.

 

Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon

  • Installed video conferencing software.
  • Installed lobby music system.
  • Installed new kitchen oven.
  • Installed new water booster pump to increase pressure to top floors.
  • Replaced hallway carpets.

 

Travelodge Edmonton West

Travelodge Edmonton West

  • Complete overhaul of exterior with new paint and fixing to make the hotel look new and modern, as the old look was very dated.
  • Complete roof repair over the lobby section.
  • Installed a fitness centre in the hotel with all new fitness equipment.  The hotel did not have a fitness centre and one was added to improve guest satisfaction.
  • Replaced laundry equipment.
  • Installed new water booster pump to increase pressure to top floors.  This addressed a major guest irritant.
  • Completed major renovation of hallway and guest room renovation to 110 rooms in West Tower. In the guest rooms, carpets replaced, new paint, new case goods, new beds, new soft goods, new artwork and updated bathrooms.
  • Created 4 new suites in the West Tower.  These are brand new, completely renovated rooms and are the sizeof two regular hotel rooms.
  • Renovated pool floor and painted walls.
  • Replaced guest room drapery (on top of what was done in previous years!)
  • Our total renovation spend at the Travelodge has now exceeded $2.5M with more to come.

 

Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon

Travelodge Saskatoon Splash Pad

  • Renovated water slide area to give an updated feel.  This included new flooring around the guestrooms, new tile around the pools and on the outside of the hot tub and stairs.
  • Completed structural work and painting of water slide in new pool area.
  • Renovated original pool area to a new concept. This includes a much larger hot tub, splash park for children and new flooring. The area has a new concept and updated look.
  • Installed new pool HVAC unit for heating and air conditioning.  This will improve the air quality in the pool areas and be much more efficient.
  • Replaced sewer back-up valves.
  • Installed new kitchen cooler/freezer.
  • Installed new kitchen meat slicer.
  • Replaced paving stones in front of hotel.
  • Removed trees and enhanced lighting in the back of hotel.
  • Installed video conferencing software.

 

Valhalla Inn Thunder BayRunway 25 Steak Lounge

  • Renovated Runway 25 Steak Lounge and opened in a new part of the hotel. This is a new and exciting restaurant and the physical space is now second to none. It is now the best restaurant in Thunder Bay!  We invested almost $2M in this exciting new concept.
  • Renovated Timbers and the lounge, including new carpet and chairs.
  • Installed new point-of-sale software system.
  • Installed new kitchen equipment.
  • Installed new lobby furniture.
  • Installed keurig brewers in guest rooms.
  • Installed new dryer in laundry facility.

 

This year of upgrades has been a huge success! Based on the feedback from our guests and associates on where we can improve, the management that have made these projects possible, and the patience of our associates as we renovate to serve guests better, Airline Hotels is proud of the 9 hotels in our family of properties.

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