SHELTON, Conn./HALIFAX, Nova Scotia/SAINT ANDREWS, New Brunswick, Canada—Officials with New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties, and Marriott International Inc. have unveiled the greatly anticipated renovation to New Brunswick’s landmark Algonquin Resort. The resort is Canada’s first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels. The Southwest/New Castle team purchased the hotel from the provincial government in 2012 to undertake the “rafters to registration” refurbishment.
“To those of us who hail from this part of the country, the Algonquin is more than just a hotel, it is part of our heritage, our history,” said Jim Spatz, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties. “It’s where generations of Canadians have come to make memories with family and friends, and we took that responsibility very seriously as we set out to restore this treasure to its rightful place among our nation’s very best. The challenge was to preserve the authenticity of the historic hotel while simultaneously meeting modern building standards, as well as guest expectations for luxurious accommodations. Guests will judge for themselves, but I dare say they’ll be impressed.”
“We are thrilled to welcome The Algonquin into our exceptional portfolio of independent hotels,” said Manlio Marescotti, vice president for Marriott International. “With its remarkable sense of place, this extraordinary hotel represents an ideal opportunity to introduce the Autograph Collection to Canada.”
The Algonquin’s guestrooms and public spaces were completely reimagined by Toronto designer Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design. The hotel’s décor reflects, without recreating, its Victorian origins, with a gracious, living room-style lobby that invites lingering around the two-sided fireplace. The lounge and newly-inspired Braxton’s restaurant now open to an outdoor patio.
With the renovation, the Algonquin is now more welcoming to year-round visitors. Guest baths now feature radiant heat flooring to increase guest comfort in the winter and the hotel’s brand new Natatorium includes a three-story waterslide and fitness center. The spa has been expanded to include a salon.
“Over the years, we’ve developed a passion for Canada’s most original hotels and the history they represent,” said David Buffam, New Castle’s CEO who rescued the shuttered Nova Scotian in 1995 and repositioned it as the country’s first Westin franchise. Shortly thereafter, the Province of Nova Scotia engaged New Castle to operate its three owned historic resorts, the Keltic Lodge, The Pines in Digby, and the Liscombe Lodge. “Projects such as these are the pride of a developer’s portfolio. Having the opportunity to set the course for the Algonquin’s next century of service is truly an extraordinary mission for everyone involved.”