Boutique hotel to open doors at airport in April
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the $27-million ALT Hotel Halifax being built at Halifax airport is slated to greet its first guest in April.
Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain, co-presidents of hotel developer Le Groupe Germain of Quebec, were in Halifax on Thursday to highlight some of the features and amenities of the 14-storey, 169-room facility that will be a stone’s throw from the departures terminal.
“We want to give people a taste of what our new ALT brand is,” Christiane Germain said in an interview.
Le Groupe Germain owns and operates two hotel brands. Le Germain is its upper-scale boutique concept in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary, while ALT is its limited-service, three-star, no-frills chic concept.
The first ALT hotel was opened on Montreal’s South Shore in September 2007 and five more have been built since, including one recently completed at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
“I have to tell you, though, from the first one we opened in 2007, we haven’t changed much,” said Christiane Germain.
“It’s in line with the boutique hotel concept, but it’s more affordable and it really has this beautiful design touch. It’s a three-star, but it’s a sophisticated three-star, just made to measure for Halifax.”
While the room design and decor has remained largely untouched over the years, the company implemented changes to the arrangement and feel of the lobby area at its ALT hotel in Toronto, which will be carried over to the one at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
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