Sheraton hotel gets millions for renovations
THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
The Sheraton Hamilton is part of a $6-billion renovation to recreate the hotel chain's brand worldwide.
The local renovation aims to help "reposition" the hotel as Hamilton's leader in accommodations, said William Brown, general manager of Sheraton Hamilton.
The 18-storey building gets between $6 million and $8 million of the money, he said.
Plans for the King Street West hotel are extensive. The 302 rooms are connected by a variety of meeting spaces, including a loft lounge, updated Chagall's Restaurant, upgraded pool and fitness centre, and business centre and connectivity hub with wireless Internet.
"It's modern contemporary and what you'd expect from a four-star hotel," Brown said.
The majority of the project is complete with about 100 rooms still left to be renovated. It is expected to be completed at the end of March 2011.
Darko Vranich, a well-known downtown developer, bought the Sheraton in 2008 from Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Part of the licence agreement when Vranich bought the property was "to move forward and modernize" the hotel, Brown said.
Vranich's company, Vrancor Group, and Starwood are working together for the renovations.
The rest of the $6-billion investment will go to building new hotels in North America and internationally, renovations, and Sheraton brand initiatives, according to a Starwood media release issued yesterday.