Landmark Algonquin Resort Welcomes First Guest Following Expansive Renovation

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    Officials with New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Southwest Properties and Marriott International, Inc. unveiled the greatly anticipated renovation to New Brunswick’s landmark Algonquin Resort. The iconic resort is the nation’s first Autograph Collection hotel, Marriott International’s exclusive 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.The Algonquin’s guest rooms and public spaces were completely re imagined 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 that allows guests the chance to take in the spectacular nightly sunsets.

    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 water slide and fitness centre. The luxurious spa has been expanded to include a salon.

    The 233-room Algonquin Resort overlooks the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. Each guest room and suite was carefully renovated to reflect The Algonquin’s original Victorian style. Modern conveniences and amenities include luxurious pillow-top mattresses, plush bathrobes, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen televisions, in-room coffee and complimentary, in-room movies and WiFi. The 17 suites provide a separate, private seating area, and select guest rooms and suites feature a spacious balcony or patio.

    The resort features two restaurants, Braxton’s Restaurant and Bar and the Clubhouse, as well as in-room and anyplace dining, 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a lounge with outdoor patio, fire pits with loaner guitars, an indoor pool and water slide, outdoor pool and hot tub. Now in its second century of service, the Algonquin also is home to the award-winning seaside Algonquin Golf Course, opening in April. Ranked among Canada’s top 100 courses and adjacent to the Bay of Fundy, the Algonquin Golf Course is home to two of the top ten golf tees in Canada.

    “The Algonquin served visitors for more than a century, and with this renovation, it’s legacy going forward is assured,” said Trevor Holder, New Brunswick’s culture, tourism and healthy living minister. “Our beloved landmark is in excellent hands as it pursues the next chapter in its far-reaching history.”

    “This has been a tremendous undertaking on the part of so many; the Province, hundreds of crafts and tradespeople, the town of St. Andrews, and of course the new owners, and the results are spectacular,” said Curtis Malloch, MLA, Charlotte-Campobello.

    Daniel Fountain / 08.04.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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