HALIFAX, June 22 /CNW/ - "It's been a long time coming...but it will be
worth the wait." In August 2007, the completely renovated, redesigned and
repositioned Best Western Hotel on Chocolate Lake will open adding a fresh
hospitality approach to the metro Halifax market, Glenn Squires, President and
CEO of Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. announced today. With 133 rooms, the
majority overlooking Chocolate Lake, and nine suites, a full-service, casual
dining room, bar, expanded meetings rooms, a ballroom and lakeside patio-and
complete with a resident Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Cocoa-" the new
hotel is a compliment to the unique urban lake area of Chocolate Lake,"
Mr. Squires said.
Closed following extensive structural damage during Hurricane Juan, it
has "taken time to find a comfortable niche" for this hotel primarily because
of its prestige location. "We believe that not only our guests but the
neighbours of the property will be proud of the result and appropriately, they
will be the first to see it, during a Neighbourhood Open House in early July,"
Mr. Squires said. The property is located at 20 St. Margaret's Bay Road in
Experienced hotelier, Joe McGuinness is General Manager of the Best
Western Hotel on Chocolate Lake. "As we watch the property take shape we are
increasingly convinced this hotel adds a new dimension to the hospitality
landscape in this city," he said. "We'll offer a country escape in the heart
of Halifax with full amenities and yet a more casual atmosphere. From the
fireplace in the marble lobby to treats for family pets; from complimentary
high speed internet and On-Command Movies to a pool and fitness area second to
none, the Best Western Hotel on Chocolate Lake will be memorable." It will
open as a 100 percent smoke-free property.
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN(R),
providing marketing, reservations and operational support to
4,200 independently owned and operated member hotels in 80 countries and
territories worldwide. Information and reservations for the Best Western Hotel
at Chocolate Lake are available on line at www.chocolatelakehotel.com and by
The hotel is owned by Aquilini Group Properties LP of Vancouver, British
Columbia, managed by Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. and has been renovated
by a number of local construction companies at a total cost of more than
$10 million. Upon completion the staff complement will number 75 full-time and
Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. is one of Canada's leading,
privately-owned hotel management companies with a portfolio of 37 hotels
throughout Canada and the United States totaling more than 3,800 hotel rooms
and suites. Pacrim Hospitality is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
For further information:
For further information: Ian Hurst, Senior Vice-President, Operations,
Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc., (902) 404-3989,