OTTAWA, May 3rd 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian hotelier Group Germain Hotels inaugurated today its first property in the nation's capital with the opening of the new Alt Hotel Ottawa. Conveniently located on Slater Street in the business district, the Alt Hotel Ottawa is the Group's seventh property under the Alt banner to combine intelligent design, comfort and attentive service at an affordable price.
"Group Germain Hotels is a proud Canadian company and as such, it's an extra-special honour to announce the opening our first hotel in Ottawa," states Jean-Yves Germain, Co-President of Group Germain Hotels. "It feels as though we are taking one giant step towards becoming the first independent Canadian hotelier to have properties from coast to coast. We are now even more energized to continue expanding until we achieve our goal of 20 hotels across the country by 2020."
Christiane Germain, Co-President of Group Germain Hotels, adds, "We are very much looking forward to welcoming guests from across the country at our first property in the nation's capital. As such, we selected the best design elements from each of our Alt Hotels in Canada and integrated original works of art to create the ultimate guest experience. Plus, this is only the beginning as the property will soon have company: we will be opening a new Le Germain Hotel here in Ottawa in 2017."
Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design and Chmiel Architects, the 14-floor, 148-room Alt Hotel Ottawa boasts a wide array of features that range from thoughtful and practical to pleasantly surprising.
It offers a fully equipped fitness room as well as almost 4000 square feet of meeting space furnished with large format televisions, projection screens and equipment featuring the latest technology. Special touches in every room, such as ultra-comfortable beds and spa-inspired bathrooms all lend the hotel a decidedly upscale feel that defies its affordable year-round nightly flat rate.
Like all Group Germain Hotels properties, Alt Hotel Ottawa also features a host of eco-responsible components such as geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting in all rooms, a heat recovery system and much more.
"This dynamic accommodations and meeting space is a great addition to our city," says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "Alt Hotel Ottawa is conveniently located in the city's downtown core and will offer a delightful new lodging alternative to visitors and tourists, particularly during the upcoming Ottawa 2017 celebrations."
Altexpo: a collective work of art
Always striving to surprise and delight its guests, Group Germain Hotels is unveiling Altexpo: an original photographic installation created from the images of Canadian photographer and Instagrammer Jean-François Frenette (@Dezjeff). Adorning the lobby of the Alt Hotel Ottawa, the impressive mural is composed of 9000 colourful photographs featuring famous Canadian landscapes and hidden treasures. The eye-catching installation brings a unique flair to the property that instills feelings both personal and patriotic. Altexpo also features photos by Ottawa-based Instagrammers Zara Ansar (@Xoveloxo), Christopher Ryan (@ChrisArrrrr), Julia Leal (@LittleMissOttawa) and Katie Hession (@YowCityStyle), as well as LCD screens that display photos in real-time snapped by visitors who use the #Altexpo hashtag on Instagram.
Bringing the personal aspect of public art to a new and unexpected level, some guest rooms also boast a special interactive installation on the windows. Created by Canadian design studio Daily Tous les Jours, the innovative feature entitled « Up Down » encourages guests to touch and become part of the artistic experience.
Located in the lobby of the Alt Hotel Ottawa, the Altcetera Café is the perfect place for guests and locals looking for a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The café offers a variety of simple, delicious food prepared with love by local caterer Epicuria, to enjoy on site or on the go. Hot beverages including fine espressos, delectable lattes and comforting teas by DAVIDsTEA are also on offer.
Photos of the Alt Hotel Ottawa are available here.
About Alt Hotels
Alt Hotels enjoy prime locations in Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Brossard, Quebec City and Halifax. In addition to signature "basic luxuries" such as complimentary Wi-Fi, ultra-comfortable beds and helpful staff, all Alt Hotels boast a series of energy-saving features: geothermal heating and cooling; heat recovery from indoor air that is vented outside and from the water used in commercial washers; energy efficient lighting, and a direct digital control system for ventilation, heating and cooling. For more information please visit: www.althotels.com
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About Group Germain Hotels
Group Germain Hotels is a family-run Canadian company that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and Alt Hotels across Canada. Ranked as one of Canada's 50 best-managed companies, the company is renowned for its exceptional approach to hospitality and the unique style that characterizes its hotels. Since the first Group Germain Hotel property welcomed its first guest in 1998, the company's 800 employees have now hosted close to 4 million overnight stays. For more information please visit: www.groupegermain.com
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For further information: Julie Tremblay,National Public Relations Manager, Group Germain Hotels, [email protected] / 514-954-0702